I think you've heard me talk many many times about my clever mom-in-law. She's the BEST. And knows how to do pretty much anything. She came over to visit us this past weekend and showed us this fabulous way of dying Easter eggs! We did it with NECKTIES. Have you ever heard of of this? I had never ever heard of this ever in my life. I am very ignorant.
I should let you know right now that this was kind of an adult activity. A kid 8 years and up could totally do it, but the process was a bit fiddly, and the kids had no interest anyway. They were running around the house, playing with our dog Nomi, while my husband, my mom-in-law, me, and my neighbor all sat at the table making these eggs.
Actually you know what? It wasn't really that fiddly, it was pretty easy. The thing is, we made 2 dozen eggs! THAT took awhile. But the process itself wasn't that big of a deal.
What do you think of the way they look, before we get to that part? I think they look so antique and somewhat Byzantine-ish, don't you think?
Ok so here's what we did. You take an UNBOILED egg. You take some neck ties. They are supposed to be SILK. We're not sure if all of ours were silk - some ties worked really well and some didn't work well at all. Anyway, you cut up the ties and take off any backing or inserts, and you cut enough fabric from a tie to wrap an egg completely. You wrap the egg with the outside of the fabric facing IN, against the egg.
(Don't worry, I'm going to direct you to a link that will explain it all better than what I'm doing now.)
Once your eggs are wrapped and strung - you fill a large pot with enough water to cover the eggs and start lining up the eggs in the pan. You can get a lot of eggs in and it's ok if they are crowded together. You add 1/4 cup of vinegar to every 4 cups of water used. Then you boil the eggs for 30 minutes. After that, you unwrap your eggs from all of their wrapping and string and by MAGIC - the pattern that was on the tie becomes superimposed onto your egg! Doesn't this sound so crazy and confusing??
Martha has a video and really easy to follow instructions. Much easier than whatever the heck I just rambled about up above. And here's another tutorial that has photos for every step of the process.
So what do you think? Isn't it cool? Have you done this before? Even though a lot of our patterns didn't go on perfectly, I still was very impressed with how it looked!