Greetings, and thank you for visiting my “About Me” page!
My name is Geri Hine. I have been known as “Dream Weaver” for a very long time, since I was a teenager, in fact. Over the years, and noticing that “Dream Weaver” is very popular as a shop or trade name, this has slowly morphed and developed into “Dream Weaver Jewelry (and more!)”. When I attend conventions, or you see me online, this is probably what you will see.
I began making jewelry when I was about 15. It wasn’t sophisticated in any sense of the word. Seed beads were my first medium, string my first stringing material. I made chains, mainly. Chains for necklaces, bracelets, anklets, multi-strand and single. After a time, I added semi-precious chips to this work. I began using better string. I learned how to make “Peace Sign” earrings, which for a while was the most sophisticated thing I had.
When I discovered eye-pins, learned to clip and shape them to make links, it opened my eyes to many possibilities. Eye-pins and head-pins developed into linked necklaces, bracelets and anklets, and added earrings of many kinds! Eye-pins slowly turned into “wire”. “Wire” slowly became wire-work, and wire-wrapping. Semi-precious stone chips slowly turned to shapes.
“Wire” soon became “Sterling Silver Wire”, and added “Silver-plated Wire”. The work became more sophisticated. The Semi-Precious stones slowly turned to Swarovski Crystal. And even now, my work continues to develop.
It actually all began when I purchased a $15 anklet when I was around 15-16, which fell apart before I could wear it. Mom and I analyzed it, and I realized that it was just seed-sized coral beads, strung on string, and the breakage was due to the clasps, which were not attached right. I remade the anklet, and still wear it to this day, many many years later. My brain jumped to “If this cost $15, why can’t I make and sell jewelry too? The work I did to repair it is better quality than the original purchased item!”
And so I was off, unsuccessful for a time, until my work updated to the wire and Swarovski crystal. And here I stand, trying to make a name for myself in a highly competitive field of work, saving up to one day become a real Small Business.