Make a dream catcher by using the spider web weave in the tradition of the Ojibwe or Chippewa Native American tribe. These designs, created inside a hoop, were hung above a child's cradle to catch negative energies and prevent them from reaching the child. Follow a specific procedure to create the hoop from natural materials and complete the woven web with one continuous skein of yarn. Find the materials you need in your own backyard and where craft supplies are sold.
Things You'll Need
- String or yarn
Tie the ends of two flexible, 4-inch-long sticks together with string or yarn and have the ends overlap about 1/2 inch. Bring 2 inches of the yarn up from the top and tie an overhand knot around the twigs to form the loop from which you will hang the dream catcher.
Wrap the yarn around the sticks starting from where you tied them together. When you reach 1/2 inch from the other end of one of the sticks, bring the other end to meet it and tie the ends together to form the hoop. Continue wrapping until you come back to where you started.
Bring the string 2 inches to the right of the starting point and wrap it twice around this point on the hoop. Feed the end of the string through the loop you created with the string you just wrapped around the hoop, from the side facing you. You now have a 2-inch line extending from the starting point, which is the first line of the spider web design. Repeat this procedure until you come back around to the beginning to complete the first layer of the web.
Wrap the string three times around the point of the first "layer" where it connects with the hoop and feed the end of the string through the loop this creates, so the string comes out to the side facing away from you. Repeat this step so the string spirals toward the center and creates the spider web design. Stop when you have a 1/2-inch wide opening in the middle.
Trim the end of the string so about 1 foot hangs from the middle and hangs down below the bottom of the dream catcher. Tie the stem of one or two feathers onto the string about 6 inches down from the center of the web and wrap the string around the stem to hide the knot. Stop when you get to the top of the feather stem.
Feed the string around the top coil of the wrapped string at the end of the feather and wrap it around the coil twice. Tighten the string and trim the excess string. Hang your completed spider web dream catcher.
- Native Tech; Dream Catchers; Tara Prindle; 1994
- Real Dream Catchers; Weave a Spider Web Dream-Catcher of the Seventh Fire; Allen Aslan Heart; 2007
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