Color Inspirations – Caribbean Sun

Try this Caribbean Sun color scheme out on your embroidery designs for a saturated and summery feel.

Summer forever! Sunshine and warmth offers endless inspiration for colors, and nothing brings up the feeling of endless summer like the colors of the Caribbean. Dark sandy tones and sunny oranges pop beautifully with the saturated aqua blues and greens of the Caribbean waters. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Handmade Highlights – Sailing In Progress

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I know we usually feature finished hand embroidery projects, but this ship in a bottle embroidery from instagram user Jen already looks stunning. Those delicate, careful stitches are just enchanting. She’s hoping to finish in time to give it her dad on Father’s Day. I can’t wait to see it all done!

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Quick Pic – Video Games

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

Embroidered Video Game Pillows from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Geneva Nicole on twitter shared these adorable custom creations, designed by her boys themselves!  They both wanted video game themes, and each created their own custom look. Crafting for kids is way more fun when you can get the kids involved, and you’re sure to make them something they’ll love.

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Get The Look – Mexican Embroidered Blouse

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

Embroidered mexican blouses can often be pricey to buy, but that cost is often justified because they’re usually covered in gorgeous hand embroidered work. If you’re not lucky enough to grab one in Mexico, or don’t feel like spending the money or the time hand stitching your own, you can easily make one of your own inspired by the gorgeous embroidery of Mexico. But of course, with an Urban Threads twist!

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

You can grab a scoop neck blouse at lots of stores, as the “peasant” top (as the style is often called these days) is rather trendy. Then, all you need to complete your top is some awesomely punk-y folk art designs. Of course, for you Urban Threadsters, we couldn’t help but throw in skulls, sparrows and other more alternative designs into the colorful mix.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

These designs were made to fit together around different shapes, so the sparrows for example make great shoulder swoops when mirrored, and you can pick your favorite symmetrical design for the center. There are also a couple accents you can use to fill in extra spaces and make the whole are look embroidered if you want.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

As a final touch and an homage to the folk art style of our original inspiration, try out a couple of your sewing machine’s decorative stitches. You’ll probably find one or two that will make excellent borders and accents and give it that finishing touch.

Get inspired by the gorgeous stitches of Mexican embroidered blouses, and then see how to DIY your own version with an alternative twist.

For a super bight, alternative and slightly skull-ier take on the traditional Mexican blouse, this DIY is a simple way to update a top. You can add as much or as little to your top as you like, and even tone the colors down to look more traditional. Heck, it may take people a moment or two to realize some of those cute folk flowers are skulls. And that’s half the fun ;)

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Before It Was Cool

Crafty before crafty was cool...

Yup, you’re like the hipster of the crafting world. It’s cool, we all know we were stitching skulls on things long before it made it onto Pinterest.

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Fridays At The Office

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Everyone digitizes with a little bit of their own flair here. Bonnie has a particularity awesome decked-out digitizing hand, don’t you think?

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

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So This Happened… Giving Bunny IN SPACE

Urban Threadster Valarie and her team at ARAWR went above and beyond and literally got a Giving Bunny up into the edge of space.

So awhile back on facebook, we were messing around after seeing an awesome video of a gal who shot one of her toys into space. It inspired us to post a joking challenge to invite someone to try and get a Giving Bunny in space, complete with cheesy photoshopped space-bunny image. If you don’t know what the Giving Bunny Project is, it’s basically a worldwide collaborative effort for crafty folk to make tiny plush bunnies and leave them all around the world to spread a little joy. You can read all about it in the original post. Since it’s creation, the Giving Bunnies have spread literally around the globe, landing on every continent including Antarctica. We never imagined it could go father than that…

Well, what we’ve learned is that we should never, ever underestimate the awesomeness of Urban Threadsters. Because Valarie and her team at ARAWR took it upon themselves to help the bunnies conquer (near) space, and it is every bit as awesome as you could imagine. The flight into space involved a 1200 gram balloon, and that tiny bunny made it to an astonishing 101,000 ft. That little plush is practically a little Felix Bunn-gartner now.

Urban Threadster Valarie and her team at ARAWR went above and beyond and literally got a Giving Bunny up into the edge of space.

Urban Threadster Valarie and her team at ARAWR went above and beyond and literally got a Giving Bunny up into the edge of space.

And yes, there’s video of that majestic bunny floating above the world, in his tiny little scarf. Good thing too, it’s probably pretty cold up there…

You can check out more details, photos, and video, including take-off and landing, over on the ARAWR website. A HUGE thank you to Valarie and her team for making the office seriously go into excited meltdown today. We are reminded again and again that we really have the coolest customers ever. And I suppose now, we’re going to have to update that google map. Anyone know how to add a bunny in space?

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