Saturday, March 30, 2013

Egg Hunt

Thanks for all your encouraging comments. I checked through the archives and see that last year I wrote "Six more days...National Craft Month can't end soon enough." I really should be better prepared for burnout!


I don't usually dye eggs, but with my recent haul of thrifted ties, I really wanted to try tie dying Easter eggs. As the dude has said, "it gives a whole new meaning to tie dye."

It is not an easy way to dye eggs. You have to take the ties apart. Then wrap the eggs in silk, and wrap them again in plain cotton. (And as I read later on a different site, wrap them in nylons. She also used the tie innards as her wrapping fabric. Clever!) Here they are wrapped in muslin and ready for the boil, looking very French for some reason...

I know I was supposed to use a ceramic or glass pot. I don't have one, and I wasn't that worried about being poisoned by clothing dye.
Here they are on the boil, looking worringly pink.


I bought this tie with this project in mind. It's a horribly tacky Versace tie (beautifully sewn with silk thread instead of cotton/poly like the others). Look at the colors! The eggs came out vibrant.

The next picture shows the dude's favorites. I think he likes how the pattern is so traditionally "tie."
These beauties came from the same truly ugly tie that I made into the bracelet here. If you can't tell, these are my faves. I love the marbling effect. Love!

 I worried about how pale this Talbot's scarf was, but I thought it was worth $1 to try... Great designs, a little hard to see. I wonder if using brown eggs might have helped. The woman who used nylons also used brown eggs and I think some of her colors were more vibrant.
This one was made with scraps leftover from this necklace. Awesome, right? I'm never going to be able to throw away any silk...

Two more crafts!

14 comments:

Linda said...

What gorgeous eggs Nikki. Almost to pretty to eat. Happy Easter.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Super cool! Those really came out in beautiful colors! Enjoy then with your chocolate bunnies. You must be having chocolate bunnies, yes?

Annie said...

That last comment should not say anaon. It was me, AnnieBebop

Beth said...

Never heard of such a thing - really made for some lovely eggs!

Real Live Woman said...

I can't believe how well these turned out! The colors are gorgeous and the eggs look like they were hand painted. What a great idea!

DebbieSFL said...

What a cool idea, and great job. I've been reading every day to see what you have been making and have gotten some good ideas.

Margaret said...

Wow! That's soooooo cool! Love the eggs!

Daffycat said...

OMG, Nikki...those are fantastic! They all turned out incredibly beautiful. Well done you.

jhm said...

Absolutely Gorgeous! What great timing too.

JHM

xeyedmary said...

Wow-those are beautiful! Who knew you could do that!?
One more day to go!

Anne Sans Tete -- Nome de plume! said...

What a cool project! I'm with the dude- I like the traditional tie pattern ones.

Mary in TN said...

These are so cool. I have seen this with silk scarves and never even thought about silk ties.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Trying to play catch-up with your posts and this is completely my favourite craft this month.
i love the way the patterns have transferred to the eggs, really beautiful.

congratulations on completing the whole month, looking forward to clear-up month and next March too.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautiful eggs!

Wonder if the process would work on wood beads with holes already drilled. A few more steps in the process, but wouldn't they be beautiful?