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Doing My Martha Thang

I saw this method for decorating Easter eggs on Martha’s show this week. I had to try it. So I tootled off to the Goodwill to find some cheap silk ties. I brought them home and threw them in the wash. I then cut squares large enough to wrap around an egg. I also used some silks from my stash.


After wrapping the egg in silk, you must wrap it again in a cotton cloth, such as an old sheet. I used muslin.  Use a twist tie to hold the fabric around the egg. Put them in an enamel or glass pan, cover with water, add white vinegar, bring to a boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes.

Here is the luscious result:


And a close up.


You can apparently reuse the fabric to do another batch. Here is a link to the directions. 

Tomorrow, my STASH group is coming for our monthly meeting, followed by lunch out to celebrate Terry’s and Linda’s birthdays. So Mr C and I did some much needed spring cleaning. I even tried to straighten up the studio. We are also expecting spectacular weather.

14 Responses to “Doing My Martha Thang”

  1. Diane D. says:

    Awesome eggs!

  2. Diane says:

    OOps, should have read the comments above about eating the eggs. I figured not.

  3. Diane says:

    Those silk eggs are VERY cool! Can you eat the eggs? What a fun experiment! Happy easter to you and everyone in the family!

  4. Kathie says:

    TOO COOL!!!! If I didn’t detest hard-boiled eggs so much I would be trying this immediately!

  5. Melba says:

    Wow that is a cool project. The end results are beautiful!

  6. Teri says:

    I saw that show. And we discussed the dye safety on one of the groups I am in (can’t remember which). No, I would certainly NOT eat these. I wonder if empty egg shells would survive the boiling? Would need a bigger piece of silk (a LOT bigger) but I think this would be really cool using empty osterich or emu eggs.


  7. Diane says:

    Even thought it *was* on Martha Stewart… has anyone considered that these dyes are probably analine dyes and totally unsafe for food products?
    Many silk dyes are loaded with heavy metals to make the silk rustle. Heavy metals can not be processed out of the body.

  8. Liz Berg says:

    Oh this is so much fun! I have a whole bunch of talbot tie scraps which will be beautiful…now to find a glass or enameled pan!

    thanks for sharing!

  9. Judy says:

    Oh Gerrie, What GREAT eggs!!! I can’t wait to try this. I just “found” Martha yesterday when I was on the eliptical trainer at the gym…anything to keep my mind off of the pain and perspiration!! Thanks for turning me on to this new technique.
    Hope you all have a very wonderful Easter.

  10. laura kong says:

    They are incredible!!! I have to wonder though, how food-safe is the dye?

  11. Deborah says:

    I am stunned. I would have never thought the patterns would transfer so clear and bright. How fun! (Will you be having egg salad sandwiches for lunch soon?)

  12. Kathy says:

    THAT is extremely cool! I take it the dye patterns are tranferring from the silk?! Thanks for sharing it.

  13. Kristin L says:

    Those are wonderful! I would never have thought that the ink from the fabrics would transfer so well. Too bad my man doesn’t have ties anymore — he used to have a cool collection.

  14. Jeannie says:

    Those are gorgeous! Did the muslin take up any of the dye? I wonder if you wrapped them in white silk instead of cotton if you would get any transfer? I guess I know what I am doing tomorrow! I love your new piece of art. It reminds me of a coral bark maple in a Japanese garden. Happy Spring!