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How to Make a Dreamcatcher

HOW TO MAKE A -Dream Catcher- Dream catchers made out of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven since ancient times, and they can be tracked back to the Ojibwa people, who believe that a dreamcatcher changes a person's dreams. According to Konrad J. Kaweczynski, "Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through. Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day. Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper." "Nature is a profound teacher" LEGEND & BELIEFS The Ojibwe people have an ancient legend about the origin of the dreamcatcher. Storytellers speak of the Spider Woman, known as Asibikaashi; she took care of the children and the people on the land. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. So the mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dream catchersor only allow good thoughts to enter our mind. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams just disappear. would filter out all bad dreams and Even infants were provided with protective charms. Examples of these are the "spiderwebs" hung on the hoop of a cradle board. These articles consisted of wooden hoops about 3½ inches in diameter filled with an imitation of a spider's web made of fine yarn, usually dyed red. In old times this netting was made of nettle fiber. Two spider webs were usually hung on the hoop, and it was said that they "caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it." II The resulting "dream-catcher", hung above the bed, is used as a charm to protect sleeping people, usually children, from nightmares. WHAT YOU NEED A hoop of about 6 inches/15 cm in diameter Thread, yarn or twine Feathers Hint An embroidery loop works well, you'll find that in any craft shop. Twigs and branches are often used as structure, or pretty much anything flexible enough. Вeads Glue CREATING Dream Catchere eatepty.die Suede lacing the a step-by-step quide STEP 1 - shape the loop 30 min • Soak the willow or the grapevine in a warm water bowl for 30 min. • Bend the loop • Secure it with a twist tie • Place it under some weight Dip the loop in tacky glue Wrap the suede tightly • Make a knot to secure it STEP 2 - weave the web • Start from the top. • Weave the entire first row using connections around the hoop about 1 inch apart. I jumps along the hoop. • For a conventional hoop of • After the last hitch on the 3 inches (7.6cm) the traditional hoop the next one should be method is to make 8 loose at the midpoint of the first loop in the first row. STEP 3 - finalize the dream catcher Tie the end of thread over the place where you have made the final hitch with • Add feathers or tailored ensembles to accentuate the sense of vertical dimension. • Heavier decorative items will help it stay still and vertical when hanged. caution. © Homesthetics 2016 - Inspiring ideas for your home. Designaissance PRESENTED BY HOMESTHETICS

How to Make a Dreamcatcher

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