Silk tie dyed eggs – how to and pictures
Its egg time and we usually do something. Usually we dye eggies the old fashioned way, with egg dyes. Then we may stick some leaves or whatever we find around the house and make patterns on them while coloring. But that has been the extent of our creativity. Not bad, but it always can be improved. Right?
I have stumbled upon this technique for dyeing eggs with silk men ties that looked promising. So after dreaming about it for a few years I decided its time to actually try it and get it out of my head.
100% silk ties
How: Use blown or raw eggs. Wrap the silks (face down) around the eggs tightly. Cover with another material. Boil in water (+ non metallic pot) with 1/3 cup of white vinegar for 20 min.
So I went on silk ties hunt at the op shops. The people who have posted about their experience with this adventure are mostly from the States and they seem to be able to find ties for cents. Here, we are not so lucky. I spent about 3-4 dollars on each. But I became extra proficient at recognizing silk simply by feel, which was wonderfully satisfying. I count the extra money as some sort of education, self improvement, extra skill building activity.
Do you know that it is almost impossible to find white eggs around here? I say almost, because I am sure I have seen some at an obscure farmer’s market somewhere, so they exist. After visiting just about every shop I could and being faced with only brown eggies, I gave up and just chose the lightest I could find.
First night – blow the eggs. I had never done that before, so here is another skill I acquired. 4 eggs broken, but I got quite good at it by the end.
Second night – open up the ties and cut out the tags. Separate the insides and make a nice pile with them ready to use.
I was ready.
Day 3 – morning.
Silk tie eggs here I come. And I took over the kitchen bench. I offered the kids to wrap with me, but their Lego fun won over my hosiery one. I admit, I was happy about that. This part is a bit finicky.
Other people use big pieces of silk and pull them over one end and tighten it all there. I thought I had a better idea. Use as little material as possible, wrap it around the thick part of the egg and then fold each end gently. I picked up the clue to wet the silk before hand as it makes it very easy to stick to the egg and avoid air bubbles.
See, very little extra material.
Then I use the innards of the ties to tighten and secure the silk on the egg.
Here they are:
As I have the egg with the silk over it nice in my hand I start to overlay it with the long white material – basically wrap it like a mummy, paying special attention to the ends where the silk is scrunched up. The reason you want the silk to be touching all of the egg is because if it doesnt, than the ink will not transfer and you will be left with undyed bold patch.
After that I use the hosiery to tighten the whole thing even more. And I end up with…onions, as the girls declared them to be. You see I tried to wrap with string on the outside but that was not that good of an idea, so dont do it.
Next the popular recipe calls for a non metallic pot to cook the concoction in. I have nothing like that. All my pots are stainless steel. Then I remembered the – slow cooker! And I dug for it. And since people have suggested that the dyes that are released may be toxic, I took my cooking laboratory outside to avoid any possible fumes and mess.
My blown eggs dont sink, so I had to be inventive.
Here too I ignored Martha (I think this idea was first shown on her show). She called for 20 min of simmering in water with some vinegar in. After reading about many failed attempts at this technique, I had to ensure my success by any means possible. I left the slow cooker on for more than an hour. Then I switched it off and we went out for the afternoon. About 4 hours after that I took the eggs out and then another 30 min after that I couldnt wait any more.
I called the troops and held my breath. I was not gonna be a happy camper if all this work didnt reward me with at least something nice. Even a little bit. One egg, thats it, one beautiful egg is all I ask for.
Now the girls were excited. I couldnt hold cut the hosiery fast enough.
This was the best part!
The suspense, the not knowing if it worked, how it worked, which colors transferred. With each egg it was like a mini Christmas morning. FUN!
And here are the different patterns we got:
We were ecstatic!
All the dyes transferred and every egg was patterned.
Here are a few with the ties I used to give you and example of what results can be expected:
We have further plans for these little beauties.
But for now I am relieved. It worked!
We enjoyed it so much that now I will have to always check the ties at the op shops and I think this will be definitely something to be enjoyed around this time of the year.
Continues: What we did with those eggs
That is AMAZING!!!! how terribly clever!
Methinks it would be fun to give this a whirl.
I may just have to try this. I may just have to try this! And I may just have to read and re-read the instructions, I’m a bit of an airhead.
And I may have to force myself to stay away for a few days. I’m embarrassed of being the first to comment lately.
**Notice my name in green ;)
Silvia! Welcome to blog world.
Bec, do try it and show the results. That reminded me that I have to add another piece of the instructions in…or maybe a whole short version somewhere because I may have blabbed too much for an instructive post ;)
These are soo great! I have to pass this on to some friends. They will LOVE it!
