Craft Is Art – Coloring Contest!

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Spring is here, and color is on the way… we figured it was time for another awesome crafty contest! You know the big coloring trend that’s popped up all over the place lately? If you’ve never tried it, it’s a fun and zen way to get into a creative space. Well, we’ve got a super crafty way for you to give it a try, AND WIN yourself an amazing package of thread colors! 

To kick off this contest, we’re introducing a fun new FREEBIE you can use to get creative on coloring. First let’s take a peek at this new design you can grab to get your entry started…


We’ve got a great new design done in simple black outlines, in a whimsical style perfect for coloring. You can download your freebie right here in four beautiful sizes, for both machine and hand embroidery.

Download your machine embroidery freebie, hoop it up with some stabilizer, and stitch away! If you’re doing it by hand, we recommend still stitching the outline in black so you can have fun adding color later.

Stitching your design on a white fabric is best, as that’s the easiest to color on. We recommend cotton or other natural fibers that will soak in fabric markers or fabric paint best.

Also, you may want to leave yourself some room on your fabric in case you wish to turn your colored design into a wall hanging, pillow, hoop art, or whatever else you might desire! That’s not technically part of the contest, but it’s a fun way to show off your hard work.


There are all kinds of ways you can color your design. Obviously, the easiest is fabric markers, which you can find at pretty much any fabric or craft store. However, you don’t have to stop there. There are all kinds of other fun paint techniques you can mix into your design, like loose painting with fabric paints, or just paint splats. Any media you want to use for coloring are fair game!


You can mix it up and get really creative with your medium, but the goal here is to color this design with as much personality as you can muster! When you’re done feel free to turn it into something fun! It can be on a bag, or pillow or anything, as long as we can still see your amazing coloring creation. You may send as many entries as you like.

So, once you’ve stitched and colored your magical creation, you’ll need to take a nice clear picture of it, and email it into before Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.


What Can You Win?


Machine embroidery crafters have a chance to win..

100 beautiful Madeira Classic Rayon 40 colors, with a Madeira Classic Rayon color card for reference, plus 20 more assorted metallic, variegated, glow, and solar active threads, all on a handy wood thread rack – valued at $500!!


Hand embroidery crafters have a chance to win…


80 beautiful DMC thread skeins in every color of the rainbow, 20 more assorted metallic and variegated threads, 2 Stitchbow binder inserts, 30 floss holders, a 3 pack bamboo embroidery hoop set, two needle sets, and scissors – all with a handy needlework travel back to store it all – valued at $150!!


Once the entries have come in and the contest has closed on April 30, the finalists (up to 10 in each division) will be posted on Thursday, May 5.

Once the finalists are announced, it’s your job to vote for the winner! Voting will be open from May 5 to Tuesday, May 10. The winner will be announced after the voting period has ended.

*Note: If you reside outside the United States, you’re still eligible for the contest, but your prize will be a virtual gift basket of gift certificates for Urban Threads, Embroidery Library, and a craft store near your location – with the total equal to the value of the division prize (in U.S. dollars).*


So what are you waiting for? Grab your freebie, get stitching, then get coloring! Remember, contest entries are due by April 30. You could win a BIG prize of thread to let you add your colorful touch to all kinds of future embroidery projects!

Good luck and happy coloring!

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47 Responses to “Craft Is Art – Coloring Contest!”

  1. 1
    Dawn Dayton says:

    Can I enter your coloring contest multiple times?

  2. 2

    Great idea guys! I’m on it!



  3. 3
    Suzan says:

    This is great! Thank you for this wonderful idea and opportunity! 🙂

  4. 4
    sora Ahn says:

    The challenge but in other countries than the United States.
    Thank you good event.

  5. 5
    angela savage says:

    Ohhhhhhh were are my pens xx great contest x

  6. 6
    Karen says:

    Yay! This looks FUN! Thank you!!

  7. 7
    Jasmin says:

    It’s look fun…but I wonder entry allowed for my country?

  8. 8
    andrea says:

    does an entry have to be made with this cartoon?

    • Niamh says:

      Yes, for this contest, you must use the “Craft is Art” design in order for our judging to stay consistent.

  9. 9
    Jennifer says:

    Is the freebie design the only one we can use or enter?

    • Niamh says:

      Yes, for this contest, you must use the “Craft is Art” design in order for our judging to stay consistent.

  10. 10
    Linda B. says:

    A fantastic learning project to set as Priority #1, moving all the other “to do’s” down a notch.

    I’m excited!

    Thank you.

  11. 11
    Hilary says:

    This is a great concept – thanks for the opportunity, H.

  12. 12
    Lesley Stratton says:

    Noooooooo!!!! my embroidery machine and threads are packed ready for our house move, what shall I do??? Cry sadly into my Earl Grey.

  13. 13
    Donna says:

    Do we send the finished product or pictures of the finished product

  14. 14
    Margaret Kohnke says:

    Can children enter? My 6 year old granddaughter loves to color.

