Edited to add: I had always used the names “dreamcatchers” and “God’s Eyes” interchangeably, but no, they are in fact not the same thing. Thanks to Little Green Pixie (in the comments), I learned that this craft is called a “God’s Eye,” while dreamcatchers are totally different. Thanks for setting me straight, Anna!
At this point in the summer, I wouldn’t call boredom one of our issues. We’re full-throttle into the business of getting back to school, including finding shoes for everyone, labeling every single thing with their names in Sharpie marker, loading up backpacks with supplies, and trying to remember what I used to pack in their lunches.
It’s busy. But never too busy to play with yarn.
We were visiting friends yesterday, and their kids had made
dreamcatchers “God’s Eyes” during summer camp. I think we also used to call these “God’s eyes” for some reason (edited to add: and now I know why!). Of course, we had to find a little time to give that a try this morning before breakfast.
As E will tell you: it’s not really hard. It just seems that way when you start out.
What you need:
- skewer, straws, or sticks, about equal size (we broke a bamboo skewer in half)
First, make a cross with your skewers.
Then you need to secure the center. You drape the yarn behind the skewer cross, and with the tail of the yarn, loop it diagonally a couple of times like this (in our case, we looped top left to bottom right):
Then you loop the tail in the other direction (in our case, top right to bottom left) to secure the skewers with this “X” of yarn, like this:
Tuck in the end. A quick note: this step can be frustrating for little hands, so you can always use duct tape to secure the middle, like this:
Now you’re ready for wrapping the rest of it. In a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction (you choose, but make sure you don’t change directions in the middle of the project!), you draw the yarn to the next “spoke,” encircle it and move to the next one.
Don’t let the yarn overlap the previous pass and soon you will see the shape of the
dreamcatcher God’s Eye unfolding.
When you’re done, cut the yarn, tie a knot, and voilà!
Here’s to enjoying the last bits of summer and looking forward to the fresh start that the fall always seems to bring.