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Title: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 12, 2008, 06:52:28 PM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


How to Make a Dream Catcher
By Lisa Martin, Rifle Pines Taxidermy
   

                Hello.  I have to start out by saying that I’m not legally documented as a Native American Artist.  All of my Indian kin left the reservations generations ago.  I just happen to love making Dream Catchers.  There are no Native American Artists in my area so I learned to make my own from a dinky little kit I bought at Wal-mart.  Unless you can document your heritage, you cannot sell your catchers as being made by a Native American/Indian.  If there are native crafters in your area, please don’t take away from their business/livelihoods.  Thank you.
   Everywhere I have a photograph to illustrate how to do something, I will put the picture number in red parenthesis (like this) on the actual photograph. If you get confused by the words, just look at the pictures.  They are easier to understand. The first catcher, all pictures pertaining to it are labeled with a black 1 in a white box.  The 2nd & 3rd catchers I’ve made for this tutorial are also labeled with a 2 & 3 respectively.  Once you learn the simple techniques, feel free to go wild.  Put whatever you want on your catchers.  I’ve made red ones, green, purple, put them on antlers like I said…all sorts of things.  Just be aware that if you put any feathers from a migratory bird on one, you cannot sell that catcher for money.  Some may argue about once it’s off the bird, it’s legal to sell.  I prefer to err on the side of caution and give those catchers away to people.  It’s a CYA thing and I don’t want to leave mine hanging out.  Also, please read this entire post before beginning your first catcher because I give tips throughout the whole thing.  And if you read the whole thing, you’ll see other 1st catchers made by forum members who have VERY GENEROUSLY shared their work here too.  (It makes me over the MOON happy to see those.  Seriously!  If/when you make your first one, PLEASE come show us how you did!  Let me know if there is anything I can do to make these instructions clearer too!  Thank you!!)
   Also, before we go any further, I’d like to share one legend with you.

Legend of the Dream Catcher
   “A spider was silently spinning her web above the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandmother.  Nokomis watched the spider at work, every day, recreating and building her web.  There were the neatly wrapped bodies of the bugs the spider killed and a few stray feathers caught there as well.  One day as Nokomis was watching the spider, her grandson came in.  “Nokomis-iya!” he shouted, seeing the spider.  He rushed over to the spider, picked up a stick as if to hit it.
   “No-keegwa,” the old woman whispered, “don’t hurt her.”
   “Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?” asked the boy.  The grandmother smiled, but did not answer.
   When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving its life.  She said “For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web.  You have admired my work.  In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift.”
   She smiled her special spider smile, and moved away, spinning as she went.
   Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the breeze.  “See how I spin?” she said.  “See and learn, for each web will snare your dreams.  Use it so only good dreams will be remembered.  The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web.  In the morning when the sun comes up and strikes the dew, the bad dreams will burn away.  The good dreams are caught and will stay in the web waiting.  At night, when the dreamer returns, the good dreams will come out and flow down the feathers, to be dreamed again.  This is my gift to you.”
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   These are the supplies you will need:
   Materials:  (1)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/1.jpg)
   A hoop of some sort.  Brass from Wal-Mart, a grape vine, a willow hoop, even the tines of a deer antler, hollowed out antler slices…anything that will make the general shape of a hoop.
   Wrapping material if you need it-leather strapping, buckskin suede, whatever works for you.  Usually, I don’t use wrapping when putting a catcher on willow or grape and just a very little bit if putting one on antler.
   Beads-small seed beads, larger more detailed beads, whatever you want.  Personally I don’t like the plastic pony beads.  I think they look cheap.  If you like them, use them.  Your choice.
   Feathers-more is better than less.
   Webbing material-Artificial sinew, waxed dental floss, real sinew, thread (if making a tiny catcher)
   Decorative conches-if you like them
   Tools:
   Beading needle-different than regular sewing needles…MUCH smaller & sharper than sewing needles
   Sewing needle
   Small cups or bowls to hold the beads
   Needle nose Pliers
   Scissors
   Super glue & baking soda if you aren’t good at tying square knots
   A dental or plastic tooth pick-not a wooden one, you’ll leave splinters…a large needle will work also
   A paper clip that pinches closed
   A sharpie pen
   Piece of paper as big as your hoop

