Michele Robert’s Ukrainian Eggs


Ukrainian pysanky or “written” eggs have a wealth of symbolism. A pysanky egg can be “read”, because each color and each design element has a symbolic meaning, such as Jacob’s ladder, which can be read as if it was written in words. This is a 1,000-year old art form in which hot wax and successively darker baths of vegetable dyes create the designs.

With embroidery, the black background is first and the colors are stitched on top, to simulate the dyes and the wax. This group of seven eggs is stitched with brightly colored cotton threads on #24 black Congress cloth. The eggs can also be stitched on #18 canvas.

Stitches used include a variety of straight stitches, French knots, Rhodes stitch, Smyrna cross, and tent stitches. Students will learn how to stitch the eggs, the meaning of the symbols and colors, and decide on various ways of finishing the eggs.

As a BONUS, the course will include instructions on how to make a handmade stitched basket, like the one pictured, to hold the beautifully stitched eggs. The materials for the basket are easily obtained and nominal in cost (one skein of yarn and a length of clothesline). Placing the eggs in a basket like this provides a rich contrast between the bold colors and the geometric precision of the stitched eggs and the rough dull organic basket.

Each of the seven eggs is three inches long on Congress cloth and four inches long on #18 canvas. The basket is eight inches in diameter.

An optional kit that includes the Congress cloth and threads will be available. A materials list will be provided if the student would like to stitch the eggs on #18 canvas.

The following material options will be available:

  • Instruction book only
  • Instruction book and optional kit which includes the Congress cloth and threads

Join Michele to stitch your own lovely basket of eggs and a bit of history.

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Level: Intermediate
Time: Six months
Design Size: Each egg is three inches long

Schedule for Posting of Lessons:
To give students time to work each portion before the next lesson is released, lessons will be posted on August 1st, August 15th- no lesson due to ANG Seminar, September 1st, September 15th, October 1st, October 15th, November 1st, November 15th, December 1st, December 15th, January 1st, and January 15th. The Cyber chat list will be available until the end of the month.

You must specify on the registration page if you want just the instructions or if you also want the optional kit.

For details on threads and other supplies, see the Materials List Page.

The "classroom" for the ANG CyberWorkshop will be a dedicated e-mail list where the teacher will post the lessons (text only) and students can post questions and comments about the class. In addition, the teacher may post visual aids (stitched samples, expanded charts, etc.). The e-mail list will be created after registration closes. Based on past experience, the amount of traffic on this e-mail list varies throughout the class. At the beginning of the class, students can expect to receive more than a dozen messages on some days. As the class continues, there are usually significantly fewer messages. The class fee includes access to the dedicated e-mail list. Because the class lessons will be posted to this e-mail list, students participating in an ANG CyberWorkshop must have a unique e-mail address.

Please note: a minimum level of computer knowledge is required. You should know how to use your e-mail program and how to access a password-protected Web site. ANG is not responsible for teaching these skills.

You will be getting e-mail from the teacher, the angel, and other students in the class. You may not recognize the e-mail addresses from which the messages have been sent, but all will have a subject line that clearly identifies the message as being part of the CyberWorkshop. DO NOT put blocks on any of these addresses. If you do not wish to receive the CyberWorkshop messages at your regular address, please set up a separate account at one of the free Web-based e-mail services, and make sure that the Class Angel has that address.

Registration ends on May 31, 2014. The first lesson will be posted August 1, 2014. This will be a six-month workshop. There will not be a critique at the end of the workshop.

Prices for This CyberWorkshop:

U.S. Members:
Class fees, course booklet only, and postage: $85.60

Class fees, course booklet, kit, and postage: $120.60

Canadian Members:
Class fees, course booklet only, and postage: $99.95

Class fees, course booklet, kit, and postage: $134.95

International Members:
Class fees, course booklet only, and postage: $103.95

Class fees, course booklet, kit, and postage: $138.95

You can pay by Authorize.net (using your credit card), check (made out to ANG), or Master Card or Visa (sent by postal mail or fax).

All payments are final.

You must be an ANG member to participate. Please include your membership number when registering for the class. If possible, include a copy of the mailing label from your most recent copy of Needle Pointers. If a label is not available, make sure you have included your membership number. If you are not a brand-new member, please contact the Membership Office to find out your number.

If you are not currently an ANG member and wish to participate in this CyberWorkshop, you can join ANG. You may include payment for membership using any of the payment methods below, and the form at Join ANG.

Brand-new members: If paying for your new ANG membership by PayPal, once you've added a membership to your shopping cart, please return to this page, enter "00000" as your membership number, and add the CyberWorkshop to your cart. If you will be paying for your new ANG membership in some other way, please insert "NEW MEMBER" in the ANG Membership Number box on the CyberWorkshop Registration Printout Form (links are below).

You will receive an e-mail from the Class Angel after your registration is processed. If you have not heard from the Angel within 14 days of mailing or faxing your registration form, send an e-mail to the Class Angel.

If you have questions about the class or registration, send an e-mail to the Class Angel, Kristi Herbrand.

Registration Process:

  1. To pay by credit card using Authorize.net, use the link below. You do not need to mail or fax a filled-out Registration Form if you pay via Authorize.net. The Registrar will receive your registration information directly from Authorize.net. (Authorize.net accepts all major credit cards or allows you to transfer funds from your bank account.)
    • Click here if you are paying using Authorize.net

    Please note that postage differs for U.S. and International Members. Please select the correct payment section according to your shipping address:
  2. If you are not paying by Authorize.net, please print out the Registration Form. Fill out the form, indicating your payment method. Then use one of our mail-in payment options:
    • To pay by check, mail your filled-out registration form to the address below and include your check made out to ANG. Please include your ANG membership number on your check.
    • To pay by credit card directly to ANG (ANG accepts MasterCard or Visa), mail your filled-out registration form and payment information to the address below, or fax them to the fax number below.
    • Click here for the form.

ANG CyberWorkshop
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI  53704-3102
Fax: 608-443-2474

Your completed registration form and check or credit card information must be received by May 31, 2014.

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