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In Memory

Of the beloved and indelible Mr. Gear. We all aspire to one day be anywhere near as cool as he was. Your crafty and offbeat spirit will be remembered fondly, as well as being the coolest guy with an embroidery machine.

To you Mr Gear, we dedicate the newest design and your favorite request…

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If you want to know more about this awesome man, check out the original post that introduced us all to the Indelible Mr. Gear.

Will The Real Sinbonnet Sue Please Stand Up?

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I’ve been saving this because it was too perfect not to post during our Halloween in July celebration/sale. Awesome Urban Threadster Chelsey dressed up perfectly as our very own Steampunk Sinbonnet Sue for the local awesome nerd convention Convergence this year (previously attended here). Seriously, the costume is dead on. How great is that?

Did we mention we have the best customers ever?

We do.

Thanks for sharing Chelsey! We ♥ you.

Exclusive Tula Pink Collection

Tula Pink x Urban Threads!

Urban Threadsters loved fabric designer Tula Pink when she contributed her first embroidery design to Urban Threads, the beautifully intricate Full Moon Owl. She’s back, with new embroidery designs to coordinate with her two current fabric collections – The Birds and the Bees, and Salt Water – plus a third, Acacia, due out in September!

Click here to get the designs!

 

The fabrics in each collection inspired these richly colored, nature-inspired designs, including quilting designs to stitch through layers of fabric and batting. The possibilities are endless — mix and match embroidery and fabrics to create quilts, wall hangings, pillows, bags, and anything else your creative heart desires!

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The Birds and the Bees is a popular fabric line already in stores. Mix and match these four designs to create all kinds of coordinating projects with Tula Pink fabrics! Here are a couple of ideas…

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Whip up a basic zippered pillow cover, jazzing it up with The Birds and the Bees patchwork and embroidery!

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Add printed fabric to the bottom and lining of a simple tote bag, the better to showcase this chic tree!

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Quilt through layers of fabric and batting with this gem design, mixed with lively prints and embroidery!

Tula Pink x Urban Threads - Acacia Collection

This Acacia collection is a sneak peek of Tula’s upcoming fabric line due in stores in September! Grab these four designs now to plan your upcoming projects with the new collection. Here are a couple of ideas…

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Give your e-reader an update with adorable embroidery on the outside and surprise matching fabric inside! Tula Pink x Urban Threads - Acacia Collection

Embellish an off-the-rack dress with scattered repeats of the same design, and matching fabric along the hem.

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Dress up a drab journal with a cover featuring some patchwork Acacia fabric and an embroidered accent.

Tula Pink x Urban Threads - Salt Water Collection

Salt Water is a popular fabric line already in stores. Mix and match these four designs to create all kinds of coordinating projects with Tula Pink fabrics! Here are a couple of ideas…

Tula Pink x Urban Threads - Salt Water Collection

Stitch up a coin purse, substituting suede for the vinyl and “embossing” with a quilting design.

Tula Pink x Urban Threads - Salt Water Collection

Mix bold Salt Water fabric with a little embroidery accent in this clutch! Follow this tutorial but skip the leather.

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Surround an artful embroidery design with coordinating fabric, then stretch it on a frame for display!

Want to pick up some of Tula Pink’s famously chic fabrics to go with your new embroidery designs? Check out Tula’s site to see all the prints for The Birds and the BeesSalt Water, and Acacia, then ask at your friendly local quilt shop, see Free Spirit Fabrics’ directory of online and brick-and-mortar shops that carry its products, or shop iheartulapink.com.

In love with the designs? Us too! Best of all they’re all ON SALE through Sunday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. – just $1.50 for each machine embroidery design, and only $0.50 for the hand embroidery versions. Click here to get shopping!

Your Shamed Machines

First of all, let’s just stay straight up that we do love our machines. They help us create wonderful projects, they’re always there to stitch out the next design, and they keep us creative. But anyone who has sat and worked with a machine for too long knows that after awhile all those quirks and odd behaviors start to look suspiciously like a personality. Like an odd little robot pet, these machines seem to have a mind of their own. And they aim to misbehave.

After my post yesterday about machine shaming and my subsequent sharing on facebook, you guys decided your misbehaving machines needed a little public shaming too. Just so they know we’re on to them. You sent in all kinds of photos and comments, and I just had to share some them here for all of us to enjoy.

*EDIT – More shamed machines added for your enjoyment!*

So know this machines. You have been warned. Just cut it out already…

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“I reject your tension settings and substitute my own!”

“Objects sewn are not as they appeared in the magazine.”

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“Oh…you wanted me to catch the bobbin thread? But the bird nest under the needle plate looks beautiful! It keeps me warm.”

“I like to behave like demon in front of my owner but like a little angel as soon as you take me in to be repaired.”

