Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Exchange

Happy Easter, today is also the Opening Day for Needlecraft Haven Easter Exchange. It's an annual exchange that is great fun to take part of each year.

We had to stitch an Easter gift for our partner, include a card and a sweet treat. I was absolutely amazed when I opened my parcel this morning, Justine has stitched a beautiful biscornu, thank you Justine I love it!

My Easter biscornu from Justine
The reverse with such delicate beading and backstitch
Close up of the cute bunnies 
In my parcel Justine included some mini chocolate eggs, two skeins of Week Dye Weeks thread - daffodil and spring bouquet - and a super Easter card.

My Easter Exchange from Justine 
My exchange parcel travel overseas to Mary. I hadn't stitched in relief before and I did find this a little unusual to start with. I used DMC variegated thread and I stitched it over one to make it ornament size.

The ornament for Mary
Mary's Exchange 
I've been baking for Easter - chocolate nests for our not so little kids and a Simnel Cake for Easter Day.

Chocolate Nests
Simnel Cake 
My Easter decorations are out - just for a few days. My Easter tree is a piece of a contorted hazelnut tree that we had in our front garden for over 20 years and was before that in my Grandmother's garden. I saved these branches and use them every Easter, along with her jug.

My Dad's cousin bought me a beautiful bunch of tulips when we took her shopping on Good Friday and my daffodils timed it perfectly to come out today. The ornament on my mantle is my exchange gift from Christine last year and the stitched egg one my tree is also from Christine from an exchange a few years ago.

My Easter Tree
I love the colour of these tulips
My Easter mantle
There are a few chocolate eggs in our house but we've all been quite good ....... so far .......... and only eaten a little.
Happy Easter 


  1. Your vase of tulips is gorgeous! (it's still acting like winter here, barely above freezing at 5pm - my daffodils have only a couple inches of leaves showing)

    The biscornu you received for the exchange is delightful - those bunnies are so incredibly cute! And the egg you stitched - love the color you picked and it came out beautifully.

    Had to google Simnel cake ... oh my goodness, that sounds heavenly!

  2. It's been a wonderful exchange, so many lovely handmade goodies sent and received.
    Your simnel cake looks delicious.
    Happy Easter xx

  3. Happy Easter! What lovely packages you've sent and received! Looks like you are having a very pretty Easter!

  4. Both the exchange gift you sent and the one you received are beautiful Clare, and your baked Easter goodies look delicious

  5. Oh my! That biscornu from Justine is absolutely darling! Your egg that you made Mary is quite lovely Clare.

  6. You received a lovely gift from Justine and I was delighted with mine, Clare. Your Easter decorations and baking look good.

  7. Both exchanges are so lovely, I'm sure you both were thrilled with your gifts. Lovely EAster décor, hope you had a lovely day.

  8. I love both stitched items for the exchange. They are beautiful.

  9. Thank you for organising such a fantastic exchange! I'm glad you like the biscornu. I love the ornmaament you stitched for Mary, the ribbons perfectly match your variegated thread!
    Your home looks beautiful for Easter as does your baking!

  10. Wow, gorgeous biscornu from Justine, I love all those beads! Your ornament you stitched for Mary was beautiful too!
    Love your Easter decorations! Wow, those cakes all look delicious!
    Looks like you had an exciting Easter.
    Barbara xx

  11. Such a lovely exchange--beautiful gifts both sent and received, Clare! I hope you had a lovely Easter and that spring has finally sprung!

  12. What a beautiful exchange you had! A beautiful biscornu from Justine and your relief egg! I haven't stitched in relief either, and yet it looks so interesting, especially with the variegated floss. Your Easter mantle looks lovely too -- fresh daffodils!

  13. The exchange items to and from a lovely. Love your mantle and all of your Easter decorations.

  14. These bunnies on Justine's biscornu are too sweet. Such a lovely exchange stitching. I also loved the egg you stitched for Mary. Great exchange on both sides.
    Your tulips are such a delight.

  15. The bunnies on the biscornu are very cute.
    Your little ornament for Mary looks wonderful.
    Best wishes Manuela

  16. Such a beautiful biscornu! And your gift for Mary is lovely too. Enjoying your Easter mantle - particularly the daffodils, which are my favourite flower x

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  18. Gorgeous biscornu from Justine, love the floral button in the centre.
    What is the technique used to make Mary's egg? The thread is a beautiful - perfect for Easter!

  19. What a wonderful exchange, a win for all of you! Justine's biscornu is gorgeous and your egg is so precious. Your displays are lovely.


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