Dream Catcher

  This Thanksgiving I'm going to focus on the Indians whose help enabled the Pilgrims to survive.  A dream catcher is the perfect Native American craft. I looked on YouTube and found several video tutorials but was a bit surprised to find that the materials to make one were more expensive than I had thought (about $35) so I looked around for some substitutions.
I had a scrap piece of leather that I cut into 1/4" strips. 

Using Shoe Goop, I glued the strips together and clamped them with clips.

I clamped one end of the leather strip to the hoop leaving a 3" tail and started wrapping around the metal ring. When I reached the end I tied the two tails together to form a loop for hanging.

The beading department of Michael's had some cording that was more reasonable than the artificial sinew in their leather-craft department. I strung on a few beads from my stash.

Next I cut a length of cording that was longer than I thought I'd need and wrapped it into a bobbin.

I tied the end on the hoop and proceeded to loop the cord going under, over and through and then pulled it taut.
I continued around the hoop until I reached the beginning.
I looped the cord through each previous loop using the same stitch as before (adding a bead here and there) until I was finished. There should be a hole in the middle. This is to let the good dreams escape while the web catches the bad dreams (or vice versa- it's a bit of a controversy). I tied a knot  and secured it with a drop of white glue.
 I put some of the Goop onto the end of a feather and wrapped with cording. I added a bead and tied it onto the bottom of the hoop.
 This turned out to be a very practical craft as a small boy in the family was beginning to have some nightmares and could really use some protection.


NanaDiana said...

Lovely project~ One of my granddaughters had terrible nightmares for about 3 years and then they disappeared as suddenly as they had started. Blessings- Diana

Janiece said...

I have always loved the story of the dream catcher.
My daughter and I made several so that I have them in all of my bedrooms.

Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Natasha said...

I got my Dream Catcher a long time ago and I love it. I am glad to see that you do have the whole in the middle of it. Some people forget you have to have that hole there. I do make dream catchers and I do use the sinew. Some people don't know or forget, in order for it to work right you have to have it hanging over your head from the ceiling other wise it does not work right. Really dream catchers are made out of wood branches. But I use metal also. I am still learning my Native AMerican ways.

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Melissa Manley said...

Dream Catchers are from the Ojibwa and Lakota Sioux cultures. The Pilgrims met the Wampanoagon on the east coast. We have no knowledge of the Wampanoag making dream catchers.
All Native Americans don't wear Sioux warbonnets and make dream catchers. And we don't say "HOW".

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I got my personal Dream Catcher a long time ago as well as I love this. I will be delighted to discover which you complete develop the total in the heart of this. Some people ignore you 'must' have that ditch presently there. I actually do produce desire catchers as well as I actually do utilize the sinew. Some people do not know or perhaps ignore, in order that this to function correct you 'must' have this holding more than your head in the roof Autism Resources Online different prudent it does not perform correct. Definitely desire catchers are created from wooden limbs. Although I prefer precious metal furthermore. I will be nevertheless learning my personal Ancient Us methods.

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