Friday, July 26, 2013

DIY Dreamcatchers

Catch Your Dreams
by Emmy Hirsch, guest blogger

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Dreamcatchers are a fascinating part of the Native American culture, a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Originating from the Ojibwa Nation, dreamcatchers are believed to alter a person's dreams by protecting the sleeper from negative dreams. By catching bad dreams inside its web and allowing good dreams to filter through the center hole and descend down the feathers to the dreamer, the dreamcatcher would allow good dreams to pass while bad dreams would be burned off by the morning sun. Contemporary Native American dreamcatchers are still hand-made, all with one element sacred to the tribes of North America: the hoop. The hoop is held in the highest esteem, symbolizing strength and unity. As a traditional form of art of the Native American people, the dreamcatcher has been part of the culture for centuries and continues to thrive in modern society.

These four bloggers show you with their great do it yourself techniques how to make your own personalized dreamcatcher. This is the perfect activity to do by yourself or with friends and makes a sentimental gift that lets the receiver know you wish them sweet dreams. So have fun, enjoy, and dream on!

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Free Spirited Dreamcatcher
Artist Rachael Rice demonstrates and teaches how to make small, whimsical dreamcatchers with hand-painted feathers using bangles and string. These miniature dreamcatchers would make great bag
charms, key chains, or hanging decorations!

Natural Dreamcatcher
In this tutorial, Gwen shows you step by step how to create an authentic leather-bound dreamcatcher. She tells you the exact materials you need and explains each step with a picture to compliment.

Untangle Your Knots
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Stumble upon Anto's little corner of creation and inspiration and make your very own knotted dreamcatcher. Using simple materials such as yarn and tape, twist and knot the string to catch your dreams! This one is great for those of you who lik
e to sew or knit.

Eyes Open
You don't always have to be asleep to catch your dreams. Rebecca Minkoff teaches you how to make your own dreamcatcher earrings to will catch your bad thoughts. These are quite simple to make and will make you look as dreamy as ever!

Emmy Hirsch is an intern at SchulmanArt and will be an incoming freshman at Franklin and Marshall College.

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