Leading up to launching our Everyday Organics line and Safari Sweet Organic, though I wasn’t here, I know there was a lot of talk about natural and organic mean. It’s an issue that I know resonates for many people, whether it be making sure they have safe and healthy food for their kids, buying green products, or just making sure the things we use are made by local folks in an environmentally friendly way. With that in mind, I had a surprise experiment this Easter weekend that I wanted to share with you. Kind of at the last minute, I got involved in dying eggs for my whole family (aunts and uncles and grandmas, too!) and my husband had seen some really cool eggs colored with natural dyes. So, we went to work asking around and came up with a few recipes to make natural dyes. The one linked here is from a pretty neat blog called, Sweet Fine Day. Now, since it WAS a little last minute, we weren’t able to follow the directions to the letter and our natural dyes weren’t quite as successful as some of the ones we saw on the web and via our friends on Instagram. I did wind up using some food color on the eggs, but, the best part of this story is that my friend suggested that when the eggs were done, to soak some white cotton in the dyes and use the strips for a Maypole!! What a great idea, I thought. So, I shredded tore some strips of Laurel Burch Basics (I thought the gold dot would be pretty cute) and I dropped in my dyes. I made 4 in all:
Yellow = Turmeric
Light Orange = Red beet
Brown = Coffee
Pink = Blackberry
I got so busy that I let them sit in the dye from Saturday to Monday afternoon–I would never have been able to be so patient otherwise! They came out a little lighter than I had hoped. I think if I had pre-washed the fabric, they might be a little more vibrant. But, I quite like how they turned out. Here is a link to a good set of instructions for the eggs, should you want to dye fabric!! Happy sewing.