The Winona County Historical Society is excited again to offer its favorite and very popular spring historic craft class, creating a unique Easter egg using a time-honored method of dyes and wax. There will be two classes to choose from, one on Sunday, April 2, and one on April 9, both at 1 p.m.
The pisanki has roots in ancient tradition when eggs, as a symbol of life, were believed to ensure a good harvest and health. The name “pisanki” comes from the Polish word “pisac,” which means to write. Coloring Easter eggs is very much alive all over the world, but making pisanki is far more than dipping an egg in dye. This class will teach attendees the traditional use of wax flowing from a funnel to create designs as eggs are dipped in various dyes, producing richly ornamented designs. Patterns reveal a high level of craftsmanship and artistry and have many meanings. Instructions of patterns are used in the class, but those wishing to design their own egg embellishments are welcome to do so.
The eggs are then traditionally exchanged among friends and relatives with good wishes during Easter time. Attendees will leave the class with a finished egg and instructions for making more at home. A basic supply kit will be available for purchase.
Classes are geared toward those of all artistic levels. Children are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult; the skills for this class are suited for those at least eight years old. Space is limited to 10 per class. Please register with payment at the History Center or call 507-454-2723, extension 0. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Learn more about WCHS at www.winonahistory.org.