I've always had a special fascination with hand-dyed Ukrainian eggs, with their exquisite detail and unique craftsmanship. Many years ago, I worked with a woman who dyed Ukrainian eggs every year, and she shared many of her egg books and pictures with me. I was so inspired, I designed and started stitching up a project that featured Ukrainian eggs, but eventually I reached an invisible design wall, and stopped - because I was stumped and couldn't think up a good border for the piece.
I dug around in my project vault to find that original piece.... then
used it to graph it and stitch it anew, and also figure out a border
that pleased me! Here's the design I stitched and now offer as a new 2019 spring
pattern for you - my UKRAINIAN EGGS:
wanted my piece to have a vintage or folk art feel to it, so I stitched
it with traditional primary colors on 18 ct. brown canvas. I think it would look brighter and much more
contemporary if it were stitched on eggshell or sandstone canvas. And if you
are REALLY brave, you could even stitch it on black canvas for a truly
traditional folk art look!!
This piece uses just a handful of #5 DMC pearl cottons - and there are no variegated threads in this piece - gasp!! And while I considered adding a bit of gold metallic, I ultimately decided that the folk art eggs don't have gold on them, so mine should just have traditional colors and no metallic on the eggs. Although I did add a sprinkling of translucent gold beads around the wrapped roses in the corners of the borders - just for a festive surprise element.
Working interesting geometric patterns with #5 pearl cottons and then placing them into the curving egg shapes was the real challenge. The stitches themselves are not difficult at all, but counting and fitting them into the egg shapes require close attention to counting and using the graphs. I even created a larger Main Graph (as I always do) but decided that each egg needed a separate and larger graph so you can easily see all the stitches. Here's the Top Egg up close:
Pretty different from my usual pastel springy stuff, huh?? Using these bolder colors was fun, actually.... and I created the golden lattice and the green boughs in the border to be motifs that are reminiscent of Faberge eggs. As you can see, the outer scalloped border was the one I finally chose to finish off the piece, with tiny bits of primary egg colors peeking out around the border. The scalloped border softens the piece and adds a bit of lacework to compliment the folk art theme.
If you are a fan of Ukrainian Eggs like I am, please gather up your egg basket and skip on over to my website, which has all the information about this new UKRAINIAN EGGS design.
........ and Happy Weekend Stitching, Everyone!!