I love anything with owls on it, but this dreamcatcher is definitely one of my favorites! I also love the tradition of a dreamcatcher. I wasn’t aware of the meaning of them until I ran across this lovely little owl dreamcatcher and had to make one!
Dreamcatchers are an authentic American Indian tradition, from the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribe. Ojibway people would tie sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame–in a somewhat similar pattern to how they tied webbing for their snowshoes–and hang this “dream-catcher” as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. The legend is that the bad dreams will get caught in the dreamcatcher’s web. Traditionally Native American dreamcatchers are small (only a few inches across) and made of bent wood and sinew string with a feather hanging from the netting, but wrapping the frame in leather is also pretty common, and today you’ll often see dreamcatchers made with sturdier string meant to last longer and decorated with beaded thongs. During the pan-Indian movement in the 60’s and 70’s, Ojibway dreamcatchers started to get popular in other Native American tribes, even those in disparate places like the Cherokee, Lakota, and Navajo. I obtained this information online when I was reading about the history and meaning behind dreamcatchers. I find it to be quite interesting!
This is such a beautifully unusual dreamcatcher and I just had to share it with you owl lovers out there! Watch the step by step tutorial so you can catch all your dreams and make them come true!