embroidering on eggs


Recently I came across an image online of an eggs that had been embroidered, made by Ukrainian artist Forostyuk Inna. (See the original image here.)


We’re talking real eggs with real embroidery on ‘em. It seemed to defy the laws of physics – and it combined two of my favorite things, egg decorating and sewing. I couldn’t get it out of my mind.


How were the stitches worked? Was it all done, magical-surgeon style, through the tiny holes made when blowing out the egg’s contents? Was there another trick? And most importantly, how did the egg not smash to smithereens?


I had experimented with cutting eggs a few years back when I made some Faberge-style eggs based on an article in Martha Stewing Living. The article instructed you to cut the egg open with a Dremel tool, which sounded impossible but turned out to be completely doable. You really can cut an egg shell with a Dremel, and once you get the hang of it it’s not hard at all. (Use a diamond cutting disc, or other disc meant for fine work. And, uh, watch out for the egg-spray. Let’s just say I had liquid eggs in my hair and on my kitchen walls. Not classy.)


So, okay, I knew egg shells were cut-able. But how were they sew-able? I dug and dug online to see how embroidered eggs were made. There really were no tutorials out there, but I did find a few clues indicating that they were made by cutting a hole in the back of the egg. (First I tried working the embroidery through the small holes made my blowing out the egg, and it really seemed quite impossible. Maybe it could be done, but it wouldn’t be my idea of fun.)


After figuring out the hole-in-the-back secret, the rest was cake. I picked up some micro drill bits for my Dremel and tried drilling holes in the hollowed-out egg shells to make the embroidery. I was nervous that this would create a lot of breakage, but it really didn’t at all. I tell ya, the Dremel is my new best friend.


After that, all that was left to do was make stitches in the pre-drilled holes using regular embroidery floss and a long needle.


I created a full how-to of the process over on my Sewing 101 column at Design Sponge – so pop on over there to see lots of detail shots of how this technique is done.


And there you have it, embroidered eggs! (All the eggs shown in this post are by me.) There are so many ways you could run with this technique — embroider names, monograms, traditional cross-stitch patterns, crazy-quilt stitches — the list goes on and on.

What about you, would you give this a try or does this fall in the crazypants crafting category? :)

All photos by Brett Bara.

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  • Robyn

    Yes, it definitely falls under crazy pants! AMAZING Brett! Amazing

  • Linda P

    crazypants in the best way. genius!

  • YarnThing

    This is FANTASTIC!

  • karen s

    Beautiful!

  • janice

    wow! power tools. you are mixing it all up. and the eggs are beautiful and fun!!

  • Regina @ Chalk In My Pocket

    This is so fantastic! They turned out beautiful, love them all!

  • todd

    i found your next egg challenge – http://www.instructables.com/id/Goose-of-Geometry/

  • Karen

    Interesting, I wouldn't have thought of it. I am undecided on whether I'd try it but why not!?

  • Anonymous

    So that's how you made those 'embroidered eggs'…cut the back out..Simply G….

  • sewa mobil

    Nice article, thanks for the information.

  • John

    I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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