Holidays are the perfect excuse to get your hands dirty and get crafting. And here at Hygge & West, we use any excuse to play with pattern. With Easter just around the corner, we turned to Karla Pruitt of Helmsie, one of the two creative masterminds behind one of our most spring-ready patterns, Piedmont, to see how she would dress this whimsical design up for our favorite holiday of the season. Keep scrolling for Karla's delightful take on Piedmont-meets-the-Easter-Bunny.
Karla's Hand Painted Easter Egg How-To:
Experiment with your paint choice to make sure the kind of paint you choose will stick to your craft store egg. I lightly sketched the bunny with a pencil, and then used acrylic paint. It was more difficult than I expected to hold the egg and paint it at the same time, so next time I will use a bunched up towel to cradle it so that it holds steady, creating a nest of sorts.
It would be sweet to make something like this into a cake topper by glueing a shish kabob stick to the bottom. I also love the idea of painting these eggs with your kids and adding more eggs to your collection every year. They could be displayed in a bowl or strung on a string. If you covered them with a few coats of polyurethane to seal them, you could even hide them outside during your egg hunt. Maybe finding the painted eggs would earn you an extra special treat!
Hygge & West: We love Piedmont for a springtime feel all year long! What's your favorite element of this whimsical pattern?
Karla Pruitt: Thanks! I love the movement of this pattern. I was so happy with how the whimsical nature of the animals carried through to the movement from the plants when I repeated this in a damask-like half-drop pattern. The elements kind of circle and chase each other, which I really enjoy!
H&W: Holidays are a great time to do crafts and get messy. What do you enjoy most about working with your hands?
KP: The meditative feeling I get when really concentrating on painting is such a nice mental break from the stresses that seem to come from pretty much everything else. I hope I can pass that feeling on to my daughter somehow, even if it is helping her find another hobby that gives her that same relaxing fulfillment.
Karla's adorable pup, Okie, modeling Piedmont (Indigo)
H&W: Do you have any traditions or special rituals that you do to make your Easter a little extra hygge?
KP: Here in the South, Sarah and I love the tradition of getting extra dressed up for church for an extra celebratory Sunday worship. Whether we gather with our families or friends, we always eat a large, delicious meal and enjoy the company and fellowship of our nearest and dearest. We also love to decorate with crafts our littles have made. There's just something so special about seeing their handiwork evolve over the years.