You use silk ties to color your Easter Eggs. The pattern from the ties will come out and be on your eggs. I HAD to give this a try. I went to my local thrift shop and bought the ties for $1 each.
I cut the ties open and made approx 7" squares with the fabric. I did the same with white fabric to use as my 'cover' to the ties. I boiled them in a water/vinegar mix for 15 minutes...
then I put them on a plate to cool off. I couldn't wait to see the end result so i didn't wait too long to open them up. And the final result was.......
Wha-La! For a first timer, I think they turned out pretty good.
Silk Dyed Easter Eggs
Tutorial by www.ourbestbites.com
Materials and Tools
-Glass or enamel pot (but pretty much any non-aluminum pot will be fine)
-Silk ties, blouses, or boxers, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
-An old white sheet, or pillowcase, or tablecloth, or random fabric, cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs
-Twist ties or string
-4 tablespoons of white vinegar
-Tongs or spoon
1. Remove seaming from ties and any lining on the inside. You just want a piece of the silk. Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg.
2. Wrap an egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn't fit perfectly around egg. Just try to make as much smooth contact with the fabric to the egg as you can. The pattern will transfer better if it is right up against the egg. Any part that is folded or wrinkled will leave kind of a tie-dyed pattern (which is a good thing, it’s pretty that way) Secure with twist-tie or string.
4. Place the egg(s) in the pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add the 1/4 C of white vinegar.
5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool on a pile of paper towels or in a colander.
7. When eggs are cool enough to handle, you can remove the fabric.
8. To add a little bit of luster to your eggs, put a dab of vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub onto the egg.