You will need:
Plain white T-shirts (I usually get mine from H&M - nice and cheap)
Dylon cold water and hand dyes (I used Ultraviolet and Bermuda Blue of the first type and Fuschia Pink and Royal Blue of the latter)
Rubber bands, pegs, string, four buckets, salt, marbles or stones and a few pairs of Marigolds (washing up gloves)
I usually just use 4 or 5 different techniques; spirals, concertina folds, sunbursts and tieing up marbles. Spirals are my favourites though. I'll try and explain in words and pics how to do all of them!Firstly, wash the T-shirts. Work on them whilst they are still damp.
Once you have made the whole T-shirt into a round secure it with rubber bands like thus;
This one is now ready to dip.
Sunbursts are created by tieing up a huge sort of nose like pinnochio - photo here.
Concertina folds are made by folding the T-shirt lengthways into concertina folds. You can then either secure with rubber bands at intervals or pegs like this.
Spots are made by tieing marbles or stones into the garment and securing with rubber bands like this.
Make up the dye according to the instructions on the packet and dip in your garments like so, and so and so. Agitate and leave for an hour. After that take out the T-shirts, undo them, gasp at how beautiful they are and rinse in cold water until no more dye comes out of them. I usually wash them on a short wash in the washing machine then (seperate colours or they'll bleed) to make sure that all the extra dye comes out. Put on the line to dry and collapse into your seat and watch them drying in the breeze.
This is how the different folds will look:
Concertina fold secured with rubber bands at intervals (the white lines).
Tied with marbles.
This one was an experiment. I rolled the T-shirt from the top down - over a piece of string so it was like a sausage. Join the two ends of thread together and pull tight like this. Knot securely. This ruches the fabric. I like the result but should have left it in the dye pot for longer for a better colour contrast.
One other thing to try is a two colour spiral. Dip the first spiral in your base colour and then take out after 15 mins or so. Rinse in cold water and then open up the T-shirt. Re-twist a spiral over the first one, secure with rubber bands and dip into another colour for an hour. Result will be:
This is great activity to do with the children, it's fairly cheap and lots of fun. Just make sure that they are wearing old clothes and that you put your dye pots in the garden. Finally, do contact me if it doesn't make sense or if you want to show me how yours turned out.