Dreamcatchers ~ something new for me…


Dreamcatchers… something new & different from me that I’ve wanted to try for some time. I’ve created these Dreamcatchers, not as authentic representations but as my own personal artistic interpretations.

I’m an Aussie, so my interest in dreamcatchers isn’t cultural… I simply love them & more over, I love the idea of them.

Dreamcatchers originate in Native American tradition, believing both positive & negative dreams flow through the night & that a Dreamcatcher, hanging freely over or near a sleeping person, will allow the good dreams to pass through while capturing the bad dreams, which will perish & vanish with the rising sun…

I used patterns from this collection of 16 Crochet Motifs & embellished with wooden, glass & plastic beads & attached swivel cams so the dreamcatcher can rotate freely…

Dreamcatcher 1Dreamcatcher 7Dreamcatcher 6Dreamcatcher 2Dreamcatcher 3Dreamcatcher 4Dreamcatcher 5

Author: rensfibreart

Australian Freeform Fibre Artist, Craft teacher & Author

26 thoughts on “Dreamcatchers ~ something new for me…”

  1. Kathy, In my opinion, any yarn is ok, I’ve used 8ply yarn, cotton yarn & string… all work as long as the motif can be stretched onto to hoop… hope that helps 🙂

  2. Would regular yarn be to thick for these? Or does it have to be the really thin stuff?

  3. Shannon, you need a strong hoop & then either tie or crochet the motif onto the hoop – also, you could try searching Youtube for different ways… hope that helps 🙂

  4. I’d love to try my hand at making a dreamcatcher like that, but have no idea how you’d go about attaching it to the hoop. Is it very difficult to do?

  5. Reblogged this on StringThings Winnipeg and commented:
    This is a beautiful series of interpretations of dreamcatchers, made by one of my favourite inspirations, Renate Kirkpatrick. She’s an Aussie but her dreamcatchers would be popular here in the Cree/Ojibwa lands too!

    And yes, she is another Renata like me, different spelling, same pronunciation. Extra bonus!

    Check out her freeform crochet, you’ll be happy you did!

    Lots of love,
    Baba StringThings (aka Renata from Winnipeg)

  6. I don’t even know you but I love all that you do with crochet, freeform, and colors, especially these dreamcatchers.

  7. Thanks Renate – what did you hand paint them with? Sounds interesting.

  8. Thanks Michele… I changed yarn on some & hand painted others… I would recommend changing yarn as you go but variegated yarn would work well too…

  9. These are gorgeous. I ordered your 16 crochet motifs pattern. Did you have a variegated yarn or did you just change colour when you felt like it?

  10. Have fun, Lynette… the rings can be purchased in any good craft store, I believe they are used in making lampshades… you could also use bamboo hoops or could even make your own from Willow branches…

  11. I can’t wait to make one they are beautiful. What are the actual ring shapes made of?

  12. They’re so lovely! A friend of mine makes dreamcatchers, but we’ve never imagined crochet could be used for it too. I’m excited to tell her 🙂

  13. Thanks, Mel… I really love the idea of them… there’s so much negativity around & every positive idea is welcomed… no matter if it’s real or not… besides that, dreamcatchers are such fun to create, no 2 are ever the same… 🙂

  14. These are gorgeous, Ren! I love dream catchers too. One lot of school holidays we made some ourselves, mine has a vine edge, which isn’t round – more oval, or even bird shaped, and it’s decorated with glass beads, and sari silk ribbons and feathers. I love it, and I love having it hang in my bedroom window.

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