And the finalists are…

UPDATE: Poll closed! More info soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered the coloring contest in celebration of Urban Threads’ third birthday! It’s been awesomely inspiring to see all your variations on the Maiden Monarch embroidery design. You should definitely check out all the entries – they’re gorgeous!

Because choosing finalists would have been far too difficult, we asked some fabulous celebrity judges to do it. Erich Campbell of Black Duck selected the machine embroidery finalists, and Mr X Stitch chose the hand embroidery finalists you see here. All finalists are guaranteed a $10 gift certificate to Urban Threads, but each category’s top winner, chosen by YOU, will win a $100 gift certificate.

Ready? Check out the finalists in this post, then vote (only once per category, please!) for the one you like best in the poll right below each category’s entries. Voting closes Monday, June 6 at 8 a.m. Central time.


First up: machine embroidery finalists!

Jeannine went with a fire and ice theme:

Katarina says she’s all about adding a little glitter and glamor to everyday life:

Isabelle went with a range of rich metallics:

Pam’s entry is inspired by the sunny hues of the Australian outback:

And Tuesday’s coloring contest entry is hot and cool all at once:

Which one do you like best? (If you’re seeing a blank spot below where the poll should be, reloading the page should fix it.)

One vote per person, please.


Hand-embroidering a coloring contest entry – now there’s a daunting task! Here are your five finalists…

Victoria went with citrusy summer colors:

queenmaab’s is blue, brown, and burgundy:

Sharon’s is vibrant and summery. (She did a similar machine embroidery version, too!)

Cecily of 28 Sides Designs stitched a violet monarch with lots of embellishment:

annepoptart went bold with orange and gold on a lively pattern:

Which one do you like best? (If you’re seeing a blank spot below where the poll should be, reloading the page should fix it.)

One vote per person, please.


Get your vote in by 8 a.m. Monday, June 6 to be counted. Thanks to each and every one of you for a wonderful birthday celebration!


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31 Responses to “And the finalists are…”

  1. 1
    Lisa Krupa says:

    I love to see all the different color combos. Great job everyone!

  2. 2
    Nicole Jung says:

    Thanks for the wonderful design!

  3. 3
    Wanda Giggles says:

    The fire & ice is Genius and I was madly, deeply in love with queenmaab’s work from the first time I saw it. But all of them are really wonderful 😀

    Thanks for the fun contest!!!

  4. 4
    Dayle says:

    Isabell is my favorite!

  5. 5
    olequiltbat says:

    They all certainly inspire us to stitch several different color ways of
    this design out for ourselves.

  6. 6
    Linda Landreth says:

    I bet it was really hard to judge on this, they are all so nice. Thank you UB for the FREE design and the great effort you put into making your site so much fun. 🙂

  7. 7
    Sue says:


  8. 8
    Tami says:

    What wonderful work by all. So many beautiful themes made it very difficult to choose a favorite. I haven’t done a hand stitched design in years. These are gorgeous. I know how much time it takes, and these are truly works of art.

  9. 9
    Angie says:

    They are all so BEAUTIFUL, very hard to choose!

  10. 10
    Heather says:

    I love all the variations!

  11. 11
    Ellen Schmidt says:

    Simply stunning… inspiring

  12. 12
    Sherri says:

    The hand designs were totally awsome and hard to tell they were done by hand . So it was very intrestiong trying to deside but WOW were they great and the machine designs were something to think about .

  13. 13
    Karin says:

    Neat designs!

  14. 14
    Wienerwane says:

    Thanks for sharing! They are all winners and simply beautiful.

  15. 15
    Maxi says:

    I have never been able to embroider like that. Those stitches are so perfect. good job everyone.

  16. 16
    Deborah Meritt says:

    What a wonderful and creative effort from every one of you. All beautiful and original. You are all winners to me!

  17. 17
    Claire says:

    Amazing!! awesome job everyone!!

  18. 18

    magnifique …
    je pense copier bientot sur l’une d’elle …
    cependant, elles merites toutes de gagner … c’est vraiment magnifque, on felicite aussi le travail du createur !!!

  19. 19
    B Warren says:

    They all are amazing!

  20. 20
    Cathy Jaskot says:

    Very difficult to choose favorites! They’re all beautiful.

  21. 21
    JuDesigns! says:

    Great job everyone — you made choosing difficult. Thanks for the inspiration as well!!

  22. 22
    Bev says:


  23. 23
    Terry says:

    I am amazed at those hand embroidered ones…. WOW to all the entries… and Happy Birthday Urban Threads… I love your unique site.. Here’s to many many many more years…

  24. 24
    drssmom says:

    Pam’s is my favorite. I like the varigated threads that Katrina used too. I think there are parts of all of them I liked, but Pam’s just
    “popped” for me.

  25. 25
    Kath says:

    That was a fun contest! My 2 maidens were put to good use via handbags!

  26. 26
    Brittany says:

    Wow… I had no idea hand-embroidery could look so beautiful and professional! I’m just learning!

  27. 27
    mary says:

    They were all very interesting, very talented people here at UT. Enjoy your prize!!!

  28. 28
    Elfie says:

    Pam’s did it for me. And sharon’s. They’re all beautiful, but I lingered longest over these two. I wish I had thought to use variegated thread like Katarina, though. That was inspired!

  29. 29
    Cathy says:

    Pam. Love the reds, oranges, browns and golds.

    Great job everyone.

  30. 30
    Sara says:

    I’m sad that I didn’t make it to the finals, but overly excited at the ones that did. These are all fantastic! I voted for Isabelle’s. I love the metallics! <3

  31. 31
    Jolene Ehret says:

    They are all so awesome. Each one of them deserves a prize…

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