Plastic eggs got a serious makeover when I used old paper and Modge Podge to cover them. Then I used scraps of cross stitch fabric, since I don’t throw any fabric away, and stitched simple patterns on them. After that I added embellishments. My goal was to make something that my adult sons might actually display in their homes. The patterns are available under free patterns at FronyRitterDesigns.com.
Here is the sixth Easter Egg in the Spring Series from Frony Ritter Designs. Spring is my favorite season as the world awakens and comes to life. I love seeing the new life, from budding leaves to baby animals. Eggs, the symbol of new life, are one of my favorite things to design. I stitched this one three different ways. One is on 28 count pink Jobelan. The next is on perforated paper and the third is on Mixed Berry 28 count Jobelan. I used Mill Hill beads but French knots can be substituted for beads.
You can stitch this basket for dieters or people who do not eat much candy. It is stitched on white perforated paper using DMC floss. For free pattern and instructions look on fronyritterdesigns.com under free charts.
Here is the evolution of the latest design from Frony Ritter Designs.
1. I was wandering the earth seeking chocolate. I found this metal egg filled with a chocolate in a candy store a few years ago. I was so enchanted by the design on the outside I bought it and even forgot about the chocolate in it for several years. When I opened it there was a powdery, white ball inside that was once delicious chocolate.
2. In the meantime I daydreamed about the egg and it morphed into a totally different design in my head. During a boring lecture I sketched it. I realize it looks nothing like the original. This is what imagination can do to memory. It is also the phenomenon behind “fish stories.”
3. I then stitched it using lots of pinks and blues.
4. I liked it enough to put it on the computer and changed it several times.
5. Since for many Easter is about the resurrection of Christ, I stretched out the flower so it could also be seen as a cross. What you see is all in how you want to look at it. (True of life too.)
6. Snack break.
7. I had been seeing a lot of cool sunsets lately, and wanted to steal some of those colors for this design. So I used Riviera coral Aida from Wichelt and peaches and corals for floss.
8. I also wanted to stitch it on perforated paper. I used the same colors but the background made it look totally different.
9. I used the last two stitched pieces for the chart, one version totally stitched and one using stitching and beads.
So here is the new egg with last year’s eggs, ready to decorate a springtime tree.