I have had a quest to make a dreamcatcher myself for quite some time, and so last year in turn for my niece's 2nd birthday - I finally got around to it. It is great fun and the outcome is always very original; but there are however some components of this hand craft that are not entirely vegan friendly. This is how you can make a vegan dream catcher to hang over your bed.
What do you mean a 'vegan' dreamcatcher?
Skip the feathers.
The colourful feathers that you find in store are almost never synthetic (and normally lacks labelling too!). More likely they have been stripped from the animal whilst still alive, or they are the residue of a slaughtering. Not a very decorative thing to have in your bed room!
No leather/suede cord.
If so, make sure that what you use is synthetic. Unlike with feathers, this is normally labelled in the shops or your shop assistant will know.
Bee's free waxed cord
To make the net, it normally helps to use a stickier thread for beginners to keep your web in place. But do double check that it is not from beeswax.
What to use instead?
Instead of feathers, use things such as colourful strips (perhaps yarn made from an old t-shirt?) or laced ribbons. For the first one I ever made I decorated with paper thin leaves in gold and silver. For the cord surrounding the circle of the dreamcatcher, you can again use t-shirt yarn. Or hemp thread. Which can also be used to weave the net.
Now let's get started!
What you will need:
- a large ring, such as the inner one from an embrodiery hoop
- vegan suede, or something else to wrap around the hoop
- hemp thread for weaving
- a large needle
- colourful ribbons/fabric strips (instead of feathers)
- beads (optional)
- a pair of scissors
Wrap your hoop with vegan suede or laced ribbon, as I did, made from an old curtain.
Measure circa 3 meters of the thread you are using to weave around a small piece of carton - this is optional but just makes it easier to handle at first. 3 metres might seem like a lot, but rather too much than having to change mid-way.
Tie a double-knot where you wish to being weaving.
About 4-5 centimeters away, wrap your thread over the hoop and then back in through the hole that is created. Adjust to create a knot.
Keep doing this until you have reached a full circle.
For the second layer, use the same technique but this time aiming to jiggle the knot into the middle of the line that you have just created. Then simply repeat this for all layers. At some stage you might want to swap to using a needle, as the holes will be smaller and closer between, and it also helps if you wish to add beads to your net.
Once you reach the center - use a bead to attach the thread in place. This also helps to hide the knots.
Decoration time. I used t-shirt yarn that I folded double to tie around the lower part of the hoop.