as in necktie. my sister was visiting recently and mentioned that she had read about an egg dying method using silk neckties. i looked it up online and found a very impressive collection of photos. two minutes on youtube later and here we are:
you will need: silk neckties, twist ties (i used wire because it was all i had on hand), an old sheet or pillowcase or tee shirt, vinegar, eggs and an enamel pot::
cut the neckties into squares that are large enough to cover an egg. cut the sheet into squares that are the same size. wrap each egg tightly in a square of silk with the right side of the fabric touching the egg. now wrap it tightly again in a square of sheet and twist tie it up, tightly::
place them in an enamel pot, not too crowded, fill with water and add about a 1/2 cup of vinegar::
bring to a boil and then let simmer for 25 minutes. pull them out of the water, let them cool and prepare to be amazed::
i'm not sure which side i like better. the images on the right are caused by the bunching of the fabric where it is tied. very impressive. all research on this topic suggests that this method has been around since our grandmothers' grandmothers were dying eggs. apparently no one ever told my grandmother.