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« on: March 20, 2006 10:37:56 AM »

Hello peeps!

I make dreamcatchers.  My mom showed me how when I was young.  I revamped the way I make them a little.  Take a look and  let me know if you want to know how.

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Sorry for the crappy pics, my camera isn't the best.

I'm working on another one and I'm going to use these cool sequin stars that I found.
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2006 10:39:03 AM »

I'd love a tutorial!

They are beautiful Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006 11:58:26 AM »

Thanks!!

It's kinda hard to do, but I'll try to explain how to make them:

Ingredients :

Metal hoops, different sizes.  Some craft stores have them near the windchime section or they may actually have a Native American craft section.
Leather cord, flat.  I usually get it in rolls.
Waxed linen cord.  I found this near the jewerly section.  It looks like sinew, just like the stuff the Native Americans used.
Cool earthy looking beads
Feathers (you can get bags of them.  I have also found plain white ones that I have painted to look like eagle feathers)
Glue (tacky glue works just fine)
A clothespin or two to hold leather lace while you wrap the metal hoop

How to do:

Take metal hoop, have glue handy and clip
Glue the end of a length of leather to the hoop and clip it to the hoop
Wrap the leather cord a couple of times and clip again.  You may also put more glue on it, then clip it.  You are going to be stretching and wrapping the leather, so you want it to stay.
Wrap the leather tighly around the hoop so that you cannot see the hoop
When you get to the end, clip and glue.  You may want to leave a small section open so that you can place a hanging section of leather
When glue is dry, next is time to weave the linen
Take a long piece of the linen, make sure you get a long piece because it's a pain to get halfway through the project and have to splice it.  If you do have to splice it, cover the splice with a bead.
Tie the end of the linen to the hoop, usually where you have a section open for the hanger.
Then take the linen, pull it towards you, then loop it over the outside of the hoop, leave about an inch, then bring it down then push it through the loop you just made.  It's almost like you are weaving it.  I may have to post a how to with pics. 
The weaving is going to look like a spider web, make sure you pull on it to make it tight.  The wax on the linen will start to melt together sorta and help hold it.
Add beads as desired while you are weaving.
When you get to the end, middle, tie off with a knot and secure with a dab of glue.
Embellish and add hanger as desired.

Whew!!

If you look at the pics, you can kinda see how I weaved the linen.  When I get a chance, i will post how to pics.  Sorry if the directions seems nutty.  I explain things the way I see them.

If you make one, please post so I can see it.

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2006 01:14:55 PM »

Are you native?

I am Ojibwe, and I make dreamcatchers as well, but more traditional ones, and ones with 3 or 4 hoops.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2006 10:46:07 AM »

My family has Blackfoot in them, which I believe is an upstate NY tribe. My mom told me about it.  My great grandmother was like Half Blackfoot. I have made more traditional dreamcatchers, but I like to revamp them. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2006 11:31:05 AM »

Hmm... Most Blackfoot are from Oklahoma/Nebraska/Wyoming...

To make dreamcatchers I use red Willow for the frame, twist it into a circle, tie the ends with sinew, and then do the whole stringing with sinew.
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2006 10:24:31 AM »

Well, my memory isn't good.  I think that is what she said :  P  I don't talk to my family up north anymore.  Bad relationships, etc.  Long story.
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