Wednesday, April 5, 2017

weave the ojo de dios

The traditional Ojo De Dios craft. Left, backside of the weaving, Right front side of the weaving.
Brief Description: A god's eye is a yarn weaving and a spiritual object. The Ojo de Dios (Eye of God in Spanish) is woven with yarn and wood, often with several colors. The weaving of an Ojo de Dios is an ancient contemplative and spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples in the Americas, and beliefs surrounding them vary with location and history. Some people believe they were originally part of the religion of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. Read more...
      This is a popular, inexpensive Native American craft. It is often taught at summer camps, scout meetings and sometimes in schools. 

Supply List:
  • yarn any color
  • scissors
  • two sticks (equal in length)
  • masking tape
  1. Tape the center of two sticks together in both directions to secure your twigs into an X shape.
  2. Tie the end of your yarn piece off at the center of your crossing sticks.
  3. Wrap yarn over and under between each stick, working your way around and around until the god's eye is finished to the size you want. 
  4. Add tassels if you like by wrapping yarn around a piece of cardboard many times. Remove the card and tie off the strands together twice. Clip the ends to form the tassel. Watch video here.
Look at the weave steps up close.

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