Make your own dream catcher

Sorry for the lack of pictures – I forgot to take any. 🙁

To make your own dream catcher you will need:

  • 2 colours of medium or heavy metallic-braid embroidery floss
  • 30 cm (12 in.) metal hoop
  • pony beads
  • a shaped bead (heart, dog, flower, etc)
  • colourful feathers
  • ruler, scissors, glue

Instructions

  1. Tightly tie one end of one colour of floss to the hoop, leaving a 20 cm (8 inch) tail.
  2. Wrap the floss all the way around the hoop, leaving 1 cm (1/2 inch) spaces. Tie the floss tightly to the first knot.
  3. Knot one end of the other colour floss to the hoop opposite to where you knotted the first colour. Make a loose loop five spaces away. Continue wrapping around the hoop, making a loop every 5 spaces.
  4. Continue looping to make 3 progressively smaller rows of loops. String on one of 2 pony beads per row as you go.
  5. When there is a small hole in the centre, weave the end of your floss through the last round of loops and pull to tighten.
  6. To the thread tail, tie a shaped bead symbolic of something that makes you feel safe.
  7. Cut and tie on the 2 threads about half the length of the bead tail. Tie on a pony bead to each one and glue a feather hanging down from the beads.
  8. Loop 2 lengths of thread about 15 cm (6 inch) long around the hoop at the top. Thread a pony bead over the ends. Tie a knot about the pony bead and one 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) from the end. Spread the threads.

Dream Catcher Symbolism:

  • Web – a filter for all dreams (bad dreams are caught and can’t pass through)
  • Hole – a doorway for the good dreams to pass through
  • Feathers at the bottom – a way for the good dreams to travel to the dreamer
  • Beads- the dream catcher’s power will increase through these personal symbols

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