Enjoy Decorating easter eggs with natural wild dyes

Wishing you a very happy Easter…or a belated Ostara.
I invite you to celebrate springtime, fertility & rebirth today. by playing with natural wild dyes.
I found the article below & decided to play & decorate some eggs for tomorrows Be Wild Easter Wombing & Gardening Celebration. Eggs are symbolic of new beginnings, just like all the sprouts & blossoms that are emerging. Today i was marveling at all the different kinds of blossoms decorating the trees…even better than christmas because the trees decorate themselves.

Here’s some pics of the egg coloring adventure.

I used beets, cayenne & pomegranate seeds for red, carrots, tumeric, lemon peel & chamomile for yellow & orange yellow & coffee grounds for brown shades. I ended up just as decorated with the beets staining my fingers purplish red. My eggs are decorated, though much more subtle than the ones pictured in the article below. It was so much fun playing with food & I love the soft bouquet of natural shades. Here are a few pics of the process. Play & send me pics of yours too.

Today we will continue decorating our eggs with our spring intentions, what we’d like to have more of in our life. We’re also going to plant our wild woman wishes into our private new garden with womb healing herbs. All from seeds from our big Be Wild Healing Herb Garden. Have a wonderful Easter & spring!

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/How-To-Color-Easter-Eggs-Natural-Dyes.aspx

How to Color Easter Eggs Natural Dyes

When Alex, my 10-year-old grandson, came to stay with me during spring break, he was eager to color Easter eggs. Also, I hadn’t seen Jody Main, my friend and an Easter egg maven, for far too long — what a perfect excuse for a visit!
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When we entered Jody’s farmhouse kitchen, there was a table with teacups full of dyes and a big bowl of eggs ready to go. Alex and I had great fun, and we learned a lot that afternoon about colors and which combinations produce which colors. We went home with cartons full of unique eggs.

After years of dyeing eggs using a wide range of botanical sources, Jody had streamlined the dyeing procedure. She had narrowed the necessary ingredients down to three — fresh red beets, yellow onionskins and frozen blueberries. That’s all she needed to produce the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. By combining the resulting dyes in varying amounts, she can create any color of the rainbow. You can do it, too!
Dyeing and Decorating Tips

Follow the recipes below to make the dyes, using individual stainless steel, glass or enamel saucepans for each color. Combine the ingredients and boil each color mixture separately for 15 minutes before dyeing eggs. The vinegar acts as a fixative — without it, the dyes won’t stick to the eggs.

* Before dyeing, hard boil white eggs and let them cool.

* For uniform color, strain each dye mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer.

* For a mottled, tie-dyed or spotty effect, leave all the ingredients in the pans.

* Use crayons to make designs — circles, geometrics, your name — on the egg; the crayoned part will not take up any dye. White crayons work especially well.

* The longer the eggs remain in the dye, the deeper the color.

* For special effects, dip half the egg in one color, the other half in another.

Coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes was a fabulous way to teach Alex about colors. When he went home, I sent along the ingredients he’d need so he could share his experience with his friends and parents. Happy Easter!
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Recipes for Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

RED

2 cups beets, grated
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 cups water
Substitute: strong Red Zinger tea, or chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

YELLOW TO GOLD

3 large handfuls of yellow/brown onionskins
1 tbsp white vinegar
3 cups water
Substitute: strong chamomile tea, or 2 to 3 tbsp ground turmeric

BLUE

1 pound frozen blueberries, crushed
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 cups water
Substitute: red cabbage leaves, coarsely chopped, create lavender

OTHER COLORS

Mix combinations of the primary dyes (in separate cups) to make secondary colors: red and yellow for orange, yellow and blue for green, and blue and red for violet. The proportion of one color to the other determines the shade.
Rosalind Creasy
Los Altos, California

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