Straw decorated eggs are traditional in several countries; Lithuania, Latvia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Ukraine, to mention a few, and are always admired, appreciated and treasured. How are they made? Blow the natural eggs out for years of enjoyment, paint them a solid color if you wish (or use a wooden egg for the form) and begin creating. Leave the eggs in their natural shade and embellish with your choice of colors. This is an activity for all ages and abilities and not limited to holidays.
Another offering by Sidonka Wadina, this time with a theme of goddesses:
The number of straw pieces applied to an egg is referred to as handwritings in the Czech Republic. It is not unusual for some artists to have 300-600 handwritings per egg. Each egg takes hours and hours of patience in preparation and execution.
From the Czech republic, artist Alois Slezacek presents the following eggs made of barley and oat straw:
Also from the Czech Republic is professional egg decorator Marcela Hrabovská:
From Belarus, we are delighted to present the next three images from Master straw artist Raisa Ramanenia.
From Serbia, artist Biserka Horvacki in Subotica, shared a wonderful collection of eggs she decorated:
The images below are meant to spark your imagination. The beauty of a straw decorated egg is as much in its simplicity or in its complexity. We have identified the artists when possible.
You will find this short video helpful: