Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ojos de Dios

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or 'God's eye' is a craft that I remember making as a child and always enjoyed for its beauty and simplicity. Originating in Mexico the Huichol people call their God's eyes 'Sikuli.' which means "the power to see and understand things unknown." When a child is born the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child's life until the child reaches the age of five. The result is a mysterious and magical object.

To make one you will need two sticks or branches and yarn or similar material that can be used for weaving.

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Secure the two branches together with a knot from the end of your yarn.

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Begin weaving the yarn around your sticks, looping round each branch.

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The God's Eyes will grow and take form.

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Here is the one I worked on - I weaved the yarn so that both sides are the same and there is neither a front or a back.

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Mateo really enjoyed making these and was confident doing it without my assistance. He was very proud of his creation and instantly felt the magical pull of his God's eye and displayed it over his bed to protect him.

Check out this guys very impressive God's Eye here.

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6 comments:

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

We have to try this! Really cool. Also, that link is amazing!

Twig and Toadstool said...

LOVE them! The yarn you used is amazing! Great blog...I look forward to getting inspired!!
Maureen

Linda said...

These are beautiful!

Amanda said...

These are so great! Its the type of project I think my little man could do, and feel really proud of himself afterward! I had no idea that work existed like Jay Froggy. Thanks for the link!

Cheryl said...

I love the yarn you used. We made some of these this week. My girls love making them.

Kel said...

They look great!
We made these months ago, but they never made it to my blog :( I think we'll have to revisit it as a craft project.