A very classic symbol in Southwestern/Native-American style is the dreamcatcher. It is said that the origin of the design of the dreamcatcher represents a spider web woven within a wooden ring. The resulting “dream-catcher”, hung above the bed, is used as a charm to protect sleeping people from nightmares. Good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeper. Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day. MY roommate has many of these, so I decided to get a few of my own to help me dream in peace.
I looked online for the directions because, although it is an easy concept to grasp, actually doing it takes precision and technique. Wrapping the ring is the first step, and by far the most time consuming. After that, you create your web, and then hang beads, feathers, charms however you like. Below is a handy little graph, and some photos of the ones I made.