Easter is coming and there is nothing like getting a beautiful egg to celebrate the beginning of new life.
The Why, When and How of Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Eggs), a workshop by Susan Summers of Brady, was held this past Friday, March 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Thanks to The Reverend John Fritts for the use this facility. It was a great venue for the workshop. Attendees to the workshop listened to an outstanding presentation by Susan telling us of where and why the brightly colored eggs originated.
This is a centuries old technique originating before the birth of Christ. Designs emanating from nature were drawn on the eggs with pencil and then hot wax was placed on the parts you wanted a certain color to remain. The egg was then dipped into brightly colored dyes. After a series of waxing and dying, the egg is held close to a candle flame to melt off the wax. What appears then, is a beautiful colored egg with many patterns and colors.
The tradition is to present the egg to friends with the saying " The Lord is Risen!" The recipient of the egg responds, "The Lord is Risen, indeed!"
Participants had an opportunity to make their own eggs and were surprised with the gorgeous designs which appeared. Susan will have some of her Pysanky eggs for sale at the FAAHC Gala on April 30th at the Warehouse, located in front of the Peanut Mill Restaurant. They are exquisite!!!!