I saw a doily dream catcher on pinterest and kinda thought, heck, I could do that!. I have a broken embroidery hoop and plenty of lovely to work with, pure cotton DK string......
So I set about it. I gathered together a 1960s craft book with some crochet motifs in it, made one then just kept adding layers to it until it fitted (more or less) in the hoop. the crochet only took me a couple of hours, but the binding of the hoop and finishing took me about the same again.
so here it is. my crochet dream catcher. it's in my living room right now, I am considering relocating it to the bedroom... but then nobody would see it..... oh the dilemma!!!
tutorial, it's REALLY INSANELY simple.
you'll need a small embroidery ring (you only need the middle part), some string (DK works best, use whatever you have) a string needle and a 4mm crochet hook.
find a doily pattern you like, or a motif you can build on. You can also use a ready made doily... I used a motif from a 1960s craft book and added a few rows on to it. just keep adding rows until it fits the hoop, this is why I've said use a small hoop. I made the mistake of using a 10" hoop for my first attempt!!
ok, do your doily is done. work out your centre point and 4 places at equal spacing on the edges of it. use 6 if it's easier. put some scraps of string through these points and tie it on to the hoop loosely. so it loosely so you can adjust it. some of mine are a little uneven, I was getting tired.
once you're happy with the placement, use the tapestry needle and some more string to tie the doily on properly; start with your first stabilising loops, then add more at equal spaces. remember your symmetry. don't worry it it looks scrappy, you're going to wrap the edge afterwards.
take more string, wrap the string around the hoop. i can't really explain how I did it without knots because I'm not honestly sure, but experiment and find your own way. I can also recommend card maker's sticky dots for holding your knots in place too, they're acid free and wont ruin your work.
you can either use a sort of blanket stitch, the kind used for wrapping hoops in jewellry etc, or just do what i did and just wrap around and around. make sure it's even.
once it's wrapped, its time for your tassels. for the plain ones I just used lengths of string, fold in the centre to make a loop, place your hoop on top, pull through the centre loop on the doily side of the hoop, and then pull the flappy bits up the outside and then through your centre loop.
the central dangly thing i made is just a chain which i threaded through the hoop, then completed an sc line (US crochet; in the uk this is a DC line) down it, knotting off at the end. the tassel was made using a tassel tutorial found on google.
I hope this helps, i didn't want to do a full pictoral tutorial because i believe they should be a very personal thing