Friday, March 22, 2013
DYE EASTER EGGS FROM PLANTS
Plants for Colors
Blue-red cabbage head (shredded), blueberry fruit (pale grey blue), red onion skin, iris, (blue flower parts only), pansy flowers, violet flowers.
Brown-flowering quince bark, walnut hulls, ground paprika, bark of the scarlet maple.
Green-flowering crab apple (leaves and bark), iris flower, blue and yellow pansy flowers mixed, black oak bark shredded. Using alum as mordant makes a beautiful green.
Orange-yellow onion skins, dried sassafras root, bedstraw roots and oats.
Red-crab apple flowers, cranberry fruit, red peony petals, red tulip flowers, beet roots.
Tan-coffee (stewed as a strong drink), tea leaves (stewed strong), red maple bark (rosy tan)
Yellow-ground apple tree bark, buttercup weed flower, forsythia flower, whiteskin onion, yellow tulip flowers, yellow pansy flowers, ground tumeric with vinegar.
Make sure eggs are hard boiled. Chop or shred coursely one or more cups of fresh material or two or more cups dried material such as bark, roots and spices. Put dye items in muslin bag tied at top.
Glass, enamel or stainless steel dye pots should be used. Don't use copper or aluminum.
Add 4 cups of rain water or tap water, if it is not too hard. Simmer dye items for 30-90 minutes. Add 1 tbsp white vinegar to set dye.
Eggs that are precooked have a lighter color than raw eggs that are put into the dye for 20 minutes. Turn eggs very often. Dry on paper towel.
Old Order Mennonite eggs, on Easter, show that Jesus has risen and it is time to rejoice. It also shows that Jesus is solid, we can count on Him at all times. Candy, we make in egg shape, is in honor of Jesus.
Grandmother Olive, Martha and her family and myself and my family wish you all a Happy Easter.
Be With God,