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Dream catcher.

The Dream catcher now comes in all sizes and a great variety of designs, depending on the artist making them and how they were taught. These instructions are the most basic of design and materials. We leave it up to you to choose how you want to finish the decoration of your Dream Catcher. Photo A shows it finished based on these instructions.


Many crafters make the hoop out of bent willow, which in the northern regions needs to be collected and bent in the spring. These instructions show the alternative of making the Dream Catcher with a metal hoop and wrapping it with a buckskin thong. We are writing for right-handers so left-handers may want to reverse directions when weaving.

* Start by smearing a light coat of Tacky glue at the start of the thong wrapping and around the hoop. Let it dry until tacky.

* Begin wrapping as in Figure 1 being careful the thong is tightly wrapped but not overlapped as to make ridges.


* Complete all the way around the hoop and then slightly overlap the starting piece of thong.

* Finish the wrapping with a single half hitch as shown.

* Cut off the remainder of the thong.

* Finish the wrapping with a single half hitch knot as shown in Figure 2 and 3.



* Do not cut the thong yet. As in Figure 4 and 5, form a hanging loop with the end of the thong then tie around the loop with another half hitch as shown.



* Cut off the remainder of the thong.

Starting the web. Completed it looks like Photo A.

* For a three inch diameter hoop cut a 2 yard piece of simulated fine sinew.

* Start the web by tying a knot at the top of the hoop next to the hanging loop. The entire first row is loosely woven as shown in Figure 6. When using a 3 inch hoop hitch tie the web using only 8 equally spaced connections around the hoop about 1 inch apart.


* Tie the hitch the same at each intersection of the thread or the hoop as you proceed and as shown in Figure 7.


* After the 8th hitch on the hoop the next hitch is made at the midpoint of the first loop in the first row as shown in Figure 8.


* As these hitches are tied begin to pull each stitch in the web snugly but not too tight.

* Continue around the web tying a hitch and pulling tighter on each row until you are down to a small center hole in your web.

* At this point quit the web tie with a double half hitch knot over the middle of the next section in the web and pull tightly.

On this basic Dream Catcher shown in Figure 9, crafters are adding a variety of decorations. The original design used a small feather hanging from the bottom of the hoop or from the center of the web. A bead was included in the weave of the web somewhere halfway or close to the center.


A variety of looks can be achieved by varying the number of points attached to the web of the hoop and the length of the first row of loops in the web. Some crafters have specific reasons for certain numbers of points in the web. Dream Catchers can be made of other materials such as a Rattan hoop in Photo B.


The beauty of the Dream Catcher comes from its original uncluttered form and notion that we exist in the presence of two worlds, a physical one and a spiritual one.

[c] Loren Woerpel, 2006

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Author:Woerpel, Loren
Publication:Whispering Wind
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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