A different type of Easter Egg

Easter is coming up in the near future, and I must say I think it is my favorite holiday. I think it has something to do with my love of all things bunny & chicken related. Of course, I know that there is a … ahem … deeper meaning to the holiday. But for me it is about the bunnies & the eggs.

And the chocolate and candy and pretty pretties.

To start the season off right I thought I would bring over a post from a now defunct blog of mine. The blog had to go bye bye when I got busted by the county for having chickens, brief moment of silence for the empty coop, but I thought some of the knitters that have found this blog might be multi-craftual and enjoy this little tidbit.

So here is my Easter project from last year:

I never thought I would love paisley.

This really isn’t anything new. If you search for “Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs” you will find plenty of instructions on how to do this. As with all things like this – it originated with The Martha. You need pure silk – most easily obtainable from your local thrift store in the form of ties. Look inside the tie for a label that says 100% silk. Apparently silk blouses, scarves and boxer shorts work also – I did not test them. I used ties. Really ugly ties. Avoid ties that have really thick fabric or any kind of texture – even if they are silk.

I never thought I would love paisley.

The uglier the tie, the prettier the egg.

Cut the silk into pieces big enough to completely wrap around the egg with enough left over to tie off. Also you will need pieces of white cloth (cotton preferably) the same size as the silk pieces. In keeping with the reusing men’s stuff theme I cut up one of my hubby’s old t-shirts that I was sick of seeing. Place the egg on the silk with the “right side” of the silk against the egg. Gather the fabric around the egg and get as much fabric/shell contact as you can manage. Twist the fabric at the top to make a little package and then do the same with the cotton fabric. Tie off somehow. I used bits of leftover cotton knitting yarn – The Martha used twistie ties.

Not my fave - but nice if you like pastels.

Fill a pot with enough water to cover your egg packages and add 1/4 C of white vinegar. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove and “allow to dry”. At least that is what the original instructions said. I let mine sit overnight and the next morning they were still wet. I went about my day and came back around lunch – still damp. At this point I lost my patience and unwrapped them. None the worse for wear. So I would let them sit at least a couple of hours – but they don’t have to be dry.

The crispness of the transfer amazes me.

I had a fifth tie – but it didn’t work for crap. That is where I learned the no textures tip that I thoughtfully provided above. I took the two eggs came out poorly and re-wrapped them in prints that did well then repeated the process. Again they came out nicely. I just lurve the way they look and cannot wait to try this again this year. I am considering blowing some eggs and seeing if it will work on blown eggs – I have my doubts.


4 thoughts on “A different type of Easter Egg

  1. Wow! What a great idea. I think we’ll try this in our house this year. I love any excuse to peruse the local thrift stores. Who knows, while I’l digging for silk ties, I may even find a few wool sweaters begging to be reused.

  2. I am so going to try that!! How ever it seems to me that tying off at the two ends of the egg makes better sense than on one of the sides. You could roll the fabric around the egg and then twist the two ends like a tootsie roll. Just my thought. I am going to try this for Christmas ornaments. I’ll try with the hollow out eggs and let you know if it works. 🙂

    • Well, the goal is to get the fabric as smoothly in contact with the shell as possible, with the tie on only one end you are able to get really good contact between the silk and the big end of the egg. But tying on both ends could be interesting! I look forward to hearing about your experiments.

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