Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ojos Weave in 2nd grade


The 2nd grade artists have been busy weaving Ojos de Dios (God's Eye). They are also known as the "Cat's Eye" weaving.


I began this lesson with a short presentation on the history of this type of weaving. The students learned that this cultural artform is a meditative process that produces a cultural symbol of protection. These weavings have been created by the ancient Pueblo and Mexican people.

Each student was given a cross shaped loom made from hot-glued popsicle sticks. I then demonstrated to the group how to measure and cut their weft from the "yarn buffet".


I then instructed the weavers to  number each stick 1-4 so that the students can keep track of their weaving pattern. I learned this technique from my favorite blogger Cassie Stephens.


I used my document camera to weave along with them. They learned the proper technique of wrapping the weft under over each stick and rotate to the next in a circular pattern. Their weft radiates out from the center in rows. They were to be careful to not flip their looms over while weaving but only turn it in a circle.


Here are some of the results!





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