We know that Easter is coming up this weekend, but we wanted to give all of you last-minute folks an alternative way to dye your Easter eggs!
Fancy up your eggs using pieces of silk! Mary, the manager at our Kona location, recently held a class where she taught attendees all about silk-dying Easter eggs. She’s sent over the instructions, along with a few photographs, so you can do it at home!
- Dampen silk swatch to help it cling to the egg shell more closely to better transfer the dye. (We had bowls with white vinegar to dampen the silk.) You may also wrap lots of thread around the silk around the egg, to keep the fabric close as can. Theoretically swatches can be used more than once, but this may depend on how thick the fabric is or how much dye is in the print.
- Then wrap the silk wrapped egg in a piece of muslin and put a twist tie around the top to hold it tight. The muslin helps prevent dyes from bleeding between one egg and another.
- Put into a kettle of boiling/simmering water with 1/2 C white vinegar in it, for 20-25 minutes.
- Scoop out the bundles and put in cool water till you can comfortably handle them.
- Remove the twist tie (and thread, if any), and unveil your egg! You can blot off the moisture, then use vegetable oil to help bring out the design on the surface of your eggs.