Wednesday, April 7, 2010
eggs, eggs, eggs
Five dozen eggs boiled, dyed, hidden, found, and some consumed. Here is our egg dyeing station. I saved the little plastic egg dyeing containers from previous years because they're really the perfect size, it's so hard to find bowls where the dye completely covers the egg without being too wide. You can see our letter stickers, electrical tape, and the Easter issue of Martha Stewart Living in the foreground. I can never resist the Easter issue since her eggs are so pretty. Our eggs are much less perfect and I prefer them that way.
We made letter eggs done with (clockwise from top left) stickers, electrical tape eggs, rubber band eggs, and marbled eggs. This was the first time for electrical tape eggs and it worked out really well. For the stickers, I just bought a bunch of letter stickers from Michael's. I love the face that Girl Thing made with two commas and a bracket, which she says is a mustache, the 007 and OMG eggs are pretty priceless. We had a few puffy heart and skull stickers, but they were too sticky and couldn't be fully removed. For dye I mainly used drops of food coloring with hot water and vinegar instead of the Paas pellets. I was a little disappointed with the vibrancy of the colors, the few Paas pellets that we had lying around made much brighter colors.
To make marbled eggs you dye the eggs with a light color and then make a bath of darker dye that is no more than a 1/2 inch deep. Add in tablespoon of olive oil and then double dye the egg. Our marbled eggs didn't turn out as well as the first time that I did them, I think because I used canola oil. The olive might be key in the way that it clings to the egg and the water. There's a nice tutorial for them here.
Here are a couple of favorite eggs, Girl Thing's on the left, she did that herself with stickers. My favorite egg is on the right, it's a total accident which achieved a lovely patina with a lot of overdyeing and a weird streak, it's like Raku pottery magic.
Three new books entered my life this week. One was a gift from Bridget from The Ravell'd Sleeve. She's a knitter, librarian and always has interesting thoughts, she was offering up Three Cups of Tea and I got it! Thanks, Bridget!
Book #2 is A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles Volume 2 1901-1938. I have Volume 1 and knew that this one would be a typophiles dream just like the first. Taschen also has all the images online as hires, which is free access to anyone who has purchased the book. This one is sure to be a useful tool.
Small Sweaters. This was an impulse buy after I saw this (Ravelry link) ridiculously cute stranded squirrel cardigan. I got the book used on Amazon.