What excites me most about these dreamcatchers? It's that they are made with up-cycled fabrics and beads! If you know me, you know I hate waste; if I can find a way to reuse something in a new and beautiful way, I will do it. This does lead to a slight hoarding problem that I have to get in check from time to time, but it’s worth it!
My favorite part about making dreamcatchers is that I get to combine many of the things I love in life: Native American culture, recycling and using my hands to make something beautiful. This results in each one being infused with a ton of love. Making the web always puts me in a peaceful trance-like state. From there I just let the beads and fabrics speak to me and tell me what they want to become.That being said, if I can't find what I am looking for in the things around me, or at a thrift store, I will cave and go to a retail store…which can also get dangerous, especially if it is a stone, crystal or bead shop. It’s like I disappear into a different universe. I will go MIA for hours.
My dreamcatchers are not authentic in the sense that I use fabric in place of the feathers, although I always try to incorporate a couple of feathers to stay true to the dreamcatchers’ purpose. I also like to add powerful stones and sayings to mine to give extra influence to the magical properties. Essential oils can be added to the wood of the dreamcatchers to further set the mood and intentions you are trying to realize.
All the wood I use is from 'Craigslist Free’, and it comes from branches that have already been cut down and would otherwise go to waste. I never know how each dreamcatcher will turn out because all the materials I have vary over time. This is why no two will ever be exactly alike.
Dreamcatchers add love to a space while spreading the teachings of a beautiful culture. I have a deep love for Native American culture and admire their spirituality. I think we can all learn a lot from generations of people who lived and continue to live with the earth, not just on it.
A little history: The Ojibwa are credited for the birth of the dreamcatcher, but the Lakota say a spider on a mountaintop made the original dreamcatcher. Story goes, a spiritual leader went up to the top of a mountain with a tray of offerings and was greeted by a spider. As the spider spoke to the leader, he spun a web in the hoop of her offerings. When he was finished, he instructed the spiritual leader to use the web to help her people reach their goals and make good use of their time, ideas, visions and dreams. If the person believed in the Great Spirit, the web would trap the bad dreams and spirits, perishing them with the first ray of morning sun. The good dreams would find their way out of the web and be filtered through the hole and then down through the feathers. Traditionally they are put above beds and cribs.
Besides what they can do spiritually, aesthetically dreamcatchers bring a lot of color and texture to a space. Whether it’s a big one, small one, or cluster of them, they become the focal point of whatever room they are in. I hope to only go further with this and push my creativity to the max. PS. If you have a loved one that has passed and can’t keep all of their stuff, but don’t want to part with it either, I can make you a dreamcatcher(s) out of their old clothes and costume jewelry. I haven’t had the chance to do this for anyone yet, but would really love to.