I originally designed the Bad Eggs
around Easter of 2006 as a set of four in black eggs with embroidered designs. I was bristling at the deluge of Easter crap everywhere more than a month before Easter. I needed an antidote to all the pastels.
When I saw a call-for-entries from The Anticraft, I updated the idea to be more subversive ... traditionally-colored eggs with non-traditional imagery. They liked the idea so much, my Bad Eggs were included in the Anticraft book
(not an affiliate link).
The bonus is that they have now posted the Bad Eggs pattern PDF
on their site. Make some and tuck them into your favorite imp's Easter basket.
Here are the four designs you have to chose from ...
Look at that squirting arterial blood! I can't tell you how much I love that decapitated bunny. It warms my heart. I couldn't be happier about how it turned out. The white-on-white embroidery outlining his leg doesn't photograph well, but it looks good in person. His tail is a bunch of floss loops making a 3-D puff.
Ahhhh ... a cute chick with a taste for eyes. Chirp! The eyes filling the basket are made with a tiny sequin and a black seed bead ... and embroidered eyelashes. I do realize that if a chick was digging the eyeballs out of peoples' heads and collecting them in a basket that they wouldn't still have eyelashes, but I think that makes it all the more creepy. :) It totally oogs me out that the chick is holding an eye by the optic nerve.
The other two eggs in the Bad Eggs set are based on the original designs. One is embroidered with 360° flames and the other has evil eyes on each side in alternating warm and cool colors.
Certainly, you could make non-snarky Easter eggs with the pattern ... but why would you? ;)