To understand this post, you have to read its predecessor, Tie-dye: how Sam spruced up old t-shirts, which happened on September 19 and was posted as a blog entry on September 20.
The following photos were taken a week later. We had run out of old t-shirts for Sam to work on so I bought her some inexpensive plain t-shirts. Speedy bought her more powdered dye in every available color. And, so she could have more control over the designs, she asked for ketchup dispensers. Yes, you read it right. Ketchup dispensers. Or, if you’re a chef who does a lot of food decorating, you might know them as sauce dispensers.
They look like this.
And, no, that’s not a colorful umbrella. That’s the t-shirt being dyed. Sam used rubber bands to separate the areas that she wanted to have different colors.
Then, she used the ketchup dispensers to carefully control where and how much color goes into each area.
That’s her at work on the dining table. She was supposed to do the tie-dying in the garden but it rained over the weekend and she had to stay indoors. I am happy to say that she did not forget to push back the table cloth before laying out her tie-dye paraphernalia.
And that’s one of the completed projects — the very same shirt that was all tied up with rubber bands in the previous photos.
Too many accessories for tie-dyed t-shirts? I thought so too. When Sam and Alex did tie-dyed projects in pre-school, they just dipped the tied portions of the shirts in a basin with colored water. But then Sam isn’t in pre-school anymore. She wanted to execute more complex designs and that called for additional accessories like the ketchup dispensers.
How many shirts did she finish? A lot. A LOT. Sometimes, we’re all wearing tie-dyed t-shirts at home at the same time.
What’s her next project? Well, she mentioned tie-dyed curtains and table cloths…