Camp season is upon us and we love having the Arts Barn filled with kids everyday, being creative!
Still one of my favorite camp art projects is making woven God’s Eyes.
- Two sticks (either natural or popsicle – straws work, too)
- 2 or more different color yarns
- Glue (optional)
Put one stick on top of the other an “X.”
It can be helpful to glue the sticks together, so they don’t move around when you weave the yarn—but this is not required.
Start with your first yarn color that will be the eye—wrap it a few times around the center of the “X,” switching directions, covering the intersection of the sticks.
Now it is time to start weaving. The most important thing is once you start, keep going in the same direction, the same on each stick. Wrap the yarn in a complete circle around the stick and then go over to the next one. It is good to be neat in your
wraps, putting the yarn up next to the prior wrap. Ongod’ce you have made some circuits around and are happy with the amount of color, cut your yarn and then knot on your next color. Adjust your knot so it will be hidden on the backside. Keep going, round and round! Switch colors whenever you like.
At the very end, cut your yarn and knot off the yarn, making sure the knot is hidden in back. Cut a length of yarn and knot it to two opposite ends of a stick to hang.
For photos and step-by-step guidance, check out our post on Facebook @ArtsontheGreen. We also have an example at the Arts Barn, so come on by!
—Jaree Donnelly, Art Education Coordinator, City of Gaithersburg Arts Barn