DIY Tutorial – Yarn Decoration Inspired by Ancient Ojo de Dios Mandala Folk Art (God’s Eye)

Hi I’m Donna Wolfe from Today
I’m going to show you how to make a weaved decoration using yarn and sticks. This is oftentimes called an Ojo de Dios,
with ancient origins among the Pueblos, Tepehuan, and Huichol, or Wixáritari people. To do this you will need some embroidery floss
or thread for a small decoration – or some worsted weight yarn for a large one. And you need sticks. For beginners, I recommend flat sticks, since
they are easier to work with. Find the middle of the sticks, and then use
some super glue to secure them together. Once dried, take some thread and tie a knot
around the center of the sticks. Cut the excess thread and put a drop of super
glue to secure the end. And then I like to wrap the center of each
groove 4 times with the red floss, and then wrap a few extras around each stick. Once a few rounds have been completed, place
some super glue on the back, let dry and then trim off the excess thread. To hook on a new color, I like to apply some
glue to the back and stick the end into it, and let dry. With the orange, I’m wrapping around each
stick carefully. Try not to let the threads overlap – make
sure they lay next to each other nicely. You can wrap for as many times as you wish,
however try to keep the same number of wraps on each stick. Finish this color by applying a little more
glue, and then cutting off the excess once dried. With the yellow, I’m wrapping a slightly different
way. This time, I’m bringing the thread around
the front, so that you can see it. With the orange and red, the extra thread
was towards the back. This helps add some interest to your design,
and this alternating front and back wrap will be used extensively in your more complex designs. With the green my threads are to the back. And with the blue my threads are towards the
front. Here is my finished basic design. Let’s move on to a little more detailed design. With this one I’m using 4 sticks, for a total
of 8 sections. Just like the basic design, I’m wrapping the
red around the middle section – going in between all of the spaces. I have a few more grooves than the basic design
to wrap, but it’s done the very same way. If you don’t want to use super glue, you can
always use a sewing needle instead and weave in the ends. I’m wrapping my orange the same way as the
basic design, except I now have 8 sections to wrap, instead of just 4 like before. The yellow will be done with a front wrap,
around all 8 sections for several rounds. With the green, I like to wrap it around each
section by itself. This is the most time consuming design, since
each stick and section needs to be wrapped separately. I like to use a combination of sewing and
super glue for this part. The blue part adds a neat effect to this design. We’re going to do our normal back wrap – however
we’re going to skip a section. So, wrap around one section, skip one, wrap
around another section. Doing this will really make your design seem
very intricate. For the purple colors, we’re going to do something
similar, except we’re going to do a front wrap. You can see how this front wrap creates an
interesting depth perception in the design. Then I’m going back with the red, doing just
a normal back wrap. And then with the orange a normal front wrap. And here’s my finished item. You can use this same design on much larger
sticks to create a nice wall decoration. With a larger decoration you’ll need large
bamboo or wood dowels – either round or flat ones will work fine. And with larger dowels, it’s best to notch
them a little bit in the center so that they hold together securely. To do this, make 2 small cuts with a hacksaw
or another cutting tool. And then get a knife and carve out the rest
of the notch. This way your dowels will lay nice and flat
with each other. Use some good strong wood or other glue to
hold them together. Sometimes with really large dowels I put a
nail in the middle just to add another layer of security. On the back, I also score the sticks a little
bit. These light grooves help hold the yarn in
place every inch or so. And you do the same thing with the larger
dowels – wrap your yarn the same way as you did your smaller thread or embroidery floss. With the really large ones I find it easier
to sit on the floor next to my cabinets and rotate the dowels like this as I wrap the
yarn around the sticks. And that’s how I make my yarn decorations. To view this video in other languages, click
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