As already mentioned, Easter eggs are especially suited for trying out different patterns. And square eyelet patterns are perfect for egg shapes.
Here I will show that the patterns are not only well suited to whitework or Schwalm whitework but also to other embroidery techniques that use coloured threads to attractively fill shapes.
Easter eggs are embroidered in different sizes (the first steps can be found here – please see images 2–5) and cut out after finishing. This allows one to create different arrangements as the mood and decor dictate. I used linen with a 13.5/cm thread count and two strands of the six-strand embroidery floss.
I used different colours and different filling patterns – that made embroidering a real pleasure. I was always excited to see the patterns develop. It was fun to “paint” the eggs so differently with striped (horizontal, vertical, diagonal), dotted, or zigzag patterns.
The cut eggs are especially suited to various arrangements. For example, one can arrange eggs in spring-like colours in a straight line.
Or if one prefers water colours, it is no problem to find attractive arrangements using only those colours
in straight lines
The combinations of colour and arrangement are endless: green combined with blue …
or green combined with lilac …
colours matching special decorations, here yellow and orange …
or here green and beige …
of course blue and white always look fresh.
As you can see these embroidered Easter eggs are manifestly combinable and adaptable. With only a little imagination, they are easily assembled into yet another new arrangement.
Making a colourful arrangement is not only fun with eye-catching results but also a good way to use
up leftover threads!
Jessica Grimm has used these patterns – different and very interesting – to variegate her fishes.