Thursday, August 27, 2009

God's Eye (Ojo de Dios)

The girls and I got a little hooked on making these last winter as we sat many nights at "Oliver" practice. It was a great project to keep the kids busy and they are kind of addicting.
Early this summer we decided to try our hand at making some with found sticks and driftwood rather than the purchased chopsticks we had been using.

Gearing up for a long trip for a soccer tournament I gathered some sticks for the car and threw in a package of embroidery floss. It was a little more difficult for the girls to work with then the yarn we used previously but I enjoyed it. It was comforting to work on for me on that long drive.

Cori chose colors and asked me to make one for her. It's been done since that trip back in early June however I had visions of adding something to it so I kept it aside until I found what I wanted. I finally finished it tonight.

The Huichole Indians of Mexico believed that by placing these on an alter the God's would watch over and protect the praying people. I hope that by including inspiration on this one for Cori, she will feel the Eye of God upon her, feel loved and protected and strong in her own right. It is now hanging above her bed. It says YOU ARE LOVED and LEAD, INSPIRE, POWER, CHANGE.
Now I've got to work on one for Cassi.

If you would like to work on these with your children, I would suggest starting with some bumpy yarn and chopsticks. Ask your local grocery deli department for some chopsticks. Mine was more than willing to give them to me about 10 sets at a time.

I think it is probably a project that needs little instruction but maybe soon I can add a few photos of instruction. If you need help sooner, just email me.


Melissa Goodsell said...

My Bella made one of these in school a little while ago - aren't they great!! Yours looks really pretty,

Lisa said...

Beautiful! It's been a long time since I've made one. Great idea to do in the car on a long trip.

Love the magazine bowl too.
Lisa :)

themagiconions said...

These are lovely. Thanks for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic.

BranFlakes said...

I love that you made them on sticks.

Sherry said...

very pretty!

jennwa said...

I loved ,aking those as a child. I bet my oldest daughter would love to make one. Thanks for reminding me of this.