Introduction: Necktie-silk Dyed Easter Eggs

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You need:

12 white, or light colored eggs

12 6-8" silk squares from various neckties, silk blouses, silk boxer shorts, must be 100% silk

large enough to wrap around your eggs

12 8" cotton squares (I cut up a ratty pillowcase)

12 twist ties

3 Tbs. white vinegar

A big non-aluminum pot with enough water to cover eggs

tongs

Step 1: Wrapping the Eggs

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You can either blow out the eggs or use them whole.

Wrap each egg with a piece of necktie, pick one side to be the tightest and smoothest,

(the bunching on the other side will make blurry spots)

Make sure the brighter side of the silk is against the egg.
Wrap silk-wrapped egg in cotton square, tie with twist tie.

Remember, the tighter the silk is in contact with the egg, the more color will transfer.

We did whole eggs first to get the technique down, then blown eggs.

Be gentle wrapping the blown eggs!

Step 2: Boiling

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Put the eggs in the pot. Cover with cold water, add vinegar.

If you're using blown eggs, weigh them down.

Heat to boiling, reduce heat, simmer for 20 min.

Step 3: Voila!

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Remove, wait a minute till they cool then unwrap: Voila!

Silks can be reused but next batch will be lighter.
I love expressing God's gift of creativity, and even more enjoying His,

We only colored three of the eggs in that bowl!

Comments

susanjerrell (author)2014-04-05

I am so doing this. Goose or duck eggs would be great if I can find any because they are bigger. I think these are pretty for general all year decor.

You'll have to use the fat end of the tie;-) Post a picture if you do, I've never done goose eggs. m

Dominic Bender (author)2014-04-05

Cool idea, thanks for sharing. The girls will love this if only I can find some silk to cut up.

Thanks! I have kits on etsy if you like. But most thrift shops have them, and, once I asked around, I found lots of people who had ties they were glad to get rid of! Happy Easter, m

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