Thursday, March 28, 2013

madder eggs, red threads


Madder dyed eggs for the Easter table.


The foliage we used to make our patterns had to be dug out from under a foot of snow, but this is such a positive spring activity, and the madder glows so beautifully it's hard not to get excited about the coming season.

The eggs also remind me of a passage in a favourite childhood book, The Good Master by Kate Seredy, set in rural Hungary before WW1. The descriptions of the coloured eggs with waxed or scratched patterns have always stayed with me.



I added a couple of skeins of silk to the pot, it seemed churlish not to really. If you'd like to stitch with some red thread leave a comment here or over on my facebook page before Monday when I'll draw a winner.


29 comments:

  1. The madder has given the silk a glorious colour. I'd love to use it :-)

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  2. This is such an amazing give away! The thread has such a gorgeous colour! It would be so nice to be able to stitch with it.

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  3. I would love to have some of your madder-dyed silk - the colour is so rich! Though I wouldn't use it for stitching, it would get woven instead!

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  4. Love the color.Would love to receive some from you. Thank you.

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  5. The eggs seem to glow and the color is gorgeous! I would love to stitch with a thread so beautiful. Thanks for the chance and Happy Spring!

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  6. I have just recently found your blog. I haven't done any natural dying in about 10 years, but you inspire me to get out the old dyepot and think ahead to this season's garden. I'd love to win the madder thread - such a lively color!

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  7. What a gorgeous colour! A lovely giveaway - thank you!

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  8. I blogged about using onion skins to colour eggs yesterday, no pics though. And I've ordered some indigo seeds :)

    I'd love to try stitching with your beautiful thread.

    Happy Easter Claire :)

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  9. ooh so beautiful, the eggs, the color. i've recently discovered (and began following) your blog also, and have begun to pick up a needle again too. SO excited about this thread!

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  10. Thank you for this chance to win such a beautiful thing. I hope you have a wonderful holiday... you have inspired me to do some dying

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  11. oh, Claire! those are THE most beautiful eggs!! And I can only imagine how beautifully the thread will translate on linen. As always, I leave here completely inspired.

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  12. I didn't know the book, but we have maintained the egg-dyeing tradition to this day, Happy Easter! :)
    greetings from Budapest

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  13. Oh my word! The eggs are just beautiful. I can say I have never seen such a red egg in my life. The thread is beautiful as well.

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  14. yes please! what a gorgeous red!!

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  15. Eggs are just gorgeous. Bright red for our traditional symbol for the new born.

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  16. Wow, what beautiful eggs and the thread is divine to, I'd love to stitch with it! S:)

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  17. The only dying I've ever done was unintentional, mostly from dropping food every time I wear white. Am reading a book on the color red - it enjoys a checkered and often vicious past. I'd love to hold this red in my hand, so please toss my name in the hat.

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  18. Have just planted sprouted my madder seeds, so looking forward to having madder in the garden. Very inspiring! We dyed our Easter Eggs with grape juice pressings, lovely deep purple.

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  19. I would love to stitch with some red thread! I am in the process of gathering wild mustard for a dye bath...thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  20. Wow, both the eggs and the silk are very beautiful!

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  21. i would love some madder dyed thread .
    the eggs are amazing .

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  22. your madder dyed thread is singeing with warmth, please put my name in your bunnet. this book sounds lovely and it's new to me. books from my own childhood are still very important to me. x

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  23. Wow, the eggs are such an incredible colour! And the silk is like the heart of a fire - love to stitch with that!

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  24. Those eggs are GLOWING. What a beautiful post, thank you!
    I would love to stitch with that red thread... and red is my absolute favourite colour :)

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  25. Don't know if it is too late, but I would love to enter. I love the color you got with madder, I have been on an indigo kick. looking forward to seeing your next project :)

    little owl

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  26. Would love to stitch with your red and would pay to have you send me some.

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  27. Absolutely stunning colours!

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