Our colourful cross stitch Easter bunny cross stitch pattern is easy and fun to make and rather than sending a squashy chocolate egg through the post you could make this for a friend instead.
The cheeky rabbit is in grey, white and pink and stitched on 16 count Aida. The pattern is available to buy or you can download it for no extra charge if you’re a StitchMeGifts cross stitch subscriber. It would look good in a seasonal yellow aperture card which you can get from your local craft shop.
Sitting on a patch of green grass, our Easter bunny has more than enough chocolate to eat and is just waiting to unwrap his gaily coloured eggs which are decorated in the Ukrainian fashion, also known as pysanky. After stitching the colours on the egg you could use a holographic thread like Gutermann’s or Glitter Superior Threads to add sparkle and glamour.
Easter bunnies were first mentioned in German folklore in the 1600s and were a little like Santa Claus in that they brought children coloured eggs if they had been well behaved.
Easter eggs, also called Paschal eggs, had religious significance as they were not eaten during Lent and were boiled to preserve them. Traditionally eggs were painted red and green and then decoration evolved to include other colours but the Ukrainians decorated eggs in pre-Christian times and there are some beautiful examples of this art form, called pysanky, on the internet if you’d like to know more about it.
Easter Cross Stitch traditions
The custom of giving eggs as gifts at Easter celebrates new life as Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead so eggs reminded people that life could overcome death.
Giving children chocolate eggs is a relatively new tradition but one which is popular with adults too! In the past eggs have been carved from wood or made from sugar or marzipan. In the western world they are usually eaten on Easter Sunday and symbolise the ending of Lent, a time when Christians give up something they enjoy.
They often have a surprise inside them too. Often Easter eggs conceal packets of other sweets or goodies.
In recent times, children have enjoyed Easter egg hunts, led by the Easter bunny, particularly in the UK, while in the US, rolling coloured eggs down a hill is a lot of fun.
In Russia, the court jeweller, Faberge, created exquisite jewelled eggs, decorated with diamonds and gold, for Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II. Each year they became more and more elaborate and increasingly costly. Some of those creations are now owned by the British royal family while others are in museums or in private collections.