Spirituality is creeping into my lifestyle again. It’s always been there: creeping around, playing tricks with me, dancing at seemingly random odd times of importance while I ignorantly stare at its naked behind.
So I embrace it. I should always have embraced it, truly, but I was more caught up in the rest of the world, making ends meet, surviving, and trying to enjoy time with my fiancee. You know, diabetic stuff.
I made a dreamcatcher last week, two weeks ago, after taking a recommendation from Cygnus. She made one about three months ago, and had just recently finished. It’s a bit more difficult to make , much more time-consuming, and in the end much more rewarding than I initially thought.
First off, Hobby Lobby is my best friend. I didn’t have to, but I ended up spending over 50 bucks at the place just to get the materials I needed. You don’t need to spend that much money. You can stay under 10 dollars if you shop there. Why?
Nature is Free. I’m talking about everything nature. Shells, wood, stones, all that—free. I spent money on shells because Illinois is landlocked, though if I looked I’d find plenty of periwenkles and oysters. In fact, I bought river pearls. They’re purple and cool and I’m gluing them to the outer ring as soon as I get the opportunity. Now, if you DON’T buy these decorations, what DO you buy there?
A ring if you don’t have it—although you could use branches, scrap metal, or anything else that strikes your fancy that’s laying around—twine/rope if you don’t have it, and I decided to put an extra layer of leather around the ring to protect the twine’s fragile taut rope rings from damage.
This is a Native American tradition. I extend no deeper knowledge/spiritual insight to the religions of the Native Americans except my love for spiritual objects and my love for dreaming peacefully.
My experience in scouting comes into use with the knots I incorporate. I use a “clove hitch” for the starting/cementing knot on the ring, and over/under knots for each “loop” on the spiderwebbing outer edge. Clove hitches are best to use while cinching a rope to a round object because whether your string/rope is flat or round, it cements it strongly in place every time. Plus the hitch does a great job of minimizing movement on the ring.
After the over/under knots are finished (I made 14 around my circle), you weave the rope through the open loops left behind. Note: Make certain you have more than enough rope to spiral around around twelve times. Otherwise, you’ll be adding a bulky knot to your rope. Not a bad idea if you like that: the end result won’t look much worse. I’m just not a fan.
You grab a big glass of tea/coffee/goldschlager, and boldly embark on a three-to-six hour ordeal of listening to your favorite Sitar music and focusing on not tightening the rope too much as you spiral your way around your inner dreamcatcher. Try to meditate on cool things: stressful thinking turns this art project into a mire of wasted effort.
Add beads/trinkets to the rope as you go, if you like, or leave it blank. The dreamcatcher’s web is finished when the holes for threading your rope are too small for you to fit your rope. I tie the rope off as simply as possible—nothing special here, just make sure the knot isn’t too bulky (triple half hitch is overkill).
A second clove hitch for my 1mm thick leather rope, and I then spend another 2-5 hours spiraling the metal ring in black leather. It looks so much nicer when I’m finished.
Cygnus added feathers of birds she felt connected to along the top and sides, and shells from a previous dreamcatcher. I had pewter beads in a spiral, and the aforementioned river pearls to add. I also have a shock of driftwood I found roaming the wilds of Vermilion Lake that I’ll be incorporating to the bottom of the piece. Perhaps even some white paint.
It’s fun. Decoration possibilities are endless. There are even other ways to thread a dreamcatcher—I just don’t know of them.
It’s a fantastic meditation tool, and the end result is a wonderful decoration, if not a strong spiritual object.