Shibori Easter Eggs
A week ago, I was thinking, “why in the world is everyone getting all Easter crazy so early this year?” Well, it’s because Easter is crazy early this year and is in just over two weeks, that’s why. Dying eggs has been something that I just always do. In college, I was the one girl who dyed eggs in her dorm room (actually, being the RA, I held egg decorating contests a few years), and now, I still break out the eggs to decorate. This year, although I had to do a double-take at the calendar, I had been thinking of ways to get the look of shibori dyed easter eggs for the past few weeks. Since shibori is technically fabric patterns created by dying fabric that is stitched, folded, twisted, bound, or compressed, it was easy to see why I was racking my mind with how I could do this with an egg. I think we all know that eggs don’t fold.
I realized that I wanted a look and focused on a few easy ways to get the look without spending hours of my time dying eggs (because that just isn’t practical). I then did a few trials and landed on two ways to get the indigo shibori look that I was after.
I used two methods to dye these eggs. The first is the closest to actual shibori. I tool strips of fabric, twisted them tightly, and wound them around the eggs in a variety of horizontal or vertical ways. I even experimented a little with only dipping a portion of the egg as well to get a dip dye effect in addition to the twisted effect. I love how each one turned out so different. Even eggs that I thought I’d messed up still turned out really beautiful.
Then, for the second technique, I went completely against the traditional methods and just used a white crayon to draw on some of the pebbled circular effects that are often seen in shibori. The benefit to this method is that it’s SUPER easy. The downfall is that the crayon resists dye so well that your design shows up very very clearly. No messing up here!
After prepping all of the eggs, I dyed them all in the same solution of 1 cup water, 10 drops blue food color, and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar. I did have to add to the cup a few times since the fabric absorbs so much liquid.
After creating this vibrant blue, I realized that I’ll NEVER go back to using store-bought dye kits again. The food color worked amazingly well and was so so fast. Each egg only had to soak for about 3 minutes whereas those dye kits take for-freaking-ever.
I’m very very happy with the result and know you’ll love this project! It’s fun, simple, and the outcome is stunning!
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