Don't forget to mark your calendars for 18-19 May 2013 and come help the Michigan Gourd Society participate and educate all about gourds at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. The address is 1800 North Dixboro Road Ann Arbor 48105. Contact Tammy at Michigangourdsociety@gmail.com for more information.
HERE ARE MARGO'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR PROJECT. WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THEM EARLY SO YOU HAVE TIME TO GET YOUR GOURD READY. SOUNDS LIKE A FUN, NEW LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR US. :)
DREAM CATCHERS ON GOURDS By: Margo Bowden
1. Cut a hole in a gourd or a gourd piece.
2. Drill holes evenly spaced around the hole.
NOTE: The dream catcher will look different by the distance the holes are drilled apart from each other around the large hole. The closer the holes the smaller the openings in the netting will be. The farther the distance between the small drilled holes around the large hole, the bigger the holes will be in the dream catcher's netting.
1. One bead for sure to use inside the gourd, to keep the sinew from pulling thru. More beads if you want them to decorate the small holes that are drilled around the one large hole.
2. Sinew, amount depends on how large or small the main hole is and how many small holes are drilled around the large hole. The sinew will be splitting 3-4 times before using it. Take that into consideration.
3. A darning needle or needle that will fit into the holes that are drilled.
4. A hole can be left in the center of the dream catcher for hanging a feather or some decorative piece in the middle of the dream catcher, such as a bead or finish it up with no hole in the center.