  15. 15
    Ruth says:

    Can I make this a family project? I embroider and my daughter color?

  16. 16
    Bunny says:

    Even though I use machine embroidery to make my contest entry, can I pick to win the hand embroidery prize?

    • Niamh says:

      I’m afraid not. If you’d like to win the hand embroidery prize, you’ll have to enter a hand embroidered piece.

  17. 17
    Krystyna says:

    Okay, Maybe I’m missing something. I can’t find the correct download link for the “Craft is Art” freebie. Near the top of this page it says “You can download your freebie right here in four beautiful sizes, for both machine and hand embroidery.” But the link in that sentence takes me to a nice tutorial about painting… a phoenix. Help?

    • Krystyna says:

      Never mind, I’m a moron. I was looking at the wrong tab on my browser. Entirely user error. Can’t wait! Hope I get get a hand embroidered piece stitched out in time.

  18. 18
    Mona says:

    How do I know you received my entry? So much fun!

  19. 19
    Ila in Maine says:

    First, thanks for another great contest. I use redwork or line art a lot for coloring. I use crayons and a plain brown bag to heat set the crayons so they will be permanent. Its lots of fun to make coloring books for children this way.

    One thing I did notice: $500.00 prize for ME and $150 for Hand Embroidery? That’s quite a discrepancy in prize amounts.

    How about some Q-snap frames and/or a nice scroll stand to even it up?

    After all hand embroidery takes longer, and compared to hooping, threading and pushing a button, its harder work.

    I say this because I do both.

    Speaking from experience, having Q-snaps and/or a wonderful wooden scroll frame can make hand embroidery seem like a dream compared to ‘making do’ with what you have. Even if someone already has them, its always nice to get something new, to replace the ones you’ve been using for a long time, or to have 2 projects going at once.

    Q-snaps link:

    Scroll Frames:

    I have absolutely NO affiliation with the links I posted. I searched and those where what came up first.

    Thanks for reading and best of luck to everyone who enters the contest.

    • andrea says:

      isn’t it lovely that this contest exists and everyone was invited to participate!

      p.s. i hope you don’t keep score about how much santa gave you or the cost of the lump of coal you earned in your stocking. nice is easier than mean.

  20. 20
    Pat D says:

    Is this contest open to US residents only?

    • Niamh says:

      The physical prizes apply to US residents only, due to limitations in shipping. However, a set of gift cards equal to the prize value will be awarded if you are outside of our mailing area.

  21. 21
    Kathy says:

    After we are done coloring, can we add some embellishments?

  22. 22
    Sue says:

    I love the idea of a fun contest and to think we can enter as many times as we wish, I’m excited, awesome! Thank you for this opportunity. Can we spice up the design, as long it is within your design?

  23. 23
    Alicia says:

    Just curious if I can color in designs outside of the original embroidered piece to make it bigger?

    • Niamh says:

      You may, but to keep the contest fair to everyone we will primarily be judging the area around the design itself.

  24. 24
    Dena says:

    Can’t wait to get started :o)

  25. 25
    Jay says:

    I just saw this and I need need need those threads ! So much to do , so little time …..

  26. 26
    Laura Dees says:

    Can my girls do this?? They would all love this on the weekend!

  27. 27
    Jyotsna says:

    Found out about this just two days ago and I am working like a crazed being getting my version ready…..
    How do we submit the finished piece?

  28. 28
    Gnara says:

    i am going to enter but i am rather terrified with fact it will be up to the one who has the most social networking friends to win. i do not do any social networking so that will limit my chances i think. i wish that there were a panel of judges instead. just my 2 cents worth 🙂

  29. 29
    Robin says:

    Just curious about something, since today is the last day. I have sent pictures of my entry twice, but I am not sure if you received the pictures. How can I make sure that my entry was actually received? Are you sending a response to folks when they submit? I just want to make sure I am actually in the running. I’d be happy to send another picture if you think that what I am sending you may be too large for you to receive….

    Also, when will we be “allowed” to post our pictures publicly?

  30. 30

    […] In case you missed what’s at stake, the finalist in each category will win one of these fabulous prize packages. The voting closes Tuesday May 10 at noon, Central time, so don’t miss your chance to cast […]

  31. 31
    Coffin Rock says:

    oh no ! I totally missed this one !
    the idea of making win some threads is absolutely awesome !

    well, maybe the next time ! I just voted for my favorite machine and hand embroidery results !

  32. 32

    […] In case you missed what’s at stake, the finalist in each category will win one of these fabulous prize packages. The voting closes Tuesday May 10 at noon, Central time, so don’t miss your chance to cast […]

  33. 33
    SkorpionUK says:

    Hi, sorry I missed this contest. I absolutely love the design! Is there any chance of getting a download please? (It has now gone from the freebie page.)

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