Archive for November, 2011

Spoonflower Winners!

Congrats to our three lucky Spoonflower winners Joanna, Kel and Marissa!

Your comments were randomly chosen to win you this tasty prize. You should have received an e-mail from us confirming your win. For everyone else, you can still grab the fabrics anytime you like from our shiny new Spoonflower store!

Comment # 248 – joanna atilana lovato 

I would be so very overjoyed to get this fabric to go with the new robot designs. I already had plans to get the designs to make things for my two grandsons. Like the other UT designs, I usually end up making things for my family first, especially the kids, as they are always so out of the normal. 

Comment #95 – Kel 

Ditto to what Rain said!!

 Comment # 127 – Marissa F

Such great fabrics!  I love the Primitive Christmas collection!  I think I would start by just staring at the fabric, then once jolted back to reality, I would make Christmas pillows for all my nieces and nephews.  It would look like they were sleeping with a very comfy Christmas present under their heads!’

UT Tutorial – Karen’s Slipper Socks

Since I’ve never been clever enough to figure out how to hoop regular socks (and you know I’m usually up for trying to hoop anything) I was so thrilled when Karen offered to share her tutorial on how she makes these adorable embroidered slipper socks from scratch, so embroidery is easy.

Thanks so much Karen! Our feet will all be a bit toastier because of you, and our regular socks will breath a sigh of relief, released from their fear of being haphazardly mangled around an embroidery hoop.

Moving Stitches

Totally smitten with the embroidery and craft work of Aubrey Longley-Cook, but this animated embroidery really blew me away.


Check out the blog Spool Spectrum to see more.

Quick Holiday Decor

Wild Olive has a great little tutorial on how to whip up some adorable embroidered autumn decor for your table this Thanksgiving. Go see how to make yourself these napkin rings and a useful little hot pad, all featuring her usual band of happy-faced fall characters.

Snowmen vs. Gnomes

Though it’s not embroidery, I thought this has just the right amount of twisted fun to share with you guys…

Witness the cutest most epic battle of adorable violence and knitted chaos that is Anna Hrachovec’s Snowmen vs. Gnomes exhibit.

From the gallery:

Sworn enemies Gnomes and Snowmen fight it out for control over carrot supplies and herds of cuddly bunnies with as much pathos and violence as knitted toys can summon. Inspired by the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England, the installation is a study of iconic characters and their physical limits within the technical constraints of knitting.  The three-dimensional, linear scene plays out along the walls of gallery hanahou in a series of 40-plus panels.

In New York? You are a lucky duck. Pick me up a panel of kitted chaos, would you? (You can buy them!) If you’re not lucky enough, then just pop on over to her blog Mochimochi Land for more knitted fun.

I’m surprised Michael Bay didn’t think of this one first. He probably just couldn’t figure out how to make explosions in knit form…

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Urban Threads fabric is here

*Update – Contest is Closed! Winners announced soon*

Did you ever stop and think… Gee, how awesome would it be if I could have some fabric that perfectly matched my favorite embroidery series? You can select your answer below.

A) Really awesome

B) Totally awesome

C) Awesomley awesome

D) All of the above

I’d say D, but I’ll give anyone extra credit for C, since you appear to like the word awesome as much as I do. And it is AWESOME!

That’s right, Urban Threads has opened a Spoonflower store where you can buy fabrics to match some of your favorite series! It’s a small selection to start, but we thought we’d offer some of our holiday favorites, including our new Robot Christmas designs, and then expand with your requests.

So, you might ask, what is this Spoonflower and how does it work?

Spoonflower is an online store that makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. What this means for us is that without having to go full on into the textiles business, we can offer you awesome Urban Threads designs on fabric for your crafty needs. Spoonflower will print and ship your fabric directly do you, on demand.

This also means that for ordering purposes, all questions about fabric, shipping or general customer service should be dealt with through the Spoonflower site. You can e-mail us with groovy new fabric design ideas, but if you have a question about how long your order is going to take to get to Tahiti, you’ll need to contact Spoonflower, since we’ll be unable to help you. We just make the designs. Gotcha?

Sweet. Let’s get on to the fabric candy.


The Robot Christmas Collection

We’ve created four collections, each with two fabric designs in it. We couldn’t of course launch this new Spoonflower adventure without kicking it off with our new Robot Christmas embroidery series (on sale for a limited time!)

You can get the matching Spoonflower Robot Christmas collection here, featuring a full crazy lineup of all the robot characters, or a simpler little robo-gift pattern.


The Primitive Christmas Collection

We’ve also turned our popular Primitive Christmas embroidery series into it’s own fabric line.

You can check out the fabric collection here, featuring all the primitive characters, or just a cute little coordinating candy fabric to dress up your designs.


The Steampunk Christmas Collection

You didn’t think we forgot about Steampunk, did you?

What do you take us for?

Yup, your favorite Steampunk Christmas embroidery series is now available in it’s own fabric collection, featuring the full Steampunk Christmas characters, or you could just grab those steampunk snowflakes to add some simple gear-tastic goodness to this holiday season.


The Wonderland Collection

Finally, though it’s not Christmas themed, we just couldnt resist taking our mega-popular Wonderland embroidery series and giving it some Spoonflower magic.

Check out the Wonderland collection, featuring all your favorite characters, or a simple playing card suit for linings or edgings to any Wonderland design.


We are SO excited about this new venture into the fabric world. We hope you guys love it. It’s not all we’re excited about today though, because this weekend we’re giving away a chance for three lucky people to win three yards of Urban Threads fabric each. That’s right, we’ll ship you three yards of our quilting weight fabric, with any designs you like! Pick two yards of one kind, one yard of another, or go crazy with a full three yards of the one you love most. It’s up to you.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you might do with this fabric (that can include anything from project ideas to just staring at it happily, as far as we’re concerned) by Monday 11:59am, central time. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random to try out their favorite Urban Threads fabric on us.

What are you waiting for? Leave you comment below to enter! Good luck, and we hope you enjoy browsing our new Spoonflower fabrics. We can’t wait to see what you create with them!

Wicked Ironing Boards

I’ll start right here and now by fessing up… I hate ironing.

I don’t just mean that in the way most people mean that, by way of avoiding ironing slacks or shirts or pretty much anything wrinkly that comes out of the dryer. No, I mean that in the way that I’m supposed to be doing sewing tutorials as part of my living, with things like pressed seams, straight edges and funny things called “measurements”. I will for some reason pin the ever-loving floss out of something instead of just press a simple seam. I don’t know why. It’s a tick.

Well this week I HAD to press something as part of this weeks tutorial (coming soon!) and I was reminded of one of my reasons, if perhaps a little superficial, that I hate ironing. My ironing board is icky. It’s boring. It’s blue.

I need one of these.

These are the hardcore ironing boards from artist Wim Delvoye, created with enamel paint and awesomeness. I would hang these things all over my studio like other people display skateboards. They would be the crest of my craft, and ironing would suddenly feel cool again.

I need me some enamel paint. I might finally see pressed seams in my future!

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