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Hand Embroidery on Eggs – Index


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Today, just a quick post to put up an index for Hand Embroidery on Eggs, so that, if you decide you want to try it, you can find these tips all located in the same spot on Needle ‘n Thread.

Embroidery on Eggs

This index, along with all my other lists of Hand Embroidery Lessons & Step-by-Step Projects, can be found under Tips & Techniques in the main menu across the top of the Needle ‘n Thread website. This is where you’ll also find a huge list of previous articles on Needle ‘n Thread that offer all kinds of tips and tutorials, from beginner tips to more advanced goldwork tips – you name it, they’re listed here.

Embroidery on Eggs

The articles below are listed chronologically, so that you can view them as the idea developed and follow them as they unfold on the website.

Embroidery on Eggs

If you’re looking for more step-by-step needlework tutorials, feel free to visit Tips & Techniques on Needle ‘n Thread! And if you have any particular techniques you’d like to see worked out in a series, why not drop me a line and let me know? Maybe I can drum something up for a future how-to series here on Needle ‘n Thread!


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  1. Dear Mary

    Thanks so much for putting all the embroidered eggs into into one index that’s great for reference. I really love the blue patterned, beaded egg lovely. I can’t wait for next week to see how you work on eggs will you show how you did the stitch on the stem of the flower. Thanks.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  2. Mary, this is completely off topic….. I’m looking for a book that came out fairly recently on 16th or 17th century needlework caskets (I think it was a collection of of pictures). I thought I had bookmarked it for future purchase, but I can’t find it anywhere. This topic has got me facinated and I’m really thinking about starting one. I’ve purchased two books on contemporary embroidered boxes, but would love to get my hands on that book. Thanks for any help you could send my way. Any chance you’ld make your way east for a seminar?

    1. Hi,Jan – Are you talking about Twixt Art & Nature, put out by the Met? It’s not a how-to – its loaded with essays and photos, though. Not heading East anytime soon, I’m afraid! Totally bogged down these days! -MC

  3. Ładne,oprócz motywów kwiatowych proponuję wyhaftować kurczęta lub zajączki. Ja będę robić ubranka z frywolitki i koralików.

  4. Ook al vind ik eieren borduren niet leuk, toch wil ik graag zeggen BEDANKT voor de zeer zorgvuldige uitleg van het borduren van de eieren!
    Groetjes Maria
    Uit Holland

  5. Hi Mary,

    Perhaps you didn’t receive my e-mail sent a few
    weeks ago, my question was if you could recommend a source for purchasing goose eggs?

    Also, someone mentioned that she boils the eggs to harden the shells, I assume these are
    blown eggs, will this work for chicken eggs?


    1. Hi, Teri – no, I can’t find your previous email, sorry! I think in the comments on some posts, people recommend different places. One place in particular is http://www.pysankyusa.com/shop/ – they have goose, turkey, duck, chicken, etc. Look under “blank eggs” – there are many different kinds. Another place is eBay – search egg shells for crafts… As far as boiling to harden the shells, I’ve not seen any difference. When I initially clean or blow the eggs, I use white vinegar in the water and boil the shells, skimming any scum from the top. (Start with cold water with a tablespoon or so of white vinegar, put shells in, being to a boil, simmer 10 minutes – let dry a good 24 hours.) I’ve done this a few times just to see if it makes a difference. It does clean the egg out better, but I haven’t noticed that it makes any difference in the hardness of the shells. -MC

  6. I remember my mother doing something similar using bars of soap. She’d buy very plain soap, usually oval or round and make them special like this for gifts. She used ribbon too and then topped it with a little silk flower. She made the boxes for them from wallpaper samples begged from a home-stores shop. Very effective indeed. 🙂

  7. Hello! I’m french so I write with some mistake. Where I can find these eggs for embrodery?
    Thank you I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    1. Hi! I got mine from local farms that sell free range chicken eggs (they have much stronger shells than typical store bought, at least here in the US), duck eggs, and goose eggs. If you live in a semi-rural area, you might ask around and see if anyone is raising fowl and sells eggs.

  8. Since seeing your piece on embroidered eggs I just had to try it. My first 2 eggs were simple stitches on chook eggs. I’m afraid I got hooked very quickly and have gone on to try several different eggs. Once friends saw my first attempts it wasn’t long before I had 2 emu eggs, goose eggs galore, duck eggs and one beautiful ostrich egg.
    I have worked 1 emu egg, 2 duck eggs and currently I am working on a design for the ostrich egg.
    The 2 goose eggs were a good size to work on. The needle reached in every direction quite well and the eggs are quite strong so I could put my holes fairly close together. I worked Elizabethan designs on both of them.
    I am still stitching my usual embroidery which currently is a piece on Parma embroidery.
    Thank you for all the wonderful embroidery related topics you cover.

  9. Thanks again, Mary.

    This topic came up in an online discussion, so I searched and this incredibly useful post came up first.

    A few minutes ago I’d no idea such a thing was possible, and now I’m seriously tempted to give it a try. Yet another rabbit hole, LOL!

  10. A couple of years ago I saw your embroidered eggs and wanted to try.
    I did some and would like to share my pictures as a thank you to show my
    appreciation for your instructions.

    Please let me know how I might email the photos to you.

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