NEW THIS WEEK - May 17th, 2006:
Native American Art & Inspiration
Every culture has a heritage of storytelling, but some of the
richest legends come from the oral traditions of the clans and tribes of the
first people on the American continent.
Native stories explained the place of humans
in the natural world. Their symbolism
reflects how the American Indians saw their
place in the natural environment and how
their spiritual belief was grounded in a
reverence for nature. And new designs this week are inspired by the
beautiful legends and stories that pass from
generation to generation.
With "webs" of lace that you can make yourself, you can
introduce children to the power of the Dream Catcher. Weave the tale
for them as you tuck them into bed for sweeter dreams.
New project instructions demonstrate how to
make a dream catcher, and
how to frame naturally.
At the root of most ancient stories is an explanation, a moral, or a lesson. It
seems that children never tire of asking to hear again and again, and wise
adults never tire of telling, the tales: Where do butterflies come from? Why do
the coyotes howl? What makes it thunder? See the designs that depict some of
these legends -- the maiden releasing butterflies into the heavens, the brave
spirit of the buffalo, the warrior wolf spirit, the maiden and the eagle.
Sew scenes of buffalo, horse, and grizzly bear framed in the animal
tracks on shirts and jackets. Decorate
with panels depicting a Southwestern pueblo
scene. Or create garments and table decor
with patterns and shapes inspired by a night
in the Southwestern desert or the legendary
Thunderbird of Pacific Northwestern art.
spirit of Native American legends and art be
your inspiration. And, enjoy the designs!
The Spirit Wolf
Wolves were considered to be very
powerful spirits of the earth and messengers
from the Great Spirit. Early hunters learned
much from watching wolves -- the principles
of working and hunting together, loyalty to
family, and sharing -- are woven into the
oral traditions of many native cultures. The
medicine men believed the wolf to be the
representative of great spiritual and
This design features a pack of wolves, and
the spirit of an Indian hunter emerging in
the misty clouds.
Please note that the design may be larger
than your machine's hoop, and if so, will
need to be split
before embroidering. For information about
splitting designs, visit the
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