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Behind the Scenes : Egg Dyeing

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This month's issue of Living features new easter egg dyeing projects in the story Design by the Dozen, which I worked on with Nick and Jeffrey Kurtz, an Art Director here at the magazine. ( in fact, the eggs featured above in this month's blog header were made for this story.) Our idea was to feature new dyeing techniques inspired by mid-century  graphic design... particularly the work of the very influential designer Paul Rand, a big favorite around here. If he isn't familiar to you, I'm willing to bet some of his work is! This video is a nice introduction too. We developed a few new techniques using adhesive vinyl (as a mask when the egg is immersed in dye), you can see the full story here. The techniques we used adapt transparent color, bold shapes and off-register patterning.

See below for some images and the story and some of photographer Johnny Miller's behind the scene's shots.

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these cracked eggs are easy to make with sticky vinyl... and the chick is stenciled on with food coloring.

1 these cracked eggs are easy to make with sticky vinyl... and the chick is stenciled on with food coloring.

stencilled spring animals. I particularly love the carrot and radish for some reason!

2 stencilled spring animals. I particularly love the carrot and radish for some reason!

transparent rectangles. This was Nick's favorite project.

3 transparent rectangles. This was Nick's favorite project.

This is how we dry our eggs, on a pin-board made with foam core. This allows them to dry evenly... and looks pretty cool.

4 This is how we dry our eggs, on a pin-board made with foam core. This allows them to dry evenly... and looks pretty cool.

here we are dyeing away the day of the shoot

5 here we are dyeing away the day of the shoot

quite alot going on on that table!

6 quite alot going on on that table!

nick applies punched stickers before the second dye bath.

7 nick applies punched stickers before the second dye bath.

works in progress!

8 works in progress!

bonus food coloring shot. who doesn't love these groovy little bottles?!

9 bonus food coloring shot. who doesn't love these groovy little bottles?!

Comments (40)

  • I love the eggs. I am thinking about dying eggs this year with my kids even though they are 2 and 14 month old twins! I love thr idea of masking!

  • I watched the show today and got so excited to learn about your sewing machine give away. Two years ago I began the huge task of creating a queen sized blanket for each one of my children. I cut the squares but the sewing machine that was my mother's wouldn't work. The materal is still in a bag in my closet. When I win this machine I will complete the blankets for my two children.

  • I would use this new machine and turnin my Antique singer that I still use to make dolls clothes

  • The project I have in mind to produce on a new Singer Futura machine would be a wing chair slip cover. I have purchased an inexpensive chair on craigs list, fabric and books just to try my hand at this type of project.

  • This is a gorgeous machine! My first project would be designing and making dress for my four granddaughters. I use to make fabulous dresses for my daughters and they have recently reminded me that I have not made anything for my granddaughters and the oldest is now eight.

  • Looking forward to sewing with my granddaughter who is 9 yrs. old and excited to learn the basics. I have wonderful memories of sewing for my three children. Now I have 4 grand children to sew for.

  • Hello, I would love to make quilts for children that are in the hospital. My sisters grandson has had a few scares and had to be hospitalized. He is happy and healthy now but I would like to repay Ruby Memorial Hospital for all there great care they gave to Owen. Thank You

  • MY CRAFT PROJECT WOULD BE a new take on blinds, cushions,and accessories for the front porch..to freshen up an extended living space. I would do double sided panels to utilize different looks more easily.
    Fresh and exciting. I Like creating tranquility in the city..my little peace.

  • The first thing I would do with This machine is make
    matching dresses for my Granddaughters, The oldest is four the youngest should be born anyday.

  • My mother has Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home she has love flowers and the Lord her whole life. I would make her a quilt with her children and grand children’s pictures on it and would embroider all of the names under there picture with flowers and a Bible scripture to hang on her wall above her bed. Thank you and be Blessed

  • If I were to win the Singer Futura sewing/embroidery machine I would finally be able to learn how to machine embroider. I have always wanted to make Arts & Crafts style linens for my dining table and living room. I have a few antique dresser scarves, but I would like to make a table cloth with matching napkins in a similar style. Although I know how to hand embroider, I've never started the project because I knew it would take so long I probably wouldn't finish it. We live in an a late Victorian home(1906) and the Arts and Crafts style suits our living/dining room perfectly.
    I would also use the machine for several home decorating projects as well as quilting projects I have been planning to do and now have the time for as my children are both away at college. I have a sewing machine but it was made in 1985 and has its problems and doesn't have a lot of the useful stitches such as the blanket stitch etc.
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary and your new book!
    Sincerely, Gretchen

  • After playing with and discovering what the Futura is capable of, I would make outfits for our grandchildren utilizing the machine's features, including embroidering.

  • My project would be something for my granddaughter. I want to make a her a quilt that has embroidered animal faces on the furry fleece and then appliqued onto cotton. I know she would love it!

  • I purchased the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing book yesterday after I saw it on the show & stayed up all night reading it. It is the best sewing & craft book, and I have a lot, I have ever purchased!!!! The CD that comes with the book is just simply amazing. Every crafter needs to own this Fantastic book. Thank you Martha & all the staff that put this book together. You should be so proud. It is truely a hit.....

