How To Make A Dreamcatcher?
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How to Make A Dreamcatcher?

What is a Dream catcher?

Dream catcher (or Dreamcatcher) is a Native American piece of art and craft. They were woven by the grandparents for newborn children and then hung above the cradle to give them peaceful and beautiful dreams. Bad dreams would be trapped in the web and evaporate when the sun would rise. The main part of a Dream Catcher is a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web. Then it is decorated with sacred items - feathers and beads.

How to make it?

  1. You will need about 40 cm of willow or grapevine to create a hoop. Alternatively you can use a metal or wooden hoop around 15 cm in diameter. Strengthen the bent hoop with a string.
  2. Cut a 1.5 meter piece of suede lace. Ribbon lace would do the job too. Tie one end to the circle frame making a loop for hanging.
  3. Cover the hoop entirely in a suede lace and secure the end.
  4. It's time to weave a string onto the hoop to create the Dream catcher's web. You should use waxed nylon string or simulated sinew. It must be strong, but thin. You can choose any color of the string you want. The length of the string should be about 4 m.
  5. Get some decorative elements. Usually Dream catchers are decorated by all kind of beads and feathers.
  6. Begin by tying one end of the string in a knot at the base of the hanging loop. Going around the hoop, keep making these knots at seven or eight evenly spaced points.
  7. When you get back to the beginning of the hoop, start the next round of webbing by making knots on the loops of thread from the first round.
  8. Insert a bead whenever you like. Try to make a pattern or position them randomly.
  9. Repeat the webbing process until only small hole is left in the center. Secure the end with a knot.
  10. To make the feather tassels that hang off the Dream catcher, cut a few lengths of suede to whatever length you'd like and tie them to the bottom of the Dream catcher.
  11. Hang the Dream catcher near your bedroom window. Every bad thought you had at night will be gone by the the first rays of sunlight!

Many people are skeptical of the dream catcher's actual effectiveness saying it is simply superstition. But belief in something can be a powerful thing, and a child who believes that there is some kind of charm, some kind of protection, surrounding his bed while he sleeps can be comforted and have fewer nightmares!

Sweet Dreams,

Creator of the Tavern of Dreams


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Palsnett  

really interesting and useful!

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