Dream-Catcher

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noun /ˈdrēmˌkaCHər/  /-ˌkeCH-/

A small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to give its owner good dreams. Dream-catchers were originally made by American Indians.

Parts representation

Hoop: Circle of life
Web: Catches bad dreams
Feather: Soft ladder for the good dreams to glide down into the dreamers head
Single bead: spider
Multiple beads: good dreams that get trapped during the night
Arrowheads: Increased protection

Supplies:

  • 1 Hoop any size works. Metal, Wood, Plastic, Willow branch.
  • Wrap-Leather/Sued lace, cording, yarn, vinyl, lace, ribbon, rope, twine or just do a coat of spray paint.
  • Web- for every 3 inch hoop use 2 yards of  your desired material, cording, sinew or imitation sinew, yarn, twine or even a skinny shoe string.
  • Tacky glue
  • clothes pin
  • Decorations- Beans, feathers, cloth, yarn, jewelry pieces, etc.

Supplies I used:

  • 7 inch metal Hoop
  • Hoop- Sued lace approx 6 yards
  • Web- Hemp Cording
  • Turquoise Peace bead
  • Tail- 3 Feathers, white rock beads, 1/2 inch thick random fabric I had laying around, leather pieces that i braided.

101:

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1. Start by tacking the end of your Hoop wrap material to the hoop. You can use a clothes pin, tacky glue or both. Leave about an inch hanging off so you can secure it when you wrap that part of the hoop.  Once the glue is dry start wrapping the hoop. See figure 1,2 & 3.

how-to-make-a-dream-catcher32. When you get to the end, wrap the extra inch you started with onto the hoop to secure it. Use glue to tack it down. Finish the wrap with a single half hitch knot. This should form your loop to hang the dream catcher. I also dabbed some tacky glue to the knot to secure it. See figure 4 & 5.

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3. Now your ready to start the web. Tie one end of your web materiel onto the hoop next to your loop. Your first row around the hoop must be loosely woven. Rule of thumb: when you tie the web keep each connection approximately an inch apart. Tie each connection the same as shown in Figure 7. Once you have gone around the hoop once your second row will start with your first hoop of the webbing as shown in figure 8.

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4. If you want to add a bead find the spot you want and string it onto your webbing in the middle of a connection.

5. Once you are at the point in which you want to quit tie a knot over the middle of the next section in the web and pull tightly. I’ll share a secret: If your using a Web material that is thin and you run out of it in the middle you can start where you left off by tying a knot at the end of your last hitch and hide it with a bead.

6. Now your ready for your decorations. I had fun with this and just added all kinds of stuff. just get creative and its pretty simple to just tie whatever your using around the hoop.

Have fun and dream good dreams tonight.

XOXO,

~S~

3 thoughts on “Dream-Catcher

  1. Thank you so much!! This was just what I needed! I’ve been dying to build a dreamboard/dreamcatcher decoration for my bedroom wall. I wanted it to be large so I bought a hoola hoop instead of a metal ring (I’m also not supposed to put holes in my wall so the lightness is an added bonus). My first try on weaving was a learning experience. By the second time it was much better as I took my time and pulled as tightly as possible. 7 hours (obviously given some breaks in between) and some raw fingers later, I finally finished this dream project of mine I’ve had for nearly a year! I couldn’t get the hole in the middle to be directly in the center, but I stung some centerpieces in like beads, feathers, and a heart charm to fill the void. I’ve attached clothespins and can now hang photos and clips of my dreams and hopes for the future! This guide was the most satisfying and clearest I could find without suffering through a video! Thank you!

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