First you have to find 100% silk ties. I tried the resale shops, Goodwill, garage sales and a church rummage sale. I paid from $2 each to 3 for $1. The church rummage sale was the last place and the best price. It also happened to have the best variety.
This one worked out pretty well.
This one...not so well. The little diamonds faintly transferred to the egg shell but they were difficult to pick up with my camera. Definately not a winner.
This one was a little more successful. Pretty but subtle.
It is more vibrant than the others but not quite what I was expecting when I unwrapped it.
I thought this one might be a lovely pattern on the egg but again the dye was too pale.
These were in my first batch and turned out nicely. I was encouraged by that and kept trying. In all I dyed a dozen eggs and I think I used 9 different ties. It is great fun when it works and is a fairly easy process.
This was the tie that produced the best result.
So you can see why I thought this might be a good one too. It was a total bust. I thought maybe it really was not 100% silk but who knows for sure. It just didn't work out.
I saw this technique on the Today Show with Hoda this morning. They did not show how it was done...just the finished product. So now you know the real story. I would like to try it again after I have collected a supply of ties that I think have the best chance of producing good results. Maybe next Easter.