   Once you have all your materials & tools assembled, and if you’re using a brass hoop, put the hoop on the piece of paper.  Trace it out.  Cut the circle out.  Fold the circle in half, then quarters, cut one quarter off of the circle.  Fold that quarter into 8th’s then 16th’s, opening between each fold.  (2) 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/2.jpg)
This small template will help you with the spacing of your wrapping.  Where the folds are on the outer arc of the circle, mark it with a sharpie.  Put the circle tool on the inside of your brass hoop and mark the distances on the inside of the hoop.  (As you get better you won’t need to make a circle tool, but if you’re starting out, it will probably keep you from losing your mind once the wrapping gets close to being done.
   Begin wrapping your hoop with your wrapping material (3) making sure not to let it unwrap as best you can.  Take your paper clip and use it as a 3rd hand to hold the start of your wrapping while you continue with the rest.  (4)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/3.jpg)
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   If you are using this kind of wrapping leather, you can do this with it (5) so it won’t unravel too quickly and end up rolling across the floor.
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   If you twist the wrapping leather like this, (6) it will give you some variation in the final wrap.  I like some color flex with mostly smoothness.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/6.jpg)
   This is what the final wrap for this catcher looks like.  (7) If you want it smooth, you just don’t twist it as you wrap it around.  Be careful if you are trying to get a totally smooth wrap because the leather wants to twist.  It is easy to get a twist in it without realizing it’s there until after you’re done.  It will be your choice as to whether or not you want to unwrap the hoop, fix it, or leave the unwanted twist in there, and just ignore it. 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/7.jpg)
   Use a square knot to tie off the ends of the wrapping, and also give you a good place to anchor the start of your webbing.  (8) If you aren’t good at square knots, you can put a small drop of super glue/zap-a-gap on the knot, and then sprinkle a little bit of Baking Soda on the glue.  It will set the glue quicker than you can read this sentence. 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/8.jpg)
   Picture (9) is of the tool I make to keep my webbing material from tangling while I make the web.  You can leave the webbing as one long string if you want.  Just remember that it is much better to make the string VERY long and cut off extra at the end, than it is to leave it too short, and have to mask the knot with something later.  Also, if you leave the string un-looped, it will get hair & stuff in it while you work.  I usually wrap my webbing material loosely around a hardback book, then slide it off…or I wrap it around the fleshy part where my thumb meets my hand and down to my elbow, back up, down…around & around depending on how much webbing material I have. This little loop tool is a tremendous time saver if you choose to keep your webbing material looped up.  This is one way to think about it.  Which is easier to use:  A spool of thread that you use what you need off of, or a pile of thread?  You do what works for you though.  ;)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/9.jpg)
   In photographs (10) (11) (12) & (13) I demonstrate my method of looping the webbing.  The direction of the artificial sinew starts with the red, oranges, yellow, greens, blues, then purple and finally back to red.  The arrows also point in the direction the artificial sinew is going.  I’ve been told by other crafters that my way of looping is unusual, that’s why I took special care to color code the line.   Folks say it looks like a double weave.  I don’t know what they mean by that.  It is just one piece of artificial sinew, not two.  This is just the way I have always done them.  I had trouble reading the Wal-Mart instructions 12+ years ago, so I figured my own way.  I’m not an “instruction reader,” I’m more of a “hands on do it myself & I’ll figure it out…thank you very much” kind of learner.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/10.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/11.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/12.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/13.jpg)
   Photo (14) shows how I wrap my excess string around the dream catcher itself, and then clamp it off, so I can go make dinner, go to the bathroom, go to bed, whatever, until I have time to pick the catcher back up again some time.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/14.jpg)
   I joined two pictures to make (15) showing my beading needles and the two kinds of rock beads I chose for this catcher.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/15.jpg)
   In picture (16) I show how I strung a series of beads on the artificial sinew.  I’m going to be doing an unusual kind of beading for this catcher and I need there to be a certain number of beads on the thread at this point.  After putting the beads on, I wrapped my artificial sinew around again, and tied it with my loop tool.  I am going to be putting these beads on in an unusual way, and I have found that putting them all on at once, then rewrapping the artificial sinew is easier than putting the beads on two at a time then dealing with a tangled mess of artificial sinew next to me.  If you like putting the beads on two at a time, that’s your choice.  I find that the artificial sinew gets tangled and cat/human hair gets caught in it when I let it lay loose.  But you do what works for you.  In picture (17) I show how I put most of the beads on the artificial sinew through the loop, but I left 2 beads behind.  Those two beads will be locked into that position.  Picture (18) shows how I left one bead behind when I started leaving beads back.  For some reason it looks better when just one is left back at the start of the bead work. My preference again.   The red lines in picture (18) also show where to put the next loop…split the stones so one ends up on each side.  ;D 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/16.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/17.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/18.jpg)
   Picture (19) shows how to hold the artificial sinew in your left hand while doing the looping with your right.  Once you get past the point where the beads are, the webbing goes REALLY fast.  It also goes really fast if you only use a few beads.  I just wanted a full circle of beads for this particular catcher.  You don’t have to do that.  1, 2, 3 or so looks fine to.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/19.jpg)
   In photo (20) I show how to use a sewing needle to loop the artificial sinew when you get close to finishing the webbing.  Photo (21) shows how large/small I like my center hole to be when I’m almost done.  Go down through the center hole, then back up through the smaller holes marked with the red arrows…I only marked 3 holes, but do them all.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/20.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/21.jpg)
   As photo (22) shows, slowly pull the artificial sinew making the center hole smaller & smaller.  Do not pull too quickly…allow the loops of the catcher to adjust…help them with your fingers.  Go down through the center hole and back up through the smaller ones again.  Go around the center of the circle twice.  This gives you something to run your needle back through (pic (23)) so the weave won’t unravel on its own over time.  I’ve never had one unravel that I’m aware of.  Some have gone as far as New Zealand too.  :)  Picture (24) shows the back of the catcher, once the center has been sewn, the artificial sinew run back through, and the end cut off.  If you are worried about the sinew coming undone, don’t be afraid to use a drop of glue & the baking soda trick.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/22.jpg)
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   Picture (25) shows this catcher, with the wrapping, beading & webbing completed.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/25.jpg)

   Picture (26) shows the start of a new catcher.  I have wrapped the hoop as previously described, I just didn’t twist any of the wrapping.  I did a regular square knot to anchor the webbing.  In the picture, I’m showing how to do this type of beading.  The artificial sinew does not go around the wrapping, it goes through it instead.  With a dental pick, I made room in the wrapping for a needle to pass through.  I put a bead on the artificial sinew before I put the needle through the wrapping.  Picture (27) shows the needle in the wrapping where the dental pick was.  Put the needle through the back side of the bead, see photo (28).   Then pull it snug like photo (29).  Photo (30) shows this catcher completed except for tying it to the first one, and adding feathers etc.  All beads on this catcher were attached by going in the front of the bead, through the wrapping, then back out through the back of the bead.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/26.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/27.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/28.jpg)
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(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/30.jpg)
   The third catcher begins in picture (31).  Twist the wrapping before going around the hoop.  I don’t like this as much as the semi-smooth or smooth wrappings, but I did it here to show y’all how it looks.  Photo (32) shows the final look of the wrap.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/31.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/32.jpg)
   Picture (33) (34) and (35) show the lengths you can choose to make your loops.  I think (33) & (34) aren’t right IMHO.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/33.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/34.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/35.jpg)
   Picture (36) shows correct spacing for the start of the catcher, v.s. the last of the loops on the outside of the wrapping.  If you make the last & first outside loops too far apart or too close together, the web will look weird as you work it towards the center.  In my opinion, this spacing is correct.  If you can’t make it this close, or if you have to make it farther away, loosen your previous loops, move them forward or back as you see fit, retighten them, and try again. 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/36.jpg)
   In picture (37) I have finished the weaving, sewn the center hole, and snipped the thread.  The center hole is too small though.  In picture (38) I put the dental pick through the center hole and twist it around, enlarging the hole.  Picture (39) shows how the hole has opened up.  39 also shows that this weave is different than the other two.  As I was weaving, I purposefully skipped 4 spots, went around, & skipped 4 more to get the shape that looks like a bee hive.  The red line shows where I would have picked up a loop instead of skipping it, if I were doing a regular weave.  The blue line shows the looping pattern I did to achieve the bee hive shape.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/37.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/38.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/39.jpg)
   To sew the beads on this catcher, like I’m doing in picture (40) tie a square knot at any joint where the web meets…I left the bee hive shape for myself, so I’m going to use it.  Tie some artificial sinew to the webbing anywhere you want to fill in with beads.  I chose the spot marked with the purple square.  Load the beads on the artificial sinew.  Put enough beads on the artificial sinew so you can’t see any of the artificial sinew under the beads.  Go to a point in the web that you want to join.  In this case, I’m going to the pink dot.  I looped the artificial sinew over the blue sinew line at the pink dot and went back through the seed beads I had already loaded.  That explination sounds really confusing.  See the picture (41) for clarity.    I went back to the purple square, looped around the sinew there, and went back up through the beads coming out at the pink dot again.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/40.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/41.jpg)
   Load more beads on the sinew/needle, go to another anchor point, I chose the green circle in picture (42).  I looped around the sinew there, and went back down the seed beads to the pink dot.  I looped around the sinew in the area of the pink dot, tying a knot.  Load more beads and head for the opposite anchor point, in this case, the orange circle in pic (43).  Loop around that point, and go back down the beads to the pink dot.  Tie a knot at the pink dot.  Go through the knot to the ‘show’ side of the catcher.  Put a bead there, then put a seed bead on the sinew too.  Go back through the first bead, leaving the seed bead to anchor the larger bead in place as seen in pic 43 also.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/42.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/43.jpg)
   Photo (44) shows the back side of the Y pattern.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/44.jpg)
   If you’re making a simple one hoop catcher, you are almost done.  If you’re attaching one catcher or more, to another, look at the catchers and determine where they’d look good together.  Loop sinew around the points where they touch.  Tie square knots in the back.  Make the joints prettier like shown in picture (45). 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/45.jpg)
   Picture (46) shows all 3 catchers joined.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/46.jpg)

            If you find yourself with a foot or so of artificial sinew left…but A LOT of webbing left to do, tie a knot with the short end and a fresh piece of artificial sinew.  You’ll need to use the Super Glue/baking soda method to make 100% sure that knot does not slip.  If it slips, your whole web will come undone.  That…is…not…fun…I…am…telling…you.  Work the webbing down to where the knot is, slide a bead or two on…continue with the webbing.  The fresh piece of sinew will be cleaner that the stuff you’ve been working with.  The knot will also be noticeable.  That’s why you put the bead on…slide it/them over the knot, then snip the long tails of sinew hanging out.  It will just look better if you have a piece of webbing material that is PLENTY long enough, so you won’t have to worry about patching a new piece in. 
   
This is just one of the ways I add thongs to hang the feathers from.  Loop a section of thong over the hoop.  Tie it at the base with a square knot.  Picture (47)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/47.jpg)
A photo of all the thongs tied to the catchers.  (48)  Make sure they fall in a way that looks pretty to you.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/48.jpg)
Poke a hole through the quill part of the feather with your needle & thread.  If you’re using smaller feathers, you can just tie them on.  For larger feathers, I sew them on by having the thread go through the actual feather.  Square knot. (49)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/49.jpg)
I tied rocks/beads on to the points where I sewed the thongs together & sewed the feathers on to make them pretty.  If you would like, you can use conches.  You know the silver circles that go on horse saddles or leather jackets?  Those things.  I have a few of those that I’ve done like that.  I’ll put pictures of them somewhere in this thread later.
Photos 50, 51 & 52 show that balance is important.  The dream catcher has a natural point where it wants to hang all on it’s own.  If you whack a nail in the wall, and just hang it on there by the hoop alone, and fiddle with it until it looks right to you, it’ll become obvious where it’s balance point is.  Just loop a thong of leather around in whatever way is pleasing to you to act as an anchor.  You can make it without a hanger too if you want.  Your choice.
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/50.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/51.jpg)
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/52.jpg)
And photo 53 shows the finished catcher, hanging on Wolfwoman’s wall in Alaska.  ;) 
(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/53FinalcatcherpicturebyWolfWoman.jpg)

I’ve been intrigued by the ways folks have done theirs.  I am used to my ways…it’s neat to see this craft through the eyes of someone who doesn’t have much experience with them.  I am LOVING it.  ;)  Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to share this craft with you.  Have fun.  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Beaumont taxidermy on April 12, 2008, 07:10:54 PM
my brain was full too early in this one....  great detail though...   
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: George Roof on April 12, 2008, 07:25:32 PM
That is a lovely RENDITION of what a Dream Catcher might look like, Lisa, however, the real dream catchers had to be made of items given up by Mother Earth.  Today's Dream Catchers are due to the demands of the White man rather than the originals from and for The People.  The willow hoop was to  symbolize the circle of life and everything inside that circle was supposed to represent the bounty the Great Spirit had provided The People.  Seldom was there any symmetry in them as that would not have been natural and each piece was delicately and carefully selected and place within the circle based on the individuals belief.  Basically, each one of them was a sketch of what the maker viewed as his or her life.  Sort of like your childs drawings held on a refrigerator by magnets.

I apologize for hijacking the thread, but as happens so often in today's world, history is rewritten because it sounds better.  Romanticizing the truth is nice, but one should never forget the truth while doing it.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Wolfwoman on April 12, 2008, 07:33:47 PM
AWESOME! Can I have it???

Wolfie :D
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Nina on April 12, 2008, 08:11:09 PM
Great post, that's some tedious work but the results are beautiful.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 12, 2008, 11:15:22 PM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


George, I too realize the importance of the heritage that goes with almost any art form.  That's why I included the legend.  I've heard many legends through the years, but the one I included is my favorite version.  I was hesitant to even do a tutorial because I really don't want to take away from any actual Native American crafters.  I don't know how many registered Indian Crafters there are, but there aren't any near me.  :( at that because I would just about whiz down my leg if I could be friends with them...learn their culture...enrich my own life with knowledge of their history. 

I went ahead with the tutorial because I really enjoy making them.  I figured other folks might like to try their hand at it too.  Just don't advertise yourself as being Native American unless you've got the documentation to back it up.  I've done the willow hoops and loved making them too.  I think most of mine have moved past the actual legend aspect and are now works of art.  I'm cool with that and if someone prefers the more organic looking ones, that's cool too.  ;)

Yes Wolfie...you can have it.  <whispers to the forum> I made this for Bonnie...trade for something...um...I forget what though...LOL oh man!  I've done it again!  Why was it I made this for you Bonnie?  LOL  Dang it.   :-\  :D  I'm shaking my head at my CRS.  lol!

Yes they do take time Nina.  A very small one inside a 1 inch hoop can take as little as 1/2 of one hour.  One I'm working on now is on a hoop that's approximately 2 feet wide.  I'm doing some pretty intricate seed bead work on the feathers for it.  The hoop & webbing took about 3 days working about 4-5 hours a day.  After a while though, it becomes routine...like sewing a cape...you just know how to do it, and can practically do it in your sleep. 

I love them.  I've got...um...just looking around my living room...7 within my sight line.  There's about 40 in various places in our home.  I did a rendezvous about 10 years ago.  Made enough money to pay for my booth, fees, food & fun while we were there, and all my supplies for a whole year.  But it killed me to just sell them...they're almost like children...I remember each one...what I was thinking while making them...that kind of thing.  The only one I felt really good about selling was one that the customer told me was heading to New Zealand for his sister.  She had cancer and was having a hell of a time sleeping.  It was a hoop on an antler and it had pheasant feathers with silver beads. 

Anyway, thank you all for looking.  ;)  If anyone makes a catcher, please let me know how it goes, if there's anything I can do to help, and post pictures too!  I'd love to see!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: George Roof on April 12, 2008, 11:17:06 PM
Lisa, it's a beautiful piece of art regardless of the name one puts on it.  Thanks for the tutorial.  Would make one helluva macrame project (how OLD is THAT?)  LOL
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: -Rebecca- on April 13, 2008, 12:12:48 AM
Thanks so much for such a fantastic tutorial!  The attention to detail makes all the difference.  I'll be trying my hand at this ASAP and I'll let you know how it goes :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 13, 2008, 12:39:02 AM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


I'll be trying my hand at this ASAP and I'll let you know how it goes :)
YAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  That's what I was hoping for...someone to try it!  YEAHHHHHHHHHH You just made my Saturday night Critter!  LOL!!!  Funny that I'm 35 and someone saying they'll try something makes my Saturday night but it is ALL good!  ;)  If you want help let me know & I can call ya.  PM'ing my #.  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Jared Adams on April 13, 2008, 10:47:08 PM
OMG!!! you can't charge enough for that! That looks time consuming, but what a beautiful job you did ;D
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 13, 2008, 11:01:34 PM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


Thank you very much J.  I love making them.  And yes if I'm making one on commission, they're a pretty penny.  If they're just for myself, I don't keep track of time.  ;)  OMG IVAN JUST BOUGHT ME A 3000 PSI POWER WASHER!!! I LOVEEEEEEEE THAT MAN!!!!!!!!! 

Y'all have a great night!  I'm gonna go play with my new tool!  Sweet dreams when you get to them!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: WeaponX on April 13, 2008, 11:40:28 PM
Lisa, good post, I used to make and sell dream catchers, but it hurts my fingers too much to do it any more, the last one was for my Grandson, made with a willow branch, sinew and a ptarmigan feather I brought back from Canada.
Funny thing about George's post, when I was selling them, I would get invited to Pow Wows every year and my biggest buyers were Native Americans, and they wanted the wildest colors I could come up with, and not anything like a so called traditional dream catcher is supposed to look like.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 14, 2008, 09:37:17 AM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


Thank you weapon.  ;)  Interesting to me that the actual Native Americans wanted to buy yours instead of making their own.  Maybe their tribe was one that didn't make catchers?  I don't know.  :)  I like the simple ones a lot.  It's fun working with the natural variations in willow.  The bumps and bark.  I also like grape vines for the same reason...and I have grape vines in my back yard.  Virginia Creeper works good too...and I've got plenty of that.  I saw one years & years ago when I was a little bitty kid...it was suspended from the ceiling in a store or restaraunt somewhere...the pamplet below it said it was an 8 FOOT circle.  They had taxi'ed mice & small birds in the webbing.  It was just awesome.  Massive, but awesome.  Funny what we remember.  Anyway, thanks.  ;)  I love making them & I'm sorry your fingers hurt sunshine.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Bonnie ( Allistair ) on April 14, 2008, 09:46:08 AM
Woaah!!  Nice!!!  I've always wonderred how people did those... that's incredible!!!! Thank you!! :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Leslie J. on April 14, 2008, 09:46:16 AM
Thanks SO much for this tutorial Lisa!  I love the look of the ones you did...just beautiful!  Now I've got to try my hand at one :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 14, 2008, 10:01:38 AM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


Thank you both.  ;)  I'm not done with the tutorial part.  I still have to show how I attached the feathers and the final product.  I've lost my camera somewhere though.  It's making me growl cause there's other stuff I want to photo too.  :( 

THANK YOU to the two who just voted also!  Until y'all did it was a dead heat between poll options 1, 3 & 6.  ;D  I voted #6 because it wouldn't let me see any results until I had voted, and #1-5 didn't apply!  LOL
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Becky P on April 14, 2008, 10:25:56 AM
It's beautiful Lisa.
I tried my hand at them a few years back, but mine were pretty plain, no where near as intricate as yours. Very nice.

George, I've done my share of macrame, even made a few of those owls. But don't try to do it with a kitten around, learned that the hard way.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 14, 2008, 10:36:37 AM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


George, I've done my share of macrame, even made a few of those owls. But don't try to do it with a kitten around, learned that the hard way.

LOL something tells me that's the voice of experience talkin' right there.  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Avian Art on April 14, 2008, 11:04:19 AM
Lisa,

Thank you, for the tutorial! That is some beautiful work! You surely put a tremendous amount of effort into both the dream catcher, and the step by step tutorial. I might have to give this a try someday. I have a feeling mine would turn out looking like a web spun by a drunken spider, but the fault would be all mine since you certainly have taught us well! Thanks for sharing!

- Dave
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: WeaponX on April 14, 2008, 11:13:04 AM
Lisa,
 The Natives were actually Lakota Sioux, they did make their own, but liked the wild colors I used for some reason,(neon pink and turquoise LOL, go figure )  we mostly did a lot of trading, which was even better.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: * Terri * on April 14, 2008, 03:54:29 PM
Lisa,
Thanks so much for the tutorial.  I can't wait to try my hand at this.  I've always like dreamcatchers and your's are truly beautiful. 
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 14, 2008, 04:08:27 PM
You're all welcome.  The whole tutorial isn't done.  Still need to put the feathers on in it.  But that's not hard & there are LOTS of ways so virtually any way someone chooses to put them on, they'll do it right.  Please, when you are done, no matter what it looks like to you, (we're always harder on our own work than other people are) please put a picture here.  I'd love to see them.  ;)

 I'm posting it over here because it's the only thread I can find that my post will end up with a WHITE back ground, so these words are invisible until I tell folks they are here...and where not many folks are likely to quote me because if they do, they'll see these words in the quote & I will be BUSTED!  Right now, Russ is getting a HUGE joke played on him by Bill & Pete.  He is SWEATING BULLETS and is all SORTS of worried but they're just screwing with him.  Love ya Russ...I didn't know about it until just now.  Love ya critter.  I'm glad it'll all work out.  Smoooooooooochesssssssssss.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: -Rebecca- on April 16, 2008, 07:34:47 PM
OK, I finally got a chance to try this out.  It's not nearly as pretty as yours Lisa, but I think it's a fair first effort.  I used hemp for the webbing, and in retrospect that wasn't the best choice. It tends to fray too much as you work with it.  The tutorial was perfect though.  Thanks again for taking the time to put it together!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 16, 2008, 09:32:11 PM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail!  

If you're just a crafter wanting to make a catcher for someone you love, for yourself, or for instance, a child who has nightmares, please continue on...and please, put a picture of the catcher you've made at the end of this thread.  Thank you so much!


OH MY GOSH!  CRITTER!! IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!  YOU DID A GREAT JOB!!!!!!!  I am so proud of YOU!  The webbing looks like I could have done it myself!  I LOVE IT!!  I seriously am so proud!  I want to HUG YOU!  How big is the hoop?  Looks like...ummm....6 inches?  You did a great job.  I'm serious...beautiful.  THANK YOU!  SO MUCH THANK YOU!!!!!  I think, if you had ever tried it before, you could have made one just like this without any help from anyone.  I'm glad me doing this tutorial gave you some inspiration...but the talent...the ideas...they all came from YOU!  You should be very proud!  Is there anything I could make more clear in the tutorial though?  Any questions you might have had? 

Thank you so much for making one & sharing the picture with us.  :)  I am so proud of you!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: TrappinTee on April 23, 2008, 01:55:00 PM
Lisa thank you so much. I have tried looking up on how to make a dream catcher. I even went and bought a kit at hobby lobby, but the directions omg, still scratching my head. When I seen this I went finally help is out there. Critter that is great for your first one. I'm going to start on mine asap. Thank you again Lisa.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 23, 2008, 02:17:25 PM
You're welcome Trappin.  I'll warn you like I did Critter though...they are flipping addictive!  The small ones go relatively quickly once you get a few done.  I can make 1-2 an evening...2-3-4-5 depending on size & if I don't get too nutty with the bead work.  After you're tired of the small ones, you can go up to bigger ones.  And do more with the beads.  I took some deer hair off of some scrap hide, wrapped it with thread...pulled it tight...and it made a pompom looking thing that looks awesome.  I want to use them on a new catcher. 

I make double catchers...ummmmmm...you know how the 5 rings for the Olympics loop through each other?  I do that with 2 hoops.  I put either a 3rd catcher in the center hole, or I put pictures in there.  I do them for folks who are getting or are married. 

You can let your imagination run wild.  They become art instead of what they started out as.  I'm glad I was able to help you too Trappin.  They're fun.  As you go along, if there's something that confuses you or you have a question, please don't hesitate to holler & I'll try to clear it up.  Thank you.  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Becky P on April 23, 2008, 07:39:36 PM
Well, here's my sad attempt. Sorry Lisa, I tried, it wasn't your instructions, they were fine. I see where I goofed, too late now, LOL. We'll just say my spider was drunk ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 23, 2008, 07:47:08 PM
Becky!  THAT IS WAY COOL!!!!!!!!!  I LOVE how you skipped some spots on your webbing!  It's beautiful!  You didn't goof it up at all!  It's beautiful!!!!!!  I'm so proud of you! You used shells for beads too1  Awesomeeeee!!!!!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: TrappinTee on April 23, 2008, 09:28:52 PM
Becky awsome work I started mine late today. Lisa can you put up pictures of how you also do deer antlers. Thank you again
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher- Final Pic!
Post by: Wolfwoman on April 25, 2008, 06:51:40 PM
And a pic which in NO WAY NO HOW does it justice... it's hanging in my bedroom wall. I'm thinking of painting the bedroom to match the dreamcatcher!

(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f132/Wolfwoman7/Crafts/23Apr08038.jpg)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 25, 2008, 08:39:57 PM
I'm thinking of painting the bedroom to match the dreamcatcher!

LMAOOOOOOOO!  I'm so glad you like it Bonnie.  Enjoy it...always critter.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: show me state (Robert West) on April 25, 2008, 11:47:47 PM
i don't know if i'll ever try to make one but all the same how thoughtful of you to go to all the trouble of posting this tutorial thanks
Robert west ;D
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 26, 2008, 12:06:11 AM
It has really been a TON of fun Robert.  I love these things.  And seeing the catchers other folks have made...that just LIGHTS ME UP like a Christmas tree in Las Vegas!  It truly gives me real pleasure.  I'm making a pink one for a little 7 year old girl now.  Same pink leather that I used in the pink antler mount.  It's going to be just puuuuuuurrrrrrrttttttttyyyyyyyy.  Female...delicate...but still have a natural feel.  I'm loving it.  They are an addiction though.  Ivan informed me that if I make any more, I need to sell the ones I have.  Well...some of them I can't sell because of the goose or duck feathers on them.  BUT if I make them for folks here, I can make as many as I have requests for, AND I get to make more, AND I have the opportunity to spread my work across the country.  I could go sell them to the hoity toity decorator shops up the road and get a lot more money for them.  But if I do that, then I don't know who'll end up with them.  Here, I know the folks...and will continue to have a friendship with them hopefully for years to come.  Just a win/win/win/win/win situation.  ;)  ;D  I love taxi.net, yes I do, I love taxi.net...how about YOU?!!?  (I'm singing that in my head again.  ;) :D)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on May 10, 2008, 12:45:37 AM
New little one I'm doing for someone here...well, his daughter anyway.  Same pink leather as the little white tail antler mount I did.  I won't post a final picture of it until after it's in the little girls hands.  ;)  I sewed beads on to it after the webbing was done, and I put the wrapping on the hoop after the webbing was done too.  I did the beads in a zigzag pattern because I like it & it reminds me of the spiders that do that with their webs.  Anyway...here's another way to make a catcher.  ;)  Enjoy.

