So, when I was making my embroidered eggs, I did a lot of research to try to figure out how it was done. There wasn’t much out there to work with — only a few mentions of egg embroidery online — but I did come across some hints that others made theirs by cutting a hole in the back of the egg, which allowed you to work the stitches on the front of the egg. I tried a bunch of different methods and finally concluded that the only way it was physically possible to embroider on an egg was with the hole-in-the-back method. So that’s what I did.
Well. The other day I came across this video which blew that out of the water. It turns out you don’t have to cut a hole in the back of the egg — at least not if you’re a mad embroidery genius with, like, magical fingers.
Annie Garcin, the woman featured in this video, uses a method that has nothing to do with my hole-in-the-back method. Like me, she does use a Dremel tool to pre-drill tiny holes in the egg shell for the actual embroidery. But rather than cut an opening in the egg, she drills her design on both sides of the egg, and works the needle in and out through the tiny holes. (Watch the video to see this in action.)
For the record, I did try this method, and it was head-explodingly difficult. It’s so hard to blindly poke around inside the egg and find the correct hole you need on the other side. Not to mention, I still don’t know how you’d knot the thread. (Unless she’s making attractive knots that show on the outside of the egg.)
Either way, Annie Garcin is an embroidery master. I tip my hat to you, fair lady! Or should I say, my chapeau.
PS: The video above is in French. I could understand some parts of it — here are the details I got: Annie Garcin is an embroidery artist who lives in Corbeil, France. She studied embroidery in school, then went to work for an embroiderer in the sixties who worked for les grandes maisons. (Meaning, she worked for someone who worked for the big fashion houses embroidering couture clothes. How fabulous is that.) She uses silk thread for her embroidery. I think she said she invented this crazy egg embroidery idea herself. And at the end I think she says we need to make sure these ancient crafts aren’t forgotten. (I’ll second that.)