HAFteam Featured Artists: Dream River Designs

Debbie Downs, DreamRiver Designs owner and creator lives on a small farm in Cannon Falls Minnesota with her husband, two children, and Heritage Livestock breeds, Dexter Cattle and Olde English Babydoll Sheep. Designing jewelry was a childhood dream for Debbie. Expressing her love for her craft, she says, "I love the feel of the metals, and the fluidity of movement that the chain maille pieces have. Maille pieces bring to mind a more chivalrous time, full of fantasy and Knights. Each pieces is created from one single ring that is woven and entwined with others using ancient patterns & techniques. Wire wrapping of minerals and crystals allows them to be worn as pendants. I try to feel what the stone 'is' and wrap to accentuate its properties and appearance. DreamRiver Design pieces are handcrafted to last a lifetime of wearing and carry a lifetime craftsmanship warranty. I use only top quality gem stones, crystals and precious metals, and other quality materials for finished work. I also craft heirloom quality rosaries and chaplets." 

Here are a few examples of Debbie's lovely work:

Heritage- necklace using great grandma's vintage glass beads

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  1. Beautiful work from a wonderful artist! Great post!

  2. She creates some of the most lovely pieces! Awesome post!

  3. Nice post. Love the dragonscale piece!

  4. Very nice post about a talented artisan!

  5. Love dreamriver! She is one of our original members and has been such a wonderful support for our little forum. She also has a shop here on The Handmade Artists'Shop!