What you will need: white eggs (with the insides blown, or syringed out) – and yes, they need to be white shells for best effect, a silk tie (or several with different patterns, depending on how many you want to make) cut into a piece approx 20 x 25cm for each egg (enough to wrap the egg entirely),3 tablespoons of vinegar, thick cotton thread, an old cotton handkerchief and elastic band for each egg and a saucepan for boiling the egg/s.
Roll the egg in the fabric as if you were making a bon-bon, with the pattern of the fabric inside towards the egg. Begin to wrap the cotton thread around the egg.
Once you've removed them from the water, remember the eggs are hollow and will have filled with water, so be very careful when you unwrap them. It's best to drain them and wait until they are cool. Di unwraps hers with a towel on her lap and winds the thread back onto a spool for reuse.
DisclaimerThis post needs to come with a disclaimer, as the process doesn't always work, and depending on the tie, sometimes the dye doesn't take. Absolutely make sure your tie is silk.
Judging from Di's filled baskets above though, they do seem to work more often than not.
And to finish us off here's a picture of a selection of eggs with their parent ties – just lovely.
Happy Easter everyone.