Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Using Cutwork in Colder Months

Cutwork is a fun and elegant way of using embroidery to dress up your apparel, but in these chillier winter months, it may look a bit brisk!

What if you’re in love with the new Rose & Bone Cutwork collection, but are sad you have to wait till spring to use it? No worries! There’s a quick design hack to get some use out of it now.

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All you have to do is back it with fabric. This is very easy, and you can include it as a step right in the process to stitch your fabric right into the design! All you have to do is modify the original cutwork tutorial like so:

1) You have cut out your fabric piece and have backed it with your water soluble stabilizer

2) All your cotton lace pieces have sewn

3) Tape your chosen fabric piece behind your design, making sure it covers all open areas

4) Change your bobbin back to the regular rayon thread, and finish stitching your design

That’s it! That way, when you soak your design, your cotton thread will still float effortlessly above your fabric backing, but the rest of your fabric will be stitched together snugly with the satin outlines. When you’re done, just cut away the excess fabric like you would with your stabilizer.

It’s that simple!

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Placing fabric behind your cutwork offers all kinds of options. Add a beautiful ombre fabric for a special effect. Add a matching color fabric for a gorgeous tone-on-tone textural effect. Put organza on the back for an extra light option. If you don’t want your cutwork showing off a bit of skin, or find it just too brisk an option, this is a classy way to still use your cutwork to amazing effect, no matter the season.

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Want an even easier solution? Stitch your cutwork like a regular design. No need to change the bobbin or mess with xacto knives. Your elegant piece will just stitch as a lacy textured accent on anything you stitch it on, like this pillow example.

So if you’re fretting the cold air, try one of these versions and keep yourself chic and toasty. Plus, don’t forget, the Rose & Bone Cutwork collection is only on sale for a limited time! Go grab it now and get stitching no matter the season.

Color Inspirations – Steampunk Pink

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Use a gorgeous photo to inspire a new color scheme for your designs! Try something a little different from the usual brass and brown and give your usually rustic designs a romantic edge in honor of Valentine’s Day. Try this Steampunk Pink color scheme on the Steampunk section and add a bit of soft Victorian elegance. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

Be My Anti-Valentine – 5 Ways to Celebrate the Other Side of Valentine’s Day

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1. Meh Conversation Heart | 2. Cupid’s Bad Day | 3. Devilish Love | 4. Love Sucks (with Bunny Plushie Tutorial) | 5. Love Hurts

Not feeling so lovey-dovey as the big day draws near? Never fret. Hidden within Urban Threads’ weekend Valentine’s Sale are a few gems that are sure to warm your cold heart with their slightly twisted tastes. Grab them this weekend before the sale is over, and rock that day of roses your way.

Color Inspirations – Sun & Seafoam

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Design tip: Use a gorgeous photo to inspire a new color scheme for your designs. Get a break from the monochromatic tone of winter and try this Sun and Seafoam color scheme out on your embroidery designs! See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

Color Inspirations – Arctic White

It’s been freezing here in Minnesota, and another 4 inches of snow dumped on our office during the morning. Instead of grumbling about looking out the window and seeing all white, why not harness it as inspiration? Use the seasons to inspire a new color scheme for your designs!

These designs got updated with an all white, tone-on-tone color scheme. Click each image to visit the design and see the original color scheme.

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This color inspiration works best with designs that have a lot of stitched dimension. In fact, try it out on any of our designs from the dimensional category.

Don’t let winter get you down… use the beauty of the snow covered world to bring a simple elegance to your designs!

6 Stitchy Ways To Refresh Your Decor

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It’s a new year … time for a fresh start!

Give your home a lift with chic and unique designs from the Fresh Start Sale! These designs are perfect for throw pillows, blankets, curtains, wall art, and lots more home decor. Want a couple of ideas on how to freshen up your space with embroidery? Try these 6 easy ideas you can try this weekend…

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Get organized in style with a fabric-covered bulletin board.

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Stitch a felt bowl to catch odds and ends near the door.

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Stretch fabric on a frame to turn your favorite designs into wall art.

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Layer and collage embroidery to make a postcard pillow.

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Brighten up your space with a pretty patchwork throw from this pattern.

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Light up your life with a lampshade covered with pretty embroidery.

Every design pictured on these easy ideas is on sale, along with MANY others – just $1.49 for each machine embroidery design, and only $0.50 for the hand embroidery versions.  Sale ends Sunday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m., Central time — so go pick out your favorite designs, and make your nest the best it’s ever been!

Color Inspirations – Rustic Lavender

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Design tip: Use a gorgeous photo to inspire a new color scheme for your designs. This design got a Rustic Lavender update. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?