Dream Catcher

Learn to make an original dream catcher along with a dream catcher legend!

Dream Catcher

What you need

5" ring
4 yds Suede lacing
1/8 inch 3 yds Imitation sinew (waxed nylon string)
1 Small Concho
12 Pony Beads
16 Pony Beads
Feathers




Instructions

If you cannot obtain the supplies, try making one using a small green branch from a tree about 1cm in diameter and 1 meter long. Just bind the ends of the branch together and then make the web in the same way.

Dream catcher step by step

1. Cut 8 ft. of the suede lacing. Glue one end of the lacing to the ring. Wrap the suede lacing around the ring until you reach the starting point again. Be careful not to twist the lacing. Glue the end of the lacing to the ring. Hold it in place with a clothespin until the glue dries (Figure 1).

2. To make the web, tie one end of the imitation sinew to the ring (Figure 2). Make nine half hitch knots around the ring spacing them about 1-1/2″ apart (Figure 3). Make the last hitch a little closer to the first knot as this prevents a large gap from forming. Keep the thread pulled snug between the knots.

3. Begin the next row of the web in the middle of the thread that you have already woven on row 1. (Figure 4). Continue weaving in the same way until you have a small hole left in the center. Tie a double knot in the cord, add a tiny drop of glue to the knot and cut off remaining thread when dry. (Figures 5 & 6).

4. To make the loop to hang your Dream Catcher, use a 12″ piece of suede lacing. Fold it in half and tie a knot in the open end. At the top of the ring, attach the lacing by slipping the loop end through the ring and then around the ring and over the knot. Pull the lacing tight to secure it in place.

5. To make the hanging sections, cut three 8″ pieces of suede Tie two 8″ pieces of suede lacing about one third of the way up each side of the ring using a double knot. Slip 3 colored pony beads onto each piece of lacing and secure with a knot.

6. Using the last 8″ piece of lacing to attach small concho to top middle of the ring. Slip three pony beads onto each piece of lacing.

7. Finally, push two feathers up inside the beads on each piece of lacing except the one hanging from the concho. Glue the feathers if they are loose. The last 4 feathers are attached 2 each side of the concho.
To make larger sizes: 12 inch rings needs approx. 7 yds of 1/8 suede lacing to bind it 9 inch ring – 6 yds 6 inch ring – 4 yds Remember that you will need extra suede for the laces and hanger. )

THIS IS JUST ONE WAY TO MAKE DREAMCATCHERS. I MAKE MANY DIFFERENT STYLES, AND NO TWO EVER LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME. BE CREATIVE, AND SEE HOW MANY DIFFERENT ONES YOU CAN MAKE.

A DREAMCATCHER LEGEND

Long ago when the world was young, an old man sat on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language that only the old man could understand.

As he spoke, Iktomi the spider took the elder’s willow hoop which had feathers, horse hairs, beads and offerings on it and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life….how we begin our lives as infants and we move on to childhood, and then to adulthood. Finally, we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.
Iktomi said, “In each time of life there are many forces and different directions that can help or interfere with the harmony of nature, and also with the Great Spirit and all of his wonderful teachings.” Iktomi gave the web to the Lakota elder and said, “See, the web is a perfect circle but there is a hole in the center of the circle. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good dreams and ideas – – and the bad ones will go through the hole. Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make good use of your people’s ideas, dreams and visions.”

The elder passed on his vision to his people and even today, many of us use the dreamcatcher as the web of our life. It is hung above our beds or in the home to sift dreams and visions. The good of our dreams are captured in the web of life and carried with them…but any bad dreams escape through the center hole.”

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Comments

  1. Good! Turned out better than I expected it to be!

  2. I would like to know if you know of any pattern to put beads around the ring? I bought one from the New York State Fair and it is beautiful. Or could you point me in the right direction. Email kimterese@aol.com

  3. Love it

  4. i luv it !!!!
    soooo awesome!!!!

  5. per fect just what i am looking for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. just wondering if you know how to put beads on the outside it kindof makes like mountains all around the edge i cant seem to find that sort of help.
    if you find out could you let me know? babyzaluski@hotmail.com my name is Dori
    thanks

  7. You have a magnificiant site here! Kudos! I`ve learned a great deal & for this I thank you. Keep up the excellent work!

  8. Thank you so much for this Dream Catcher!
    I love Dream catchers! I have so many of them that it’s hard to count them. We have a special place in our home that we have several hanging but my most favourite is hanging from the mirror in the car. I am so glad to find another pattern. I can’t wait to add to my collection!

  9. HA HA EASIER JUST GET A PAPER PLATE CUT FOR THE RIM OF THE DREAM CATCHER ADD STRING FEATHERS BEADS OR AND SHELL S TAA DAAH!!!

  10. Where can I find the rings to make this project.
    Robin
    islandfireice@gmail.com

  11. Great idea

  12. dragonlady1581 says:

    I’ve made the ring from a plastic lid by cutting out the centre.
    I have used this craft with less detail for younger children. They need a little help, but they are always keen on it being completed.

  13. blueskies78 says:

    I’ve made one of these before and they are awesome and cool looking! Til now I only knew part of the legend! Thanks!

  14. wooooooooow!

  15. Awesome.

  16. loveeeeeeeeee it!!!!!!!!!!

  17. i did this but improvised on the materiles. i used yarn and such and it still turned out ok

  18. Best in the world

  19. i wish i had all the materials for this. i’ve always wanted a dream catcher and this is free!

  20. very cool

  21. luv this!!!!!!!!

  22. hard to bind the branch together :\ looks really good though ;)
    i love dreamcatchers! :]

  23. Awesome! Love the craft and the legend.

  24. hatagi ko be!

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