Make a God's Eye

Make this summer camp string project at home.

By Sherri Lerner

The God’s Eye, or Ojo de Dios, a staple of summer camps and elementary-school art classes, is said to have its roots in the culture of the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico. The Huichol 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.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Glue two ice-cream sticks together in the shape of a cross; make sure glue is completely dry before kids begin wrapping yarn. (Alternately, you could just tie the sticks together in a cross, leaving the yarn on its skein. Use this yarn to start the God’s Eye.)

2. Loop about six inches of yarn and hold against the back of the top stick. Wrap the yarn around both the top stick and the loop. This will become your loop to hang the God's Eye with.

3. Bring the yarn down and wrap it around the left "arm."

4. Wrap the yarn around the bottom "arm", then up and around the right "arm."

5. Wrap the yarn around the top stick and overlap the piece of yarn you have left dangling.

6. Continue wrapping in this way, left, bottom, right, top, until almost all the stick is covered. When you have an "eye" in one color of yarn, you can cut the yarn and tie on another color, and continue weaving. Make sure that the knot that you joined the two colors with stays in the back.

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