WINNER of the 2016 Urban Threads Costume Contest!

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A very huge congrats to the winner of the 2016 Urban Threads costume contest, Jeanelle! It was a tight race but in the end her beautiful blue creation won the day, and the $50 UT gift certificate! Thanks to everyone who voted, and once again, we are always SO excited about the creativity you guys bring. Get your gears turning on next Halloween!

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Urban Threads 2016 Costume Contest Finalists!

*VOTING IS CLOSED! Thank you to ALL who participated!*

The leaves have fallen, the pumpkins have been carved… but there’s still a little bit of spooky glamour yet. Today we reveal the top 10 2016 Urban Threads costume contest finalists! As usual, there was much debate in the office over the top 10 finalists, but luckily for us, it is now up to YOU to vote to pick the winner of this contest and the $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

Scroll through these amazing ten finalists and find out a little about each, then vote for your favorite at the bottom. Don’t wait — voting closes Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon, Central time! The winner will be announced Wednesday and contacted via email.

Here are your top 10 finalists

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Alicia Hornsby_finalist

This costume is from Alicia, and if you can believe it, it’s her first full completed outfit! She used “faux” button hole designs to complete her coat, and two classy piratey designs on the back to finish it off.

Heather Luca_finalist

Steampunk designer Heather Luca of Scoundrelle’s Keep pulled together this amazing Steampunk Carousel outfit, featuring the Steampunk Carousel collection and finished off with a cool lock piece on the front panel of her corset!

Jeanelle_finalist

Jeanelle took lots of photos of this gorgeous Scottish gown she custom made. She used a lot of designs from the Gilded Heraldry pack all around the bottom of the gown.

Jessica Lange_finalist

This self-designed steampunk lolita captain costume is from Jessica in Germany. She added lots of nautical designs around the skirt, and is even rocking an embroidered steampunk lace choker. And that hair!

Mariah Wagner_finalist

Mariah is back again, and she decided unleash her inner mermaid this year! She made everything, from the mermaid leggings down to the embroidered spats. She used a lot of designs from the Sea Treasure collection, plus one Little Mermaid design on the back of her bolero. She even made the trident!

Marina Minkler_finalist

This Diva Aquanaut from stitcher Marina was completely inspired by the Urban Threads collection Ocean Blue. She absolutely loved the diver design and that became the center motif for the whole look.  She even sculpted the diver helmet herself out of paper mache! The dress itself consists of many parts, including removable sleeves, a corsage, skirt and bolero. They all feature embroidery designs from Ocean Blue and the Nauticus collection, with a few extra designs from here and there.

Miriam made this little raven princess costume for her little one. It not only includes lots of designs from the Clockwork Natura collection, and she added a gorgeous finishing touch with a freestanding lace raven mask!

Sabrina Douthit_finalist

Sabrina made this amazing bat dress for her daughter’s Halloween wedding. What a stunning use of a single design!

Sophie Michaelsen_finalist

Stitcher Sophie is rocking Steampunk Sailor Moon! What a great combination of a classic anime look with a steampunk update. She’s even added embroidered gears to her fingerless gloves.

Wendy de Glee_finalist

Wendy used tons of designs from the Gothic Gala and Briar Rose collection for her stunning Gothic Cathedral Gown. So chic!

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VOTING IS CLOSED! Thank you to ALL who participated!

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Remember, voting closes Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon, Central time, so be sure to vote now. Thank you to everyone who entered — we’re so inspired year after year by all your amazing costume creations. Urban Threadsters are certainly the craftiest, most fashionable bunch!

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Urban Threads Costume Contest 2016

*UPDATE! – The contest deadline has been extended to Wednesday Nov 2nd!*

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. October is here, and it’s time for one of our most popular contests of the year…

It’s the Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens today, Thursday, Oct. 6, and ends Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. That means you have a bit of time to post your costumes after partying away on Halloween night! Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous Urban Threads contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! You can add it to instagram or the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2016. In addition, in order to make your entry official you MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com, with a link to where you photo is online, or attach it to your email and we’ll upload it for you. Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU the week after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

Good luck and happy stitching, everyone!

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Halloween Color Inspirations – Prismatic Goth

Add bright rainbow hues behind an otherwise dark, spooky design with this Prismatic Goth color inspiration.via @kimberleymargarita

Add some color to your Halloween crafting! Thematically dark designs don’t always mean you can’t go crazy with color. Try out this Color Splash technique to add bright rainbow hues behind an otherwise dark, spooky design with this Prismatic Goth color inspiration. You can even drip a little extra black to really mix the design with your paint. It’s a fun way to bring new life to your gothic designs. See how it compares to the look of the original.

Which version of the design to you prefer?

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Holiday Color Inspirations – Lavender & Pine

Try a fresh new take on a holiday color palette with this Lavender & Pine color inspiration.photo via Matthew Mead

It may not be the holiday season yet, but all this week we’re bringing the festive spirit to you a bit early with our annual Christmas in July celebrations! Since you may not quite be in the mood for red and green yet, try a new take on a holiday color palette with this Lavender & Pine color inspiration. The classic red switches over to a vibrant purple, and the greens get a little more spring-fresh for a modern, chic look. See how it compares to the look of the original.

Which version of the design to you prefer?

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Color Inspirations – Vintage Blossoms

Transform something dark into something delicate and light with this Vintage Blossoms color inspiration.

Color is back! Transform something dark into something delicate and light with this Vintage Blossoms color inspiration. Vintage fabric adds a delightful touch to the soft pallet. Just make sure you pick something that doesn’t compete too much with your design choice. See how it compares to the look of the original.

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Color Inspirations – Floral Expressions

Let your weirdness out loud and proud with this Floral Expressions color inspiration

Sometimes, it’s less about color and all about fabric choice. Let your weirdness out loud and proud with this Floral Expressions color inspiration. An already weird sentiment gets an extra boost of color and absurdity with a flowery background. Don’t be afraid to make bold choices! See how it compares to the look of the original.

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