Anyone who knows me in the real, knows that I’ve read the Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables books ad nauseam. From the age of 11 or 12, I ‘ve read them at least once a year. Never gets old. Don’t know how the author did it. I guess, it’s because when you read as a kid, you hear a different story to the one you hear at 22 or 32. Anyway. The connection today is Anne’s House of Dreams. I’ll get there, I promise.
I saw, on Pinterest, a pretty picture of a hoop looped with yarn catching a heart in the centre, and when I read the comments, I saw that it was a dreamcatcher in progress.
It looked a little different to the Dreamcatchers of mine and my brother’s youth, but it made me look up dreamcatchers on the internet.
I found this gorgeous website explaining how to make them. I like their notions: the first one is never perfect; place a bead in the third or fourth round to represent the spider of the web – perfect for this time of year, Autumn with all the spiders busy making their webs. And my favourite part: the dreams you want to catch are decided when you make it.
So as I made mine – a prototype I think, there will be more I’m sure (watch out for your Christmas gifts guys!) – I thought what dreams I wanted this one to catch and I decided, it’s a this house dreamcatcher.
The same website has a lovely couple of paragraphs on the origins of these and I love that children’s dreamcatchers are different from adults and are expected not to last: As our dreams change throughout our lives, so should the webs we weave.
I used an embroidery hoop, embroidery floss, three feathers pinched from my Valentines Wreath (it’s looking ever so bald now!), and four beads from a Christmas decoration. I know, Little Miss Pinch-It. I’ve hooked it on the door of Marshmallow’s bedroom for now until it finds a real home. I hope it catches his dreams (he’s still asleep!)
What my daydream is that one day he and I will get to make a Hula-Hoop-sized Dreamcatcher together. Watch this space!