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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pretty Easter Eggs - fun to make!

A few years ago, I came across some lovely Easter egg decorations in the Martha Stewart Living magazine that intrigued me, so I had to try making one. I was so pleased with the way the first one turned out that I made a lot, and I mean A LOT, more that year! Here are the eggs I kept for myself decorating my Easter mantle...

Perle cotton Easter eggsDMC Perle Cotton comes in so many lovely colors, and I think I tried them all!

Perle cotton Easter eggsI even made some two-toned eggs, like this green one with the darker green on the bottom and the lighter green on the top. That was a good way to use up leftovers from other eggs and still make something nice.

Perle cotton Easter eggsThe wrapping of perle cotton on each egg is started from the top and brought down to the center, then started again at the bottom and brought up to the center. Glue is painted onto a styrofoam egg in sections and the cotton is pinned in place at the top and wrapped around and around, adding more glue as necessary, until the center is reached. Then the same thing is done from the bottom. This allows the thread to be placed up against the previous round of thread, until the whole egg is covered.

Perle cotton Easter eggsOnce the egg is completely wrapped in the perle cotton, a length of ribbon is glued around the center, hiding the area where the two halves of the wrapping come together. I also purchased some pre-made ribbon flowers that I glued in place over the cut ends of the ribbon. Pinning the flowers at each petal point will hold them in place while the glue dries.

Don't you think they make a lovely Easter display?

Happy Stitching!

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  • Oh my, those are so pretty! I just love them. Happy easter!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At April 12, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

  • Those eggs are adorable, Mary Grace! What a neat idea...I was thinking that you could make small ones for your Easter dinner table and somehow come up with an idea for a name place card by them or on them..what do you think? They are so pretty...might have to try that!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry, At April 14, 2009 at 8:34 AM  

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