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May 24, 2011 / Crystal Rose

Whimsical Dreamcatcher Tutorial

This weeks Iron Craft challenge is to create something based on your family heritage. I chose to highlight my Native American side. Really though I just consider myself American. I’m such a mutt that it’s hard to say exactly what’s most prominent. Basically I’m 12 different kinds of things, 10 European and 2 tribes and that’s about as much as there is to know.

The real thing that made my choice for me was that Geekette has been having trouble sleeping lately. I can’t think of a better time than now to introduce a Dreamcatcher to her room.  I chose to use materials that spoke to our lives rather than what might be considered traditional. If you’d like to find out more about Dreamcatchers you can check out these links:

http://www.nativetech.org/dreamcat/dreamcat.html

http://www.native-languages.org/dreamcatchers.htm

First gather your materials: a hoop of some kind, string/ribbon/rope, feathers, beads or buttons, and a pair of scissors.

Wrap your hoop with the cord of your choice. Tie the ends together to make a loop to hang it by.

Tie your cord off and begin to wrap. Basically you’ll be making little circles around the edge. Bring it over the hoop and under on the left, crossing your cord as you do.

You’ll want to stop about one loops length from your hanging cord. This will be your first row.

Start your second row, using the same little circles you just made only instead of placing them on the hoop you’ll be placing them in the center of the lines you just did.

After you complete your second row it should look something like this.

Around the fourth row add your bead or button. Once you’ve gotten to the point where it’s a pain to keep going tie off your cord. You can add a bead and feather to hang from the center if you’d like or just trim the cord like I did.

Cut three even lengths of cord and tie along the bottom of your Dreamcatcher.

Add feathers and/or additional beads and buttons.

Hang above your bed and enjoy!

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