Archive for May, 2011
We love it at Urban Threads when you guys find ways of using our designs that we never even thought of. Your ingenuity always keeps us inspired, and this week’s featured project is just about as enchanting as it is inspiring!
Krista Lueders of MaeFlowers & JuneBugs took our fairy wings design, and upgraded it to full on freestanding awesomeness. Krista explains a little about her project and what went into creating this adorable costume.
I love the use of the fairy wings design! What inspired you to try it out in a new way?
I’ve always loved fairies, but hate the cheap wire and nylon wings that tend to fall apart quickly. I know my daughter has torn up a few pairs of those and wanted to do something that would last a whole day on her back. She’s almost 4, so that’s a big issue. I had found a costume pattern that had instructions on how to make the net and wire wings that velcro onto the back of a bodice. I ran with that idea and combined it with the fairy wing embroidery.
How long did the design take you? What challenges did you run into along the way?
Overall, the whole costume took about 3-4 days. The wings didn’t take long to stitch out, but constructing them is another story! I also had to enlarge the embroidery design a few times to get the right size.
Any tips for other people looking to try it out themselves?
Don’t skimp on your felt or velcro! And just be creative with the colors! Use your felt as another color in the design, since quite a bit of the felt will show through the embroidery. Also be mindful of the color felt used for the back piece, since that will show, too.
What went into making the costume? Did you use a pattern or make it up yourself?
I modified an existing pattern for the crop top and bodice, the tutu is strips of tulle sewn into a ribbon band with elastic and a hook and eye closure. I had to play with the velcro placement on the wings and bodice to make sure that they lined up just right to give the proper look.
How did the little one like it? Any plans for any more costumes?
She loved it!!!
So did everyone who saw her at the Texas Renaissance Festival onHalloween! Plus I loved how at the end of the day, her wings were still ready to take flight!
I have started making and selling these little fairies in my etsy shoppe and I’m currently working on a few Patriotic Fairies, just in time for the 4th of July! I’m also starting a line of “Build-A-Fairy” costumes to be sold both online and (hopefully soon) at Renaissance Festivals.
What an adorable costume, and what fabulous pictures! That’s a little girl who knows how much she rocks at being a fairy. Plus, I can see freestanding wings being a hit with fairies of all ages.
What? I still go to the ren fest. I may or may not have a costume. You can’t prove anything…
If you’re looking for some more enchantment, you can also check out her lovely blog. That’s for sharing Krista! I hope I spot some wings at my local ren fair!
As a machine embroiderer, do you still occasionally run into the stereotype, “oh, machine embroidery … that’s like, cute bears and stuff, right?”
Well, you can’t blame people, because a lot of the time, they’re right. But machine embroidery is not just one style or another. It’s simply a medium of art, used to express designs through machine embroidered stitches. That’s what it is.
What is can be… is anything.
One of the easiest ways to show that machine embroidery is making its mark in the world outside of teddy bears and cardigans is to see all the cool ways it’s used in the wider world of design, often in ways most people would never expect, or maybe just don’t notice. So what is machine embroidery?
It’s not what you think…
It can be splendiferous and steamy on old world garments, as part of the totally hot steampunk craze. Embroidery used to be the method of choice to dress up garments of old, so it’s not a surprise it’s coming back in a new form with this new style.
Even large retailers are finding cool ways of using light stitching to add new dimension to things.
Face it, this just wouldn’t be as cool if it was screenprinted.
Name-brand stores are using it to add a homemade charm with a new level of sophistication, especially to kids’ stuff. I think this quilt feels both handmade and posh, which is a pretty slick combination.
Machine embroidery is also making it’s mark oh high fashion. Christopher Kane’s runway collection of embroidered leather was originally hand-stitched, but for the stuff you can buy in boutiques, machine embroidery steps up to wonderful effect. I especially love this combination of pretty and punk.
If only I could figure out how to get away with wearing leather pants…
Some fashion goes for a more subtle note, with my favorite treatment of tone on tone embroidery. I think this is a fabulous effect and great when you don’t really want your embroidery to scream out loud.
The stitch direction embroidery allows is a perfect way to let your design show off quietly. It seems especially popular with clothes for guys, who don’t tend to favor a flouncy embroidered effect anyway.
Stitch direction itself is fast becoming a very popular way of adding dimension to things, used to fantastic effect on this coral pillow. You could hand embroider that, yes, but I think the precision of machine embroidery is what makes the detail so mesmerizing, and so convincing.
Once thought of only as a medium for an older generation, machine embroidery is bringing younger, fresher designs to contemporary fashion for all ages and styles. Once you start changing your expectation of what it’s for, you realize it can be anything.
Just because machine embroidery is turning toward new styles doesn’t mean it has to give up on more traditional ones. These boutique curtains from Anthropology are beautifully embroidered with a traditional design, but come across as fresh and contemporary when used with a new medium and seen by a new audience.
And of course… who could forget the skulls? Certainly not us…
Themes and styles once thought of as only worthy for tattoo ink and biker dens and finding their way into embroidery more and more. The classic mix of traditional and tough have great appeal to those looking for new designs without leaving the usual trappings of fashion or craft. Yes sir, you can have your skulls and embroider them too.
So next time someone tries to tell you machine embroidery is just flowers, or just for cardigans, or isn’t used anywhere cool these days… well.
Just have a look around. It’s not what you think.
My personal project list these days is made up pretty much exclusively of things that involve ornate frames. Bulletin boards, chalkboards, mirrors, you name it. (Here’s hoping for a good garage sale season…) Add this project to the must-do list: a vintage framed pincushion. This tutorial by Beach Vintage uses an old embroidered hankie, but it’d be awesome with some of your own brand-new hand-stitchin’. It’d even work with machine embroidery if you choose a design that’s very light-stitching and open. Love love love! Via Craft.
We’re very excited to introduce you to our newest batch of designs, the Apothecary Series.
Trinkets and labels of wonder promising all kinds of miracle cures for every kind of ailment, all with an old world charm and just a hint of snark. As well as beautiful solid stitching designs perfect for your bathroom or kitchen (remember, you can stitch just the black for lighter fabrics!), we have a number of gorgeous in the hoop projects from handmade vintage tags to herbal sachets and drawstring bags.