70s Craft Revival: God’s Eye Weaving

A few Sundays ago, Henry suddenly looked up from his close examination of my childhood copy of Steven Caney’s Playbook and announced, “I want to try God’s Eye weaving.” Well, he was just lucky enough to catch me in a good mood, and to want to do a craft we had all the supplies for (sticks from outside + yarn). This was definitely the type of craft that required frequent parental intervention (mainly when adding a new yarn color) but both boys could do the weaving part all by themselves (though it took poor lefty Eli a lot longer, because we kept showing him how to do it right-handed…once he started doing it left-handed he did a much better job).

I’m sure you all did this during the long summer of 1978 or thereabouts. The how-to part will come right back to you (basically: get two sticks, make an x with them, secure the x with yarn, wrap the yarn around and over each stick). The boys were super proud of their creations, and Eli hung his over his bed to keep away evil spirits (though Dave and I were slightly concerned that the God’s Eye was going to fall on Eli in the middle of the night) (but apparently the good spirits have thus far prevented that from happening).

Notice Eli’s bed? And the nice setup? (And make sure you notice the awesome painting by our fabulous neighbor Brian.) More tomorrow on how this particular little haven is soon to go away.

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