Felted Easter eggs dyed with onions

The item is Easter and includes decorating your home with an Easter theme.

At Easter, there is another opportunity to decorate your home with wonderful Easter felt products, which will create a homely atmosphere and delight their seers. Felt eggs, for example, are much more decorative than ordinary plastic ones, as the material provided by nature beats others at any time. I’ve been decorating others ’homes for my work for a long time, so I know what I’m talking about. This Easter; give it a try too!

I first felted 2 eggs, using felting needle. The felting instruction is the same as in the manufacture of felt balls. You just make an oval instead of a ball.

The light eggs looked boring, so I decided to do something about it. There was no pressure on the end result as I did it for myself. I made tiny spots on the white wool with cotton fibers.

NOTE: cotton fibers can only be felted with a fine felting needle. The rough felting needle sticks to it.

So… It is a bit difficult to distinguish white dots made on white wool, but, the color was chosen deliberately - to dye eggs with onion peels. Since cotton needs a different disintegrant, I suspect that after dyeing, the spots will look better. I paint eggs with onion shells every year because it’s easy and I get beautiful colors from it and no need to use artificial colors. I also have experiences with natural dyeing of wool, which is why I immediately decided to dye my eggs with onion shells.

I put the shells of garlic and red onion in a saucepan and cooked for about an hour. I didn’t weigh the onion shells, I put everything I could find in the kitchen. The broth became a good color, slightly reddish.

The felted eggs were soaking in alum water. According to the instructions, alum should be put on 5%-10% of the dry weight of the dye. The broth should be about 40 degrees. The unloading in the alum was as long as the production of the onion peel broth.

I quickly transferred the wool eggs from the alum broth to the onion pot. I should have cooled the broth first, but I quickly put the eggs in the pot. Thus, the eggs were in the pan with the onion shells for an hour at 80-90 degrees. Even though there was still color in the broth and I should have waited until the broth had cooled, I picked up the felt eggs from the pot. The color was beautiful and just the kind I wanted. I rinsed first with warm water and then finished with vinegar. The color adhered to the wool really well and the rinsing water was clear.

This photo was taken immediately after rinsing. Lovely sliding colors and funny spots are still visible.

This photo was taken later when the eggs were already dry. This technique can also be used to dye other felt products as well as wool.

PS In addition to eggs and a nest, I made cute little birds by needle felting. I made fins for this bird from craft plastic, but the lovely fins can also be made the easy way. If you were thinking of making your own Easter decorations, here’s the one for you video instruction on bird needle felting. Instructions for making fins can be found from the felting bank.

 Happy Easter!

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