Friday, April 29, 2011

A Cross Stitch Easter Egg

When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do (besides read) was cross stitch.   My Grandmother (my mom's mom, who passed away last August) had given me all of her old floss and helped me set up a craft box to store it in (pictured above).  She would also give me advice and tips as I was learning. 

At the beginning of April I decided to pull out all of my old supplies and try and teach my oldest daughter.  It was so much fun!   With Easter coming up, I decided to show her how to make a cross stitch Easter Egg, like the ones I would make years ago.   In fact, when I was in 4-H I actually gave a demonstration on making these little eggs! 

First we decided to use a simple pattern from, and then she choose the various colors of floss that she wanted to use... She did such a great job coordinating them, and then picked right up on the actual cross stitching.   

 First she started with yellow, for the borders.

Then, after adding some pink beads, she cross stitched a brown cross and gray tomb.  Chiquita loved watching and wanted to know when it would be her turn to learn!

Next she added a bit of green...

... finishing it up with the words "He is Risen" in gold.

As soon as she was finished, her and I made a special trip to the store to pick out some coordinating fabric, ribbon, and lace to finish up the Easter Egg! 

We already had the styrofoam egg and straight pins.

To assemble the egg, first you pin the completed cross-stitch onto the front half of the stryofoam egg, trimming off any excess fabric.  

Repeat with a coordinating fabric for the back of the egg.

I helped her with the final step of wrapping the sides (to cover the pins) with lace and ribbon, adding a bow and a little rose to the top.  

Didn't she do such a great job?!?

On Easter Morning she decided to display her egg at the base of our Easter Lily and helped decorate a cake to match! 


  1. Great job! I love to cross stitch too. I have crossed stitch a Christmas stocking for myself and my two oldest girls. I was just thinking I needed to find a stocking for my newest little daughter and finish my hubby's! I think next Easter I will teach my oldest daughter how to cross stitch these eggs she will be almost 8 then!

  2. What a great idea and she did it beautifully! This may be an idea to explore over the summer!

  3. She did super!!

    Did I tell you that her hair is just absolutely beautiful short?

    Well, it is.

    I'm going to show my same name girl this!

  4. She did a great job! What a wonderful idea.

  5. Wonderful job!!! She must be so proud! She really did an incredible job.

  6. beautiful! the best crafts are those which we are able to make with others. i love sharing crafts with my girls.
    pax Christi - lena
    p.s.twinkle toes has amazing eyes.

  7. Sorry I have been lacking in commenting on all your lovely posts lately. This cross stitch egg is so good. Tell your daughter impressive and good job.

  8. That's so beautiful! It assures me that my own 9 year old is indeed ready for cross-stitching. I've been thinking about it for awhile. :)

  9. Outstanding job! How beautiful! It is such a wonderful pastime to pass along to the girls for their future. Congrats to mom and to the student in residence! God Bless!

  10. Please tell TwinkleToes: "Wonderful Work! It is quite difficult to jump right into counted cross stitch instead of starting on the printed material version first. I am impressed! (love the colors as well)"

    I am inspired to find all my thread containers and fabric to start something with my little girls as well.
    Thank you for the jump-start!
    God Bless

  11. Absolutely beautiful and always an inspiring craft to me since my Mother-in-law loves is the cross stitch queen;-) Great job to Twinkle Toes!

  12. She did a great job!
    Memory Eternal to your grandmother.


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