I used Google to find out how to weave the pattern, and as I drove to the store to buy artificial sinew, that old song “Dreamweaver” came on the radio. I’m not making this up!
I’ve long had a strong connection to the dream world. I find it easy to recall multiple dreams per night, and I sometimes receive advice and predictions about my life in dreams, and I find I also can interpret dream meanings for others. Plus, I had been collecting feathers off the ground and had plenty to do crafts with.
Making dreamcatchers is pretty simple. First, I bend the branch I want on the shrub to make sure it’s as pliable as I want. Then I clip the branch off the shrub and pull the leaves off. Then I bend the sticks into hoops and tie them into place with leather strips; that way, they dry into a useable frame. Next, I weave with artificial sinew as depicted here (follow the illustrations and not the words), adding gemstones to the center of the web where I want to. At the end, I cut leather strips and wrap them around the bottom of the hoop, to which I attach wooden beads and, into those, feathers.
Willow is also a physical medicine. Check out the wonderful how-to post Anna Mezger-Sieg Bradley wrote on turning willow bark into natural aspirin here.
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