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The Ukranian Easter Egg, maybe you call it Pysanky, I call it batiked eggs

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In all the years I have been doing batik and teaching I had never heard of the Ukranian Easter Egg. One morning two weeks before Easter my friend at the local feed store called me to see if I had any fresh chicken eggs available. There was a woman in her store asking for fresh eggs. At the time we were raising chickens for my daughter’s 4-H project. The woman came to our house and told me every year a couple weekends before Easter she and her two daughters drive out into the country to get fresh eggs to make Ukranian Easter Eggs for Easter.

I love to try new things and this sounded interesting. She had invited about ten or so of her friends over the following Saturday to make Pysanky, another name for Ukranian Easter Eggs, and she needed eggs from the farm because the ones you buy at the grocery store have some kind of coating on them that keeps the egg dye from being even. Before they left my house, my new friend had invited me to her Ukranian Easter Egg party. It was a lot of fun to learn how to apply a wax resist process I was very familiar with to the surface of my own chicken eggs. I had a ball!

I had to adjust to applying the wax to a round surface instead of a flat one. I also had to learn how to use some tools that were new to me. Other than that it was a blast and I was hooked.

I have been making Pysanky ever since. I don’t have chickens or ducks anymore, but I did have the foresight to save a bunch of chicken and duck eggs to decorate after they had time to sit in our dry Colorado air and dry up inside. (I soon learned that the eggs were easier to work with if I let the insides dry up over time rather than decorating them raw or pumping the insides out.)

For now, I actually have very few good examples of my eggs to show you. I will however, show you what I have.

There are symbolic traditional patterns that go along with the art of Pysanky. Because of this I followed the patterns that came with the supplies I ordered. Soon after I went off on my own, creating designs similar to my batik designs.

The Ukranian Easter Egg, maybe you call it Pysanky, I call it batiked eggs
This is a bunch of my eggs on a neat homeade drying rack. Some of them have traditional designs and some of them are my own idea
The Ukranian Easter Egg, maybe you call it Pysanky, I call it batiked eggs
 I created this Phelps Mill egg for my dad-he’s on the committee to renovate this old flour mill site.

When I get some more Ukranian Easter Eggs made I will post pictures of them on this page. Please keep checking back if you are interested in seeing my new ideas for Ukranian Easter Eggs.


P.S. I will be adding step-by-step instructions on how to make Ukranian Easter Eggs to this site. I will also give you information on where you can get the supplies. Please, keep checking back! I have great plans for this site!


Thank you for visiting my Ukranian Easter Egg Gallery, I hope you enjoyed what you saw!