Weaving Ojo de Dios with London Loom

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Ojo de Dios, 'God’s Eye', are a culturally important object in Mexico. They look beautiful, are fun to make and we like to think they bring a little magic wherever they go.

  1. 1. You’ll need two sticks of wooden dowel - or two strong twigs from a recent walking adventure, scissors, a tapestry needle, and as many colours of thread as you like (we’ve used eight woolen threads).
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  2. 2. Hold the two sticks together in a cross and then crisscross your first yarn around the two sticks until they feel secure.
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  3. 3. Bring your yarn over and around one stick and then bring it over and around the next, working clockwise until you’ve started to fill up some space on the sticks and you run out of your first thread.
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  4. 4. Change colours by holding a 5cm tail of yarn along the next stick in your sequence and wrapping around it a few times to hold it in place. Then, keep wrapping your new colour over and around the next stick, again working clockwise to the end of your second thread.
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  5. 5. Keep going with as many colours as you like, following steps 3 & 4 until you’re happy with your Ojo de Dios.
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  6. 6. Using your tapestry needle, take the last tail of thread from your last colour and just thread it through the wraps of thread on the last stick. Then, hang it in a tree and make a prayer. You did it!

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