Dream Weaver's Cabin
Dream Weavers Cabin was built in the summer of 1994 with the help of Jo's family, Dale and Shirley Jenkins. The cabin was constructed of logs from standing dead trees in Idaho. "By using standing, dead timber the logs didn't have to be kiln dried," explained Jo Barrett. "We also didn't have to allocate for shrinkage in the logs. My father told me when we settled somewhere he'd build a log cabin for my weavings and crafts. My parents were the brains of the operation and we were the labor. The exterior of the cabin was completed in three weeks and Dream Weavers Cabin opened for business in the autumn of 1994, with the official ribbon cutting in the spring of 1995."
Dream Weavers Cabin was built as a weaving studio. In the early years of the business, Jo traveled to craft shows throughout Nebraska and the Midwest on the weekends to market her weavings. Tired of the travel and the hours away from her family, Jo, husband, Elmer and father Dale made the decision to build the cabin as a studio to sell her weavings from. "My Dad told me if we built the cabin, people would come to buy my weavings. I was a bit skeptical at first, but in the end he was right," commented Jo. "When I weave special orders,. I always put extra warp on the loom so as to keep my prices down. That way I can divide the cost of dressing the loom by say four sets of placemats instead of one. This is how I build up my stock for my retail store."
Jo's interest in holistic living also provided another outlet for the cabin. "The herb shop was born out of necessity for the supplies I needed to provide for my family" replied Jo. "The herb shop continues to grow as there is a real need in the area for an outlet of this type. This year we will offer live herb plants for sale as well as capsuled herbs, tinctures, teas, homeopathic and etc. Every year I try to introduce at least one more speciality product developed at the cabin. This spring it's "Mama's Jasmine Blend Tea", a green tea with Gotu Kola, Jasmine, Green Tea, Red Clover and Lemongrass. I have also developed a new bath salt called "Mama's Soul Salts" derived from Dead Seas mineral salts with essential oils of red cedar, peru balsam, sage and lemongrass."
"Dream Weavers Cabin owes it's success to it's customers," remarks Jo. "I enjoy hearing the many stories told to me by my customers. We listen to our customers and try to stock products to fulfill their needs. We're always open to suggestions and look forward to growth in many aspects of the business. The cabin will forever be evolving to meet the needs of the people of the area. In the previous years the majority of our business came from tourism, but with more folks taking responsibility for their own health and looking to support local businesses I see more repeat business close to home. The cabin is very family orientated in all respects. My family, Elmer, Kyle, Seth, Luke and Jake help tremendously in the cabin and on the grounds. The cabin also proves to be an outing for families on road trips. The men enjoy seeing how the looms work and the structure of the building while the women enjoy the smells and offerings of the herb shop as well as the decorating possibilities to be found from the weaving and gift selections. And there is always a safe place for children to play outside "
In addition to the retail portion of the business, Jo conducts wild herb walks and teaches classes on salve making, tea blending and herb identification. Jo's interest in holistic living also provided another outlet for the cabin. "The Herb Shop was born out of necessity for my family", replied Jo. "The Herb Shop continues to grow as there is a real need in the area for an outlet of this type. This "Mama's" line has grown to be quite extensive and we now offer a mail order catolog which includes all products produced at the cabin and more!
In addition to the retail portion of the business, Jo conducts wild herb walks and teaches classes on salve making, tea blending and herb identification. Jo travels to speak to clubs and organizations. With such an array of herbal tropics and weaving, Jo has frequented places more than once. In June of 2002, Jo participated in a mission work camp to Ghana, West Africa. While there she was able to spend an afternoon in Kpetoe, a Kente weaving village, and brought a Kente loom back to the USA. Photos and good converstion are always at the cabin.
Jo is president of the local food co-op, a member of Burwell's Chamber of Commerce and president of the Central Nebraska HERBS Guild and is an active member of the Nebraska Tourism committee that was responsible for getting highways 11 and 91 approved as a scenic byway.
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Dream Weavers Cabin is open on Wed.-Sat. 10-6 and Sunday
1-6 or by appointment.
Jo Barrett learned to weave in the spring of 1987. Since first sitting down in front of a loom, Jo's interest in weaving has grown from a hobby to a home based business that not only incorporates her love of the craft but also a holistic way of life for the Barrett family.
"The herb shop "
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