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Learn to weave Ojos de Dios mandalas

craft class

Learn to weave Ojos de Dios mandalas

Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
6.5 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English
craft class

Learn to weave Ojos de Dios mandalas

craft class

Learn to weave Ojos de Dios mandalas

Paused until 30 April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
6.5 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We will start off by preparing sticks for the framework of an Ojo de Dios yarn mandala, then we will weave together two stick Ojos de Dios, learning the techniques of keeping the yarn evenly spaced between the rows of yarn, and evenly advanced along the sticks. After this first exercise, we will move onto weaving 8-sided yarn mandalas, which will include yarn needlework, and possibly tassels for the ends of the sticks. For those who want to come back for additional days, we can work into more and more complex designs, such as 12-sided patterns. Also, for those interested, we can travel to the nearby village of Teotitlán del Valle, where I buy my all wool yarns, and where we can see traditional rugs being woven.

Your host

Learn more about Jay

Jay

I started weaving Ojos de Dios in the mid-1960's, after seeing such talismans woven in almost exactly identical designs by both Huicholi natives of Mexico, and Tibetan lamas. Ojos de Dios became a very popular folk art during the 1960's and 70's in the USA Southwest. I became a part of that movement, and wove over two thousand of my creations at that time. I took up the art again in 1999, and have been fulfilling my dream of reviving this craft through both teaching in person, with online instructions, and now over facebook, founding the group, Ojos de Dios, yarn mandalas of the world.

What's included

Food
Simple snacks are available at a food store very nearby, and there are several options nearby for lunch.
Equipment
I provide all the yarn, sticks, and tools needed for weaving Ojos de Dios.

Where you'll be

All lessons will be in my personal apartment in the very center of the former village of San Felipe, which is now included in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. For those who wish, we will visit the traditional weaving village of Teotitlán del Valle.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 11 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Patience in detailed work needed

What to bring

All materials and tools are provided. Bring enthusiasm.

More tips

It can be very tiring on the hands, so recommended to extensively exercise hands and fingers before taking a workshop, with a squeeze ball, or best: a large ball of Silly Putty!

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Jay
Learn to weave Ojos de Dios mandalas
New experience
£18/person
New experience
£18/person