  • Help! I have naked windows! I moved from NC to Illinois and need to make curtains and accessories for the house. My Singer is 30 yrs old and I now share it with my daughter. She has used it for many winning 4-H projects. It's time for an update!

  • Oh my... This would just be the ticket! I recently bought a duponi silk king sized duvet cover (that was $600 full price) for $40 to cut up and make a queen bed scarf and two pillow shams. I also really wanted them momogrammed...I could do it ALL!

  • I am not a seamstress but would love the opportunity to give it try. I had a great time in home education and truly enjoy cooking , sewing, and decorating my home. I will take on the task of making window treatments for my living room. I love your show and enjoy your love for making it yourself. It's contagious.

  • Wow...what a nice machine...I have always wanted a machine with all the bells and whistles like the Futura. I've also always wanted to have an embroidered set of sheets with my initials, so I guess that would probably be my first project. I'll cross my fingers in hopes that I am lucky enough to win this wonderful machine...thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • My daughter is in the process of building her dream-house and was visiting with her 5 year old son for spring break. She was sitting up in my sewing room with me yesterday while I was shortening four pairs of pants for Alexander (he is growing too fast) she inquired as to when I am going to buy a new sewing machine that is capable of monograming etc. so I can do napkins, towels etc for the new house. This is a child who at 5 had to have her own monogramed towels, sheets etc. (I created another Martha) I am so proud of her housekeeping skills and the way she takes care of her family. I would love to be able to do all of these things for her since she makes me so proud every day.

  • I would love a sewing machine! I have started watching Martha every day, and love the crafts and foods she does. I think I could tackle anything with that machine.

  • If I were to win this fantastic sewing machine I would give it to my BF Kathy - She absolutely loves to sew and craft and I can not think of anyone more deserving. She is such a loving and caring person I know she would share with all of us. Thanks

  • I have 4 beautiful children that I would make the quilts that I have been collecting fabric for since they were born. I have been blessed by a family that has passed down wonderful memories through quilts and stories. Your new book is beautiful, I already have a list of things I want to do, right along with the long list of crafts from the last book!

  • [...] Egg Dyeing (thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com) [...]

  • My husbands mother use to make everything by hand(curtains, quilts, clothing, etc.)She has now passed away and he remembers how creative his mother was.I can't sew by hand because i have arthritis but, With this sewing machine i would like to impress my husband with my creativity and get's some "Wow's" from him as well.

  • Because I'm having trouble finding a job, if lucky enough to win the incredible Singer machine, I would use it to start my own home business! The possibilities are endless. My first project would be making valances for babies and toddlers bedrooms, embellishing with embroidery to make them unique.

  • If I had the amazing machine, I would embroider ladies shirts with the church logo for the women's circle at my amazing church. This group reaches out to so many people in our town and it would be a pleasure to give them a shirt in honor of their love and contributions to those in need.

  • My first project would be a set of flannel or felt covers for my silver and china. Using this machine, the set would be decorative as well as protective.

  • I love being creative. After buying towels for the dormroom for our friend's child, which I payed to have embroidery with their name on them. I never got to do this for my child because it was to exspensive. I'll have two in college; want to do this. Plus, I want to do my dinning room chairs with a so called family crest.

  • wmina@bellsouth.net
    My first project would be a set of flannel or felt covers for my china. Using this machine, the covers would be decorative as well as protective.

  • I would love the Futura Machine. I would make some lovely pillows for my couches that need sprucing up. I would have our initials embroidered to personalize my work of art.

  • I would love to start quilting again. The embroidery feature would be nice to add details I've never been able to do before.

  • I would LOVE having the Futura Sewing Machine to make embroidered dinner napkins, table cloth for dinner table, and finally make those pillows I have fabric ready to tear in to.

  • I will FINALLY be able to use an embroidery machine to make heirloom handkerchiefs to give away to my friends and family! How exciting!!!

  • I will FINALLY be able to make heirloom handkerchiefs and pillow cases for my friends and family! How exciting!!!

  • I have been wishing for sn embroidery/do all sewing machine. I love to do crafts & sewing. Now that I have my first granddaughter, I have time to dedicate to making things for her. I baby-sit her and would love to create new & exciting looks for her.

  • I want to share this idea I did - I decorated my eggs with SEEDS, like poppy seeds, fennel, coriander, even paprika for colour. The look is so earthy and natural - the project is kid friendly too.
    Take a look at:
    http://www.lifeologia.com/?p=797

  • Looking forward to sewing with my granddaughter who is 9 yrs old and excited to learn the basics. I have wonderful memories of sewing for my 3 childre. I now have 4 grandchildren to sew for.

  • my tv programing is a day behind all the time and i cannot enter for the sewing machine. just wanted you to know that my first project would have been clothes for my new great-grandaughter my current machine was purchased in 1985 and i would've loved to be more up to date. keep up the give-aways love to watch.

  • My kids are grown and long gone from the nest, in fact they've both moved to Brooklyn and Manhattan from Michigan. But I still enjoy dyeing eggs each year. Thanks for the helpful videos, it is such a nice surprise to visit your site and have an unexpected video start playing regarding new techniques in egg dyeing!

  • I'm homeschooling two boys and I would love them to learn how to sew. Myself included! I plan to learn how to sew aprons first, I love them.

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