I’m not a blog type of gal, but I stumbled across your site, and am now passing it on to all of my FB friends :-)
Thank you Brittainy and welcome.
these are really beautiful!
Happy Easter ;-)
Great idea! I’m so sorry to see it tooo late.
The next Easter is coming and I will make it.
I’m sooo amazed!!! We tried that last easter actually — but it seeamed the die only tied the water and we ended up with only light blue colored eggs that weren’t detailed like yours at all…. I’m gonna have to try that again!
I wonder how you did it, cause I had very little to no dye in the water afterwords. Definitely try it again, but make sure you use 100% silk.
Wow that’s really neat. I’ll have to remember this for next Easter!
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How much water do you use..I couldnt find that part for some reason. Im dying to try it out :)
Sabrina, I just used enough to make sure the eggs are covered, which meant that I had to fill up the slow cooker pretty much to the top.
Do try it. If I was home, I would be using all the silk I had collected since last year for sure.
Let me know how it goes.
I just saved about 2 handfuls of 100% silk ties that we almost gave away to charity today after having them in our garage for MONTHS. I saw this project just in time. I love the idea of blowing the eggs to keep them longer, but I wasn’t sure about the picture where you said that you had to be inventive when you found out that your eggs were floating. Could you please explain how you kept the blown eggs down in the water? Thank you so much!!!
I just weigh them down, as you can see in the picture under where I said I had to be inventive. So I put them in the slow cooker, covered them with small towel and then put the strainer on top…and on the top I piled a half-full bucket of water ;) It is what I had on hand.
Anything will do, just be careful not to put too much pressure on the eggs, as they are light and will break easily.
I just stumbled onto this post looking for egg coloring ideas for this year. This is an amazing tutorial! Thank you :) I had my mom raid my dad’s closet for some old ties, I hope mine turn out somewhere close to as beautiful as yours did!
Really wish I read your blog first. While the other blog on tie dying was helpful, I think this one is so much more informative. The other blog show eggs with streaks in them, including mine since I follow their instructions. Your eggs looks flawless. Thanks for showing us this wonderful blog!
Amazing! We followed your directions, except that we used Rae eggs (not blown) and we’ll leave them in the shed this year to ‘dry out’ … the stink can stay with it. We also simply left the pot on for 4 hours – the colors were so moch brighter/bolder than the 30 minute stovetop eggs. My college son found over 100 (!) ties at thrift stores in a college town … And they had these deals where you could fill a bag for $3.00 …we hit the jackpot! The ends were so nice done your way … I even fringed the ends to wrap them with fewer wrinkles. Thanks so much! We had such fun! Oh… Some of the UGLIEST gave the best designs … Go figure!
I may just have to try this! And I may just have to read and re-read the instructions, Iâ€™m a bit of an airhead.
I may have to force myself to stay away for a few days. Iâ€™m embarrassed of being the first to comment lately.
I put marbles in my eggs so they would sink (I don’t blow them, in the weeks before Easter I crack my eggs very close to the point so that I just take off a little “lid”… the idea being that they can later be displayed with that end down or hidden somehow. So it’s usually big enough to squeeze marbles in). They are currently in the pot…. lets see how they turn out!
Thanks for posting.
Good luck, Dora. Let me know how they turn out. (how big are the marbles?)
I just re-read my comment … it should have said “raw”, not Rae! giggle! The ones from last year are gorgeous this year … and the ‘stink’ is gone! We didn’t have to weigh them down … we wrapped raw eggs in a tie, then wrapped them in muslin, and “crockpotted” them — some for 4 hours, some overnight … all were gorgeous! I also used a LOUD silk scarf … GORGEOUS!
Sue, that is great to know, because blown eggs are quite fragile and it will be good to be able to keep the best ones for decoration throughout the years.
So, would you say that cooking them for the night improved the colors even more? Or is about 4 hours enough?
There may have been a slight improvement with longer hours … it’s hard to say, as I was using different ties, and each one came out differently from what I anticipated! For my own peace of mind — overnight worked GREAT — I put them in and went to bed. When I woke up, I FLEW to the kitchen to check them out! However, when I put them in for four hours, I couldn’t stand it … I kept going in to check on them. Sigh. No self-control!
Warning: If you dear granddaughter drops an egg, it WILL break! giggle!
Oh these are just beautiful. I would love to give it a try and I bet my kids would too.
Question ladies…do you use the high or low setting on your crockpot?
Getting ready to do this and have two questions: did you not use any vinegar at all? And did you have fume issues? Planning to use slow cooker as well. I bought a glass bowl and cover from the thrift store to piUt in the slow cooker
Thanks, your eggs are amazing!