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A Gift To You – Free Downloadable 2014 Calendar!

Happy Holidays Urban Threadsters! Hopefully today you’re all cozied up with families and friends, but if you happen to be lazing on your couch surfing the internet, we have a little gift for you.

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A free downloadable mini calendar! Yup, we want you to start 2014 off right. This little calendar prints out on letter size cardstock with two months per page. Each month has it’s own cute image from some of your favorite embroidery designs. Just print it out and cut it to size.

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You can pin up each page as needed, or tie it together simply with a few hole punches and a little bow. Start your new year out right… with adorable FREE things!

Download your 2014 pdf calendar here, and hope you have a very happy holiday season and an epic new year, from all of us at Urban Threads.

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The Giving Bunny Project – One Year On

It has officially been one year since we launched the Giving Bunny Project, and hundreds of comments and thousands of bunnies later, the project is still going strong, bringing countless little bundles of bunny joy to strangers all around the world. We had no idea when we launched this project just how big it would grow to be, and how strong it’s still going today!

What is the Giving Bunny Project? Well, it’s a worldwide collaborative group project designed to spread a little bit of handmade joy to total strangers. All you do is grab your free and totally adorable little bunny design, make a bunch, and leave them out with their little tags for strangers to find. You can read all about the whole project here.

Not long after it’s launch last year, the bunnies started spreading like… well, bunnies! Within a few months, the bunnies had literally taken over the world. That’s right, you guys got a bunny on every continent, including Antarctica!

Since then the bunny army has only continued to grow, popping up in countless countries and new places. They’ve made their appearances in care packages to soldiers, showed up in force to children’s hospitals, and hidden in corners in libraries, museums and schools.

You’ve made them by the dozens, even by the hundreds! You can see lots of examples by checking out all the Giving Bunny pics uploaded to our flickr group!

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Their global march continues on! This is the map of all the bunnies one year later. You can click here to see the full interactive google map of ALL the bunnies around the world, and add your own bunny to the map.

The Bunny Project even appeared in print! A special edition of Made In Felt Magazine ran an article all about the bunnies and their adventures around the globe.

So, one year later and those little bunnies continue to bring joy to thousands by the hands of crafty and generous folks such as you. The holiday season is a perfect time to get into the giving spirit. Do you want to take part? The Giving Bunny project is always open, and the bunny will always remain a free design. Visit the original post to find out how to get started with your own bunny army. Many the bunnies reign for many more years to come!

The Epic Urban Threads Storewide Sale!

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It’s big…it’s bold… and you know it doesn’t come around often. It’s the Urban Threads STOREWIDE SALE!!

It’s a giant holiday party, and you’re invited! Through Dec. 8, save on ALL Urban Threads embroidery designs and packs. Choose the perfect designs to craft delightful gifts, and even pick up a few treats for yourself.

Sale ends Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11:59 p.m., so go ahead… GO SHOPPING!

New Baroque Noel Christmas Collection & FREE Bonus Printables!

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Come in from the cold, build a roaring fire, and let the joyful glow of the Christmas season surround you. Yuletide decor will be magical with this glamorous new Baroque Noel collection of embroidery designs! Whirls of golden satin stitch are complemented by red accents, with delicate snowflakes in the background, bringing a fresh new look to treasured holiday motifs. These new machine embroidery designs are ON SALE for just $1.25 apiece, and the hand embroidery versions for only $0.50 each, now through Nov 17th.

Visit the sale page to get your collection!

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Plus, as an extra Christmas bonus to you, order any version of the Baroque Noel pack and you’ll receive a special bunch of FREE bonus printables – gift tags, a gift box, and a greeting card.

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This PDF printable pack will be added to your order history in a separate order after you purchase the Yuletide Revelry design pack on sale through Nov. 17 — enjoy these special extras along with this new, festive collection of designs! Want to get crafting? Grab your collection (and FREE printables) by clicking here!

2013 Costume Contest Finalists

Well, the leaves have fallen and once again Halloween has come and gone, but boy oh boy, you guys did not disappoint this year! We’ve been hosting Urban Threads’ annual Halloween costume contest for three years now, and we are always so blown away by the level of creativity shown by everyone. You guys really know how to go all out!

After much fussing and back and forth in the office, the UT team has picked our top 10 favorite costumes. Now it’s up to YOU to vote on your favorite and choose the lucky stitcher worthy of the $50 gift certificate. Of course EVERYONE did an amazing job, but the voting must go on. So, have a glance through this year’s top ten, and then vote for your favorite costume at the bottom of the post!

