Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Eggs

Dying Easter eggs is not among my favorite Spring projects. All those messy cups with the vinegar and all the dipping of the boiled eggs with a wire egg holder or spoon...Ugh.  Sometimes I'd add oil to the colored water for a swirly effect, but for me the eggs never turned out that great. When I saw directions for using old silk neckties, however, I was intrigued. I'd give it a try.

Step #1. Convincing hubby to give up a few of his many ties he seldom ever wears.

Step #2. Cut squares from the ties, large enough to cover the eggs. Make sure the right side of the fabric touches the egg. Wrap each egg in the fabric. Secure with a twist tie. To make sure the fabric was tight against the egg, I wrapped the eggs in yarn. Next, cover the wrapped eggs with pieces of any white fabric, like pieces of an old pillowcase. I used an old white t-shirt. Secure each outer wrap with a twist tie.

Step #3. Place eggs in a pot and cover them with water to reach at least two inches over the eggs. Add about 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a full twenty minutes.

Step #4. Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon or tongs. 

Step #5. When the eggs are completely cooled to room temperature unwrap them. To make them shine, polish with a little vegetable oil. Refrigerate until you are ready to display them.

I found that the dark ties worked the best. For the sharpest imprint, the silk needs to be very tightly wrapped around the egg.


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