What Are You Stitching?
7th April 2023
With Easter upon us, we thought we would bring you some of the egg-cellent pieces sent in by the Inspirations community.
‘I have been embroidering on the shell of natural eggs for 25 years. My technique is very different from Mary Corbet’s work mentioned in All Stitched Up! #276, because I do not embroider to the opposite side, I only stitch the motif on the same side. That’s why I can embroider continuous motifs when the egg is embroidered all around and therefore need much less material.’
‘I also manufacture my own needles, because you need flexible needles for this technique. Of course, I also dye the silk ribbons by myself.’
‘As far as I know, I am the only one who embroiders on ostrich eggs as well as on budgerigar eggs. You can see more of my eggs on my Pinterest page.’
Your eggs are remarkable, Elisabeth. A truly delicate talent you have mastered. We love the cheerful colours of your hand dyed silk ribbons. Thank you for sending them in so we can all enjoy your wonderful work.
‘I thought I would share my smocking with you. We were living in Europe in the early ‘90s and I wanted to buy a Pfaff machine. My hubby didn’t want me to spend that much, so I made custom smocked outfits and lots of Easter eggs to sell to make enough money to buy the machine.’
‘Here is a picture of my basket, also smocked, with eggs.’
Diana, your smocking it beautiful – it’s no wonder you could save up for the Pfaff machine! We love that the time you spent smocking for others was well rewarded.
‘I wanted to show you my favourite ducklings. I have done these so many times, every time it’s such a delight to see them come ‘alive’.
‘Unfortunately, I am running out of babies to make them for.’
Your blankets are delightful, MaryAnn. We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed stitching these adorable ducklings not just once but many times! Hopefully you can find more recipients for these thoughtful blankets so you can continue stitching them.
Do you stitch projects for Easter? Have you tried stitching on eggshells? Do you have a favourite pattern you’ve stitched multiple times?
Whatever you are stitching, we’d love to see it! Email photos of what you’ve created with needle and thread along with a few details about your stitching journey to firstname.lastname@example.org