How to Make a Dream
were used by Native American Indians to catch bad dreams sent by
spirits. They are to be hung in a bedroom above the window or door.
Their design is basic; knots tied around the centre of a ring to
create a spider web effect. Decorations are added to create the look
the designer wishes.
Willow or other pliable branch, embroidery hoop, or metal ring
Leather, suede or vinyl lacing
Coloured string or thread
you use a branch, you may need to soak it first to make it pliable,
then bend it into a circle overlapping the ends and tie. Wrap your
lacing around the circle overlapping as you go until the circle is
completely covered. Glue or tuck in the end.
The centre of the
dreamcatcher is made of half hitch knots tied from lacing or coloured
string or thread. Tie half hitches at evenly spaced points around the
circle, keeping your thread taut. There are now loops around the
circle. Continue tying half hitches in the centre of each loop around.
Decorate as you work by threading beads.
As you work, the
centre will get smaller. When you have the centre as small as you
wish, tie a double knot.
Tie a length of
thread around the bottom of the dream catcher and string beads and
feathers. Tie a length of thread around the top of the dream catcher
and double over to form a loop for hanging.
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