This stage in making has been really fun. I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different weaving patterns, playing seeing what the potential is with these basic materials; a wire hoop, yarn and waxed cord. Some strong designs emerged!
Starting another new chapter of making, I decided to focus on a few patterns I felt were visually strong and complimented my aesthetics so I could stand using them repeatedly. My favorites.
This was a really interesting process that was nurtured and allowed to develop by having two days off in a row, a willing husband and a great making space. I decided to concentrate on one skill set required of making dream catchers at a time. So for two days straight- every other week I did weavings. It was great! I was able to learn… apply then master… get bored- then push the known limits a little further.
:::I’ve learned a lot through hands on experience lately,
but some tools I have started using have really assisted in my weaving:::
A large, one inch grid I outlined on the blank side of a cardboard pizza box- casual measuring is usually my style, but being more accurate is improving all of the designs.
A basic, dispoable shuttle, made out of card board- this gadget has saved me
So. Much. Time. by keeping my waxed cord in order!
It’s easy to weave with, I can fold, bend and trim this little frindle to fit in small spaces and the left over cord pieces are easier to save and store for other dangly elements of the dream catchers.
Four main patterns have been my focus in the past six months- pushing the boundaries of variation and combinations has been successful, yielded visually interesting results and proved to be a fun challenge!
I cannot claim this circular weaving design is original, though I did not look it up before making it… it is the only design I use that I have seen made by a different artist(s) on Pinterest/ Etsy.
I enjoy the simplicity of this pattern, I think it is strong and dynamic- especially when paired with a great color scheme. The variations are fun with this design, I like the way the asymmetry creates more interesting weavings.
This weaving pattern is most similar to the spider-web style of traditional, native dream catchers. The central open space in this design is intentional, the interior can take on its own character depending on whether it holds a talisman, a unique shape or negative space.
The images created inside these dream catchers look like holes, water drops, altar spaces and windows.
This design is a take on a prism weave, making a couple critical steps in the beginning stages of the weave. This pyramid like design is intricate and has lots of potential outcomes. Living in a Rocky Mountain town, this image resonates with many.
This pattern reminds me of a traditional Hamsa or open hand symbol as seen in Middle Eastern culture. It can represent protection, blessing, power and strength.
These fun weaves combine elements from more than one design, visually interesting and technically challenging.
Sometimes you just gotta go with no limits! A lot of the times these weaves get cut out, sometimes special making moments happen.