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God's Eyes:  parent instruction
God's Eyes

Activity 2 - God's Eyes

This video is for parent use only. Please do not show your child!

 

Children learn best through imitation so it would be wonderful if you had one of

these for yourself also to do. Below you will find the instructions written with

pictures. This is also available as a downloadable word document that you can

print if you prefer.

  1. Find two sticks in the garden of equal length and thickness.

  2. Sand the sticks until the bark is removed and they are smooth.

  3. Cross the two sticks over to make an x. 

  4. Tie a knot around the two sticks (most children will need adult help).

  5. To secure the sticks further begin wrapping the wool a few times
    on one diagonal and then on the other diagonal (most children will need adult help). 

  6.  Begin the God’s Eye pattern. 

    1. A) Over the next stick, 

    2. B) Wrap around 

    3. C) Then over the next stick. 
      See the video onsite but please do not show this to your child.

  7. When you run out of colour or your child wishes to change to another
    colour, simply knot the new colour to the old colour and keep at the back.

  8. Upon completion (the sticks are almost full of yarn) simply make a loop
    of the remaining yarn and knot it onto the stick. 

  9. Completed autumnal coloured god’s eye (this one could have used a few
    more rows of colour to be completed and is a sample only).
    It can be hung up by the loop to decorate your house or seasons table. 

Song to accompany God’s Eye making:

“Wind the bobbin up, 

Wind the bobbin up,

Pull, Pull, hammer, hammer, hammer (or clap your hands)

Wind it back again 

Wind it back again

Pull, Pull, hammer, hammer, hammer”

 

There is enough wool to make a couple of God’s Eyes. If your child is extra crafty this activity can be extended by crossing another smaller stick at the end of each stick and making mini God’s Eyes on the end of each stick thus having 5 God’s Eyes in one – to do this the central God’s Eye will need to be smaller and you will need quite long sticks for the first 2 – at least 20cm each I would say. 

Activity 3A - Plaiting

In Activity pack 3 you will find 3 short pieces of wool knotted together at the top. This is for creating a plait with  your child. Plaiting is a complex task appropriate for the Prep age child. It will take time and practice for your child to be able to plait in a uniform and tight manner. To begin with you will need to find a way to secure the knotted section. A safety pin through the knot and attached to the carpet or other solid fabric surface can suffice or loop the end onto a hook e.g.. a curtain tie back etc. Anything that will secure the wool so it can be held firmly by your child (you can hold it if this works for you). Your child then needs to begin plaiting. 

  1. Make sure the colours are untwisted at the top. Start with red on your left, orange in the middle and green on the right (image 1).

  2. Next separate the three colours, you could say something like Mr Red, Mrs Orange and Miss Green as you do this (image 2). 

  3. Now Mr Red jumps over Mrs Orange while Miss Green stays out of the way (image 3).

  4. Next Miss Green jumps over Mr Red and Mrs Orange stays out of the way (image 4).

  5. Then Mrs Orange jumps over Miss Green. 

  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until your work is completed.

  7. To keep the work more uniform and tight have your child hold their hands up close to where the colours jump.

  8. To prevent Mr Red, Mrs Orange and Miss Green from getting their legs in a tangle down below ensure your child every now and then untangles their legs. 

  9. If the work is loose teach your child to hold onto them all at the bottom of their work and gently pull each of their legs below the work, thus tightening the plait.

  10. Once complete knot the end of the work to the beginning of the work to make a bracelet for your child to wear. 

Extension activities

Your child can now make more bracelets, anklets, necklaces and lanyards in the same way. Once they are competent at keeping the work firm and uniform and not getting their legs tangled, they can make ropes for play with around 20 strands of wool at once. Again maintain the three colours at a time so they know who is jumping over who. This requires much more skill and you will want each strand to be at least 1.5 metres long so keeping the work firm and legs untangled is a critical skill before commencing longer and thicker plaits. These plaits can then be used to tie up cubby houses and many other uses in play.

Activity 3B - Finger Knitting

This activity is part of a larger activity. The children will be making horse reins for play. To ensure that the overall activity is a success it is important that all the instructions are followed and that the length of the finished double finger knitting is as stated in the instructions. We have included a video of finger knitting in case you do not know how to do it. Again please do not show the video to your child but rather use it for guidance so you can show your child the skills necessary. It would be best for you to be doing this alongside your child as children this age learn through initiation not instruction. There is a little story to tell / read to your child as you commence finger knitting.

Slip Knot

  1. Make a slip knot - to do this make a loop (picture 1)

  2. Put your fingers through the loop (picture 2)

  3. Grab hold of the wool that is on the upper side 

  4. Holding onto the 'tails' pull through the upper side wool a little way (picture 3)

  5. Holding the tails pull the loop tightly (picture 4)

  6. You now have a slip knot which when placed on your or your child's finger can be tightened or loosened as necessary. you are ready to commence finger knitting.

Finger Knitting

If you have never finger knitted or don't remember how, please watch the video alone and work

out how to do this yourself before working with your child. 

