Sunday, April 24, 2011

egg art

A cool damp morning here on the farm...the birds rejoice with their songs, the trees are in thankful budding and the flowers are in blooms of praise. It must be Easter! In case you missed it, the aisles at the stores also do not lack in Easter ornamentation...from candy, to flowers, to bunnies, to crosses, to chicks, to lambs and of course there's the eggs! I decided to do something different this year instead of the same ole egg dye thing. I'm a huge fan of recycling so even before I saw the dye results, I became of fan of Silk Tie Eggs!
Silk Tie Eggs
No tablets, no food colors, no cups, no drips, no stained fingers or clothes, no spilling—I could go on and on. But seriously, the best part about this method is that everything you need is right in your kitchen and closet…or worst case—the thrift store.
Servings: as many as you'd like     
Cook Time: 20-25 min  

Ingredients

  1. Eggs
  2. Silk ties–look for a tiny tag at the small end of the tie. It needs to say 100% or ALL silk. Seriously, this doesn’t have to cost a mint. We picked all these up at the local thrift store–for just a few bucks. The thinner the fabric the better the transfer.
  3. An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs
  4. String
  5. 3 Tablespoons of white vinegar
  6. Pot of water
  7. Vegetable oil (optional)

Directions

Cut open the tie at the back and take out the facing fabric. All you will be working with is the actual colored silk.
Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg.
Wrap it around your egg. Don’t get too nutty about this step, just do the best you can.
Now, roll the egg up with the T-shirt fabric.
Set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Make sure the water completely covers the eggs.
Boil for 20-25 minutes.
Remove the eggs and allow them to completely cool.
Now the fun part—unwrapping the eggs to see what you’ve got!
If you're so inclined..rub a tiny bit of vegetable oil on your masterpieces and see how pretty they look. Even the subtle ones are beautiful.

Eggs by my sister n law Cindy - she used a silk scarf

Eggs by my friend Katie
I really do love Easter, for so many reasons beyond the creative egg dyeing! For me, it's kind of a new start...and a reminder of why I'm here and where I'm going. Happy Easter!