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pattern: tiny easter eggs (and a polka dot stitch!)

Tiny Eggs

I love stitching at a small size, something you've seen here before, and will definitely see again. (In a big way soon...but that's still a secret!) For Easter, I thought it would be fun to stitch some tiny Easter eggs. Somewhere I have some not quite finished counted cross-stitch eggs that are similar, but I don't think I've seen that work in progress for, oh, 15 years or more!

These new eggs, on the other hand, were quick to stitch, and they are already done! At least, the three that I chose are done. Because in the PDF pattern that I have to share with you has a total of NINE egg designs, and each is just 1.5 inches tall.

One of the eggs has polka dots, and I did that to use a new stitch that I learned and thought you'd like to try! I found this stitch in an old book, and it was listed as a variation on the lazy daisy. Hmm...It sort of is, but it's not a stitch that I've seen anywhere else. And the diagram made it confusing, so I'm going to revise it with photos and call it the Polka Dot Stitch!

Here's how to do it:

Polka Dot Stitch

1. Bring your needle up from the back, just inside the bottom of the circle.

Polka Dot Stitch

2. In one stitch, go down just outside the bottom of the circle, then back up just inside the top of the circle. Don't pull it through yet. (The original diagram numbered it in such a way that you would need to make a loop like this. It's just too difficult!)

3. Loop the thread around the needle point that is poking out at the top. Make two loops that are circular, then pull the needle through gently so as not to pull the circles.

Polka Dot Stitch

4. Go back down just outside the top of the circle. This small stitch holds the top of the circle in place.

5. Bring the needle back up just outside the bottom of the circle, then go down just inside the bottom of the circle. This small stitch holds the bottom of the circle in place.

Polka Dot Stitch
Polka Dots

It take a few practice tries, but then they go fairly quickly. They make good tiny flowers, or polka dots for eggs!

If you know more about this stitch or what it's really called, please let me know!

Tiny Eggs
Tiny Eggs

Now, how about stitching up these eggs? On their own they'd make lovely little pins or patches, or you could stitch a whole row of them for the edge of a towel or table runner!


Tiny Eggs
Tiny Eggs

Come back tomorrow for a printable with some tiny Easter eggs!

26 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:17 AM

    These are the cutest! Thank you so much for the pattern!!

    Monica Fullerton

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on Mar. 26, 2012. Thanks again.

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  3. So adorable. Thanks for showing that new little stitch. I've never seen that before.

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  4. mom1269610:45 AM

    Oh heavenly. I am definitely going to try to make some of these for Easter. That was a cool new stitch. :) Thanks for the pattern! Aileen

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  5. These are absolutely adorable! I am going to have to stitch some up! Thanks for sharing the Polka Dot Stitch! I can't wait to give it a try! Do you have a good source for buying your wooden hoops? xo Heather

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    1. This little oval came from Michaels, but usually I just pick them up at JoAnn.

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  6. So stinkin' cute!! Thank you for the patterns. I need to be on the look out for the mini oval hoops. Also, really love the circle stitch! I need to try that out.

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  7. So very cute. I love tiny things....

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  8. I just squeed out loud!! These are just so amazingly cute!! And that new stitch, GENIUS!! Thanks so much Molly! I adore you!!

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  9. These are so cute! New follower here- lovely blog!

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  10. These are gorgeous - thanks for sharing Mollie!

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  11. The stitch looks really fancy and adorable! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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  12. Oooo these are SO darling!

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  13. Cool stitch and cute eggs. Thank you!

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  14. That is cute! And the stitch is really nice, I'll have to try that!

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  15. I love the little chick egg in the middle!

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  16. Adorable! I'm pinning to remind me to GET BACK OVER HERE to practice that stitch, and making a cute pillow for the easter baskets :) Lovely work, thank you for sharing!!

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  17. http://pinterest.com/pin/273030796129436528/

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  18. OH MY GOODNESS! Mollie these are just too cute!

    xoxo
    Janee

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  19. Thanks for the great pattern. I love that each pattern has a color chart and black and white version. It's like getting two patterns in one which worked fabulously for the project I just finished (my first ever hoop!). I used your eggies and jellybeans patterns. I cut them out of felt and attached them (with embroidery stitches) to my fabric. And since you give two patterns, I used the color coded one as a pattern for cutting out the felt, leaving the other intact should I want to use it later for embroidery (sans felt embellishments).

    Now I need to buy a stash of hoops so I can finish and display all my stuff (I only have one hoop right now).

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  20. These are gorgeous.....These are just so amazingly stiched.

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  21. These are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  22. Jenny Hart2:17 PM

    It's a knotted chain stitch! Here, you've made it a detached knotted chain stitch. ;D

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  23. Hi Mollie! How do you transfer your patterns?

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    1. For these, I traced them at a window using a water-soluble pen. When my fabric is too difficult to trace with, I usually use Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.

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  24. Dani W7:13 PM

    Adorable! I'm excited to try out this new stitch!
    Also thanks for the fantastic pattern, too cute!

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