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Celebrate Easter Sunday sharing these lovely colourful eggs.
Adapt this activity to suit your clients, e.g. if too difficult to tie egg, encourage them to work in pairs.
There will be a few broken eggs but it will only add to the fun.
- A dozen eggs or more; medium size eggs are better
- Silk ties or scarfs; dark colours work best. Polyester feels like silk but won’t work
- White cotton (an old sheet or natural calico)
- String or twist-ties or rubber bands to tie fabric
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- A large saucepan with water
- If working with ties, open them up by unstitching them. You may wet the silk to make it easier to handle.
- Cut silk and cotton into square pieces, big enough to cover the egg, roughly 8 X 8 inches or 20 X 20cm.
- Wrap a silk square with the 'right' side (most colorful side) touching the egg.
- Gather fabric together at the narrower part of egg and twist and tie with a string, rubber band, or plastic twist tie.
- Wrap and tie eggs again as above in plain white cotton (an old sheet or natural calico).
- Place water in a saucepan and add vinegar.
- Place eggs into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Eggs must be submerged; if need be, place a bread & butter plate on top of them to make sure they are under water.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Drain eggs in a colander and allow to cool.
- Open and enjoy!
Note: When wrapping eggs in silk, straighten the silk as much as you can. Also, if you end up with several strips of silk, get creative and tie one by one around an egg, and proceed as above.