DGYer Decorative Easter Egg Project Using Sari Ribbon and Sari Scarves – Darn Good Yarn
March 21, 2013
Haha, Darn Good Yarner Wendy is hilarious! Here’s a line from the email she sent me with this wonderful Easter Egg project:
“…here’s some observations from my latest Mad craftientist adventure. Like usual, I was more into the process than the results, but the results were pretty fab, nonetheless.”
We agree, Wendy, it’s pretty fab.
DGY Egg Tips:
1. Less is More. I wrapped the pulled silk and a couple of the ribbon eggs until they looked like mummies. It really didn’t help, it just gave me a lot of funky colored fiber when I was done. What matters is the fiber is firmly pressing against the shell. Tying the egg into the leg of an old nylon or tights would give tighter pressure all over, but you still need the fabric to catch stray dye. I though the knitted swatch that I stitched onto the egg would be tight enough, but I think it could have benefited from more pressure, too.
2. Look for sections of sari ribbon that have woven texture, and make sure it is flat against the egg. That purple and orange egg? Awesome texture! It was made by wrapping the egg end to end with the purple sari ribbon, then the orange sari ribbon covered the open spaces. Just one layer of each, which proved #1.
3. Go around, not across, the Color Wheel. The egg in the front center has brown spots because I was too lazy to cut the teal green sari ribbon off the end of the red and purple I was using. The knot of my fabric was pressing on it, so the green leached through. Luckily, it is a pretty brown, but I would hate for someone to unwittingly try to mix lots of colors and just get brown.
Nobody wants that kind of chocolate egg.
4. All of the fiber is reusable, but the colors have definitely shifted. In my case, the water was blue when I finished, and everything shifted towards the blue spectrum. In fact, the knitted swatch was mostly pink and purple, and now dry it is purple and darker purple. So if you want to keep you colors cleaner, don’t boil lots of really vibrant colors mixed together.
This is a perfect project for mini skeins, because you really only need a few feet of sari ribbon to wrap each egg. I used blown eggs or “recycled eggshells” if you prefer, so I didn’t have concerns about the food safeness of the dye, and the eggs can be displayed without refrigeration It was worth the extra 15 minutes in my world. Plus, I got three batches of baked goods out of it as well!
If you give this a try, I dare you to write “Not Your Grandma’s Yarn” on one with a white crayon first. It could be Epic!
Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn