Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter/Anzac Weekend

With Easter and Anzac Day making the next weekend a five day holiday, it is a great opportunity for  a family "get together ". We will have a house full of relatives, so we are all looking for a special time with my mother, niece and her partner and of course our own children and grandchildren. How cute is this Easter card made by our grandson?
My mother has been with us for a week, and has been very busy making "Easter" eggs - aren't they beautiful ?  And  we have both been making felted eggs as the photo shows. I have also just finished some little art dolls ... This little serene green goddess symbolises the peace I wish everyone for Easter...
If you celebrate Easter, best wishes for a blessed and happy Easter and  I hope Anzac Day is a special day for all Australians.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

"Eggstraordinary" Eggs

These extraordinary Easter Eggs have  so  much to recommend them -  handmade, non-fattening, safe for children, quick and cheap to produce, lots of leftover bits and pieces are used.

I have really enjoyed making these and I was so happy with the finished products. These eggs start with a plastic filler, with a bell inside to make them "rattle", and then  they are covered with wool roving and wrapped with woollen yarn. The wrapped " egg" is then wet felted and  surface embroidered for decoration.

Here are the raw materials

  • Little fillable plastic egg shapes from a bargain shop ( 8 for $2) 
  • Little bells (leftover from Christmas projects ) This packet  is one I bought today - not exactly what I used before but as they were  25 for $2 ....)  
  • Scraps of wool roving ( leftover from other felting projects)
  • Scraps of woollen yarn.( leftover from knitting and crochet projects)  
  • Lengths of embroidery thread , also leftover from other projects.
Follow the instructions from a previous tutorial in an earlier post ( scroll down to look for it dated March 1) : Felted Balls: Tutorial for Beginners.

The bonus for me is that these felted eggs look great in my egg cups . I have quite a few more to make for all my egg cups - I have hundreds in my collection.
If you celebrate Easter, you might not want to eliminate chocolate eggs, but perhaps reduce the number and replace some with felted ones!
PS Here's a Turkish egg proverb: Today's egg is better than tomorrow's hen.