A few weeks ago, our Junior Art Club tackled a classic entry-level weaving project, God’s Eye Weaving. All we needed for this project was sticks from my backyard and yarn. I personally love repetitive and tedious art projects, and weaving in general is something I’m interested in learning more about. God’s Eye Weaving is so simple and accessible though, you don’t need a special class or book to understand it. (I won't go into detail about how to create this project, but this blog post does a great job of it)
This was a group of 4-7 year old artists, and I was so impressed at how even the youngest artists dove in and kept going even when the yarn got tangled and confusing. I also loved how the older kids helped the younger with tieing knots to switch colors.
God’s eye weaving is originally from Mexico (more about that here). My son and I were at the Portland Art Museum just yesterday and spied some God’s eye weaving on a new mural in honor of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. (The first photo below is a progress shot I got of the mural a few weeks ago).
It was Ransom’s first time at an art museum (more on that in a later blog post — taking young children to art museums).
If you’re twiddling your thumbs this summer, I’d encourage you to grab some twigs, drift wood, or popsicle sticks and do some weaving!
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