Making A Dream Catcher
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How to make a traditioal dream
You will need 2 - 6 foot of soaked willow or grapevine, 4 - 16 foot of
sinew, a feather or feathers, and beads for decoration.
Begin by carefully bending the willow to form a circle that has a 3 - 8
inch diameter ( the size of the diameter is up to use ).
Traditionally the dreamcatchers were no wider than an adults hand. Then
on one end of the sinew put a knotted loop, this is what your dream
catcher will hang from when its finished. Then tie the loop around
thetop of your dream catcher, or at the dream catchers weakest point.
The dream catcher has the same stitch from begining to end. To start
hold the sinew, and place it loosely over the top of the hoop. Move the
sinew around to the back of the hoop forming a hole, and pull the
string back through the hole you just made.
Pull each stitch taught but not too tight or it will warp the hoop of
the dream catcher and not lie flat when you are done. Continue useing
the same stitch for the first round around the hoop of you dream
catcher. Space the stitches evenly, and about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.
Making 7 to 13 stitches around. On the second round of stitches, place
the sinew around the center of each stitch from the first round (not
As you pull each stitch tight, the sinew from the first round will pull
towards the center of the hoop slightly. This will for a diamond shape.
you should now start to see the spider web begining to form. On the
third, or fourth round you should add a beed onto the sinew to
represent the spider in the web. Just place the bead onto the sinew and
continue stitching. Continue stitching towards the center of the hoop,
soon the stitches will become small making it difficult to pass
through. Make sure that you leave a hole in the center. Stop stitching
at the bottom of the hole in the center of the hoop. End it by
stitching twice in the same place, and pulling it tight
and forming a knot. You should have 6 or more inches of sinew left
hanging down, on this is where you should tie 2 or 3 feathers leaving
them dangle down.
How to make a modern dream catcher
You will need a metal hoop, string or thin yarn, thin leather
strips, feathers, beads, and glue. Begin by glueing one end of the
leather strip to the hoop, and then completely wrap the hoop with the
leather. As taught in the last section begin making the web with the
string adding a bead to represent the spider. when you are done adding
the webbing, take some string about 4 - 6 inches in length and tie to
different parts of the dream catcher the design is up to you. On these
strings add bead as you like, then put a little glue on the end of the
feather and insert the feather into a bead. put as many feathers on the
dream catcher as you desire, be creative and make your dream catcher an
expression of yourself.
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