Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter 2009 Silk Dyed Eggs

This Easter I decided to follow an idea that I saw on Martha Stewart Living. I went to Goodwill to buy old silk neckties. I bought them for $1.99 and if you are lucky when you cut the neckties up to wrap the eggs in, you can get 2 or 3 pieces out of the neckties. You can use any silk printed clothing for this.

How to Silk Dye Easter Eggs

1. Cut silk into pieces large enough to wrap around a raw egg.

2. Tightly wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Secure with a twist tie.

3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of non-dyed cotton and secure tightly with another twist-tie.

4. Place egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover eggs completely. Add three tablespoons of white vinegar to the water.

5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes or longer.

6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon, place on a cooling rack, and let cool.

7. Remove silk from cooled egg.

8. For shiny eggs, wipe with a paper towel dabbed in vegetable oil.

Depending on the silk neckties you can get great designs on the eggs.

Jamie my wife has decided to do this next year and the next.