a little felt break

wool flowers

I went to the Women in Need store and bought a wool jacket.  The lady behind me in line (with pretty blue hair) exclaimed what a beautiful find I had made.  If she only knew what I was about to do to the beautiful wool jacket.

First, I threw it in the washing machine… when it came out Pixiebug could have worn it.  Anyway, I cut it up into pieces I could work with.  And on one of those pieces I made some little flowers out of coloured wool.

Needle felting is fun.

The end.

🙂

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Pysanky World Tour:Southern Hemisphere

Ozzy turtle

On my quest to do eggs with world themes, I’ve added Australian and Mayan designs to my repertoire.

I did a little research on designs from both places and delved deep into my memory of each place.  I got colour schemes and design elements from both.

My Australian egg is devided into what is called a saddle which is best described by saying it’s just like how the stitches on a baseball go.  It allowed me to have 4 teardrop shaped bubbles to put pictures in.  I used a turtle, kangaroo, lizard, and platypus with aboriginal style elements (mostly little dots all over the place).

The Mayan one is colourful.  I thought of all the textiles that are for sale in the markets – and of the cool reptile designs I’d seen when I was living in Colombia.  Also, I looked up some Mayan symbols and have included the ones for bird and “rain god”. Not because of what they symbolized, but because they were pretty and quite similar to one another… it gave me some design symmetry.

Here are a bunch of photos – since there’s so much detail on each egg:

Mayan side 1

Mayan side 2

 

 

 

 

 

Ozzy lizard

Ozzy platypus

Ozzy Kangaroo

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS: My next trick will be an attempt at paper tole. I’ll let you  know how it goes!

Pysanky Part 4: World Themes

So I was at the Zoo yesterday with Pixiebug and my friend Veronica and her BabyGoop.  We were having coffee and I noticed the beautiful African themed Batik hanging there.

“Boy, that looks a lot like Pysanky” I thought to myself.

Then, it occured to me – Pysanky is egg Batik!

I loved the African theme, and started thinking of all the batik I’d seen in my travels.

“I bet I could do eggs with different themes from around the world” I said to Veronica.

“Wouldn’t that be really hard?” said she.

“I don’t know ’till I try it!” and so I began with what I know best: HOME.

Over the next few days I’ll add to my Pysanky Gallery when I add a new design.  For today, I’ll share with you my Can-eh-dia design.

Can-eh-dia side 1

Can-eh-dia side 2

Can-eh-dia trim detail

Pysanky Gallery: Work in Progress

I’m going to post my beautiful creations here so this post will be updated as I add new eggs.

Hopefully there will be a progression of Great to Amazingly Greatest eggs … we’ll see.

Can-eh-dia

All done!

2nd try

3rd try

Mayan side 1

Ozzy Kangaroo

 

Pysanky Part 3: doin’ it!

putting the wax on the egg with the kistka

So I got my kit yesterday and today after cleaning up the sewing machines, the wool and felt, the scrapbooking stuff, the paints, and the knitting I got my Pysanky on.  It was part of a deal I had to make with BD because the house is starting to look… well, like I’m in the middle of 20 different projects.

I decided to do my first one with a brown egg.  However, after dunking it in vinegar for 5 minutes (which I presume was too long) the brown came off and the egg remained a weird beige colour and very chalky/eggshelly.  I suppose the dye sticks better that way though.

Then I had to re-draw my design.  I made up my own design so it’s not at all traditional Ukrainian by any stretch.  Then I got to melt the beeswax. I love the smell of beeswax.  It reminds me of nice things.

The wax goes into the tiny barrel of the kistka. then it drains out the tip onto your egg.

Of course, wherever the wax goes, the dye doesn’t.  Then you dye the egg the lightest colour and do more wax wherever you want that colour to stay. and so on.  I don’t explain it nearly as well as these people do.  In fact, they have some cool designs that I may try next.

ugly before wax off

After all the wax is on, and all the dying is done (black is usually the last step) it looks pretty ugly.  Then magic happens when you remove all the wax – all the colours magically come out and it’s beautiful!

This first one is just two colours – mostly because I haven’t bought jars to make more dye.  It turned out pretty neat, if I do say so myself.  Can’t wait to do some more…  tomorrow.

All done!

Pysanky Part 2: New Egg painting kit!

Pysanky kit

So I just bought this kit! I’m so excited because it’s the real deal.

Kensington Art Supply here in Calgary put together a nice kit so I didn’t have to buy each thing separately and in the end I saved a little cash.  Here’s all the stuff I got

The most important and exciting part of the kit (which will make my next egg sooooo much nicer) is the kistka.  That’s what you’re supposed to use instead of a cheap paintbrush.

 

Tomorrow I expect to have a Pysanky party with myself.  I’m so excited!

 

Pysanky! aka: Ukranian Easter Eggs (part 1)

Vegreville Alberta

This is a photo of a Pysankyegg.  I did NOT make it.  I’m going to try to make one similar to this over the next few days.  It will be significantly smaller.

My social life is a little busy (I have one event to attend) and so it won’t happen all at once.

You’ll get to follow in a real-time digital version of my experimentation.  Enjoy!

Part 1

wax on

I was wandering through Michaels, as you do,  I noticed all these cheap easter egg decorating kits. I want to play with eggs but do something spectacular.  I remember in the deep recesses of my mind back to my childhood, I think it was my aunt, Curly Sue, who did Pysanky while I watched in fascination.  So, I decided then and there (in Michaels, remember?) that I would try it myself.  I asked the lady behind the counter for India Ink and any dyes she might have… she directed me to the t-shirt dye and henna tattoo kits. Hm.

So I went to the Office and Art Supplies section (yes, these two things are in the same row) where I found black India Ink.  I figured I’d try food colouring to start.

Ha!  I was pretty sure that my candle wax and paintbrush weren’t going to do the trick, but it would be fun to try, no?

So I painted an egg – yes, a brown egg… hey, it saves one layer of dye – with some wax from this little candle.  It sucked.  It was really hard to do, and believe it or not, wax does not paint on well with cheap paintbrushes.  Who Knew!?

Well, I knew… but tried it anyway. I like to test run things with cheap supplies before doing the real thing – or spending the money on the expensive supplies.

oooooh, pretty! LOL

So I painted on the wax with a cheap children’s paintbrush.  Then I soaked it in reddish orange dye, and then painted it with more wax and soaked it in India Ink.

I have a feeling I’ll be trying to eat this egg tomorrow. (can you eat eggs that have soaked in ink? because if not, you should probably comment before I hurt myself)

Oh, and PS: I’ve found a store that sells the real Pysanky supplies… I’m sure that will work much better.  Stay tuned for the “real” thing, possibly tomorrow.