With your slip knot ready ​begin the story:

Story

There was once a little horse, wild and free (hold out your left pointer finger) 

but Jimmy (thumb on right hand )

and Millie (pointer finger on right hand)

wanted to ride the little horse.

They found a bridle (hold the slip knot with right thumb and pointer)

and caught the horse, putting the bridle on over the horses head (put slip knot onto left pointer

finger and hold length of yarn in right hand between thumb and pointer fingers, then wrap wool

once around finger in front of slip knot)

and nose (now lift back loop - slip knot, over the loop just made and off the finger).

They got onto the little horses back but he would not go so they gently pulled his tail

and away he went! (pull the strands of wool one after the other to tighten the finger knit loops)!

Continue using the following rhyme:

"Over the horses head (wrap yarn around finger)

Over the horses nose (take rear yarn over the yarn at the front)

Pull the horses tail (pull the two tails - strands of wool)

And away he goes!" - repeat

When your child wants to change colour or you finish the ball of wool, simply knot the end with the beginning of the next ball of wool.

When you have completed all of the wool, it is time to finger knit the finger knitting. Simply repeat the above process using your child's finger knitting as their ball of wool. This will create a much thicker finger knit and will make it strong enough to become horse reins. For horse reins their finger knitting needs to be approximately 1.5 meters long. If it isn't this long yet and you have run out of yarn please send me a photo of their work and a measurement and we can arrange more yarn to continue their project.  

Finger Knitting
Finger Knitting

Horse Reins

In your pack you will have two balls of yarn, one piece of hessian with the sides ironed down (please do not sew too close to this folded edge). Briar Rose families were also given a needle, while Mother Holle will still have their needle from the pillow project you finished from last term. 

 

Embroidering the bodice

  1. Draw a design for your child to embroider on the piece of hessian (give them a choice of no more than 2). Make this something very simple; a fish, boat, dolphin, star, etc. Preferably with long straight lines included and no or very little short lines as they may not be visible with stitching. See examples below.

  2. Have your child select what colour they want to start with.

  3. Have them hold their arms out to the sides with the end of the wool in one hand and the ball in the other – this is referred to as a scarecrow length (we have used this year already so they may be familiar with it). This is how long you need each piece of wool they use for a double thread. 

  4. Thread the needle and knot the two ends together – this makes a double thread. 

  5. Start your child off by drawing the needle from underneath the work at one end of a line of the drawing. “The dolphin jumps up out of the water and dives back down again”

  6. They are then using ‘dolphin stitch’ which is a simple running stitch and following the line to create the bodice for their horse reins. “The dolphin jumps up out of the water and dives back down again”. The smaller the stitches the clearer the image will be. 

  7. Any time you need to change colours or require another piece of thread simply knot the last thread off at the back of the work using a double knot and begin again at the back of the work.

  8. When the front is complete it is time to sew the flannelette backing and the reins (double finger knitting on). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sewing the bodice together

 

For this part we are using a simple over stitch. If you feel it will be easier for your child they can continue to use the dolphin stitch but will need to do so close to the edge of the bodice so the hem remains inside. Either is fine. If you have a blunt ended needle you may need to find another sharper needle or use another needle to make the hole in the flannelette prior to going through it – this part will need adult assistance. 

 

  1. Iron down the edges of the flannelette to be the same size as your piece of hessian (photo 1).

  2. For this sewing we need to use a single thread as a double is too thick to go through the flannelette. This will mean one end is loose and able to be pulled from the needle – remind your child that they need to not pull the needle too hard as it will pull out the thread. Make it half a scarecrow length.

  3. Make a double knot and pull it up in one corner of the hessian (see photo) this will hide the knot inside the work (photo 2 and 3).

  4. Stitching along the top or bottom of the bodice – using overstitch you will wrap the yarn over the top and back up through the flannelette on the underside -making a kind of loop (see photo 4 and 5). As it is quite thick you will need to put the needle through the flannelette separately to the hessian. Push the needle into one layer, then into the next. A sharper needle would help here.

  5. Repeat step 4 until you get to a side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sewing the reins on 
  1. Ensure that the double finger knitting measures 1.5cm minimum.

  2. Knot the two ends of the double finger knitting together – these are your reins

  3. Fold the reins in half with the ends at one end and a loop at the other. This is the middle of the reins and will go behind your child’s neck. Place the bodice in between the two sides of the reins and work out where your child’s head will be, ensuring there is enough room to put it over their head. Pin both sides with safety pins to hold in place while you check and your child sews to make sure it will fit.

  4. Continue stitching the two pieces together and also through the centre of the finger knitting down the side on each side using which ever stitch you chose at the beginning of the project. You will need to push the needle through one piece at a time as it is quite thick. 

  5. When you get to the end of the project or run out of thread and need to finish the thread off, simply pull through one layer of fabric only and do a double knot on the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To use the reins, simply put the small loop over your child’s head, the sewn piece at their chest and the long loop goes over their head, under their arms and behind their back forming the reins. 

Activity 2: God's Eyes

Activity 3B: Finger Knitting

Activity 3A: Plaiting 

 
 
 

To come

Activity 3C

Horse Reins

 
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