Today’s pretty fiber feather dreamcatcher adds a sweet touch of Spring, giving your home decor fresh Boho Style! In this tutorial, I’m sharing all the craft materials you will need to have on hand. A complete step-by-step process to create your Fiber Feathers has us making up some Fabric Starch and then designing and shaping our feathers with yarn! No birds required. I’m also sharing how I learned to create the Hoop Weaving Wall Hanging featured in my photos. Check all this out below, including a full video tutorial. Let’s get crafting!
We are starting with yarn. Any colors, fiber type, and yarn gauge totally works. Want to learn more about yarn? I have a great overview of the different types of yarn here.
We also are going to be using cornstarch and some floral wire.
My floral wire is wrapped in paper, I find that this works really nicely.
Some wire cutters, we also want to have some scissors on hand. As well as a couple of paint brushes, a medium and a small size, and some craft glue.
Before we get started, let’s go into the kitchen to cook up our Fabric Starch, which will hold our feather shape. No knitting required!
I love its gelatinous consistency and it’s an all natural and non-toxic binding agent, so you can shape your fiber feathers on any surface.
FABRIC STARCH RECIPE
• 1 + 1/2 Cups Cold Water
• 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
Stir over low heat until thickened and remove from heat to cool. May be refrigerated in a closed container for future usage.
Let’s get our feather design started! Cut Floral wire and Yarn to length desired. My cut wires are about 4-5 inches in length.
Then wrap your floral wire with any yarn of your choice to create the center of our feather, which is called the Rachis. I like to add a touch of glue to the ends to help it stay, then just tie off and cut the yarn tail.
Now it’s time to create our feathers. Your color choices will really bring your feather design to life. Tie your yarn up your center feather rachis. It’s fun to get really creative here. And this part of the feather we’re creating is called the Vane.
Soak your fiber feathers in warm water for just a couple of minutes. Then we cut our yarn on either side. Again, there’s no right or wrong way to shape our feathers. I like cutting straight up.
Place your feather on your working surface and begin to coat it on both sides with your cooled off fabric starch. I love its gelatinous consistency and it’s just so much fun to shape your feathers using a paintbrush up the sides, forming your feather shape.
Once you are finished with your fabric starch, place in a sealed container in the fridge to use again. I’m going to transfer my feathers to a piece of parchment paper to let it dry. If you air dry, it could take as long as 2-3 days to totally dry. If you want to speed up the process, just use a hairdryer!
FIBER FEATHER DREAMCATCHER
HOOP WEAVING WALL HANGING
While I’m waiting for my feathers to dry, I am going to create a dreamcatcher wall hanging using a wonderful DIY craft project by my friend Robert Mahar of Kin Community.
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