I remember making God's Eyes when I was in a Brownie troop as a little girl. They may carry more meaning for some but I just have fond memories of making them in bright colors and feeling pretty accomplished with my new skill set. I decided I wanted to add one to the tiny little corner of our bedroom that this baby will be claiming until it's old enough to move into the kids' shared room. I used some of the same citron yarn that I've been making my cross blanket from as well as some more textured cream yarn and leftover binding from the abstract crib quilt. They have all been sitting in a pile together so it was an easy choice to combine them again.
1. I bought a dowel rod from a craft store and cut it down so that I had two equal lengths of about 8". As mentioned I used two different cream yarns, a citron yarn, and some leftover binding from a quilt. I've tried this technique out with torn strips of fabric sheets and it's a good way to add some variety as long as you fold your fabric in half so the frayed edges get overlapped with each new layer. 2. I tied a snug knot around the center of my two rods so that they could twist and be perpendicular without sliding out. 3. Then I wrapped my binding around one rod and then the next in a counter-clockwise fashion so that I made about four complete rounds. 4. Since the binding was so bulky I stitched it down to itself on the back.
5. Next, I added my first layer of yarn by tying a knot around one of the rods so that it was on the back and then wrapping the yarn gently around each rod in a counter-clockwise fashion again. You can adjust your pattern to make each layer as thin or thick as you like. Once I was done I tied off another knot on the back side of the same rod I started on and trimmed the ends. 6. Next I added my citron and did the same. 7. I continued with different thicknesses until I was happy with the size of things and trimmed my ends again. Once I'm done I'll add another knot around one of the rods with a loop long enough to hang it on the wall.
I'm waiting on a few things before I put any holes in the wall but things finally feel like they're transforming from a dumping ground of miscellaneous baby things into something special.
Did you make God's Eyes growing up or are they a part of your cultural heritage? I've seen them with tassels and beads attached as well as some pretty large conceptual ones used in store displays. I think my fourth grade self would be proud to know she hasn't lost her touch.