Easter Egg by KipStitchery

And again we are back. Hopefully all the  website issues are now taken care off.  (crossed fingers).  So today, for those of you who want a more permanent Easter Egg, we have this gorgeous chart from Kip Piper of KipStitchery

KipStitchery - Easter Egg Cover

From the Designer

This is a counted canvas pattern of an Easter egg with diagonal multicoloured stripes and topped with a bow.

A unique and detailed pattern that will give you a delightful final piece, such as a framed project or a decorative holiday pillow.

In the photo of the pillow on the cover, I used DMC 369 Very Light Pistachio Green as the background colour. Of course, you can use whatever colour best suits your decor, holiday colour scheme, or simply your favourite colour!

As with all of my designs, this pattern can be worked in any counted canvas, counted cross stitch or needlepoint.

About the Designer

I have been drawing and creating since I could hold a pencil…or it probably was actually a crayon at first. Ha ha!

I have done just about everything – from embroidery to crewel to sewing to cross stitch to needlepoint to painting to drawing to jewelry design… and more!

Bright colors, clean – and fun – designs are my passion! I also love projects that can be completed quickly yet look visually interesting, fun and beautiful.

Recently my jewelry design business aggravated my carpal tunnel to the point that I have had to abandon jewelry design. I searched for another creative outlet and remembered how I used to design counted cross stitch patterns.

In fact, the blue design in my shop banner is from a design I entered into the 1990 Texas State Fair – and won third place! (I was told by the judges that I would have one first place, but since I had not had any cross stitch instruction, some of my stitches were going in the wrong direction…and I made up some stitches!)

So I have resurrected my old design sketches and am creating new ones. I hope you enjoy my designs! I’ve spent a lot of time making my patterns easy to follow. I also back them up with full support so if you have any questions at all, please email me.

.Of course, my patterns are just a place to start. Feel free to change the colors or other aspects to make them yours!

Why this chart?

It is Easter Monday here in Australia (still Easter Sunday around various parts of the world) and my mind is still on Easter Eggs.

I love the diagonal stripes, and advanced stitchers could even substitute some of the bands from Northern Expressions Twisted Band Sampler or Twisted Rainbow Sampler.

If stitching the patterns as designed you can use the DMC floss the chart calls for or you could change the colours to hand dyed floss or a range of tonal colours or anything you like. This design is eminently customisable.

Easter Egg is an easy pattern of whole cross stitch in large swathes of single colour DMC on Aida, mono canvas or waste canvas. I would recommend this chart for a beginner to advanced lovers of Easter.

KipStitchery - Easter Egg

Review

Kip has recently returned to the cross stitch designing scene. All her new designs are available as PDF files through her KipStitchery  Etsy store. She also has a website coming soon.

I have linked the images on this page to a current listing of Easter Egg that is now  for sale.  If you click on these links and see a “this item has been sold” message, just click on the KipStitchery link and look for the new listing for Easter Egg or any other design that takes your fancy. Alternatively, you can check her website:  http://kipstitchery.com/

When you buy Easter Egg,  you will receive an email that sends you back to a webpage.  This webpage has the download links for all charts that you purchased.

Etsy - Download Easter Egg

Alternatively, you can always find the download links in your Etsy profile under “Purchases and Reviews”

Etsy - Purchases and Reviews

You can download the design as many times as you need after purchase.  This is perfect for those who like to keep their cross stitch patterns in multiple backup locations OR as a recovery for those who don’t and lose them all.

THE PDF chart pack of Easter Egg has two separate PDF files.  The first is a five-page instruction booklet for beginner stitchers. Unlike most leaflets, this goes into the detail of how to read a counted cross stitch chart.  It also has diagrams and individual explanations for how to do cross stitch, half stitch, quarter stitchers, three-quarter stitches, backstitch and French Knots. It also lists the preparations for stitching, stitching tips including floss strands and needle sizes and a discussion of needlepoint stitching.  The last page has links to more in-depth information.  I am quite impressed; this document feels like it was written for the beginner stitcher. So many other guides feel more like a refresher page for experienced stitchers.

The second PDF file is seven pages long and has the Easter Egg chart. If you are an experienced stitcher, you only need this PDF file.

The front cover has a computer mock-up of the finished design and a mock-up of how it might look as a cushion.

The second page has a discussion of the design, the stitch count and the size on a range of common Aida fabrics.

Next are the four pages of the chart. There are no overlap rows between the pages of the chart.  I recommend counting carefully or sticking the pages together when you are crossing from one page to another. The numbered grid will help keep your place.

The chart is printed large enough that you can easily stitch the design from it without enlarging. The design also has a red lines running through to mark the middle of the chart.  This is excellent for those who stitch from the middle or grid the middle lines.

The floss symbols are shown on a coloured backgrounds. These are an immense help to differentiate between two similar symbols when they are on completely different colours; however as the coloured backgrounds are quite dark, you will need to print the chart in colour to see some of the symbols.

The last page of the chart pack has the combined floss list and symbol key.  It also lists various places in the United States to buy pillow inserts if you live there and want to make your finished design into a cushion.

As Easter Egg is stitched with whole cross stitches only, it is suitable to stitch on Aida or evenweave fabric.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein each ​DMC 725, 729, 734, 799, 900, 946, 988, 3348, 3607, 3731, 3733, 3740, 3753 and White.

14ct Aida or 28 count Evenweave  (stitch count 87 x 167). This design can be stitched on Aida or Evenweave.  With a three-inch border, fabric size needed is: 12¼” x 18”  or  31 x 46cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

14 Count White Aida
14 Count White Aida

If you stitch this design on White fabric you could leave out the white rows of stitching.

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $ 3.97
Floss:  $ 6.30
Fabric: $5.18

Total: $15.45   ($31.25 AUD  or  $32.85 CAD  or  €22.35  or  £20.55)

Places to Buy

Kip Piper sells her PDF electronic charts worldwide via her Etsy store. She does not sell printed charts or finished items.

She now has a multi-buy special: Get a 3rd Pattern for Free.
To order put 3 patterns in your cart and enter the code KSBUY2GOF at checkout.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has all the threads in stock and a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique.

Caitlin recommends “Fairytale or one of Tammy newest fabrics Fall to Pieces (a pretty mix of pale pink and pale blue)”

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.

Canada:

Traditional Stitches in Calgary have all the floss in stock and a selection of fabrics to suit your taste.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy “I have chosen Khione for Easter egg, a vibrant fabric will detract too much from the beautiful colours in the chart so I think this subtle fabric is a perfect fit.”

Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.

Sparklies ” Given the bright colours in this one I decided to stick with colours that aren’t too busy. Slightly Spring is similar to the original background, or Lavender Blue for something a little different.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website.  She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.

For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview

United States:

123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock to make this a project to remember.

Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.

Stitches n Things in Michigan has a range of fabrics and floss for your unique style.

Fiberlicious “Easter for me is all about something fun and colorful so I would love to use Easter Eggs to stitch my egg!”

Mo’s Sale suggests using Toulouse, Margaritaville, Dorothy, Easter Bunny and Cotton Candy from her range of floss on her Monaco 28 D16 fabric.

Under the Sea Fabrics has a vibrant mix of hand painted and dyed fabrics for your design.

Discussion

Do you stitch designs for Easter?  What is your favourite Easter design?

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Last Updated: 6 April 2015