Have you coloured your Easter eggs yet?
The last few years I have been getting into using natural dyes to color my eggs. What In have discovered is that you can use everyday kitchen ingredients to product some beautiful colors. Let me show you how. It really is a simple process. I tried 7 different ingredients to produce beautiful colors for dyeing eggs and had two flop. I used avocado pits, avocado skins, red onion skins, blueberries, turmeric, natural indigo and spinach. The more you use the more intense your colors will turn out.
Let me start with the two that flopped, the indigo and the spinach. Ok, so the indigo didn't exactly flop. On my first attempt, I made a thick slurry, left it on over night and had beautiful blue results. However, I found that the colours were so similar to the blueberries, that I didn't really see the point in repeating. The spinach on the other hand was a complete let down. I filled up a pot of water using a 1:1 ratio spinach to water and the water never changed color. It was a good waste of 4 cups of spinach. I'm not sure if it was because I added a splash of vinegar to the water or not, and maybe someone more skilled than myself could tell me. I am looking for something that will dye natural fibers (and Easter eggs) a beautiful green. Any suggestions?
The ones that worked! Avocado pits, skins, red onion skins, turmeric, and blueberries. These are my results.
The avocado pits were my favourite. I took 6 avocado pits and brought them to a rolling boil for about 20 minutes uncovered. Then reduced heat to a simmer and allowed them to simmer over night. I then stored them in a 2L mason jar until we were ready to dye. I also did a test peice of cotton muslin and cotton gauze to see what result I would get. It resulted in a beautiful blush pink when left in for 10-15 minutes or a warm rusty burgundy color when left in over night. I loved thee gauze so much that I ended up making a set of gauze napkins as well! That will be for another day.
Avocado Pits resulted in such an earth coral/peach. It did have pink undertones to it though. I used 6 full skins and followed the same process as I did for the avocado pits. It blended really well with the copper leaf I used to dress them up with.
Red Onion Skins
This one was a shocker for me! I really was expecting more of a purple rather than a beautiful rusty orange. The pictures don't show the fabric samples very well but they were a soft rusty orange/brown. I took just the papery outside skins from 6 red onions. Brought them to a boil for 20 minutes and then let them simmer over night. I should have take a picture of the dye bath because it was such a beautiful color. I loved the rusty orange that resulted when I left them to soak in the dye bath over night. I would love to try this again with fabric and allow it to soak in longer. I wonder what the results would be? Any suggestions?
This one was my wild card! I couldn't believe the bright pinks, corals and oranges that resulted on the cotton gauze and muslin fabrics! It was a technicolor collage! The eggs turned out to be a beautiful gold and oh so pretty ranging from a really soft yellow to a more earthy gold.
I might need to add another picture to this section to show you the true intensity of the blue that resulted from using the blueberries. It really was a rich blue. The funny thing about using the blueberries is that they change colors as they dry. When y9u first take them out of the dye bath they are more of a purple/eggplant colour, like the color of the cotton muslin above. However as they dry they turn more into a dark blue.