Boredom Buster Monday: God’s Eyes

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)
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • patience

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.

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Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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5 Responses to Boredom Buster Monday: God’s Eyes

  1. I always thought these were called God’s Eyes. They are not dreamcatchers. I’ve been making dreamcatchers since I was 5 (went to a private Indian school as a kid).

    • Anna, thanks so much for pointing out to me that these are definitely God’s Eyes, not dreamcatchers. I don’t think I ever learned the difference between the two — in fact, I remember being told that they are the same thing — but clearly, they aren’t! I’ve edited the post to correct it, and I learned a lot today! Thanks much!

  2. alenaslife says:

    You put me to shame. Thank you for all your excellent ideas this summer.

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