Sweet Dreams & A Dream Catcher

In my quest to find the perfect handmade Christmas gift for my 5 year-old niece, I came up  with the idea of making her a dream catcher. Although I've never had a dream catcher myself I just adore the symbolism behind it:

Dream Catcher Lore:Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.
How the Dream Catcher is made:Using a hoop of willow, and decorating it with findings, bits and pieces of everyday life, (feathers, arrow heads, beads, etc) the dream catcher is believed to have the power to catch all of a person’s dreams, trapping the bad ones, and letting only the good dreams pass through the dream catcher.

This being my first Dream Catcher that I've ever made, it's certainly not perfect. I actually like the imperfection of the webbing. I decided to use a wooden hoop, all natural Hemp beading twine, hemp cord and left over white linen that I cut into thin strips and shredded a little for a more imperfect, rustic look.

Here is the finished dream catcher that I'm quite happy with!

Now I hope my niece likes it and that all she dreams which is good comes true!

{click here for source of dream catcher information}