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Design Your Own Tees

Techniques and Inspiration to Stitch, Stamp, Stencil, and Silk-Screen Your Very Own T-Shirts

Jennifer Cooke


List Price: 21.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Sought after for her innovative use of color and pattern, professional t-shirt designer Jennifer Cooke has created 20 do-it-yourself projects--many can be completed in under and hour--for turning your classic tees (and accessories) into colorful, bold, graphic personal statements.

Combining basic sewing, hand-printing, and screen-printing techniques with stylish wearable projects, Design Your Own Tees gives you the tools to stand out in the crowd--whether you choose to re-create the looks shown or to adapt the techniques to express your unique artistic vision.

Use thread, ribbon, and fabric to play with texture through decorative machine stitching, hand embroidery, and applique. Experiment with found objects and stamps to create pattern through potato and block printing and stenciling. Choose your favorite doodles and images to enhance with color through screen printing.

Colorful photographs of the finished projects plus step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow diagrams will soon have you wearing your art on your sleeve.

Praise For Design Your Own Tees: Techniques and Inspiration to Stitch, Stamp, Stencil, and Silk-Screen Your Very Own T-Shirts

“[W]hat I love about this book is that it gives you so many different options to make cool designs, whatever your skill level or interest…I found this book extremely user-friendly…[and] works well for both beginners and those wanting to become more professional with their designs.” –thelongthread blog

“I…was immediately impressed by not only the fantastic uniqueness of the designs in her projects but the simplicity in which each project is explained…There is SO much fun to be learned from her book.”—Something I Made blog

"If you are looking for a good source of visual stimulation and would like some new ideas to spruce up those old tees, then Design Your Own Tees is the perfect title for you. Your creations will be the perfect way to spruce up your own family's wardrobe and would also make unique gifts for your friends." ---Wee Share blog

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312644246, 144pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

About the Author

JENNIFER COOKE has been designing t-shirts for over a decade under Raeburn Ink. Her designs have been sold in prominent stores, including Barney's New York, and have been featured in "Lucky" and "Nylon" magazines. Jennifer currently lives in western Massachusetts with two cats and a wildlife biologist.