• Native American dream catcher

    Materials:willow branches (willows, wicker), paper plaster, breadboard knife, wool threads, decorative beads, thread, needle. A catcher consists of a rim and a net. Any round base is suitable for the rim: made of wire, hoops. However, a more natural basis of flexible branches. Suitable willow, willow, shoots of wild grapes or hops. It is better to cut branches in early spring or autumn. Dry ones are no good - they have lost their flexibility. Collected branches before work should be soaked in hot water. It is better to weave the branches in 3-4 pieces. about the same thickness.
    Branches
    Fasten the bundle with a paper plaster, then start to bend while twisting the branches.
    Branches
     Branches
    wind the base with a cord
    The tips of the end need to be twisted with the beginning of the beam that would make a ring.Secure all protruding ends with a paper plaster, and cut thick ends with a mock-up knife. While the base is flexible, it can be crushed slightly, giving the shape as close as possible to the correct circle. Then put under the weight and allow to dry for 2-3 days. The dried base is rigid. You can weave a net right on the base (which can also be dyed or varnished). You can also wrap the base with a cord or thread.
     wind the base with a cord
    Winding is tight. Do not rush to cut off the entire paper patch at once - individual branches can be very brittle. The thickness of the thread, choose proportional to the size of the future catcher. The resulting rim is ready to put a net on it. Unwind about a meter (for a catcher with a diameter of 8-10 cm) of the thread and fasten one end of it on the rim, and pass the other end to the needle. The thread should not be too thin - such a network will not look good, especially on a large catcher. Its thickness should pass through the beads chosen for decoration two times. String the first and second beads on the thread.
     making Indian dream catcher
    making an Indian dream catcher
    After that, make a loop around the rim.  making an Indian dream-catcher After completing it, thread the thread into a bead two and tighten the thread. Then you can dull the bead three, four and so on, fixing each of the going with an equal step along the rim of the loops.  making an Indian dream-catcher The thread should be kept tight so that the loops do not part. When the circle is completed, the next loop with the bead is fastened between the first and second loops. Thus, the spiral loops are one after the other. Due to the fact that the loops are not fixed, you can slightly shift them, aligning the resulting network.
     making an Indian dream catcher
    Its size is ultimately limited only by the catcher's diameter and the size of the beads (which may be smaller in a smaller circle). Also, watch the thread tension - the looser it is, the lower the density we get the grids from the catcher as a result. The catcher ends with an inner circle with a hole into which the tip of the little finger can be inserted. The catcher is finished with a loop for hanging and decorating. The catcher is decorated with traditionally feathers (owls, hawks, pheasant), beads.
     making an Indian dream catcher
    First, thread the beads on the thread, then fasten the thread on the catcher.
     making Indian dream catcher
    making an Indian dream catcher

    making an Indian dream catcher
    Inside the beads you can hide the feathers (fixing them with glue,or tying up a thread).  making an Indian dream-catcher  making an Indian dream catcher

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