Urban Entrepreneurs- MaeFlowers & JuneBugs

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Embroidered wings using Urban Threads embroidery design from MaeFlowers & JuneBugs etsy store

MaeFlowers & JuneBugs on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

I’ve found that my wings have gotten more attention when I started expanding on the different forms of social media I’m using. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, either. You can link your business facebook page and your Twitter account to Instagram, so any time I post a picture on Instagram, it’s shared to both facebook and Twitter. I also make sure that I am sharing my products on Pinterest as well, and having friends and family re-pin to their own boards helps get the reach up. Social media is free to use, so we should all make the most of it!

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Quick Pic – Going Batty

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Embroidered Chic Halloween Pillow from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

In theme with this week’s Halloween in July celebrations, I thought I’d pick something spooky to feature on this edition of Quick Pics. Quilted Thimble Cottage on flickr stitched up these simple but chic Halloween pillows with this elegant bat design. Honestly, I think it’s pretty enough to be out all year. Then again, I’d make every day Halloween if I could. Still, this isn’t a bad time to start thinking about decor and especially stitched costumes. It’s just a few short months away!

 

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Fit In

Why fit in when you were born to stand out

Happy Halloween in July everyone. Forget the norm. Make it Halloween every day!

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Fridays At The Office

Behind the scenes peeks at life and work at the Urban Threads office

Artist Caitlin never throws her pencils away. She just keeps using and saving them to make more awesome drawings! Psst- if you look carefully you can see some sneak peeks and get a look at early revisions of current designs. Happy Friday everyone!

Want more sneak peeks, office life, and behind the scenes? Follow us on Instagram at urbanthreadsemb

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Color Inspirations – Baby Blue Summer

Try this soft and kid-friendly Baby Blue Summer color scheme out on your embroidery designs.

Get inspired by the soft colors of summertime! Give a design a gentler side with this Baby Blue Summer color scheme. It’s the perfect way to make a design a little softer for a nursery or little one, boys and girls alike. Soft blues are accented by a gentle, grapefruit pink and warm off-whites. Soft striped fabric keeps it playful. It instantly brings to mind summer breezes and baby blues. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Get The Look – Glamorous Embroidered Sweatshirt

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

This cute sweatshirt we found on asos is a good example of a simple accent adding a lot of elegance. This sweater is pretty simple on it’s own, but add a touch of embroidery in the right places and suddenly it’s worth nearly $80! The execution is chic but easy to do ourselves. Plus it’s a simple enough concept that there’s probably a shirt or sweater in your closet you could transform right now.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

All you need to give your sweatshirt an updated look is of course, a sweatshirt, some awesome heraldic designs (in this case, the corner and frame edge) and some lace. We’re going to use the heraldic pieces to build a frame, and then applique the lace underneath. The lace is meant to mimic the fishnet stitching on the original, and give it that elegant edge. What’s nice is that by combining these embroidery designs into a large “frame” piece, you can still get a pretty big finished result, even with a small hoop.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Start with your front piece. Pin or spray your lace in place on your sweater, and then stitch your heraldic designs on top of it, in a closed “frame” shape. This isn’t the same oval as the original inspiration, but I personally think this sort of triangle shape is more flattering anyway. If you want to get a better idea about how to lay these out like this, you can check out our original heraldic tutorial. When your frame is done stitching, carefully cut away the excess lace outside of the stitched edge.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Ok! So one down, two more to go. You’re going to repeat this technique on your sleeves. If you’ve never stitched on sleeves before, it’s simple! All you need to do is split the seams all along the side of your sweater and down your sleeve, to let the fabric lay flat. There’s an easy tutorial on how to do it here. Once your have your sleeve open and flat, you can stitch the same “framed” lace piece up on the shoulder. Do this on both sides.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Stitch the back of your sleeves and side of your sweater closed again, and you’re done.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

From plain closet sweater to a runway original, you can use this look on everything from tees to long sleeve shirts. It’s a bold statement without a lot of stitches and without the need for a giant hoop. The sweater from Glamorous was nice, but it always feels better to DIY, because you get to pick the cut, the colors, everything!

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Handmade Highlights – Koi Bag

Hand stitched Koi bag with Urban Threads design

Mrs. Lacer stitched up this gorgeous hand embroidered Koi during her first experiment with Sulky Solvy to transfer images. What amazing detail, and how lovely to see it already turned into something darling and usable. So often these masterpieces get stitched and then never showcased. Great work Mrs. Lacer!

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