Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

A unique way to dye Easter Eggs is to use scraps of silk tied tightly around raw eggs before boiling. Look for pretty designs in men’s ties, scarves, boxers, and blouses – anything that is 100% silk.

I heard about silk dyeing from one of my customers. She bought a large amount of my men’s ties and wanted me to double check that they were all silk. She said she was going to use them to dye Easter eggs. I was intrigued so I googled it and found instructions at Martha Stewart.com. I tried a few this morning. I got some really pretty ones. I’m just not sure that they are safe to eat as they are dyed with fabric dyes and we usually use food dyes that we know are safe to eat.

Here are the instructions:
1. Wrap eggs tightly with a square of silk - pattern side against egg.
2. Wrap silk covered eggs with a square of white cotton or linen fabric (old sheet or pillowcase works best) and secure with a twist tie.
3. Cover eggs with cold water, add 3 tablespoons white vinegar, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes. Note: I did mine for 25 minutes and I think they could have used a little longer.
4. Remove eggs using tongs to a paper towel covered tray and cool.
5. Carefully remove wrappings from cool eggs and let dry.

You can use blown out egg shells also but you will need to weight them down by putting water inside or weighting them down with a rock to hold them down in the water.

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