Last year, for Easter, Sola and I experimented with dyeing eggs with silk. For the most part, the eggs turned out quite lovely, worth saving for future Easters. We did learn a few things in the process that are worth mentioning thoughIn regards to 100% silk sources, a lot of Pinterest tutorials that I saw, recommended using old ties. I really don’t recommend that method, unless you happen to have a bunch of old silk ties lying around. Thrift shopping and upcycling have become so popular here, that I found the cost of used silk ties to be about $4.00 each. In addition, you then have to dismantle the tie, which can be a real pain. Finally, I found that some of our used ties, though labeled as 100% silk, must have either not been 100% silk (I know, it is so hard to imagine a manufacturer from China lying about such things!) or else they had some sort of sealant or something on them, which prevented them from dyeing the eggs. Used 100% silk boxer shorts or scarves would be great, if you can find them. I could not. So, what I found to be the best source for 100% silk squares was sari scraps.
A sari, saree or shari is a South Asian female garment that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards (4.57 meters to 8.23 meters) in length and two to four feet (60 cm to 1.20 m) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. (Wikipedia)
- Eggs (blown or raw)
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- Silk squares (must be 100% silk)
- Muslin squares
- Twist ties, string, rubber bands, or thread
- Take your egg and wrap it tightly in a square of silk. The tighter you wrap it, the better the print will be. Try to minimize the wrinkles, as wrinkles prevent the print from being transferred. (Sola wrapped the egg above and we were both super happy with the results, given that she was only six years old, but if you’re looking for Martha Stewart quality, try to make it smoother than she did.)
- Tie the silk closed with a twist tie, string, rubber band, or thread.
- Wrap the silk-covered egg in muslin, once again trying to keep it smooth and tight.
- Tie the muslin closed with a twist tie, string, rubber band, or thread.
- Place all of the wrapped eggs in a big pot and cover with water, until the water is about 1″ deeper than the eggs. If your eggs are blown, you will need to push them down and do your best to approximate the water depth.
- Add the white vinegar to the mixture.
- Put the pot on your stove and bring to a boil. If you eggs are blown, put a strainer on top of them to keep them below the water (I ended up having to weigh the strainer down with a rolling pin, but I recommend you find something less precarious if you need to add weight to your strainer.)
- Boil the eggs for 20 minutes (or less if you want to have them be hard-boiled so you can eat them, which, by the way, do at your own risk, as I have no idea what the eggs could absorb through the silk dyeing process)
So what do you think? They came out very pretty, I thought!