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Dreamcatcher tutorial: Ch. 2 by netherwings Dreamcatcher tutorial: Ch. 2 by netherwings
Here you go, the Dreamcatcher Tutorial - learn how to make a dreamcatcher, Netherwings-style!

Chapter 1, explaining how to make the ring and net:

I hope you like it, I worked hard! And even more I hope that you will give it a try! Making dreamcatchers is my greatest passion, and I hope that this tutorial will inspire more people to try and, hopefully, love this craft :heart:

Now, I just want to make one thing clear.
It has come to my attention in my internet-lurking for dreamcatchers to stare longingly look at, that many people who make these with one thing in mind: to make them as authentically as possible. That means no glue, no metal rings, no fake leather and so on. I absolutely respect this, but I have a different view.

I use metal rings because they are easier to get hold of here, and because it would take a lot to break it.
I use glue because I want my leather to stay on, my nets to hold and my feathers not to fly away. I do not feel like a sellout for that, it is just the way I do it.
I use fake leather because I don't like using the real thing for several reasons (though I did in the beginning, as I didn't know about Skai leather), and because it's easier to get hold of.
I hope others will respect my opinion on this, as I respect theirs :)

Another thing that laid very heavily on my heart while I was considering selling my dreamcatchers online, is that dreamcatchers originally are a Native American, Ojibwe, tradition. The internet told me that many real descendants of Native Americans are saddened by the fact that cheap dreamcatchers are mass produced and sold by people who claim to be the real thing.
This is not what I do.
Making dreamcatchers is a craft that I fully devote myself to, and each and every one I make is filled with a lot of dedication and love. I have developed my own way of making them, and I sincerely hope that I offend no one by doing this.

..and that's that. :)
If you decide to give dreamcatcher-making a try, please link your result in the comments and I will feature it! :woohoo:

Please enjoy the tutorial, full view or download and all that jazz, I hope you will like it!


:peace: & :heart:
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VoiceOfVirtue Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been looking for a good dream catcher tutorial for a while now - thank you so much! :lol:
I'm quite excited about making one. Soon as I gather some stuff, I'll get right to it. :XD:
Great tutorial! Easy to understand and follow and makes everything seem pretty easy and very possible :P
myks0 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just finished making one for me and one for my friend, here: [link]
fantastic tutorial, thanks!
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
Titanium-Alex Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
This sounds great! I have a couple of dreamcatchers but I'd love to make my own ;D
I'm on holiday at the moment, but when I get home I'll give this a go! I'll link back if I do :D
Minimjush Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you very much, I'll definitely make one. I don't have all the gears, but I'll try make one in any case. Cant wait!
I'll link the result if I find a camera...
netherwings Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Great! Yes, please link, good luck! :)
Luxurychoccie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really love this tutorial, you made the netting so easy to understand!
Im making one for my boyfriend for our 10-month anniversary thingy :3 So I wont post the pic until after it incase he sees, but I will definitely post a pic :D
Taken my own spin on it a little though :) Wrapped several different colours of wool in sections around the metal ring to make it bright and funky looking :D
netherwings Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Glad you think so! That sounds lovely, I'd love to see it when you are done! :)
JRollendz Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want to make one now! Yours came out so beautiful! Where can you find leather and the rings?
netherwings Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh, I am happy to hear that! I get the rings from, but I guess you can get something like them at your typical crafts store. If not, you can get 2mm thick aluminum wire (at least that's what I've previously used, but I am sure you can use other sturdy wires) and make your own rings! The Skai leather I also found at a crafts store, but if you are unsure of where to get leather you can probably go ask you local shoemaker :) That's what I did!
Good luck finding the supplies then, and please show me when you have finished your very own dreamcatcher! I would love to see it ^__^
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