Today’s lesson requires no reading, just a willingness to remember the crafts most common amongst children at summer camp. Just to maintain the spirit of our enterprise, I felt we needed to include one “camp classic” — and in the end it was either this or weaving a lanyard key chain, and this seemed more appropriate as a wink to the Lovecraftian mythos.
You simply need two sticks, some scraps of yarn, and the patience to make a repetitive weaving motion. You may use craft sticks, or even reclaimed popsicle sticks, but you’ll have greater luck at achieving asymmetry if you use the fallen detritus of trees, as I have in the example pictured here.
As you weave the eye, meditate on the Elder Things themselves — both the ones easy to picture, and the ones which almost defy visual recognition. Try to hold these images in your mind as the coarse wooden sticks scrape against your hands, as the itchy wool binds them in place and constructs the abomination before you. Weave until you are finished and admire the results. Maddening, isn’t it? The eye leers at you from the junction point of the two sticks, the unholy center of it all — the place, I daresay, where our dimensions collide.
Shudder at what you have wrought.
(I think I will use mine to guard my bookshelf, which seems a fitting literary end to me.)
Today’s alternate non-craft assignment is to explain which story you would recommend to someone unfamiliar with Lovecraft’s work (other than the glimpses seen in pop culture). Which story seems most accessible to the new reader? Which do you think makes a good introduction, and why? Explain in 200 words or less.
The only thing remaining is our final assignment: your own composition. The time has come to finish and polish, for they are due tomorrow. I will set up a separate page for those who wish to share their works with others — and will post these over the weekend as I receive them.
I truly hope each of you has enjoyed our time here as much as I have.
Note: I apologize for posting this lesson in such a tardy manner; it must be heat delirium setting in.
- Assignment: Weave an Elder God’s Eye; complete your final composition
- Alternate assignment: Explain which Lovecraft story you’d recommend first — 200 words or less
- More information: Ojo de Dios (Clear instructions with photographs)