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Dyed Easter Eggs Recipes from your Kitchen

These Easter eggs and wool were all dyed using foods and spices that I found in my kitchen.

cabbage dye
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Red Cabbage

 

  • Cut the red cabbage into thin slices and place into a pot filled with water
  • Cook the cabbage until tender and there is lots of colour in the water
  • Pour the liquid into a jar
  • Add the cooked egg into the jar and let it sit overnight

Red Cabbage -Dark blue:

  • Add a teaspoon of vinegar into the dyebath and stir, before adding the egg

Purple:

  • After dyeing the Dark Blue egg, I put some fleece into the dye jar (Tin mordant)
  • Since it looked like there was lots of dye left in the jar, I also added another egg into the dye, placing it under the wool to keep the egg covered in the dye

beets dye

Pickled Beets

 

  • Pour the liquid from a jar of pickled beets into the dye jar
  • Heat for 2 – 3 minutes in the microwave
  • Add the hard boiled egg into the beet juice and let it sit overnight
  • Remove the dyed egg from the dye bath and let it dry on a piece of paper.
  • The lighter coloured egg was dyed in the second dyebath with some wool mordanted in Tin

rosehip dye

Rosehip Tea

 

  • Fill a clean dye jar with water.
  • Add 2 Rosehip tea bags to the jar
  • Heat in the microwave 2-3 minutes
  • Place the hardboiled egg into the jar and let it sit overnight.
  • Remove the dyed egg and place on a piece of paper to dry.

currant dye

Blackcurrant Tea

 

  • Fill a clean dye jar with water
  • Add 2 Black Currant tea bags to the jar
  • Heat in the microwave 2-3 minutes
  • Place the hardboiled egg into the jar and let it sit overnight
  • Remove the dyed egg and place on a piece of paper to dry

turmeric dye

Turmeric

 

  • Fill a dye jar with water
  • Add 1/2 tsp. ground Turmeric and stir
  • Heat the jar in the microwave 2 – 3 minutes
  • Add the hard-boiled egg into the dye jar and let it sit overnight
  • Remove the egg from the dye jar and place on a piece of paper to dry

cumin dye

Cumin

 

  • Fill a dye jar with water
  • Add 2 tsp. ground Turmeric and stir
  • Heat the jar in the microwave 2 – 3 minutes
  • Add the hard-boiled egg into the dye jar and let it sit overnight
  • Remove the egg from the dye jar and place on a piece of paper to dry

Spinach

 

  • Cook spinach greens and drain the liquid into a clean dye jar
  • Add the hard-boiled egg into the dye jar and let it sit overnight
  • Remove the egg from the dye jar and place on a piece of paper to dry

Coffee

 

  • Pour some strong coffee into a dye jar
  • Place the hard-boiled egg into the jar
  • Let it sit overnight or for a few days to get a darker colour

Onion Skins

Natural Dyes – EBay Watch

 

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Dye Books: Natural Dyeing

The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients
This book covers the basics of equipment and safety measures, shares recipes using everything from sour grass to olive leaves, offers instructions for keeping a recipe and swatch book, and lists lots of projects, including tablecloths, scarves, and beads.
UK: Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes

Dyes from American Native Plants: A Practical Guide
The science of color and dyeing, the history of natural dyes, dye equipment and processing, and the colors obtained from 158 native North American plant species
UK: Dyes from American Native Plants

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