Step 1: Where to find materials
For this Instructable, I chose Bognor Regis' beach, but any well-pebbled beach you have handy will do.
Step 2: Acquiring the correct selection of materials
First, wander up and down the beach. You are looking for stones with holes in. They must go right the way through the stone. If you have help, you will find more. Finding these stones can become a group activity. I was helped by Kitechild-major (Kitechild-minor was busy fighting pterodactyls with a stick).
Second, find a piece of string. We were going to pinch a piece of wool off Kitewife, but we found a length of plastic packing string on the beach as well, so we used that. It seemed appropriate.
Step 3: Assembling the materials
Select one stone, either a small stone with a large hole, or a stone with the hole to one side. Tie the string to the stone.
Thread the rest of the stones onto the string.
Finishing: either tie the final end of the string to the last stone, or tie a loop in the end. An overhand knot is sufficient to do this.
Step 4: Preventing the curse
To prevent the bad dreams, the curse must be physically blocked. Hang your string of stones in the window of your bedroom. Traditionally, this is best done on the outside, but (in this modern world), inside the window is also acceptable. If you have enough strings, you can provide a thorough protection by hanging them in every window and beside every exterior door.
Step 5: What is going on
In the East of England, stones with naturally-occurring holes are called hagstones (a âhagâ being a witch). The holes are meant to deflect the dream-causing curse.