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Vestido de los Muertos – Bringing Halloween into Bloom

Today brings another addition to our line of Lab projects, designed to push the boundaries of embroidery and the imagination of our team. This projects is from our resident Lab expert and artist Dani, who has become somewhat of a regular when it comes to Halloween projects.

This year, we decided to try the usual gothic trappings in a different season, to see if we could elevate usually dark and broody Halloween designs into full, blooming color for summer, perfect for the annual Halloween in July celebrations.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

With this lab project, Dani wanted to make something both dark and colorful, to fit the bright and beautiful Day of the Dead designs of the new Bella Muerte collection.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

She took inspiration from flamenco outfits, Mexican folklorico dresses, and tiered evening gowns, combining them all together into her own colorful creation that showcased her favorite embroidery.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

The designs represent a more vibrant take on death, often celebrated on the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Flowers and full color are always on display, a different take on our usual associations with more morbid occasions. July seemed like the perfect time to explore a brighter version of popular dark themes we often explore here at Urban Threads.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

Vestido de los Muertos - Bringing Halloween into Bloom. Another stunning embroidered project from the Urban Threads Lab.

If you’d like to see more of Dani’s spooky Lab creations, don’t miss the Gothic Loli Dress, and the Corvus Cloak. Also, if you’d like to know more about how this dress was made, you’re in luck! We’ll be doing an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek (available here), where Dani shows us the making of this colorful creation. In the meantime, be sure to grab the new Bella Muerte collection and try your hand at more vibrant version of Halloween!

 
This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
 
Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.

Volume 6 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 6. Urban Thread’s lookbook series is available through Issuu now! See all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

New Lookbook

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May’s Lookbook is out!

Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and inspiration you might have missed last month while browsing through gorgeous photos and easily accessible links. The fifth issue of Urban Thread’s lookbook series is available through Issuu now! See all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

April Lookbook

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April’s Lookbook is out!

Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and inspiration you might have missed last month while browsing through gorgeous photos and easily accessible links. The forth issue is available through Issuu now! See all our past lookbooks right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

March Lookbook

Check out the new March lookbook for all kinds of inspiration and ideas for your next machine embroidery project.click here to flip through!

March’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 third issue is available now through Issuu now! Plus browse January or February or subscribe to never miss a new lookbook.

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!