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dyeing eggs with vegetable dyes - Easter eggs

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Judith Browning wrote:

Kim Huse wrote:
I have seen the how to's online where people use silk ties for dyeing eggs; my question is this: are the dyes used on silk plant based or not? I would LIKE to experiment with silk ties and eggs thing; but we would also be eating those boiled eggs, so I want to know if its even safe to do this; anyone know?

Hi Kim
That sounds so interesting...and I wouldn't use on anything edible as the dyes are likely commercial ones that would likely leach toxins.  
I wonder what the method is to get the dyes to release from the tie?

Raw eggs are wrapped  with the silk, and a piece of white or light colored material; cotton, in the instance of the  article I read, also cut to size, wrap the silk around the egg, then the backing material, put into a pot, cover with cold water and 1/2 a cup of vinegar, boil like you would for boiled eggs, about 10 to 15 minutes, remove from water, let them cool, unwrap; display, there is a note from an agriculture specialist saying that they would not recommend eating the silk tie dyed eggs because the dyes used are for garments.  SO I suppose my question has been answered; and there is also a now to to do it on blown eggs...which would work as well...hmmm...an experiment for the future...
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Nicole Alderman wrote:We ordered this Easter Egg Kit that comes with various natural dyes (at a really good price...I may or may not have gotten more than one kit to experiment with dying other things, too).

natural easter egg dyes

We got our eggs dyed today! It was a multi step process taking quite a few hours, but it was a lot of fun!

First I washed a bunch of duck eggs (both blue and white) as well as chicken eggs (blue and brown) and goose eggs. And we figured out how many of each color we wanted, so I knew which pot to use for which dye. (We ended up washing and cooking at least 7 more eggs)

chicken, duck, and goose eggs, ready to be dyed, and sorted by their dyestuffs

First we extracted the osage orange and madder and cochineal by boiling them.

madder in the back, osage in the front. The madder had me worried because it looked so brown!

Then I strained out the osage orange and madders dye extract and then poured it back into the pots and put in the eggs. Looking back, I think I should have strained the cochineal, too. (You'll find out why, later). I'd heard the logwood was really strong, so I pre-boiled eggs in NO dye to dip into the logwood (and rub on the indigo).

You can see above that we used cheesecloth to wrap leaves and flowers onto some of the eggs. I just cut a big square-ish shape of cheese cloth, wrapped it around the egg, and then tied it in a knot. No need for nylon stockings! (I have never worn nylons, so I see no reason to buy them!)

The cochineal was supposed to make a lovely magenta. I do not know WHAT happened, but it made like a black slimy coating on the eggs. And when you rubbed that off, there was pink underneath. The one egg wrapped in cheese cloth cam out really nicely, but the rest were really interesting.

these are cochineal dyed eggs. Why are they black? Maybe because I didn't strain out the bugs' bodies?

Dunking the eggs in logwood worked out really nicely. Rubbing on the indigo powder was surprisingly successful, too. My daughter loved it! We rubbed on yellow egg with indigo to make it greenish.

Here's all the eggs!

Easter eggs died with cochineal, madder, osage orange, loggwood and indigo

Left to right rows:

1st left row=cochineal (I love the one with the strawberry leaves!).

2nd row=madder (I really like the one with bittercress flowers)

3rd row= Osage orange and madder egg, as well as madder with an indigo tip and logwood tip.

4th row= Blue indigo ones, green indigo+Osage orange, yellow and gold ossage orange (the brown eggs made the lovely gold color that the dandelion leaf one is!)

5th row = logwood, as well as rainbow dyed ones (I dyed one half of the egg yellow, then dipped most of the yellow into madder, then dipped the tip into logwood. The other half I dipped into log wood. The blue came from indigo I rubbed on)

6th (last) row = a lovely blue egg that was died with ossage orange (with sage leaf imprint), rainbow goose egg with blue indigo rubbed on by my finger. And then the crazy cochineal black/pink egg.
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I found this instructable on a dutch egg dying method and decided to try it out.  

Dutch eggs with onion and flowers

I have not had very good luck with natural Easter eggs in teh past, but I think these turned out well.

onion skins, flowers, and leaves are placed around the eggs, then wrapped in foil. I did not take before pics, this is unwrapping.

young leaves from Jacob's ladder under onion skin

These were the ones I liked the best.  Forsythia flowers made a very beautiful yellow. Siberian Squill made a sky-blue egg. The Jabob's ladder left a beautiful pattern in pale green.

All the eggs rubbed with oil.
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