Color Inspirations – Nature’s Paintbrush

Try out this natural yet colorful Nature's Paintbrush color scheme on your embroidery designs.

Sometimes nature offers up some truly unexpected colors on its palette. Try out this colorful and soft Nature’s Paintbrush color scheme and find a more natural way to incorporate some pinks and greens into your work. Keeping the tones soft and balanced lets you play with colors that might otherwise seem too contrasting. Pair it with a nice neutral fabric with echoes of your colors to keep everything on the more elegant, subtle side. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Handmade Highlights – Earth Mother

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Instagram user Erika (end80), shared this gorgeous shot of her nearly finished WIP Earth Mother. I love all the different textured stitches used to bring the piece to life. This piece makes me want to sit under a tree on a warm summer day and stitch all afternoon. What a great summer project!

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Quick Pic – Nauticus Ikea Hack

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

Nauticus Ikea Hack from Quick Pics -The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Ashley sent us this amazing project on facebook, with the description: “My first IKEA hack! The original was a Rast three-drawer dresser. The wood was stained with a red oak, and the fronts were wrapped in an embroidered canvas fabric. I’m really happy with how this came out.” Holy wow! I would be too. What a cool update using the Nauticus pack!

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Make Something

Go make something

Pinterest is amazing, but eventually you have to actually try MAKING the darn things, right? Go do it.

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Fridays At The Office

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

When we eat lunch outside, things can get a bit wacky. Here Danielle 1 is apparently trying to eat Danielle 2 in an effort to be the only Danielle around. We like to encourage healthy competition among the team. Also, the fact that those two have the same pair of sunglasses is just one of those things the universe deemed necessary for two gals with the same name.

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

PS – Score one for the team photobomb in the reflection!

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Color Inspirations – Sand & Aqua

Try this Sand & Aqua color scheme out on your embroidery designs for a bright, Caribbean feel to your projects.

Life’s a beach! Sometimes you don’t need an off-the-wall or unexpected color scheme. The gorgeous hues of the ocean are always a good place to find inspiration, especially with already beachy designs! With this Sand & Aqua color scheme, super bright blues bring to mind the waters of the Caribbean, which is never a bad thing. Keep your blues bright and let everything else sit in a neutral tone of sand. See how it compares to the original.

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Urban Entrepreneurs – Daisyeyes Handmade

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!

Hand stitched Urban Threads embroidery design from daisyeyes handmade etsy store

Daisyeyes Handmade on Etsy

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

The one thing I wish I knew when I started my store is how to budget my time. As a mom working from home, it’s such a struggle to make use of good time to do the businessy things (accounting etc), the product development, planning for future items, completing orders and trying to give myself time to just be creative….not to mention just being a mom and a wife!

I’m learning how to limit and schedule my social media/web time and I’m getting rid of distractions and those things that help me procrastinate. I am building time into my days to just be creative so I don’t lose the enjoyment in that process. I am planning in 6 month increments for new items and giving myself reasonable deadlines for meeting those goals.

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