quail and peacocks, studio carta/designskool collaborative # 1

March 23, 2015

DIY Peacock and Quail Easter Egg Ornaments, finished eggs, by Justine Hand and Angela Liguori_edited-1

I’m excited to announce that, after years of helping each other with various DIY, photography, and writing efforts, Angela Liguori and I have finally formalized our collaborative relationship. As of today, we are launching a monthly series of creative projects featuring¬†Studio Carta ribbons. The concepts, styling, and photography are all part of a joint effort.

Last week with camera and supplies in hand, I traveled “down the road a piece” to Angela’s studio for the first of these creative endeavors. Three hours later, after hammering out the original concept over espresso and a lot of laughs, we completed our initial project: a simple DIY with quail eggs and Studio Carta’s tight weave ribbon in peacock.

Each month we will feature a new project both here and on Angela’s blog. On doc for next month is a May Day posy and then a wedding/baby book for June. So stay tuned.

DIY EASTER EGGS WITH STUDIO CARTA

DIY Peacock and Quail Easter Egg Ornaments, supplies, by Justine Hand and Angela Liguori

Supplies: For this project, Angela and I wanted something distinctly Easter, but a little outside the box. Marbled, brown quail eggs (available at many gourmet and ethnic food stores) paired with Studio Carta’s 2/8 width tight-weave cotton ribbon in vibrant peacock, seemed just the thing. Besides these, all you need is a long sharp needle. (We used a Japanese sashiko needle, available at Purl Soho.)

DIY Peacock and Quail Easter Egg Ornaments, peircing the egg shell, by Justine Hand and Angela Liguori_edited-1

Step 1: With your needle poke a hole in the top and bottom of your egg. Then carefully work the opening until it is about 2-3 mm around.

DIY Peacock and Quail Easter Egg Ornaments, eggs with holes, by Justine Hand and Angela Liguori

Step 2: Placing your mouth over one of the holes, blow out the inside of the egg into the sink or a bowl. It helps if you eviscerate the inside a bit with your needle. Then run your egg under warm water to clean it, and blow again to dry the inside. Wipe the outside dry as well. (Note: if you have tried blowing eggs before and found it to be hard, know that it is much easier to blow a small quail egg.) Above, our eggs are blown and dried.

DIY Peacock and Quail Easter Egg Ornaments, stringing the egg, by Justine Hand and Angela Liguori

Step 3: To thread the egg, double the ribbon lengthwise over the eye of your needle. Holding it taught towards the tip of the needle, push the needle and ribbon through the bottom of the egg until it peaks out of the top. Then pull the ribbon out to form a loop in the top of the egg. There is no need to tie the ends off. The thickness of the ribbon will hole it in place.¬†That’s it!

DIY Peacock and Quail Easter Egg Ornaments, finished eggs 2, by Justine Hand and Angela Liguori_edited-2

It’s up to you to mount your eggs as you wish. We chose a spare branch.

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