2D Dream Catchers and How to Make Them
© 1998 Dr. Mariano Rodrigues
You will need:
- Some kind of hoop or circle.
It should be somewhat rigid, as
it will have to sustain pressure when the web starts to form. Crimped wire
rings (for wreaths) work well, as does any wreath frame. For more
authentic hoops, use arrow wood.
- An ample supply of roping of some kind. You can use
metallic thread (though that is harder to work) or rattail or gut.
For more authentic dreamcatchers, you can use sinew (if you can find it!).
(Optional) Have some beads ready to be woven into the dreamcatcher. Wooden
beads would be consistent with an authentic theme, but you
may use plastic or metal beads as well. It is important that the holes
in the beads be large enough to accommodate the twine, thread, or rope you
select for the web.
- Leather strips for hanging the feathers.
- You might want a plastic yarn needle, especially if you use metallic thread.
That's it - you are ready.
Weaving Your Web
- Start by tieing on. Anywhere on the circle will do. Just tie
your material on using a standard knot. Then form a half-hitch.
Continue making half-hitches around the hoop. Easy does it. You do
not need a hundred of these. Also, You want to keep them
loose - quite loose in fact.
When you have made it all the way around the hoop, it will look like
- Now you are ready for the second round. Grab the end of the
thread and weave it through the loops left behind on the first round.
Again, leave these loose. But on this round, you can already
start to manipulate the placement of the half-hitches, which should
be evenly spaced around the hoop.
You should be consistent with your weaving. For example,
if you start by passing the end of the thread from front to back,
then that is the way they should all be. When you are done with the
second round, it will look like this:
where the thread in the picture changes color from blue to red
in the picture as it moves from the first to the second
- Continue now, picking up the loops left behind on the last round.
During the third round, you might want to snug things up a bit.
This is when you see the web starting to form. From this point onward,
you simply continue the weaving until it gets too hard
to pick up the loops because they are getting too tight. Be sure
to leave a hole in the center!
- When you are finished weaving, you are ready to add feathers
or other hangings; you can even hang a charm in the center circle.
If you left a center
circle big enough, you can hang a second (small) dream catcher!
To hang feathers, use a strip of leather. Thread it around the frame.
Push both ends of the strip through a bead.
Place a feather or two into the same bead,
hanging down; pull it into the bead hole by pulling on the leather.
The tension from the two thicknesses of leather plus the feather
should leave this quite secure.
Samples of New Wave dream catchers soon available!