I always loved dying easter eggs as a kid; to this day the smell of white vinegar or a hardboiled egg brings me back to my parents' kitchen table, carefully dipping eggs in magical cups of color. I haven't dyed eggs in years, but a few weeks ago I discovered this amazingly simple technique to create gorgeous and intricate designs. All you need is a pretty piece of 100% silk.
I found a pure silk scarf at the thrift store. Not something I'd wear but perfect for my purposes! A pretty silk tie would also do the trick.
Cut up the scarf into pieces big enough to wrap tightly around the eggs. Secure with twist ties.
Wrap a piece of clean, unprinted cotton around the silk (I used an old t-shirt). Secure with rubberbands.
Place the eggs in an enamel or glass pot, fill with enough water to cover the eggs. Drop in 3 tablespoons of white vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer at least 40 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool. When you unwrap them, the pattern will have transferred to your eggs...
Aren't they gorgeous?
I can't believe I'd never heard of this technique before. It's so easy and gives such great results. I wonder if it would work with blown eggs, so you could save them from year to year. An experiment for next Easter, I suppose...