How to Make a Dream Catcher
1. Using 2 - 6 ft. of soaked willow (or grapevine), carefully bend
the vine around to form a circle with a 3 - 8 in. diameter. You
decide on the diameter, but traditionally dream catchers are no
2. Twist the piece you are bending, around the circle you have
made to strengthen the vine hoop.
3. Use 4-16 ft. of strong but thin string (the length
is determined by the diameter of the hoop). Knot a loop in one end from which you will hang your dream catcher
when it is done.
4. Tie the hanging loop around the top of your dream catcher (or
at the weakest point of your hoop).
5. The dream catcher repeats the same stitch from start to finish.
To start, hold the string and place it loosely over the top of the
hoop. Move the string around to the back of the hoop (forming a
hole) and pull the string back through the hole you just made.
6. Pull each stitch taught but not too tight or it will warp the
hoop of the dream catcher and it will not lie flat when it is done.
7. Continue the same stitch for the first round around the hoop
of the dream catcher. Space the stitches evenly, about 1 1/2 to
2 in. apart (making 7 to 13 stitches around the hoop).
8. The last stitch of the first round should be placed about a
half inch away from the the hanging loop.
Stitch for the second round:
9. On the second and subsequent stitching rounds, place the string
around the center of each stitch from the previous round (rather
than around the hoop).
10. As you pull each stitch tight, the string from the previous
round should bend towards the center of the hoop slightly, forming
a diamond shape.
You should see the spider web beginning to form.
11. On the third or fourth round add a bead to represent the spider
in the web. Simply place the bead on your string and continue stitching
12. Continue stitching towards the center of the hoop. Eventually,
the stitches become so small that it is difficult to pass the string
through. Make sure you leave a hole in the center of the dream catcher.
13. Stop stitching at the bottom of the hole in the center of the
dream catcher. End by stitching twice in the same place, forming
a knot, and pull tight.
14. You should have 6 - 8 in. of string to tie 2 or 3 feathers
which dangle from the center of the dream catcher.
Tie on 2 or 3 feathers and knot.
15. Wrap a 1 in. square of felt around the knot of string and over
the base of the feathers. Tie two 4 In. pieces string around the
wrapped felt. (Your dream
catcher is now complete)