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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Happy Easter!


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Just a little note to wish you and yours a Happy Easter today!

Happy Easter!

Each year, I try to do at least a little something needle-and-thread related in preparation for Easter.

In my family’s traditions, Easter and Christmas are holidays that deserve concentrated effort when it comes to preparation, and I love it when embroidery can play a part in the celebrations.

Happy Easter!

One year, in anticipation of Easter, I embroidered this spring corner on a flour sack towel, to line an Easter basket. It was a very stress-free, easy project worked in simple, quick embroidery stitches.

Happy Easter, 2014!

The following year saw a slightly more involved project on the embroidery frame – this Agnus Dei project, which involved quite a bit of work and was finished just in the nick of time.

Happy Easter, 2014!

Last year, I dabbled with embroidery on various types of real eggs for Easter. Embroidery on eggs could develop into a fun side hobby – it’s pretty addicting!

This year, for a little something different, I explored some other egg decorating approaches that didn’t involve embroidery – pysanky (wax resist dyeing) and decoupage with Japanese washi paper, which reminds me very much of Japanese embroidery and textiles.

Happy Easter, 2014!

On the embroidery side of things this year, a gingham embroidered tea cloth for the center of the Easter dinner table was in the plans. But, as is often the case when a holiday approaches, things got hectic and, though the embroidery is complete, the cloth is not lined and edged yet. And I’m pretty sure it won’t be finished by supper time today, either. I’ll be far too busy hunting for Easter eggs…

On that note, Happy Easter, folks! Hope it’s a sunny, joyful day for you, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing!


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  1. Mary, You will get your Chicken Scratch Tea Cloth done, then you will have two things to show us next year like this year. I love your eggs. I might try the decoupage one with my granddaughter next year. This year we blew up water balloons to an egg shape. I got out my ort jar, and one thread at a time we dipped it into Mod Podge and wrapped it around the balloon, until the balloon was a mesh of orts. I let them dry several days then popped the balloon, pulled it out through a hole and there was an airy, light ort egg each one completely unique. My granddaughter is 7 but younger ages could do this. This Sunday of all Sundays I want to tell you how much I appreciate you. I’ve been reading your blog for years. I’m not quite sure when I started, but I know when you had a give-away there might be 25 names. You are the first blog I read in the morning. You start me out right. I am basically a shut-in. Yesterday was my birthday and my husband took me out for dinner. It was the first time I had left the house in over three weeks. I am confined to a wheelchair but we don’t have money for a van or anything like that. I need my husband to transfer me to the car. So when I get to my computer after my quiet time in the morning I want to sit down with Mary and have a one sided chat which you do so well. You have taught me to have more fun with my embroidery. I used to take it so seriously. I have enough serious things in my life. I need fun. Maybe that goes back to when I was four and my mother handed me my first floss strung needle and my hoop with a kitty’s head on it and then cautioned me over and over not to make a mistake because they were so hard to undo. You have taught me I can rip things out if they don’t look the way I had imagined. Your stitch play always makes me laugh, as I wheel off to get the things I need to try it myself. I don’t understand these embroiderers who only do backstitch and satin stitch. What I’m trying to say is….Mary if you weren’t there to greet me in the morning, I think my day would go a lot differently. Oh and I’m from Kansas when you write about it, it always brings happy tears to my eyes. He Is Risen!

  2. A blessed Easter to you! I remember all the work you put into drilling those eggs and stitching them. 🙂 And now you’ve stirred up my interest in chicken scratch again. It is a fun way to stitch.

    Have a terrific day.

  3. Dear Mary

    A very happy blessed Easter to you and your family, I hope you enjoy the Easter hunt and get lots of Easter eggs. Thanks for the reminder of all your Easter embroidery projects like you I did enjoy last year the eggs embroidery. Thanks for sharing your Easter embroidery joys and enjoy the holiday and lets not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. Have a good one.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  4. Happy Easter, Mary, to you & yours! Thanks for making ours more joyful and colorful with all the beauty you bring into our world with all you wonderful projects!

  5. Easter blessings to you too. Rainy here in Iowa but that too will celebrate the newness of this day. Yours is the only blog that I read on a daily basis. Thanks for all that you share. I am mostly in the planning stages with your projects but each one you do inspires me.

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