Shirts and Tee Shirts

The most popular or common shirt must be the basic no-button, pull-over-your-head tee shirt. T shirts are generally known as short-sleeved, collarless casualwear garments. The Tee evolved from 19th century one-piece "union suit," long handles or long johns, a style of long, thermal, wool underwear. Thermal underwear is great for people who work in cold climates, but people working in warmer climates decided to cut the bottom portion of the long underwear away and only wear the tops. Eventually the cut off shirts became known as Tee-shirts.

Tees became popular after they were issued by the U.S. Navy around the time of the Spanish American war. The crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirt were designed to be worn under the uniform. Eventually tees became the work shirt of choice by people who worked in hot climates such as military, laborers and farm hands.

Shirts and Tee Shirts

Today, modern tees are worn in almost all countries around the world. Tees now have both short and long sleeve styles and may be decorated with buttons, collars and v-necks. Typically tee shirts are made of light-weight cotton knitted together with the stretchy and soft Jersey stitch.

Tees are often seen emblazoned with fashionable decorations, pictures and text of political slogans and other sentiments to convey humor or and to promote products through advertising slogans. One popular style of decorating is tie-dying, an art form popularized during the 1960's. Tees are made in all shapes and sizes for all ages and sexes.

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts