Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

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

What you need

 

5″ ring
4 yds Suede lacing
1/8 inch 3 yds imitation sinews (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.

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.”



What you need

2.25” x 16” scrap of any thin, flowing material such as silk or organdy
Needle and thread
Sewing machine (optional)
Scissors
Adjustable ring base with large glue pad
E-6000 glue or similar
Iron
Safety pin to turn tube

Instructions

This Jewelry Making tutorial shows you how to make a rosette ring. 
 
Cut a 2 1/4” x 16” strip of a thin, flowing fabric such as silk. 
  
 
 
Make a tube by folding the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together. 
 
 
 
 
Sew down the long side, staying  ¼” from raw edges. 
 
Trim threads close to the fabric.
This is what you should have so far: 
 
  
 
Use a large safety pin to turn the tube inside out:
Push the point of the pin through the fabric from INSIDE the tube
 and fasten the pin. Be sure to only catch ONE layer. 
 
 
 
Push the bottom end of the pin through the tube. 
 
 
 
Scrunch the fabric until the end of the pin is visible.
 
 
 
Hold the pin firmly in one hand while pinching and pulling
the fabric away from the pin with the other. 
 
 
 
Keep pulling until the tube is turned inside out. Remove the safety pin. 
 
 
 
 
Cut off 4” from the end with the raw edge (the one that you didn’t turn under). 
 
 
 
 
Tie a knot in the middle of the short tube to make the center and temporary “stem” of your flower. 
 
 
At this point, so that it will be easy to see what to do during the construction of the rosette, the photos will show a flower being made with different-colored fabrics. 
The center (made from the short piece) is red. 
The longer yellow piece will become the ruffle that forms the rose.
I’m using black thread so you can see it easily, but you should use matching thread.
 
 
Thread a needle with doubled matching thread, and sew around the “stem” several times to define the knot. Put aside. 
 
        
 
*Set the longest straight stitch on your machine.
 
 
 
Press the long tube. The seam should be along one edge. 
Stitch at 1/4" from the sewn edge. Leave long tails of thread for pulling. 
 
       
 
Insert a pin on one end of the tube. 
Wrap the long tails of thread on that end around the pin several times so they’re secure.
 
 
 
Pull one of the long threads from the end without the pin.
 
 
 
Slide the fabric along the thread as you’re pulling to gather it up toward the pin end. 
 
 
 You can use your fingers to move the ruffled fabric toward the pin at the other end.
 Pull the thread very gently (so it doesn’t break!) and keep sliding until the entire length of fabric is ruffled. It will twist, but that’s okay. 
 
 
 
 
Beginning at the end you turned under, wrap the gathered strip around the knot one time.  Stitch in place. Be careful not to put stitches down on the “stem,” since you will cut it off shortly. 
 
 
 
 
Continue winding and stitching the gathered fabric around the flower, adjusting gathers as needed, until you get close to the unfinished edge. 
 
 
With the point of your scissors, tuck the raw edges of the fabric into the tube to make a neat fold.
 
     
 
Stitch closed the edge you just made, 
then continue to stitch the flower to the stem.  
Tie off and knot your thread, being sure to hide the knot. 
 
           
 
Trim the stem as closely to the flower as possible, 
being careful not to cut any part of the flower itself. 
       
 
   
 
Apply your glue (I used E-6000) to the raw edges of fabric where you just cut the stem off. 
 
 
 
Attach the rosette to the ring base.  
Press the base onto the rosette to work the glue down into the fabric.
Make sure the base is on straight. 
 
 
 
 
Place your flower ring upside down somewhere it can stay undisturbed overnight.
    
 
The glue is cured after 24 hours and your ring is ready to wear! 
 
       
 
Alternate center idea: Instead of a knot, fold the 4” section over and sew the rosette on around it. Glue a gem or sew a button in the center.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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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