Happy Paste Egg Day! – Ecoprinted Eggs

Happy paste egg day, or should that be pase egg? It depends where you live I suppose. In the north east they are paste eggs but in the north west they call them pace eggs. Both names are derived from ‘pascha’ meaning Easter.

I used to make these with my Gran when I was a little girl. As they are a form of plant printing I thought I would have another go.

Then we used different plants and flowers such as pansies and grasses, bound to the egg with thread, or put in old tights and tied at the top. Then they were put in a pan of onion skins and water and hard boiled. Sometimes eggs were just put in the pan of skins and boiled, giving a nice random pattern, I decided to try both.

I couldn’t get any white eggs anywhere so I used the palest brown eggs. I wanted some onion dyed cotton fabric for a course I’m taking so I used cotton fabric squares to make my bundles.

Please note, the cotton has no mordant, and I used herbs just to be sure there are no toxic substances going into my eggs.

I laid some sage leaves and rosemary sprigs on my eggs and tied them up in a bundle using string. I also put some eggs in the pan and filled with onion skins. I put some pieces of fabric in the pan and I think this prevented my eggs from banging into each other as none of them cracked.

The pan was topped up with onion skins and water and put on to boil for 10 minutes.

Then took out the eggs and I opened up the bundles. The ones in the pan were a little disappointing as they weren’t as marbled as those I remember but the bundled ones were better, especially the sage leaves.

I wiped them with a little cooking oil to give them a shine.

If I was still a little girl I would roll the eggs on the garden path, or Gran and I would do egg jabbing to crack the shells but we shall just eat them in a sandwich.

Happy Easter.

eco dyed easter eggs

7 thoughts on “Happy Paste Egg Day! – Ecoprinted Eggs

  1. Mary Redman

    This is so interesting and it has given you wonderful memories of your grandmother! Happy Easter! 💕

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  2. Elizabeth

    It’s amazing how well the onion skins transfer their colour to eggshell isn’t it? I do this every year for Easter & although it’s quite a fiddly process binding up each egg (I use sections of old tights tied tightly around each one) it’s so worth it. I’ve found that some leaves work better than others – flat leaf parsley is the best & easiest to work with but this year I had great results with some sprigs of hyssop (very appropriate for Easter) & also some feathery fennel fronds. I boil mine for quite a bit longer – 45 mins & add about 1/3 cup of vinegar at the end & leave for 10 mins to act as a mordant but looking at how deeply coloured your eggs are without the extra time or vinegar this may be unnecessary . I like to use red onion skins although I don’t know whether that makes much difference. Happy Eastertide! E x

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  3. eganj1 Post author

    Hello Elizabeth, thank you for your comments. I think my Gran boiled her eggs for much longer . She sometimes dyed eggs sometimes with red cabbage which gives a lovely blue and also cochineal but all I had was the onion skins. Maybe next Easter I will try red cabbage.

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