Egg Artists Guild show their stuff at decorated egg show in Everett

What is it that makes a person take a little egg, elaborately decorate it with paint and beads and turn it into a detailed scene from “The Princess and the Pea” or “Little Miss Muffett”?

What is it that turns a person into an egger?

“It’s such a fascinating art form that dates back to such old times and people just want to try it,” Betsy Shields said.

Shields is co-chairwoman for this year’s annual Washington Decorated Egg Show put on by the Egg Artists Guild of Washington.

The show is Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Everett.

This year’s theme is “Storybook Land,” so visitors will not only see complex egg designs based on storybook characters but can also attend classes and make their own egg art under the guidance of experts from places as diverse as Tokyo and Poland.

“Cutting the egg and making the intricate designs and putting the beads on one at a time, it becomes addictive,” Shields said.

Classes include “The Snowflake Angel,” in which students design an egg so that the top lifts off to reveal a beautiful angel with feathered wings inside, or “Springtime English Tea Shoppe,” in which students learn to create a miniature tea shop in a goose egg.

This year’s decorated egg show also has charity drawings, a silent auction and door prizes throughout the show. There’s also a banquet on Saturday night.

The show has many artists displaying their work and lots of tables with art supplies where shoppers can purchase everything from paints and beads to eggs from quail size to ostrich size.

Shields said she got into egg decorating from watching a girlfriend do it. Shields said clubs are seeing younger people in their 20s joining up.

“It’s making a comeback,” Shields said.

Egg decorating clubs are all over the United States, including one in Marysville called the Egg Artist Guild of Washington, which meets every third Saturday at the Marysville Public Library, Shields said.

The Washington Decorated Egg Show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett.

Admission is $5 for adults. For more information go to

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