This month is going to bring us new colors and new projects! Spring is always associated with a lot of colors and flowers. But we are going to focus on the colorful part for this project.
I don’t know if you heard about Ojos de Dios or Eyes of God, a kind of mandala made with a few sticks and a series of weaving techniques. It is believed that the weaving of an Eye of God is a contemplative and spiritual practice that started with the indigenous people in the Americas.
They were often presented as a symbol to bless a home, by being offered to someone. They represent the all-seeing providence, having the power to see and understand things that the human eye can’t. They were woven in prayer or meditation and often in “circles of wisdom”, where a few people got together to weave Eyes of God. Rituals or rites of passage were some of the occasions where this object was used as well.
Nowadays it is often used as a decoration or just a simple craft that can be done to calm your nerves, meditate or just relax. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Here’s what you are going to need:
I’ll walk you through the different weaves and share a few tricks. Start by separating 4 sticks, I used the skewer type, but you can even do this with toothpicks if you want. First, I cut out the pointy tips so I don’t get hurt in this process and so that they don’t look uneven in the end.
That done, you are going to take two of the sticks and mark the middle with a pencil and tie a double knot with the thread you are using as your centre. From there, roll the cord four times and open the sticks to do the same across them, this time. Like this:
Then you are going to weave the thread on the four sticks, starting always on top and do a wrap before moving to the next one. Like this:
Do that until you have an area that you are satisfied with. When you are done, tie a knot in the end and leave the short tip to be hidden with the next line woven. Repeat this process on the other two sticks. Once you are satisfied with you colors and area woven, we are going to put them together by weaving a new color all around the eight sticks. Like this:
It’s starting to look like something, right? So now we are going to create a pointy tip effect by weaving sets of two points at a time, in opposite locations. Try to keep the movement steady and follow the threads through the same movement. When you are satisfied with the length of the two tips you are working on, move on to the immediate next stick and doing the same. Go around all of the tips with the color you want. If you feel like switching colors, just tie a knot and hide the tip with the rest of the weaving.
Next we are moving on to the inverted weaving. Instead of staring from the top of the stick, we are going to wrap the thread on the stick from the bottom. Just like this:
Last but not least, we are going to make a square, by weaving around the tips. One thing you should keep in mind is to try to start and end your threads in the different sticks, so that you don’t end up with a lot of loose cord tips. The square technique is fairly easy, you just go around missing one of the sticks when you weave. Like this:
Now, you can end it here, like I did or, keep going and experiment with all the weaving techniques you’ve seen. You can change color anytime you want. The important thing is that you have fun!