As with many of my beading patterns, there is a little story behind the birth of my Easter bunny! I was teaching my snowman decoration as a workshop back in 2013. As I was preparing the materials, I realised that I didn’t have enough white delicas for me to use – only enough for the students. Never mind, I thought, I’ll just pick a colour and use it to make a beaded bead or two. I was still able to show the technique this way. I happened to pick out brown and pink, a sort of chocolate and strawberry theme that I thought would make a lovely necklace.
So, I started on the demo, using the brown beads. One of the ladies in the class commented that my snowman must have fallen in a muddy puddle or something! We all laughed, then someone else said, or maybe it’s an Easter bunny? Well, that was it, the beaded bead necklace idea went out the window and I spent the class making an Easter bunny instead. Lucky I’d picked up those pink beads – they made perfect inner ears! I had to wait until I arrived home to add the necklace, but my students that day got to watch a design evolve!
About the Pattern
Originally, I published the pattern as a supplement to my Beaded Christmas Decorations book. I referred users to the book to make the head and body for the Easter Bunny. I then gave the new instructions for adding the ears, tail, face and necklace. Why do this? Well, it allowed me to publish the pattern at a lower price. However, I have discovered that a lot of people would prefer the pattern as a stand-alone product. So, this led me to re-write it and now republish it with the full instructions. This will take you all the way through the design with clear diagrams, photos and of course great instructions. If you need help with any of the techniques, just check for a free tutorial in the free tutorials section on this website. You will be using Netting and Brick Stitch for this project.
The project is made with size 10 Delica beads, so if you have any problems getting hold of those, I can put together a kit for you – just email me.