Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Egg

I am home sick today. Big time sniffles, sore throat and coughing.
My electric blanket is turned on to the highest setting, ready and waiting.
But first, I had to finish making this egg. First things first.

Here's how I made it, in case you're interested.
Buy a styrofoam egg in what ever size you want. (Not too small, it's harder to work with.) (and not the rock hard styrofoam you can find in the store.)
Cut up scraps of fabric at random. Make sure they are bigger than the final form it will take on the egg.
When I made one of these several years ago, I used a metal nail file as my working tool.
I couldn't find one this time, so I'm using this white doohickey I found on the floor near the washing machine. You know, it's one of those things that are in men's shirt collars. Every now and then, they fall out and appear at the foot of the washing machine...... and this was perfect timing. In fact, it works better than a nail file.

Take a scrap of fabric, lay it on the egg and using the shirt doohickey, push the edges into the styrofoam, all around all edges. You will be losing about 3/8 ths of an inch to push into the styrofoam. Any less and it might pop out.

Keep piecing the random fabric chunks all over the surface of the egg. I find a sort of sawing motion with the doohickey works the best to imbed the fabric into the egg, instead of pushing it in directly.

Another good thing about the shirt implement is that it is rounded at one end and pointy at the other. This comes in handy dependent upon what angle you're working with.

Egg all done.

You can glue or pin on some little flowers here and there to hide any possible funky areas.

I think they're cute.


Pink Feather Paradise said...

How cool is that!
the end result being a patchwork egg and not a sewing machine in site!

I like it a lot!

x Alex

brattcat said...

Yes, very, very cute! And you make it look so easy. What wonderful instructions! Thank you.

mary evelyn said...

that is too cute! way to be productive on a sick day, by the way. whenever i'm home sick, i have nothing to show for it accept maybe a full trash can of kleenex.

CountryDreaming said...

Absolutely love your green quilted egg! That takes a lot of patience and talent. Hope you'll feel better soon.

OhioMom said...

Oh WOW! Finally a craft that I actually can do ... LOL ... and I have plenty of scrap fabric from quilting. That egg is too cool.


Birdman said...

Ok, today's shirt collar is looking kind of floppy. I guess I've lost one of those little doohickeys that keeps the collar stiff. They keep falling out. I usually find them around the washing machine. Seen it?...

Elenka said...

geez, no, birdman...I didn't see one of those anywhere! Don't know what you're talking about. ;-)

Balisha said...

Hi Elenka,
I did this same thing with a wreath form at Christmas. A patchwork wreath. Yours is so pretty. I wish that I had thought of Easter eggs...kind of late for me this year. Thanks for the idea.

Balisha said...

Oops...I forgot...hope you get over your sniffles real soon. Take care.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

OH that is so cute. I'd seem them before years and years ago - and had forgotten that I wanted to make some. Thanks for the reminder.

Hope you feel better very soon.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

You know Elenka, you are fricken amazing!

And you were sick????? Talented is a supreme understatement here. I hope you feel better soon!

Pam said...

That egg is great! Thank goodness for a doohickey (a wonderful word is it not?). I notice yours is called Geoffrey. Well Geoffrey has been quite the help. I do hope you are all better Elenka.You are very talented! I would love to make one of these. I will look around my washing machine for a doohickey of my own. I never find anything half as useful, only dust bunnies or the odd departed earwig. xxx

Reddirt Woman said...

Don't you just love doohickeys? I have all kinds of odds and ends that I grab to use for all kinds of things. I've even used credit cards for effects in watercolors. I like finding useful odds and ends.

I wanted to say thanks for stopping by my spot in the blog zone. I'll be back to look at your art work. I love art.


Debbie said...

Well now, that is just too cute! And I love the reuse of the doohickey. What are they for anyway?

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Carol Murdock said...

Elenka that egg is just gorgeous! I wish I had a basket full!!

our shabby cottage said...

They ARE cute - well done. Thanks for popping by my blog too. Happy Easter to you and your family, Kathryn.

Caution/Lisa said...

You clever people make it look so easy, but I know better! Feel better quickly.

Lisa said...

That is so cool and very clever. You probably make it look easier than it is, but I may just give it a go. If I start now I may have it ready for Easter 2010!! Happy Easter - thanks for visiting my blog.

A New England Life said...

Hello there Elenka! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll have to check yours out a little closer this week-end.

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Jo Castillo said...

Ah, these eggs are so wonderful. Thank you.