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/A.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/B.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/C.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/D.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/E.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/F.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/G.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/H.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/I.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/J.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/K.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/L.jpg)

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on May 10, 2008, 01:01:34 AM
And one I made to thank Becky P for being really sweet to me a while ago.   :-*  The dots on the quills of the feathers indicate different shades/sizes of beads.  Most of them are seed beads but there are some larger copper ones that match the beads in the web itself.  On the up close picture of the wrapping with my hand behind...I think I had 6-8 different lengths of leather thong that I was weaving around this hoop at once.  It was really hard to keep track of which thong should go where next.  I made the wrapping & webbing for this catcher years ago...but then got side tracked...I guess I was waiting until I knew someone who would love it like I did.  :)  I'm glad I found you Becky.  ;)

This catcher is something like 18 inches wide & 36 inches long.  Those are turkey tail feathers.  The turkey was killed by a bobcat. 

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/BigTurkey1.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/bigturkey2.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/bigturkey3.jpg)

(http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn15/RifleDreamCatcher/BigTurkey4.jpg)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: DropTine on May 10, 2008, 06:43:20 PM
WOW, Very nice Lisa. Mark
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on May 10, 2008, 10:09:31 PM
Thank you Mark.  I have fun making them and they're actually theraputic.  Helps me chill out.  ;)  Making them seriously is not hard.  If you can do a fish or a bird or a gamehead, you can do a catcher.  I wish more folks would try it.  :) 
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on June 01, 2008, 06:52:13 PM
Asymmetrical...different...I enjoyed making it.  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on June 07, 2008, 08:14:14 PM
Any internet surfers who have arrived at this tutorial because of the following web site:  http://www.omgili.com/omgili/+Re:+HOW+TO+MAKE+EASY+MONEY+FAST+AND+LEGALLY!!!!!!!!

You should be aware that making a dream catcher is neither "easy" or "fast" and if you use the wrong materials, you could end up in jail. 

It is the character of the artist...the love, patience and time they put into a catcher that make it truly a work of art.  If all you care about is making crappy flea-market junk, I wish you'd just leave now.  I care about these catchers.  I do not want to exploit the art form.  Also, if there are actual Native American crafters in your area, by doing the crap catchers, you are probably taking away from their livelihood.  I urge you to think before you use my information.  Chances are good that if you're just doing it for the flea-market type things, you won't care about the morality of it all though.  >:(  Damnit.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: thatguyonline on October 14, 2008, 08:29:50 PM
I am trying this one ASAP. Awesome stuff. I love doing that kind of stuff. I have made a bow, war hammer, drum, mocs, a dog collar, and others.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on October 14, 2008, 08:39:32 PM
tgol, it sounds like you've made more stuff that I have!  Great job!  If you have any questions, I'm just a pm away!  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: thatguyonline on November 13, 2008, 03:45:29 PM
I have made the hoop out of a length of grape vine. and bound it with some buckskin lacing. I was wondering if this would work for the weave. The first one on the page. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?DEPT=259&Page=2 (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?DEPT=259&Page=2)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on November 14, 2008, 12:00:16 PM
I have made the hoop out of a length of grape vine. and bound it with some buckskin lacing. I was wondering if this would work for the weave. The first one on the page. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?DEPT=259&Page=2 (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?DEPT=259&Page=2)

Yep tgol...that'd work fine.  It's a little thick, but since it's 3 strand, you can seperate them, or just use bigger beads.  It will work though.  ;)  Almost anything will.  Catchers are really flexible in the different kinds of materials you can use.  If you're ever in a pinch...stuck somewhere wanting to do something...(I made one in a hospital when I was spending time with a friend)...you can use dental floss.  Not the mint kind of course.  Just the el-cheapo generic kind. 

Good luck & have fun.  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: thatguyonline on November 14, 2008, 03:35:48 PM
Thanks for the info. (:
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: GrowninIdaho on November 22, 2008, 02:59:12 AM
All I can say is WOW!!, I am really happy I happened to see this Tutorial-thread and have enjoyed it tremendously!! Thank You Lisa!! You have shown so many different ideas, and tricks; I can't wait to try them!! Baking Soda + Super Glue?? Who would have known?!
Thanks again;
Matt
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on November 22, 2008, 11:55:55 PM
You're welcome Matt.  Thank YOU for letting me know what you think!  Tutorials are fun to do...taking the pictures...writing stuff out...seeing all the responses from folks.  I really love seeing the catchers people've made too.  :)  If you have any questions, feel free to holler! 
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on March 22, 2009, 08:45:20 PM
I made a couple new catchers recently...trading for some skulls.  :)  These were a TON of fun.  They started out as just the tan one...then his lady saw it and said she wanted one as well...but hers needed to be pink!  :)

I couldn't find my camera for love or money for hers (had to use my cell phone instead)...but hopefully they'll be able to take better pics & post them once the catchers arrive!  ;)

If anyone has made any new catchers, PLEASE feel free to share them!  I love these things...love them love them love them!  Thank you!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: platzy on March 22, 2009, 10:01:41 PM
beautiful work
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on March 22, 2009, 10:13:03 PM
Thank you Platzy...they really aren't terribly difficult.  Are you interested in giving them a whirl?  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: platzy on March 22, 2009, 10:23:01 PM
Thank you Platzy...they really aren't terribly difficult.  Are you interested in giving them a whirl?  :)
  yes, you could say I'm fairly interested in learning
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: platzy on March 22, 2009, 10:40:34 PM
wow i feel stupid.. I just now realized this was a tutorial. Haha Great Job!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on March 23, 2009, 08:15:54 PM
wow i feel stupid.. I just now realized this was a tutorial. Haha Great Job!

