Easy to Make Dream Catchers

Written by terry moore | 13/05/2017
Easy to Make Dream Catchers
Some Native American traditions say that a dream catcher will filter out bad dreams. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Dream catchers originated in Native American cultures. According to traditional beliefs, these handmade, webbed hoops filter a person's dreams. The dream catcher is believed to catch bad dreams and allow good dreams through the web. Traditional dream catchers are comprised of a willow hoop, loose webbing and decorative items.

Tie one end of the lace to the inside of the hoop. Be sure to use a wooden hoop, not a medal one.

Wind lace around the hoop in a diagonal pattern, wrapping it around the frame of the hoop to keep it in place. Once you have an established net, try winding the lace around the centre of the web to create a pattern. Make sure to leave a hole open in the centre.

Thread a bead onto the lace and position it so that the bead is in the very centre of the dream catcher. Wrap the loose end of the lace around the hoop and tie it in a knot. Use the webbing to conceal the knot.

Tie several 5-inch pieces of lace around one end of the hoop. The laces should be spaced 2 inches apart and hang down when the dream catcher is held upright.

Thread beads onto the hanging pieces of lace. Tie a knot in the laces under each of the beads. Insert a feather into each of the knots, quill side up. Push beads down over the knots to conceal them.

Things you need

  • Wooden embroidery hoop
  • Leather lace
  • Scissors
  • Feathers
  • Beads

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