By Rachel Kuipers
Sophomore Carli Aberle began making dream catchers before coming to the University of Maryland because shecouldn’t find one large enough to suit her needs.
She did some research and taught herself how to string dream catchers so she could make one the size she wanted to fit her room the way she wanted it to.
After multiple friends and sorority sisters expressed interest in her designs, she offered to create personalized dream catchers for a fee that covers supplies.
“A lot of times when you buy them in the store you don’t get much of a say of what you get,” Aberle said.
“A lot of people ask me if I can match their bedding with the dream catcher.”
Sophomore government and politics major Stephanie Ohnona purchased a catcher from Carli to match her bedding and the color scheme of her room.
“She had shown me pictures of ones in her room at home and I thought they looked really cool … so I got one,” Ohnona said.
Samantha Handler, sophomore psychology major, bought a catcher from Carli because she thought it was a “creative, fun idea.”
“I love that I was able to customize it on my own; I was able to pick my feathers, colors, strings, etc. and make it exactly how I wanted it,” said Handler, Aberle’s Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority sister and friend.
Handler created a similar business called Kicks by Sammy not long before. A studio art minor, she decorates personalized sneakers as well as hats that have been a hit with the university community.
Customers choose from among a few styles of plain white shoes and email her with their desired design, much like with Catchers by Carli.
The Instagram page for Catchers by Carli, @catchers_by_carli, is where much of Aberle’s business comes from. An email posted in the Instagram description allows potential customers to contact her with orders or questions.
The small catchers cost $5, the medium sized catchers are $10 and the largest are $30. They range in size from a few inches to a few feet. The average medium-sized catchers are about eight inches in diameter, Aberle said. She buys eight inch dream catcher hoops online. The largest are made from hula hoops.
As of now, Carli has made and sold a couple dozen dream catchers. She said she has considered expanding Catchers by Carli, but she hasn’t been making dream catchers for long.