Ojos de Dios is translated from the Spanish as, “Eyes of God.” First worked by the coastal South American indigenous peoples the Huichol, they are a combination between a prayer, hope, and protection. They became popular in the States during the 1970’s during the resurgence of the Arts and Crafts revival. As a Wiccan, I see them as a lovely way to intentionalize my craft and to make something tangible out of a wish.
This one was made from a continuous yarn and woven with differing weaves (which is why you can see the dowel in the center at different points on the diamond). I bought the dowel at the hardware store, sanded it, and then painted a combination stain and varnish on it to darken it and preserve the wood. Tip: if you decide to do that, let the finished wood sit for at least a week so the fumes dissipate and any stickiness is gone. It was pretty pungent to work on the next day.
What about you, Dear Reader?
For what would you make an ojo? New job? Writing project? Love?