Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Just Because It’s Handmade

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If you’re not a crafter and you get something handmade, don’t assume they were too cheap to buy you something. Sometimes, that gift took money AND time. They must really like you. Act accordingly.

Makers

Makers Gonna Make

And embroiderers gonna embroidate. You heard me.

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy

Minus that one trip to the fabric store.

That doesn’t count.

The Design Process- From Sketch To Embroidery

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The process that created that magical design stitching out on your machine may not seem readily apparent while it’s stitching. It sort of just comes into being, stitch by stitch, as your machine sews it out. But here at Urban Threads, we create all our designs in-house, from concept to completion, and a lot of steps go from making that idea into an embroidered reality. More, sometimes, than you might imagine.

To give you a bit of a peek at that process, we’re going to visit the steps of a design created by resident artist Taylor, so you can see the process a design goes through. It all begins with a simple concept, and a bunch of rough sketches…

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This Death Before Decaf design was originally released back in January. Really, the process starts with one of our design meetings, where we all get together to decide the next group of designs we want to make. We bring customer requests, inspiration, and our own sketches to these meetings. This was part of our January monthly batch planning, and I guess we were all thinking about coffee. Not such an odd thought in meetings…

Once the idea came to be, there were a number of things Taylor had to consider while working on it. The concept was for a light-stitching, tattoo-inspired “tough” looking design for those hardcore coffee enthusiasts. This can mean a lot of things to an artist, and also offers a lot of different imagery to work with. Taylor started by sketching what we call “thumbnails,” small sketches to try out lots of different ideas.

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The top right design was eventually chosen as the rough to pursue.

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Next the artist turns the design into a “tight” rough. This means all details are worked out and the composition tightened up. This stage may take a few revisions, depending on the art. Urban Threads designs go through anywhere from 1-4 revisions from thumbnail to approved final to get the art just right.

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After that the rough design is brought into Illustrator, where Taylor draws a clean pass on top of his rough. The design might go through a few extra changes during this time, making small tweaks with text size and other details.

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The final design is finished in Illustrator. The design is then printed out and handed over to one our digitizers. All our work is designed and digitized in-house by our team. Many of our designs are worked on by our head of digitizing, Danielle.

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The digitizing for this design is a bit more straightforward than some, as there are no stitch-filled areas or shading to complicate the layers. Just a nice, clean light-stitching design. Once the design is ready, it’s sent back to one of our embroidery machines to sew a sample, so we know the file will sew out on a machine just the way we expect. This is also the part of the process where we’ll tweak colors and other stitching details, because colors on screen don’t always match what you can do with color in thread.

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So there it is! From an idea in a meeting, to a rough sketch, to a polished piece of art, to a machine embroidery design!

Along the way, artists work out not only ideas like art style, but work to reduce trims, try color schemes, and consider how and what it might stitch on. Then digitiziers carefully figure out how to piece the design together, to make it sew a seamlessly as possible on your own machine, and sew it out as many times as needed to test its compatibility on fabric and make sure it’s not doing anything that will ruin your project. Density is removed, trims reduced, fills pulled and pushed to make sure it all stitches out like it should, and of course, a large amount of artistry goes into making a drawn design look just as good in stitches.

Countless tweaks and corrections are made all along the way by the team, to get you the best darn hardcore coffee design possible. From ideation to stitches, there’s a lot that goes into an Urban Threads design, but hopefully all you’re thinking while you’re stitching your favorite is, “Yeah! This is going to make an awesome project!”

Because then the design has really done its job.

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?