Friday, April 19, 2013
Pysanky Cross Stitch
I cross stitched this pysanky - Polish or Ukrainian Easter egg - for M's Bapchi last Easter. However, I accidentally erased all my pictures before backing them up or blogging about them. This Easter we visited with Bapchi and I was able to take a new picture.
For decades M's Bapchi cross stitched Ukrainian items, including doilies, table runners, pillows, even veils for brides. Our house is decorated with all her beautiful Ukrainian cross stitch doilies and pillows. When M's parents visited us for the first time, they took pictures of all her handiwork to show Bapchi that we really are using her gifts.
Now she no longer sits and stitches - a craft that both her and I find very meditative - because she has difficulty seeing the small stitches and cloth. Last year when we visited Bapchi, she graciously gave me a bagful of her threads and cloths. As a small token of my appreciation, I stitched this Easter pysanky for her. This 3" egg took me almost 30 hours, so I now have a better appreciation for all her embroidery.
The pysanky pattern was from the Cross-Stitch Plus, March 1992. An oldie, but goodie my Mom let me borrow.