Monday, April 11, 2011

Pysanky Year 3

This Saturday was the pysanky workshop I've done for three years in a row. I look forward to it each year.

Having the plain white egg and untouched tools in front of me is always exciting.

But my egg and workspace didn't stay untouched for long.

This year my sister went with me- she worked on the same design I did the first year I went. Since you sit in groups based on what year/design you are working on she was all the way across the room from me and I didn't get too many pictures of her egg. I did manage to snap this one of her finishing though- didn't her egg come out fantastic!

The egg I did this year was by far the hardest design yet. It had lots of little fine lines. It was also completely different from the designs in years past.

One of my favorite things about pysanky is that the symbols and colors have meanings. Birds symbolize the coming of spring- roosters a rich married life, hens fertility.

Flowers- wisdom, beauty, humility. The scroll- immortality.

And the final color of dark red represents harvest.

My favorite part of the whole process is removing the wax and revealing all the layers of gorgeous dyed details.

This year I blew the egg out after it was finished. It was a heart pounding five minutes in which I hoped it wouldn't break... but I certainly didn't want a repeat of last years "incident" so that tenuous last step was necessary!


  1. Look at you! You egg is gorgeous!
    I am so intimidated by Pysanky - because i can't seem to control the wax application well so all my lines are wiggly.

    YOU on the other hand seem not to have that issue!

    What a cool tradition - to attend the workshop every year. I bet you really look forward to it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your Pysanky 2011!

  2. Thank you Pam. I do look forward to the workshop each year. I really didn't know what to expect from pysanky that first year but no matter the results I was glad I tried it. That's the best part about dabbling!
    : )


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