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In the spirit of Easter, I thought I would showcase a Pysanky Roundup of resources and inspiration. You may also know Pysanky as Ukranian Easter Eggs. Like the batik I wrote about earlier this week, pysanky is another form of wax-resist dyeing, but on eggs of course!
A pysanka is an egg that has been “written” on with wax. Traditionally, there is meaning behind the symbols written on the eggs – whether as a charm against superstitions or as a representation of the Christian Easter story.
For patterns and ideas – including patterns by region – visit:
The basics you need are: eggs, wax, dyes, a flame, and a kistka (a stylus for writing on the egg with melted wax). See one of Tutorials below for a complete list.
I would suggest looking at your local Ukranian centre or heritage museum for supplies. If you’re in the Calgary area you could try:
- Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Calgary Collection: St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 404 Meredith Road NE, 403-264-3437. The shop is open Tuesdays only from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm.
- Local Art stores, such as Kensington Art Supply, are also a good option.
For a list of local vendors by province/state visit:
To purchase supplies online:
- Learn How to Dye & Color Easter Eggs – video tutorial by Lorrie Popow
What’s inspiring you lately?