Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Canine Couture & Furry Fashions

Urban Threads is full of embroidery designs to bring your own closet and decor to new levels of awesome. Why should your dog be any different? Here’s a brand new collection for pups to make them as unique and stylin’ as you are!

The new Canine Couture collection features light and open designs that are still full of awesome detail — perfect for jackets and hoodies, pet beds, and more. These chic new designs are modeled by non other than official UT office pups, owned by two of our digitizers! The little black pit Jaxie is owned by Danielle, and the two little Chinese Cresteds, Possum and Hopscotch ,belong to our newest team member Bonnie. They modeled like champs, (and we love having them visit!) and whether your pup is a proud alum of Barkington University or is just Bad to the Bone, you’re sure to find the perfect designs for all your four-legged friends.

Check out how stylin’ our resident pups look rocking them…

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Jaxie knows what’s up. With a little bundle of furry love in your life, what more do you need?

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Got a little prima donna? Trust me, you’ll know if you do. Might as well rock that look loud and proud.

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Maybe your dog has a little more of an attitude. Let em be bad to the bone. Heck  little Possum is practically rocking a mohawk. That punk little hoodie suits him well.

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All our office pups are rescues! Or more like, they rescued us. Where you adopted by a dog? Let people know with a cute design and spread the word to help more dogs find their adoptable humans.

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Jaxie is all about giving out free kisses. Anytime, anywhere. Now she can advertise it loud and proud.

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Got a pup that’s got that chic attitude? Let them prance around with class, they graduated top of their class at Barkington University. Maybe you can both rock your college sweaters out on a walk like proud alumni.

If you love the look of these cute little dog hoodies, you can make your own! There’s an easy-to-follow tutorial to sew your own right here, featuring the original blog dog Norton.

Sew your own embroidered dog hoodie with this easy to follow tutorial.

Craft some pawsitively stylin’ threads for your pup with these new designs. Check out the whole Canine Couture collection, and feel free to send photos of what you make to support@urbanthreads.com — we’d love to see!

Color Inspirations – Stormy Seas & Gold

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This week, go dark and broody with a touch of elegance using this Stormy Seas & Gold color scheme. Rich fabrics, deep dark blues, sea greens, and a flash of metallic gold bring dark elegance to any design. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

Color Inspirations – Neon & Neutral

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Get inspired with a new color scheme for your designs. Go bold and quiet at the same time with this Neon & Neutral color scheme. Lots of blacks and greys get a sudden burst of energy with this unexpected color combination. Find the brightest thread colors you can for maximum effect! See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

Color Inspirations – Turquoise & Grunge

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Design tip: Use a gorgeous photo to inspire a new color scheme for your designs. Turn your embroidery on it’s head with this bold Turquoise & Grunge color scheme. Use brown fabric with mostly matching brown threads, then pick on bold area of the design for a strong turquoise accent. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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.