“You’re such a Ukrainian!” my cousin giggled as she looked at my collection of eggs. Was I offended? Heck, I was filled with joy that my half blood Ukrainian heritage glowed through my work.
With a last name like Verrelli, no one would guess I had Ukrainian blood in me at all. So this was a treat.
“What do you mean?”, I asked her grinning ear to ear.
“Look at these!” she admired. “They’re beautiful, and best part, you also build electric kistka’s to make it easier for people like me to even want to create an Easter egg. Kudo’s girl!”
Hi there! I am Kathy Verrelli (Schoenfelder-Hrapchak) and I can proudly say EggCessories is a heartfelt project I happily took on.
The original owners, Michael & Gloria Olynyk offered products and services to Canadians who love the art of egg writing. Then, after over 35 years they made the decision to retire so I took the business over.
And here we are:
In 2016, Kathy Verrelli (Hrapchak/Schoenfelder), proudly stepped in as the new owner of Ukrainian EggCessories when the original owners, Michael & Gloria Olynyk from British Columbia decided to retire. For over 35 years, they offered their own Canadian-made kistka design (both Candle-Heated and Electric) as well as their own recipes of pysanky eggshell dye. Today, Michael's patented electric kistka design continues to be enjoyed by pysanky enthusiasts world-wide. In the past, many people used pysanky supplies that originated from the United States not even knowing that there was a Canadian option.
Ukrainian EggCessories kistky are hand-assembled by Kathy herself. As a child, Kathy use to watch her Baba write dozens of pysanky every Easter season with her Dido's hand-made kistka. He took pride in providing a tool that helped BAba make her beautiful egg creations. Today, Kathy feels that same pride as her Dido did, when she sees others using her hand-made kistky to create their works of art.
Ukrainian EggCessories believes that the creation of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) is an art form that is accessible and fun for everyone. From the beginner to the expert artist, from pysanky teacher to learner... young and old, Ukrainian or non-Ukrainian - with the right supplies, pysanky can be created by anyone. Ukrainian EggCessories is committed to manufacturing quality products the are hand crafted in Canada. Reasonable prices make it easy to spread the spiritual beauty and art of pysanky, while following the Ukrainian belief that as long as pysanky are being made, evil will not prevail in the world.
Ukrainian EggCessories products are available here online as well as at these select retailers across Canada, USA and Australia.
Kathy Verrelli has also sprear-headed a Pysanky retreat called "Pysanky Toronto" and annual 4-day retreat bringing pysanky enthusiasts together to play, share and learn.
Slavic history shows us that hand-written and dyed Easter eggs are believed to ward off evil spirits and misfortune and the intricate designs are believed to shield households from evil spirits. The techniques are passed down generations since the 17th century. Sure, some think this warding off evil is just mumbo-jumbo, but the traditionalists not only enjoy the art of pysanky, the joyous energy radiating into the home is surely a pure sign of love for family. Nothing beats that!
So look around, enjoy the delightful pictures of eggs and vibrant colours. Then order your kit and begin radiating joy into your home today.