Nah...don't feel stupid...we all have inner dingbats that find their way to the surface platzy.  ;)  When you make one, please post a picture!  I'd love to see it!  And thanks for saying I did a good job.  I had fun.  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 29, 2009, 12:54:36 AM
I have been in a dream catcher making frenzy the past few months.  :)  I forgot to take pictures of some of them...got cell phone pictures of others.  ::)  I put them all in one picture.  4 of them are a series...very similar...they're outlined in pink.  The one outlined in red...it's one catcher...just close ups of some areas...the blue one...those are gifts for some friends of mine who just got married.  ;D  And the ones outlined in yellow, they are the same size...a his & hers set.  :)

But here they are...if any of y'all have experimented or made catchers, please post them!  I'd LOVE to see!  :)

ARGHHHHHHHHHH The compilation picture is too big!  I'm going to cut it into 3 parts. 

OH the first one here...it will be for sale here some day...when the need arises for a charity auction thing...I finally got it done.  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 29, 2009, 12:56:24 AM
Cut #2
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 29, 2009, 12:57:16 AM
And #3 :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Becky P on April 29, 2009, 07:57:05 AM
They're all beautiful but I REALLY like number 8.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on April 29, 2009, 07:17:55 PM
They're all beautiful but I REALLY like number 8.

That's one of my favorites ever too Becky.  Those are Lady Amhearst head feathers.  :)  I bet if you visit La Grange you can see it in person here in a little while.  ;)  The double ones...I've never seen anyone else make them exactly like that.  I usually only make them for folks who are getting or are married.  The two circles coming together thing. 

Anyone who is just seeing this thread...please, give it a shot!  I would love to see your creations!  There really isn't a "wrong" way to do one.  ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Helltigress on June 09, 2009, 11:05:11 PM
I saw this tutorial I don't know how many months ago and told myself I'd try to make a dream catcher someday.  I finally made one as a gift for my boyfriend.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would (something like 10 hours)!  I didn't use this tutorial, I just sort of went with it on a small one first.  I however did want to say that I was definitely inspired to start in the first place by Lisa's many beautiful dream catchers!  I think I'll probably make a few more too!  Anyways here is mine, a chakra inspired dream catcher.

(http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l259/Helltigress/DSC00977.jpg)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on June 20, 2009, 12:59:47 PM
You did a beautiful job Tigeress.  You used this tutorial exactly as I intended...for inspiration.  ;)  Thank you so much for sharing your finished one with us.  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: WolfMan96 on July 18, 2009, 12:52:54 PM
Sweet tutorial, i'm so going to make one ;)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Arrowed lungs on August 06, 2009, 01:33:22 PM
not really into them but very cool
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on August 06, 2009, 02:03:14 PM
Sweet tutorial, i'm so going to make one ;)

GOOD!  YAY!

not really into them but very cool

Thanks for the very cool part AL.  I realize it's not for everyone...just like taxidermy isn't going to be everyones cup of tea.  I like them.  ;)  I made this catcher for a friend:

(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/LisaMatRPT/Antler%20work/catcher6.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/LisaMatRPT/Antler%20work/catcher5.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/LisaMatRPT/Antler%20work/Catcher1.jpg)
(http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg214/LisaMatRPT/Antler%20work/catcher2.jpg)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Arrowed lungs on August 06, 2009, 03:55:54 PM
I like the one with the deer horn really cool
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: grygon on August 10, 2009, 11:03:27 PM
i'll be making one some day, lisa.  :)  think my grandpa and his wife would like it.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: zantosa53 on October 25, 2009, 08:02:51 PM
pssst your tut pics are all gone
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on October 27, 2009, 03:18:55 AM
pssst your tut pics are all gone

ARGHHHHHHHHH!  Okay...thanks for the heads up zantosa...I didn't know photobucket would do this!  That means I need to log into the account I made for oldterryr's tutorials too!  Crimeny...gad I hope I can remember the passwords!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: thatguyonline on December 02, 2009, 03:38:50 PM
SO SAD I LOVED THIS POST!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on December 15, 2009, 01:29:17 AM
I think I might have to take pictures as I make a new catcher.  No biggie except that I don't have enough hours in a day or enough me.  <sigh>  Oh well.  I'm more worried about OldTerryR's stuff.  Anyone knows how to hack into an account, feel free to have at the account I set up for his tutorial pictures.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on December 16, 2009, 10:12:14 PM
YAYYYYYYYYY I guessed the password!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YAAAAAYYYYYYYY...lemme go try to figure out the pw for Terry's stuff!  :) :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: outhawkn on December 16, 2009, 11:34:46 PM
Lisa, good post, I used to make and sell dream catchers, but it hurts my fingers too much to do it any more, the last one was for my Grandson, made with a willow branch, sinew and a ptarmigan feather I brought back from Canada.
Funny thing about George's post, when I was selling them, I would get invited to Pow Wows every year and my biggest buyers were Native Americans, and they wanted the wildest colors I could come up with, and not anything like a so called traditional dream catcher is supposed to look like.


Having done the pow wow seen for many years I found the same to be true, the only people concerned with following the old ways...were white people.lol
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: PLTannery on February 03, 2010, 10:15:19 PM
Finally got around to trying your method.... haven't made one of these since I Was a kid....  Your tutorial took my work up to the next level and beyond!

Thanks for taking the time to put it together!

Here they are...

(http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s353/PLTannery/DSCN3279.jpg)
(http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s353/PLTannery/DSCN3280.jpg)
(http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s353/PLTannery/DSCN3282.jpg)
(http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s353/PLTannery/DSCN3283.jpg)
(http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s353/PLTannery/DSCN3284.jpg)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: zantosa53 on February 03, 2010, 11:40:41 PM
 :o :o :o I want that black and red skull one  :o :o :o haha what kinda skull is that?

*side note* ^5 for all these they look amazing! I wanted to learn how to make these as a kid but I lost interest. Now I'm about ready to run out to the store and buy the supplies 5 mins ago to try one!  :D
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: PLTannery on February 04, 2010, 11:30:43 AM
Ya can buy it if ya want... I'm gonna put all three on my website...   its a raccoon skull with Sheep toe bones above the feathers... Had one come thru without a lower jaw and it fit perfectly...

The green one has a Dragon, Key and moss agate on it.  The Blue and tan one has a very neat piece of geode on it.

