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Dream Catcher


Dream catchers are fun and simple to make. Materials required to make these beautiful items are few and easy to locate. With a handmade dream catcher suspended above your bed, you will sleep more soundlyfree from worry, negative thoughts, and fear.Native American folklore has a tradition that tells the story of a dream catcher.


A dream catcher is a circle with a spider web-like center. There is a hole in the middle and beads and feathers often adorn its appearance. When hung freely over a bed, it will allow the good dreams to pass through the hole in the center, while the bad dreams are captured in its web and vanish when touched by the dawns first light.

Materials

  • One ring 3-1/2 to 5 inches in diameter
    made of wood, metal, or plastic; or fashion
    one from a bendable branch like a
    willow branch
  • 3 to 4 yards of suede lacing from 1/8
    inch to 1/4 inch wide
  • 3 to 4 yards of imitation sinew or waxed
    thread (dental floss will work, too)
 

Optional Materials

  • Colorful beads
  • Feathers
  • Thread
 

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Any craft or tacky glue
  • Clothespin
 

Making the Dream Catcher

Step 1 Wrapping the Ring

Cut a piece of suede lacing about six to eight feet long, depending upon the diameter of your circle and the width of the lace. You may want to wind a butterfly bundle to make it easier to handle. Secure one end of the lacing to the ring. A small drop of glue may help hold it in placesecure it with a clothespin until the glue dries.

Once the end of the lacing is secured, start wrapping the lacing around the ring until the entire ring is covered (Figure 1). Try to keep the lacing flat and avoid twisting it. Once the entire ring is covered, secure the end of the lacing by gluing next to the starting point.

Step 2 Creating the Web

Measure about five feet of imitation sinew or waxed thread. Secure one end of the thread to the ring by knotting. Move about 1-1/2 inches to the right, and make a half hitch knot around the ring. Again, move 1-1/2 inches to the right and make another half hitch knot, keeping the thread snug (Figure 2). Keep repeating this all the way around the ring. (Figure 3)

To start creating the web, use sinew or waxed linen thread and take the thread down through the first loop on the ring and make a half hitch in the center of the thread between the two half hitch knots. Go to the next loop and make another half hitch in the center between the two half hitch knots (Figure 4).

Add a few beads to the thread at this time if you would like to decorate your dream catcher. Continue doing this until there is a small hole in the center of the web that is about 1/4 in diameter (Figure 5). Secure the end of the thread by knotting it. Add a small drop of glue to the knot, if necessary, and trim off the excess thread.

Step 3 Decorating and Finishing the Dream Catcher

To make a hanger for your Dream Catcher, cut a length of the suede lacing about 12 to 18 inches long and tie the ends together. At the top of the ring, wrap the end of the lacing around the ring and slip the end through the loop, pulling the lacing snug (Figure 6).

If you would like to add a feather or two to your dream catcher, take a piece of black thread for each feather and secure it around the bottom of the ring. Carefully glue the feather to the thread and let the feather(s) hang down.

Now that you have finished your Dream Catcher, hang it over your bedit will catch your bad dreams and they will disappear with the dawn. You may even want to make one for a friend!

 

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Robyn Spady, a weaver for over thirty years, is a fiber artist and owner of
Bacchus Fiber Designs in Bremerton, Washington. She is a member of the Seattle
Weavers Guild and Kitsap Spinners and Weavers Guild. Contact her at
robyn@bacchusfiberdesigns.com