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“I demand a regular lubrication/oiling. And will then stain the next project at a random moment.”

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“I though you wanted inconsistent thread tension throughout your project!”

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“Oh I’m sorry, I completely forgot to tell you I’m out of bobbin thread…3000 stitches ago.”

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“I love it when my bobbin thread shows on top of the pretty design!”

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“I like to mess up on commission projects. Especially when there is a deadline. I thrive on my owner’s stress.”

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“Super Solvy is my favorite snack! OM NOM NOM.”

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“I pretend to be a bird and make huge nests under your projects.”

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“I make horrible loud noises only when the baby is sleeping in the next room.”

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“I love not cutting the thread when I change colors!”

“I like to fool you and tell you that you have enough clearance around the hoop.”

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“I like to stop stitching at odd and totally unrelated times to keep my owner guessing.”

“I reset my thread tension the minute you put me away.”

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“I love eating metallic thread and always will manage to do so, no matter how hard you try keeping me from doing it.”

“Oh, you wanted me to stitch there? Over here looked like a much better spot.”

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“I broke the last needle only after the store had closed and the project I was working on had to go out the next day.”

“I break the thread the moment my owner leaves the room.”

Want to join in? Remember, machine shaming isn’t just for embroidery machines! Sewing machines, sergers, quilting machines… all can be shamed. Post on our facebook page or share a photo in our flickr group and let your machine know you’re on to its tricks.

Giving Bunnies In Print

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Remember the Giving Bunny Project? Well, not only have the bunnies spread across the world, but they’ve made it into print! Check out a great feature on the Bunnies in a special edition of Made In Felt from the same folks that bring you Mollie Makes. Grab it here or pick it up in your local craft store!

Wondering where else we’ve popped up lately? Check out our press page to see all the latest features.

Grand Prize Winners of the UT Coloring Contest!

Ho boy! This one was down to the wire, but we officially have the results of the UT coloring contest. I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all the stitchers that participated and for everyone who voted. But what are we waiting for? Here are the results…

The winner of the machine embroidery category for this years coloring contest is that yummy coffee colored creation by Juliane!

Congrats Juliane!

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This one was a TIGHT race folks. Separated by just a few votes from the amazing brightly colored design by inartwork. Everyone did such an amazing job, I know it was a hard choice! And what about the hand embroidery contestants?

The winner of the hand embroidery category for this years coloring contest is that gorgeous colorful watercolored creation by Brandy!

Congrats Brandy!

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This one was also a pretty tight race, with April’s crayon tinted design not far behind. It was just so hard to CHOOSE, wasn’t it? The 8 other finalists all win a $10 UT gift certificate for making it into the final round and for working so hard on their entries. These pieces were all so wonderfully stitched and the colors just stunning. So much work went into these beautiful pieces!

Congrats again to Juliane and Brandy, each our grand prize winners of a $100 gift certificate to Urban Threads!

A special thanks to everyone who helped celebrate the big 5 with us all through the month of May. We can’t wait to celebrate the big 6 with you next year!

UT Coloring Contest Finalists

*UPDATE – Voting is closed! Winners coming soon*

It’s time… all through the month of May you Threadsters were playing with this design, in order to create your own colorful masterpieces for Urban Threads 5th Birthday Coloring Contest. Well the entries are in, and the top 5 finalists in each category have been chosen! First, our top colorful entries stitched up by an embroidery machine…

Machine Embroidery Finalists

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This dark and broody black and red sparkle creation was made by Miriam.

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This classic soft rainbow scheme entry was stitched up by Vicki.

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This coloring contest entry is by Juliane, inspired by yummy coffee and chocolate.

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This bright and bold coloring entry makes great use of a light colored outline, stitched up by inartwork.

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This neon inspired coloring contest entry was stitched up by Cornelia.

All those crazy colors! What fun :) Are you ready to vote? Take a good long look at each of these colorful designs, and vote for your favorite below. Voting is closed!

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This blue and purple stitch-filled beauty was hand embroidered by Katheryn.

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This colorful rainbow crayon-tinted creation was stitched up by April.

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This hand embroidered coloring contest entry by Emily features beautiful variegated stitching on a faux wood fabric.

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This coloring contest entry by Brandy features lovely running stitch outlines mixed with light washes of watercolor.

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This bold and broody design was hand stitched by confident soba using lots of lovely fill stitches.

Are you ready to vote for your favorite hand embroidery entry? Second voting poll is below. Voting is closed!

A big congratulations to our 10 finalists for making it into the top 5 of their categories! Also, a big BIG thank you to ALL of you who entered. We had a lot of entries into this contest. Want to see them all? Of course you do! Check them out in the slideshow below. Thanks for helping us make our 5th Birthday extra special!Did you vote once for each category? GOOD! Voting will remain open until this Friday at noon central time, and we’ll announce the final winners in the newsletter!