Make these beauties at home – no kit required!
“Some of my favorite textiles are those created using resist dyeing techniques, which have been used in cultures around the world going back more than 1500 years,” explains Annie, who studied textile science at the University of Vermont.
This Easter egg project is inspired by the Japanese resist dyeing technique of Shibori.
Let’s get started:
We made two shades of blue dye for our Shibori Easter eggs, but you can use other colors as well.
The first shade was a mixture of 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 3 tablespoons of water, and 30 drops of blue food coloring.
The second, more intense shade, was 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 3 tablespoons of water, and 40 drops of blue food coloring.
Once you’ve prepared the dye, wrap a coffee filter around each egg using rubber bands to secure.
Use a dropper filled with dye solution and saturate the filter covered eggs. Use just enough dye to cover the filter, but not so much that it gets drippy. (We used both shades on each egg to create variation.)
Let the eggs dry on a stain-proof surface, like a plastic egg carton, for an hour.
Carefully un-wrap the eggs, wiping any excess dye off with a paper towel.
To preserve your eggs, you can blow out your uncooked yolks.
We use an egg blower from an etsy seller for our eggs.
Using a drill tool that comes with the blower, we carefully drilled out a hole with the insert tip of the blower tool and popped the yolk by poking gently.
We applied pressure to the blower and gently blew the yolk out.
You can save the yolk for a fritatta or French toast.
Note that applying too much pressure will cause the egg to crack from the pressure as it escapes the hole.
Empty all of the yolk. Insert a small piece of tissue in the bottom of the egg to wick out the rest of the moisture.
Have kids? They will love the tie-dye version!
For more resist dyeing inspiration, see some of our current offerings, which include Indian indigo resist quilts and products inspired by vintage Chinese resist fabrics that Annie’s collected over the years.
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