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Dreamcatchers

September 1, 2011

Dreamcatchers

Be sure to check out the dreamcatchers in our window this month! We took a little inspiration from the neo-native prints that are so popular for fall. Dreamcatchers were originally crafted by the Ojibwa, or Chippewa people to protect their children from bad dreams. The idea was that you could hang a dreamcatcher over your bed while you sleep, and your bad dreams would become caught in the web and disappear with the sunrise.Whether you just think they're cool looking, or you suffer from night terrors, dreamcatchers are super fun and easy to make!

Here's what you'll need:

Flexible sticks or dried vines, hemp twine, leather cording (or you can substitute ribbon), beads, and feathers.

  1. First you'll need to collect some sticks or dried vines to make the hoop. Go for a walk in the woods! The fresher, greener sticks will work best. A lot of websites I looked at suggest red willow branches. I can't say I know much about finding red willow branches, but you can soak less flexible sticks in water to make them more pliable.
  2. Next you'll need to make the hoop. You can use just one stick to make a small dreamcatcher, or tie multiple ones together to make a bigger one. Bend the sticks into a circular shape and wrap the joints in twine to keep them together.
  3. To make the web, you use the same stitch all the way through. This site gives really good instructions and diagrams for stitching the web. As you're weaving the web you can also string on beads.
  4. Now you get to decorate the dreamcatcher. You can play around with this and do it in different ways. I used some wooden craft beads, leather cording and feathers from the craft store. Tie pieces of the leather cording (you can also use ribbon instead) to the bottom of the hoop and cut it however long you'd like it to hang. Then you can string some beads on the cord, and tie a knot to hold them in place. You can then stick feathers through the holes in the beads and tie a knot around the quills of the feathers to secure them in place. The idea behind this is that good dreams will be able to glide down through the feathers and into the dreamer's head.

Sweet dreams!
—Liz

Dreamcatchers