In Germany the Easter Rabbit lays the eggs for Easter into the hidden nests. Easter eggs are coloured boiled hen´s eggs and also nicely wrapped chocolate eggs. To decorate the tablecloth for Easter, I chose a striped and beribboned Easter egg.
The original measures 15 cm wide and 15,5 cm in the high.
On Weddigen linen, 13.5/cm thread count, I used the following threads:
- Coton à broder No. 16 for the Coral Knot stitches
- Coton à broder No. 20 for the Chain stitches worked as underlay for the Blanket stiotches
- Coton à broder No. 20 for the Blanket stitches
- Coton à broder No. 30 for the Chain stitches worked around all the areas to be filled with drawn thread patterns.
The Easter egg has stripes of the Limet filling pattern “Kleines Ochsenaugenraster” (Limetrosen I, page 15). The stripes in between were decorated with “Schlängchen” (curved lines – wrapped Herringbone stitch). In the bow, the openwork pattern “Diagonal Cross Filling stitch” (Openwork Pattern Samplers, pages 24, 25) was embroidered.
After finishing, the embroidered piece was washed (boiled), starched and ironed. Then, the Easter egg was cut. If needed, such closely trimmed embroidery can be washed and ironed – quick and easy – at any time, but never spun in a washing machine!
This nice decoration for Easter is perfect alone, however one can make it more elaborate with some smaller eggs, of differing sizes, that are each embellished with only one filling pattern. Many especially suitable and attractive filling patterns can be found in my book “Limetrosen I”.