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Volume 1 – Issue 10 Lookbook Out Now

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Lookbook volume 10 is out! Catch up on the newest designs, kitchen inspiration, customer projects, free tutorials, and more!  Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

Volume 1 – Issue 9 Lookbook Out Now

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The latest Lookbook is out!

Check out Volume 9 right here to catch up on the newest seasonal designs, Halloween inspiration, Lab projects, fall fashion ideas, free tutorials, and more. Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

FREE Halloween Printables

What’s even better than the new Tricks & Treats collection? Getting FREE stuff when you buy the whole pack! That’s right, when you buy the new Tricks & Treats pack in any size, you’ll get these FREE Halloween printables, perfect for your next spooktacular bash.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

The printables pack includes cupcake wrappers and toppers, party invites, a treat box, and fun Halloween tags! For best results, we recommend printing on cardstock instead of regular paper.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

These tags are perfect for tying off your new in-the-hoop treat bags, or for just adding a wicked touch to other Halloween items.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

Have a fun Halloween bash in the works! Use this FREE printable to send your guests a spooky invitation.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

You can surprise them with fun stitched treat bags, or give out this fun foldable “treat box.” It’s super simple to assemble and folds itself shut to hold treats or tricks inside!

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

Of course, parties are more fun with cupcakes. Dress yours up with these simple cupcake wrappers with matching toppers. It’s an easy way to pull your cupcake presentation together for one smashing event.

All this is available when you purchase the new Tricks & Treats collection ON SALE through Friday, Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

What other fun goodies can you make with this new Halloween series? Well, in addition to the spooky in-the-hoop bags, each design comes on its own, so you can create all kinds of fun Halloween creations!

Embroidered Halloween onesie for little tricksters

From stuff for kids…

Make yourself a wicked embroidered shirt this Halloween season

To a little something wickedly fun for yourself…

Craft up some quick and easy Halloween decor with the new Tricks & Treats collection

to simple home decor for the spooky season!

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

Don’t wait! These printables are ONLY available for as long as the collection is on sale. That means that when the sale ends on Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m., Central time, your chance to grab the printables is gone! So take advantage of your good timing and grab the whole collection for only $15, with these fun Halloween extras thrown in for FREE.

Happy haunting!

Urban Threads Costume Contest 2015

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

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens Friday, Oct. 2, and ends Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at noon Central time. That means you have plenty time to send photos from your fun parties 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 utcostume2015. However, 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.

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!

(woot!)

Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

Good luck and happy stitching everyone!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists

Urban Threads’ first-ever fashion contest is closed, and we are so blown away by your entries! Every time we hold a contest like this, we’re never sure what kinds of things people might cook up, and every year you guys show just how passionate you are about designing amazing embroidered creations. After much debate in the office, we chose our top ten finalists. 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 Monday, Oct. 5 at noon, Central time! The winner will be announced Tuesday and contacted via email.

Here are your top 10 finalists

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Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Beaded Gothic Gown by Anke

Anke in Holland stitched this stunning dress for a theme party last year. Not only did she incorporate a fancy two-color version of the baroque rose along the back hem and a subtly chic use of the cutwork cobweb, but she added an amazing amount of intricate beading on top of these skull and roses.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Feather Blazer by Ceclie

This sharp jacket was fashioned by Cecile. It incorporates some gilded feathers along with a design from the Talisman series. I just love how she layered the designs.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Mermaid Coat by Chris

Chris crafted this mermaid coat out of three sweatshirts and a flannel shirt, using a modified version of a Simplicity sewing pattern. It incorporates everything from lots of mermaids, to tentacles, octopi, and seahorses. The embroidery is beautifully planned out to fit together into a wonderful brocade of nautical chic!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Studded Jacket by Christine

Christine bought an old and dated studded jean jacket at a carboot sale, and gave it a great update. She dyed it black, refitted it at the waist, and added some Briar Rose and Parisian embroidery.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Steampunk Coat by Janice

Janice upcycled and restyled this men’s coat to fit her, then added a whole range of embroidery and other embellishments to make a Scottish steampunk masterpiece. She stitched all her designs in gorgeous golds to pull together designs like wings, skulls, clocks, thistles and roses. What a statement piece!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Lace Wedding Gown by Maris

Maris used more than 40 pieces of freestanding lace to embellish her dress for her wedding. She also stitched earrings, a necklace, shoe ornaments, a tiara, and dolls for the cake. An amazing statement of personal creativity, and for such a special occasion!

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Denim Outfit by Miriam

This denim coat, hat, and bag were all fashioned by Miriam, using the bold red designs of the Grow Wild collection all over. I love how well each design suits the shape of the piece.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Lace Up Jacket by Nancy

This jacket was designed, embroidered, and sewn all by Nancy. Using the main theme of roses, she managed to incorporate everything from cutwork on the sleeves, layered light stitching on the shoulders, a little steampunk on the lapel, and a simple baroque accent for the collar. Everything comes together beautifully with the unique lacing up the back.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Girl's Parisian Dress by Nicole

In crafter Nicole’s house, she says, “We’re all about upcycling.” Her particular favorite is to take ladies’ dresses and turn them into little girl’s dresses. She dismantled this thrift store find, removed the boning and curves, then added an underskirt, straps, shirring, and ruching. And of course some elegant Parisian and draping embroidery, using silver thread for that extra sparkle.

Urban Threads Top 10 Fashion Contest Finalists - Elven Cloak by Sabrina

This warm-looking fall cloak is by Sabrina, who used embroidery from the Elven Court collection to bring it to life. It looks especially suited to a walk through the autumn woods.

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There you have it, Urban Threadsters, your top ten! Choose carefully, and please only vote once. Remember, voting closes Monday, Oct. 5 at noon, Central time, so vote now!

Of course, there were so many amazing entries to this contest, you can’t just look at these ten. Go have a peek at ALL the amazing creations entered over in our flickr gallery. Thank you to everyone who entered — we’re so inspired by all your amazing fashion creations!

Bummed you missed your chance at this contest? Never fear: another, spookier contest is opening up tomorrow..

Fall Fashion Contest Closes Sept 30th

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Hurry! The first ever Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest closes this upcoming Wednesday Sept 30th.

All you need to do to enter is take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design, then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo in our flickr group or on instagram and tag it #utfashioncontest. You MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com for your entry to be counted! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

See full contest details and rules here

Want to get inspired? See all the entries so far right here. There aren’t a ton of entries right now, so this could be your chance to grab yourself $50 worth of Urban Threads goodies! Just craft up something fun and submit your entry before the stroke of midnight on Sept 30th.

Good luck!

Volume 1, Issue 8 Lookbook Out Now

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The latest Lookbook is out!

Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and trends you might have missed in Volume 1, Issue 8. This addition features fresh new tutorials and fun design trends. Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.