So I've decided to make a birthday gift for someone, of a somewhat non-traditional dreamcatcher. Now I personally don't hold for the mysticism / spirituality aspect of "what crystals do which to your chakras" etc, but I do get the concept of certain tokens having specific semiotic structures in these settings. Basically, I want to vet my design against someone who knows more about the related symbols/imagery, so that when the gift is opened they don't say "Ummmm... thanks, but why did you go so heavy on the 'protection from crib death and bowel weakness' tokens?" or something similar.
So here's the basic design - a 7" hoop (approximately), either constructed of woven vine or a prefab hoop with black leather/thong wrapped around. The weave of the central threads will probably be in black thread if it's a vine hoop, otherwise uncolored/white on the black hoop. From the lower portion, three strands would be hanging down, decorated with an arrangement of hematite beads, raven/crow feathers (or similar coloration/size), and skeleton keys at the end. I'm using this guide
for the basic construction pattern, and an idea sort of like this
for the overall design, except with a few less strands and larger feathers.
Overall, the raven mythos is the sort of trickster god / creator figure, hematite is often a stone of protection / invincibility in battle, and the keys are more representative of 'opening doors / paths' in my eyes... I think the piece has a motif of 'strength and protection in finding your own way, creating your own path, going against the grain, etc', but please let me know if I'm inadvertently putting together an ancestral blood hex or something wacky like that!