Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Egg symbolism for me is based purely on Nature and this season of emergence, rebirth, and wholeness. For a few years now, I've been wanting to try out this technique of using silk ties to dye eggs. Last night the planets must have been perfectly aligned, because I had everything needed to finally get going.
I might have done a few things differently than the link up there. I used raw white eggs, wrapped them snugly like a gift with pieces of wet silk -- right side in, wound them with thread to create contact everywhere, then more winding with the interfacing from the ties like a mummy, simmered for 25 minutes in water to cover plus a quarter cup of white vinegar. I let them cool before unwrapping and coated with olive oil for shine. That's it. No cracks in the eggs so they'll keep indefinitely. They're not edible though as I'm sure none of this silk was eco-dyed. The silk itself doesn't seem to have lost much, if any, color so my silk stash was upgraded overnight.
It was pretty fun. Oh, and I also experimented with making a bundle of cotton and silk rolled together. The pattern transferred well but there's no reason, really, to do any more.
Have a lovely colorful day, no matter what season you're in!