In Germany, the Easter rabbit places the Easter eggs into hidden nests. And so it is not surprising that my Easter projects feature not only Easter egg shapes but also hare motifs. I asked my graphic designer for a design, and she came up with several wreaths. I decided on a circle dance with crouching hares – all running in the same direction.
1_14-2017Crouching hare shapes are easy and fun to embroider. The ears and legs can be worked with Satin stitches, and the head-body section – with no small or pointed areas – can be easily and creatively embellished with various filling patterns.
2_14-2017I decided to alternate openwork filling patterns with Limet filling patterns. When working openwork, I withdrew threads and worked filling patterns in the entire head-body area.
3_14-2017Whereas when working the Limet filling patterns, the head area remained unembroidered.
4_14-2017Each of the sixteen hares got a different filling pattern. Many well-suited small openwork filling patterns can be found in my book “Openwork Pattern Samplers.”
5_14-2017For the Limet filling patterns, I exclusively used small square eyelet patterns that can be found in my Limetrosen I and Limetrosen II books. Alternating the more prominent square eyelet patterns with the more flat and open openwork patterns makes for an interesting contrast.

By the way, the eggs shown in the above pictures (except the first image) are blown out chicken eggs that have been coloured and etched. The outline designs can be found in my booklet Easter Eggs – decorated with motifs of Schwalm Whitework made by a scratch technique. The wreath I embroidered has an internal diameter of 26 cm. The tea cloth measures 52 cm X 52 cm. The linen used has a 16/cm thread count. It is possible to enlarge the design a little bit.

Here is one more nice and easy project that – because of the many possible variations – you’ll really enjoy embroidering.
6_14-2017The design is available as a download for €8. The document includes the entire design reduced (to be enlarged at your local copy shop) and as a quarter design in the original size. Please email me with your request.

  1. Oh, ist das eine hübsche Osterdecke.

    Schöne Ostern

    • Danke, Anja!
      Ja, die Osterdecke sieht niedlich aus und ist relativ einfach und schnell zu sticken.
      Auch Ihnen Frohe Ostern!

  2. Sehr schön!

    • Danke, Jeanny,
      immer bewundere ich Ihr Band mit den 51 Blöcken – es ist wunderschön und so kreativ gestaltet! Im Gegensatz dazu ist der Hasenreigen nur eine kleine Arbeit.
      Stickerei ist ja so vielfätig einsetzbar!

  3. Liebe Frau Happel, die Hasendecke ist allerliebst und verleitet zum Nacharbeiten.Es ist so ein einfaches Modell und man hat die Möglichkeit, viele Muster zu arbeiten. Die Decke ist ideal für Hessenstickerei-Anfänger.Ich werde sie in meiner Gruppe vorschlagen. Die abgebildeten Ostereier sind wunderschön.

    • Ja, liebe Frau Margraf, die Hasendecke ist ideal für Anfänger. Die Flächen sind nicht zu groß, aber auch nicht zu klein und relativ einfach zu besticken. Und wenn jemand aus der Gruppe zwischendurch die Lust verliert, kann man auch mal einen Hasen nur mit den Umrissen gestalten.

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