My parents found this book somewhere, and I really like what’s in it, the eggs are beautiful, and some of them very different. Something that is of interest to us is a small section on dyes that includes the information and photos of eggs dyed with natural dyes. What is of special interest, is the wood ash mordant that she used with great results. See yourself in the photos below.
Coreopsis extract (gold), saskatoons (green)
Fresh coreopsis (orange), sappan wood (red), saskatoons (purple).
Sappan wood gives quite a nice purple over a very quick dip in saskatoon berries dye (light blue)
Both shades come from the same dye, it works fast, not sure though how it will handle the sun.
I don’t know how people get bright red from madder, this is all I can get, and that on a brown egg.
If you keep an egg in elderflower dye for a while, it gives an intense almost mustardy greenish yellow. Contrasts well with the red of sappan wood.
First egg in a dye gives a color like this, then it becomes pale orange towards coral.
Made some more eggs, some were attempts to copy Lithuanian drop-pull eggs, while others were inspired by Lithuanian patterns. A number of dyes – two of coreopsis (extract and fresh), elderflower (dried), sappan wood, madder, saskatoon berries (frozen), I think that’s it though I might have forgotten something. Mainly with alum, one egg had sappan wood with iron on background.