Ebay is by far the best place to get the rings...there is a seller on there that has them very reasonable and is VERY good to deal with..  I hand cut all the buckskin lace from full hides... its a bit wider and thinner than the commercial stuff.. easier to work with.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: zantosa53 on February 04, 2010, 10:22:53 PM
lol tempt me and I might just buy it, I'm worried at how much it'll cost me.. tho  :-\

lisa how did you attach it to the antler? Drill a hole? looks great!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on February 06, 2010, 03:45:28 PM
Shelby.  Seriously.  Those are beautiful!  EXCELLENT work.  ;)  Thank you SO much for sharing the pictures!!  ;)

Zantosa...I attached the web to the antler this way:

1. Drill holes in the antler at the appropriate intervals.
2. Take a small piece of copper wire, bend it in 1/2.
3. Poke it in the hole, bending it like the little metal clip things on manila envelopes. 
4. Orient the folds in the wires so they all face the same way.
5. Fill the holes with Apoxie Sculpt.  Smooth.
6. Use the copper loops to hold the sinew/string just like you would on the hoop.  ;)

I'm glad this has inspired/helped you.  ;)

Shelby...again woman...beautiful.
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: zantosa53 on February 06, 2010, 05:25:34 PM
Lisa thank you so much for sharing! It's a very nice piece you should be very proud of! *runs off to look for antlers*  :D
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: TrixiMcGee on October 26, 2011, 12:49:01 PM
Thanks Lisa!
This tutorial was great - I took the supplies up to Gatlinburg over the weekend and made my first Dream Catcher with my sister, brother in law and best friend. They might not be perfect, but we have a blast making them!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on October 26, 2011, 09:49:46 PM
Trixi!  Those are beautiful!  EXCELLENT JOB!!  They ARE TOO PERFECT!!  :)  Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!!!!

Could you take & post pictures of each catcher?  I can't see the one in the middle very well.  I like them all a whole lot.  You did good work.  :)

Did you have any questions at all?  Is there anything I can do to help? 
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Becky P on October 28, 2011, 07:52:43 AM
Very nice Trixi!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: TrixiMcGee on October 28, 2011, 04:44:12 PM
Lisa the instructions were perfect. The only real trouble we had was wrapping the brass ring - we finally ditched doing it solo and teamed up to wrap them a little faster - one person holding the ring and keeping the turns tight and the other person passing the leather through. It literally cut an hour off of the process. The middle one was made by my sister Courtney - I'll email her and ask her to send me a better pic. I took $75+ in supplies up there and I really wish I had bought more fur scraps, feathers and stone beads. Feathers were really hard to find - either they were too garish or they were too small. I went to Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joanne and what you see was the best they had.

We altered the dream catcher idea a bit by taking tiny glass jars (I bought a pack of assorted sizes for $5) with cork lids and attached them. I told each person to fill them with a wish or something they loved. One person filled theirs with a little Gatlinburg dirt. I put 3 beads representing my two sisters and my mom in mine. It made them a little more personal.

My advice for making one - don't stress over your idea of perfection. Every one is different and that's what makes them special. Oh yeah, and keep that sinew tight!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on October 29, 2011, 02:43:08 AM
Lisa the instructions were perfect. The only real trouble we had was wrapping the brass ring - we finally ditched doing it solo and teamed up to wrap them a little faster - one person holding the ring and keeping the turns tight and the other person passing the leather through. It literally cut an hour off of the process. The middle one was made by my sister Courtney - I'll email her and ask her to send me a better pic. I took $75+ in supplies up there and I really wish I had bought more fur scraps, feathers and stone beads. Feathers were really hard to find - either they were too garish or they were too small. I went to Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joanne and what you see was the best they had.

YAYYYYYYYYY that y'all cooperated!!!  I LOVE THAT!!!  :) 

I'm to the point that I just keep pretty much every bit of something I cut off of anything wild in hopes that some day I'll put it on a catcher.  I keep an eye out for the little hard sided travel suitcases that women used to put their "necessaries" in?  Make up etc from back in the 60's-70's?  They're a little bigger than lunch box size & you can pick them up for $3-5-7 at yard sales.  :)  I put the beads in baby food jars.  You can also get beads from yardsales...in the form of necklaces.  Just unstring & tada!  Totally unique bead collections.  The bits & pieces are expensive if you buy them from the store, but if you collect them over time, it's more budget friendly.  (I'm sorry I didn't mention that in the original tutorial.) 

We altered the dream catcher idea a bit by taking tiny glass jars (I bought a pack of assorted sizes for $5) with cork lids and attached them. I told each person to fill them with a wish or something they loved. One person filled theirs with a little Gatlinburg dirt. I put 3 beads representing my two sisters and my mom in mine. It made them a little more personal.

I love this!!!  As time goes on, people can put different things in the jars!  Wonderful!!

My advice for making one - don't stress over your idea of perfection. Every one is different and that's what makes them special. Oh yeah, and keep that sinew tight!

EXACTLY!!!! :)  Each & every one is absolutely the way it is supposed to be.  Thank you so much Trixi!  :)  You're awesome.  :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Kay Raynewolfe on October 29, 2011, 03:22:20 AM
Nice tutorial. I have not made any for a long time but just as a simple note for people to think outside the box I have a picture to share of one of my favorites I did a few years ago for a friend. Enjoy everyone.!
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: April Payne on December 04, 2011, 02:40:32 AM
Coincidentally I have been really wanting to make a dream catcher lately. Good thing I can't sleep tonight and are browsing tutorials. I absolutely love these dream catchers you made. They are really beautiful. And I like how you put three different sized together like that. I am too tired to read through this whole tutorial, but I just might go out tomorrow and buy all the supplies needed and start making one soon. :)
Title: Re: How to make a dream catcher-Poll too!
Post by: Lisa M on December 21, 2011, 08:10:26 PM
Nice tutorial. I have not made any for a long time but just as a simple note for people to think outside the box I have a picture to share of one of my favorites I did a few years ago for a friend. Enjoy everyone.!

I like the odd shapes too Kay.  ;)  That's part of why I put them on antlers & all sorts of other things.  :) 

Coincidentally I have been really wanting to make a dream catcher lately. Good thing I can't sleep tonight and are browsing tutorials. I absolutely love these dream catchers you made. They are really beautiful. And I like how you put three different sized together like that. I am too tired to read through this whole tutorial, but I just might go out tomorrow and buy all the supplies needed and start making one soon. :)

YAY April!  I make stuff late at night when I can't sleep too.  That's how I ended up with a few hundred catchers.  I've most of them away.  I made a new one recently as a present for a friend.  :)  Other than that, I'm just too dang busy to play with extra stuff lately.  :(

Anyway...please post pictures when you make one okay April???  :)  ;)  Thank you.  :)