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New Wedding Lookbook

Urban Threads Wedding Lookbook - Crafty ideas to inspire your event

There are so many ways to incorporate personality and creativity into a wedding – and there are all kinds of ideas in the new Wedding Lookbook!

Check out the brand new inspirational lookbook out today, to see lots of gorgeous photos from our wedding photoshoot, and starring some of your favorite embroidery designs. Covering everything from the traditional to the offbeat in weddings, this lookbook is packed with designs, advice, and lots of crafty ideas to inspire your event! If you ever wondered how to incorporate your crafty hobby into your big day, how to stitch for guys, or what you can DIY for a totally unique wedding, this lookbook is for you.

Check it out on issuu here!

Be sure not to miss out on the last days of the Forever After Sale, to grab many of these wedding designs for only $1.49! Sale ends this weekend.

Winning Spoonflower Design & Contest!

*UPDATE – Comments have closed! Congrats to winners Pam and Penny — Spoonflower has contacted you both!*

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We have a winner!

In case you missed it, last month we held a special contest in collaboration with Spoonflower to have designers create a Steampunk Valentine themed fabric. The winner of that contest got a $100 prize AND a coordinating piece of their design turned into a fabulous machine embroidery design.

The winner of the contest was this amazing Steampunk Octopus fabric from designer Francesca Besso, and her two gear-loving octopi got turned into a colorful machine embroidery design, now available exclusively through Urban Threads!

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The design is available here in five sizes, with the 4″x4″ size available as a two part split so you can still create the full heart shape, as well as a hand embroidery version. To recreate the full heart colors like on the original fabric, we added a splash of red fabric paint behind our design on a pillow. It’s a big, bold steampunk statement perfect for valentines and decor alike.

As a special celebration of today’s launch of the Ocotpi in Love embroidery design, comment on this blog post before 11:59 p.m., Central time on Sunday, March 22, and tell us how you’d use this adorable embroidery design and fabric. TWO lucky winners will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Spoonflower gift certificate each!

Comment below to enter, and be sure to check out the winning fabric over on Spoonflower, and the final machine embroidery design right here.

Congratulations, Francesca!

February Lookbook

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February’s Lookbook is out!

If you haven’t heard, 2015 now brings monthly lookbook catalogs. Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and inspiration you might have missed, all while browsing through gorgeous photos and easily accessible links. These catalogs will always be available, so you can look back as the year progresses and never miss the opportunity for fresh inspiration.

The second issue is available now through Issuu now! If you missed January, you can browse it here.

January Lookbook

Get ideas to inspire your winter stitching and see all you might have missed by flipping through the January Lookbook!click to flip through!

Loved browsing our previous Lookbook for ideas and inspiration?

Well now you can get fresh new ideas more often! Introducing our monthly lookbook catalogs, released at the end of each month. Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and inspiration you might have missed, all while browsing through gorgeous photos and easily accessible links. These catalogs will always be available, so you can look back as the year progresses and never miss the opportunity for fresh inspiration.

The first one is available now through Issuu now!

 

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays everyone! We’ll be back to our usual shenanigans on Friday, but first we’re off to eat too many gingerbread cookies and drink too much Bailey’s. In the mean time, you can keep yourself occupied by browsing around some fun sweater ideas on sale and plot some projects for the new year, now that the holiday madness is finally tapering off.

C’mon, you know you totally want to make your own custom dinosaur-unicorn-robot sweater. Who wouldn’t?

Costume Contest 2014 – We Have a Winner!

And the winner of the Urban Threads 2014 Costume Contest, as voted on by you, is …

…this dazzling Sim Sin’karaleth (or the Hedgehog) gown by Angemessen! It was made as a LARP costume for ConQuest of Mythodea, and it was showcased to stunning effect. Embroidery was combined with beading on the bodice to give it that royal, metallic edge.

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Thanks to everyone who shared your amazing embroidered creations! There were SO MANY stunning entries this year, and we wish we could give prizes to all of you. Keep rockin’ on with your crafty selves … we can’t wait to see the costumes yet to come!

2014 Costume Contest Finalists

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Congrats to winner Angemessen!

The night has passed, and what a night it was! Right up ’til the last moment I’m sure some machines were a-whirring, but the entries are in, and we have our top 10 finalists. As usual, we got SO many amazing entries this year it was hard to choose just ten, and it seems like every year people are going bigger and better than before. So, luckily, choosing the final winner isn’t on us… it’s on you! You have ’til Monday, Nov. 10 at noon Central time to vote on your favorite. Please just vote only once, and choose carefully! There’a lot of talent in this lineup…

Take a look at these 10 finalists below, and then cast your vote at the bottom of the post. And congrats to the top 10 finalists!

La Belle et La Bete by Wendy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

1) This La Belle et la Bete gown is by Wendy (that’s French for Beauty and the Beast). I love how she stitched all the different designs in one color to pull them all together.

Little Broken Doll by Fondie - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

2) This Little Broken Doll costume is by Fondie. It’s got a great use of embroidery all around the costume, and is even topped off by a UT lace top hat! Cute and a little bit creepy all at once.

Cersei Lannister by Nancy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

3) This Cersei Lannister costume is by Nancy, replicating her famous red gown in the series Game of Thrones. She’s got the evil attitude to match!

Frida Kahlo by Christina- One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

4) This adorable little Frida Kahlo was stitched up by Cristina in Mexico. So colorful and fun, and just perfect with those little eyebrows. I love the hair too!

Sim Sin'karaleth by Angemessen- One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

5) This stunning piece is Sim Sin’karaleth (or the Hedgehog) by Angemessen. It was made as a LARP costume for ConQuest of Mythodea, and it was showcased to stunning effect. Embroidery was combined with beading on the bodice to give it that royal, metallic edge.

Demon Couple by Pennie - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

6) This demon couple is by Pennie. She stitched all kinds of wicked designs on their costumes but used a coordinating color theme to pull it all together. I’m seriously loving those horns too!

The ninjabread men by Tam - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

7) These Ninjabread Men are Ben, Drew, and Jack and it was all stitched up by Tam. It’s a great example of taking a single idea from a UT design (like the ninjabread man) and making a whole costume out of it! Heck, even the dog got a costume.

Emerald Butterfly Dress by Liddy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

8) This Butterfly Gown is by Liddy. She stitched up a couple of different gowns, but this one really drew our eye, on everything from the gorgeous embroidery down the front to the clever use of the lace butterflies on her shoes and crown. Man, I really wish we would get an invite to all these amazing balls she keeps going to!

Steampunk Cat by Jessamy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

9) In another great example of using a UT design as inspiration we have this Steampunk Cat by Jessamy. What do you get when you combine steampunk and cats? This of course. A cute kitten on the front and lots of stitched gears all around. The furry kitten mittens and ears go great with the steampunk goggles. What a creative way to pull ideas together!

Venetian Carnivale by Mariah - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

10) This Venetian Carnivale dress is by Mariah, who actually went to Venice to try it out! It’s got a gorgeous use of embroidery on the front, and even a little touch of lace in the hat. So elegant.

So, these are your 10 finalists. Vote below for your favorite only once, and we’ll announce the winner of the $50 Urban Threads gift certificate next week!

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Congrats to winner Angemessen!