Well hello there. I hope you had a great weekend. We didn’t do much except try to clean the craft cupboard (yeah right 😀 ) and make this silk fringed bohemian dreamcatcher for this month’s IBC challenge. We’ve made a few dreamcatchers before, but I must admit, this one is probably my favorite so far. I think it’s the way the wooden beads and sari silk ribbon work so well together to create something that’s rich, vibrant and full of interesting textures.
But before I show you how we made this beaded bohemian dreamcatcher with a silk fringe, let me quickly tell you a little about the IBC (Int’l Bloggers Club). Every month a group of bloggers from around the world
What you need to make the boho dreamcatcher
Did I mention, this is a really easy project 😉 From start, to finish it took less than an hour to make and all you need is:
- 14 Gauge jewelry wire
- Wire cutters
- Large and small wooden beads
- Sari silk ribbon yarn. Love this stuff. It’s made from recycled bits of saris and is hand-spun by women in Nepal and India. It’s so beautiful, and when you buy a skein of the yarn, you’re helping all those women support their families too. There are so many rich and vibrant jewel-like colors joined together that you’re spoilt for choice.
Decorative beads for added interest. I used bits from a broken necklace that
attacked me just happened to fall out of the craft cupboard when I was contemplating tidying it up 😀
How to make the bohemian dreamcatcher
Our boho dreamcatcher is 29 cm (11.5″) wide and 75 cm (29.5″) long, but you can make it as big or small as you want. Just adjust the measurements given below.
Cut a piece of wire that’s about 89 cm (25″) long and bend it into a circular shape. Thread the larger beads onto the wire “ring” until it’s nice and full. Not too full though, there should be a little bit of space between each bead.
Make a small bend on either end of the wire and join the ends together to close off the ring or outer circle of the boho dreamcatcher.
To make the upside down “Y shape” ( ᛣ ), also know as the runic letter “Calc”, measure across the outer circle and cut two pieces of wire that are at least 3″ longer than the diameter. Bend one of the wires to form a V. Place the V on the middle point of the other wire before twisting it around the V.
Here's an interesting bit of trivia for you. South Africa tried to ban the use of the peace sign back in 1973.
Use the smaller wooden beads and thread them onto each leg of the upside down “Y” shape.
Attach the “Y” shape to the outer ring by bending the wire bits over as shown below.
Once the peace sign is done, we can start adding all those glorious silky bits. If you don’t have any sari silk yarn, you can cut long strips of fabric instead 😉
Tie the silk strips all along the bottom edge of the peace sign.
For an eclectic boho look, choose warm earthy colors and mix in some metallics and jewel tones. I used royal blue, emerald green, burnt orange and a few strips of vibrant pinks and reds to spice things up a little. Add as many layers as you like before tieing on some decorative beads.
Trim the edges and your bohemian dreamcatcher is ready to hang.
I just love the different textures and those rich glorious colors.
And I’m so glad I could incorporate pieces of that broken necklace too.
Don’t those wooden beads nestled in between the silky sari strips look stunning? It’s like they were meant for each other. Maybe I should try tidy the craft cupboard more often 😉
But I would
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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, crafty and peaceful week. And don’t forget to see what my friends from the IBC have done with their silk or linen challenge. Their links should be at the bottom.
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