Dreamcatchers were originally Native American amulets meant to allow good dreams to reach sleeping people while catching nightmares. The interior of a dreamcatcher is made of web-like materials that snag and hold on to nightmares. Native Americans made dreamcatchers from natural materials such as willow, sinews from animals, stones, and pebbles. Dreamcatchers today are made from a variety of synthetic and natural materials. The purpose of a dreamcatcher may be rooted in traditional ideas of the spiritual world, but sometimes people just like to decorate with them.
Metal or wooden hoops used for embroidery make great bases for dreamcatchers. These hoops are available in most crafting or sewing shops. The average size is 5 to 8-inches, but they can be bigger or smaller. Strips of red willow or dried grapevine are good materials for making hoops too. Traditional dreamcatchers were approximately the size of an adult's hand. Make hoops out of willow strips or grapevine by making a circle with a single strand and wrapping more strands around it to strengthen the hoop.
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