I started with white cotton socks
I randomly wrapped elastic bands onto the pairs to create tie dye patterns
Here is my little helper with some of the equipment used: troughs, salt and dyes
The tie dyed socks were placed in the dye baths
The colour was taken up very quickly and I didn't keep the socks in for long, about ten minutes.
I then undid the elastic bands
The colour looks vibrant but to have a vibrant colour you need to dye for longer and use more dye, I expected the final colour to be much lighter after the rinse and wash.
The socks were rinsed in a bucket of cold water to remove excess dye, then put into the washing machine for a wash at 30 degrees with washing liquid and dried overnight on a rack.
Here is the end result.
Sweet, candy floss and raspberry ripple and blueberry shades created with red and blue dye.
I am thinking of making some more and putting them in my folksy shop and maybe even having a stall at the school's summer fayre.