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White Dove Easter Egg Cross Stitch


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This unique Easter egg design started out as a peaceful ocean with rhythmic waves. Then, slowly, the ocean became deeper and more interesting. Next came the sky, pale and misty as though the morning clouds are finally thinning and the sun is just beginning to shine through. Still it wasn't done. This egg needed something to make it special. I thought of pirate ships or sea monsters. I even thought of islands and whales. In the end, what the egg wanted was a beautiful white dove as the classic emblem of peace with an olive branch clasped in her beak. Once it was done I sat back and saw that I had created Noah's dove flying across the receding floodwaters. This design might make an interesting Easter decoration or a lovely Biblical-themed gift. At only 5x7 inches, this design won't be a huge commitment and most people could probably finish it within 40 days and 40 nights. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cross Stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 70x96 stitches, about 5x7 inches (on 14 count Aida)

Supplies Needed

  • Aida or similar
  • DMC floss (see description)
  • Needle, scissors

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I am the craftiest daughter of a very crafty mother. She taught me a lot of crafty basics when I was young. In k-12, I used to get in trouble for drawing on my schoolwork. Later on I picked up a paintbrush and taught myself how to paint. For a brief period in college, I played with a computer based paper doll program (kisekae) and I got quite handy with a mouse. Today, I use my chronic doodling habit to develop cross stitch and embroidery patterns. I'm taking a break from designing patterns to work on a crazy quilt project. There are several new embroidery designs that I'm developing for this project. When it's done, I will work on publishing them as patterns here.