Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dreamcatcher



 
Even infants were provided with protective charms. Examples of these are the "spiderwebs" hung on the hoop of a cradle board.These articles consisted of wooden hoops about 3½ inches in diameter filled with an imitation of a spider's web made of fine yarn, usually dyed red. In old times this netting was made of nettle fiber. Two spider webs were usually hung on the hoop, and it was said that they "caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it."
Above are the words of Frances Densmore in her book "Chippeva Customs"
 
The dreamcather on the photo is my first attempt at making one. SMYKS had a jewellery course in how to make dreamcatchers - this is a bigger one intended for a neclace and once we had the touch she suggested that we will continue making smaller ones for ear rings etc. Me, I opted for this to hang next to a dreamcatcher above my bed which I purchased in the US years ago.

4 comments:

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is so pretty

Karen said...

A pretty good first try! I have a couple of dreamcatchers, that a friend of mine made.

Birdie said...

Nice...

Maria :) said...

So pretty Anne! You did a great job!