I learned a great trick this weekend to create amazing dyed easter eggs and not having to deal with food coloring and dies that make messes all over your kitchen, your clothes, and your fingers.
All you need for this project is some old silk ties, scarfs, or shirts.
Yarn or twist ties
White Fabric- I grabbed some old pillowcases from the thrift store
Pot to boil the eggs in
Then of course water and a Stove top.
I raided my closet and found some old silk ties that i don’t wear any more and then went to the thrift store and found some more for pretty cheap and also picked up a scarf and shirt. Look for fun patterns and colors. I found that darker colors seem to work the best. Make sure to check the label to make sure the fabric is silk and not a polyester, which can look and feel similar. When looking for silk remember it may be an ugly scarf or tie but it can make a beautiful egg. Hard part is you never know how it will look till after you try it so try to use a selection of different colors and patterns.
Usually it will tell you if it’s 100% silk right on the main label of the tie, but some don’t, and if that’s the case, check that little tiny end, it’s usually hiding there.
If you are using ties you need to deconstruct them. Snip the seams and remove the lining so you are just left with the silk.
Next you cut a piece large enough to cover an egg. Wrap the egg with the right side (the side the dye is printed on, outside of the tie) of the fabric making contact with the egg. You want to try to wrap the fabric as tight as you can without breaking the egg. The more direct contact the silk has with the egg shell the clearer the imprint of the pattern. Where there are folds in the fabric you’ll get kind of a swirly water color effect. Use your yarn and tie the fabric together. I used string but twisty ties work just as well.
When you tie your eggs notice where you want your pattern to be. The side of the egg opposite the knot will have the best transfer of the pattern so depending on how you want to display your eggs take this into account. You can either tie the fabric off at the top or on the side of the egg. Just make sure you wrap them as tight and as smooth as you can.
After the eggs are wrapped in silk, you’re going to wrap them again with a light colored light weight piece of fabric. This is where the pillow cases that I grabbed form the thrift store come in handy.
Put the eggs into a pot of water and add 1/4 cup of vinegar and bring it to a boil. Let the eggs boil for 20 min and then remove them. Set them on a towel to dry and once they are cool enough you can remove the fabric.
Now the fun part! Carefully unwrap your eggs to see what they look like. And display them for everyone to see how amazing they look.
Here is how these ones turned out. I included a picture of the fabric with each egg so you can see how they transfered.
Some fabrics don’t transfer as well but still leave a great design.
The details of the paisley pattern really transfered well on this egg.
I thought the Reds in the scarf would come across great on the egg. When i unwrapped these ones they had great detail but the reds were a greenish yellow on the egg. Still look great but like i said you never know what you will get till you unwrap the egg.
Love how well this one worked.
You can see that some colors and patterns really transfer well and create beautiful eggs. Have fun with it and remember that an ugly tie can make a beautiful egg.
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