Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
August 12, 2000 - Issue 16

Ojo de Oro
by Vicki Lockard from various sources

The Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia weave brightly colored yarn on a simple frame of crossed sticks to make a design called "Ojo de Dios" or "Eye of God". Originally, "God's Eyes" were made to be placed on an altar so that the gods could watch over the children and protect them. They are now more often sold in markets, reminding us that The Creator looks with love on children everywhere.

To make an Ojo de Oro, follow the directions below, but use only four yarn colors. The first is yellow, then an orange, medium red, and darker red. Use each colour only once. (Other colors can be used, but keep the centre yellow.)

To make an Ojo de Dios, you will need:

  • Two wooden dowels, or chopsticks, of equal length
  • Yarn in 7 colors. Example is: Pink, yellow, red, light green, dark green, orange and black.
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Start by crossing the two dowels, being sure that they are of equal length all the way around.

Wrap the pink yarn under 'A', and across the sticks and in between 'C' and 'D'. Wrap twice.

Pass the yarn behind 'B' and wrap it across the sticks in between 'A' and 'D'. Do this twice.

Rotate the whole by one fourth. (In other words, you have been holding 'D' in your hand. Rotate it by a quarter turn, and you will now be holding the former 'C', now as 'D'. The yarns you just did will now be at a \\ slant, instead of //.)

Pass the yarn around 'A' and under. Cross it over and around 'D'. Continue by wrapping the yarn over 'C', and around that stick.

Continue wrapping and rotating the 'Ojo de Dios' until you have covered About a quarter sized area of the sticks.Make sure that the yarns lie flat against each other.Tie off the pink yarn, and cut and tuck the free end.

Next, take up the yellow yarn, using the same method, wrap 9 strands. When done, tie off; cut and tuck free end. Continue with another color. (Example is 15 strands light green yarn.) Do it in colors that fit your purposes, and in amounts that you feel pleasing. When you have filled up the sticks to within three quarters of an inch, (3/4 in.) tie off the yarn. Cut and tuck. Run a bead of glue around all four corners. Allow it to dry.

The 'fringes' are optional.



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