The first one I tried was the dreamcatcher -- a crochet doily/mandala attached around the perimeter to a plastic hoop:
I broke out my trusty Complete Guide to Needleworkfrom Reader's Digest and got hooking:
|And so it begins ...|
|See it bunching at the edge?|
Once I finished, I added some beads to the fringe because why not?
There are some cultural appropriations issues with this project; the little intro from the designer claims "Dreamcatchers were traditionally used by the First Nations of North America ...." Dreamcatchers originated by the Ojibwe people, later adopted by a few neighboring groups. The idea of dreamcatchers representing all indigenous cultures as a whole is a very recent notion, and one not looked upon too kindly by many people of those cultures; there is an unfortunate tendency to treat all indigenous tribes as interchangeable. And then, the packet for the kit advertises it as "Scandi style," which is ... odd. I guess it's a reference to the color scheme?
The next crochet kit was for a little frame with petals around the edge:
They suggested framing an inspirational quote, but I don't roll that way. Instead I will stitch or embroider a little motif for the center.
I've already got several more crochet projects lined up. Because I'm insane.