Dream Web Page.
For a simple Dream Web.
You will need...,
A metal hoop.
A needle/needle threader.
Wrap the hoop using the ribbon. Leave a tail of ribbon about 10 cm long and glue in place, then wrap the rest round and round to cover the metal hoop. Don't twist or over-lap the ribbon, make it so the edges are neatly side by side. When you meet up again with the glued bit you started with, tie a knot. Then make a hanger using the tail from the beginning and the leftover ribbon. Hide the knots and glue with beads, flowers and feathers, or leave as is.
Make the web using the thread. Wrap the cord first onto the cardboard bobbin, it will make it easier to weave the thread in and out. It may be necessary to take the bobbin out latter on, to put beads on, or when the web is too small to pass the bobbin threw the loops.
On your wrapped hoop tie and glue the beginning of the cord. Put it in a place where you will put a feather hanger later, so it can be covered up. Now make loops by tying half hitches evenly spaced around the hoop.
When you have gone all around, but before you meet or cross the glued end, begin the inside rows. These are made by tying half hitches onto the center of the loops formed by the previous row.
Adding beads can be done by threading a loose bead onto a loop, then using it instead of a knot when making the next row. Pass the cord threw the bead, instead of tying the half hitch to do this. Use a needle or needle threader to pass the cord threw the bead.
To finish off, tie and glue the cord or sew it in place with a needle and thread. Keep the cord firm as you go along, making the loops, then give a final tweak at the end.
If the web ends up uneven, you simply have to unweave it and try again.
Traditional Dream Webs left a hole in the middle to let good dreams go through. They also had tiny stone beads on them, to help the dreamer. If you are interested, search out the American Indian web sites on the Internet, they are very interesting.
Feather hangers are made by cutting two lengths of ribbon, about twice the length as your web is wide. Attaching them to the hoop with a larks head knot and perhaps a spot of glue. You can place them on either side, or at the bottom of the loop. Use one to cover the area where the cord was first glued on.
Slide on a large bead to each end of the ribbons and push it up out of the way till later. To the tip of each ribbon end (there will be four ends) glue a feather. Make the joining, or glued area, only as long as the bead put on earlier, so that you can then slide it down and cover the join up. Ta Da, you have a Dream Web.
Instead of using a needle to thread beads, dip one end of the thread into some glue and let it set. It can now be used like a needle, and be cut off when the web is finished.
You can use other things as hoops, they do not have to be circular either. I have used a branch bent into a circle and glued/tied in place. A heart shape, woven with thin craft wire and threaded with crystal beads looks nice.
Instead of ribbon, you can use string, thread, yarn, leather strips (traditional) and a thin tuft of untreated wool or even seaweed can be woven into the wrap.
Can be cotton, string, silk, sinew (traditional) or thread. The web weave can be varied as well. Incorporate a web within a web, be creative.
Can be crystal, plastic, shells, worn wood, nuts, jingle bells. So long as the holes will allow a double thickness of cord through, it can be used.
Web made with a bent branch.
Different Web Styles.
1.Feather Hanger. 2.Off center/multiple web. 3.Traditional hole, use 8 or more starting points. 4.Web inside a web. 5.Web below a web. 6.Web made from a bent branch. 7.Web made into shape of choice.
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