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There’s this amazing Steampunk Alchemist gown from Wendy! She used lots of apothecary designs as well as a mix of the Anatomy design pack on the dress. She even stitched her own steampunk parasol. Elegant and dark and perfect for the season.

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This costume was a creative twist on one little girl’s amazing idea, which went down a bit like this, according to mom Rachel:

“Mama,” she said “I want to be awesome for Halloween!” “Yes, baby, it will be. What do you want to be?” I asked again. “Awesome!” she said again. “Yes dear, I heard you. What would you like to dress up as? Can you tell me what it looks like?” “It’s looks awesome! You can do that, right, mama?” 

That’s right, this little one went as AWESOME for Halloween. And her mom really did her proud. The Because I’m Awesome design was just too perfect.

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This little fairy is adorable! The costume beautifully utilizes the Elven Court series all over the costume with a bright and cheerful pink. Krista even stitched large versions of the wings and made them freestanding! A super creative use of all the designs, and it seems to make for one happy little fairy.

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In a fun twist, this costume also utilizes the Elven Court series, but it’s a fantastic example of how different a series can look depending on color and usage! This Green Witch costume from Beth uses the same designs but in a beautiful natural color scheme, plus a creative use of the lace witch hat. A fun reinvention of the classic witch for Halloween.

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Liddy from Holland went all out this year, making a bunch of amazing dresses. However, nothing quite captured our attention like this Gothic Halloween Gown. It utilized so many of our favorite gothic designs, including many from the new Gothic Gala series, but also including a great appearance by the Gothic Glam skull, the Clockwork Natura Bird Skull and even the Evenfall choker. I bet she looked amazing at the Halloween Ball she attended it in.

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Lace, lace and more lace! This amazing Poison Ivy costume from Laura shows just what you can do with a single lace design and a lot of determination. She stitched the Lively Leaf lace design over and over in different greens to create this leafy dress. She then added the Floral Fascinator as an extra flourish. She makes a really excellent Poison Ivy.

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How could we not include this adorable Little Red Riding Hood costume, complete with the “Big Bad Wolf” dressed up as grandma? Mariah and Krusher are back again, using simple and sweet flower accents, and of course the Little Red Riding Hood design. I have to say, Krusher’s little grandma bonnet is just killing me.

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Deanna stitched this Odin costume for her husband — featuring Elder Futhark runes and many other Nordic designs. That is one Viking I wouldn’t mess with! What a great cloak, don’t you think?

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This Wolf Mage costume by ayneSt is truly epic! Fuzzy and fierce, it features some Nordic Wolves and of course a dimensional Dark Wolf stitched on the back of the cloak. Plus it looks nice and cozy for roaming around those dark, chilly nights.

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Finally, showing another great use of the new Gothic Gala designs, Tiffanie stitched up this glam Dark Little Miss Muffet costume. Showcasing the spider as a centerpiece, she also added some elegant spiderweb draped designs from the same series, and a little spider hiding at the back! A dark twist on a traditional favorite… just our style!

Wow! It was really so hard choosing just ten. I mean take a look at the whole gallery of this year’s costumes! Everyone did an amazing job as usual this year, and you guys continue to make Halloween one of our favorite holidays. Are you ready to vote? Use the poll below (if you don’t see it, try reloading your page or disabling pop-up blockers!) and vote JUST ONCE for your favorite. Voting is open now until Sunday, Nov 10 at 11:59 p.m.! The results will be posted after the weekend.

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Good luck to the final contestants, and congrats to everyone! I hope you all had a happy and crafty Halloween.

*CONTEST IS CLOSED! – Congrats to Rachel for that AWESOME costume!*

New Tutorial & Gothic Gala Collection SALE

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Make this Halloween season frightfully fancy with the new Gothic Gala collection of embroidery designs, all ON SALE right here.

Light and intricate like an old spiderweb, these designs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, perfect for embellishing haunting decor that’ll be the star of your All Hallows’ Eve soiree or any Gothic inspired project. Conjure up some ghoulish glamour!

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Plus, loving those plus embroidered pumpkins above? Get a full tutorial and template on how to make them here!

Psstt… there might just be a special Lab project coming your way next week with this new collection!

Urban Threads Costume Contest 2013

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

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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The contest starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, and ends Nov. 1, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. 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 year’s 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 then either email your photo to contest@urbanthreads.com, or upload it to the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2013. Remember to get your photo entered before the witching hour on the day after Halloween!

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!

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

Good luck and happy stitching! Last year was amazing, and I cannot wait to see what you cook up this time…