The Monster Factory

We’ve got a really fun new feature this week that we hope will help you break out of the limits of your hoop, and your imagination! We’re calling it the Monster Factory, and the whole gang at UT got so excited about this new collection that we just had to go and create stuff to show you how awesome these things can be.

Usually it’s just me or sometimes one other Urban Threadster crafting stuff to show here on Urban Threads, but for this occasion the whole gang got involved and the results are pretty crazy. Everyone used the embroidery designs in totally different ways to make totally different creations. It’s so easy it might even be addictive, as a few of us got a bit monster-happy.


All these creations were made using our new Monster Factory collection, featuring a whole host of mouths, eyes, and accessories you can use you create, well, anything! Combine your favorites, turn smiles upside down, get extra wacky in your embroidery.

Want to see what we made with the collection?

designs used: nerd glasses (no eyes), highlighted eyes, moustache, bow tie

I decided I just had to use that moustache design, and with the addition of the glasses, one thing let to another and he kinda became my little hipster monster. I’m sure he listens to all kinds of great music. You know, if he has ears.

This kind of furry monster is simple to make, you just need to know a few tricks about embroidering on fur. Here’s a great tutorial explaining the finer points. Basically, you just need to remember to add some water soluble stabilizer as topping, to keep the fur out of your stitches. It works great! He’s super huggable and soft and now sits on my desk and keeps Craft Bunny company.

designs used: button eyes, stitched smile (upside down)

Karline, our marketing head and all-around Ringmaster, became a monster making machine. After making this stitchpunk hoodie, she couldn’t stop! Hoods are a great place to add some monster eyes and features since they’re pretty easy to hoop, so I don’t blame her. For an extra added touch to her sad stitched little button eyed guy, she went outside the monster collection and gave it a cute little stitched heart.

designs used: hat – highlighted eyes; hoodie – x eye, spooky eye, stitched scar

She also added some cute horns and some of those highlight eyes to a knit hat to make a terribly adorable monster hat, and some crazy eyes and some stitches to make a zombie hoodie! I think you could say Karline has hoods and hats covered this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if as I type this Karline is sneaking back with more hoodies to create…

designs used on red sweatshirt: angry eyes, growly mouth

Colman, UT illustrator & our resident Master of Skulls, created these awesome hoodies for his kids. They were a snap to hoop and quick to make! Letting your kids pick out their own custom creations is a great way to get them involved in crafting. The monster possibilities are endless!

designs used on grey sweatshirt: x eyes and mouth with tongue 

Just be careful, once the kids figure out they can create their own monsters, you might have a whole army of monsters on your hands.

Taylor, resident illustrator & official daydreamer, went full-on wild and wacky with his custom creature shirt. He hacked up three different shirts and franken-stitched them together to make this crazy creation. He then added a fun stitchy mouth (it’s the same as the one Karline used, just the other way ’round) and some spooky eyes with added applique behind them to make them white.

designs used: spooky eyes (w/ added applique), straight eyebrows, stitched smile, x eyes 

He then got extra creative with the “x” eyes and used them as “stitches” on his creation. Clever!

Danielle, our Digitizing Diva & Space Cadet, took this opportunity to capitalize on her spooky side and make this absolutely creepy Cheshire Kitty. She used the same spooky eyes Taylor did but to a much scarier effect. It just goes to show you that designs can look totally different depending on how they’re used!

designs used: spooky eyes, human mouth, nose from animal mouth. Paint added after.

Being a painter, she couldn’t help but dress up her creepy kitty even more, and hand-painted him after he was embroidered, to really bring out the effect. It truly makes her kitty one of a kind.

You have to know Danielle to understand that she thinks her kitty is adorable. I think it’s fantastic, and I also don’t think I’d want to fall asleep next to it at night for fear it might eat me.

Caitlin, our newest illustrator, also went a little monster crazy, and created three monsters in one! She created a mama and a baby monster to live in big monster’s pouch. For some reason she seems to have babies on the brain. Can’t imagine why…

designs used: cyclops eye, smiling mouth, ogre mouth

They both use the same eye but have different mouths to give them distinct personalities. I love the long arms and the fluffy fabric. These guys are totally huggable and soft!

designs used: highlighted eyes, snaggletooth mouth, monocle

As an extra added surprise, Caitlin made her big monster a “brain” that lives in his zippered head! The brain, being smart, of course has a monocle. Naturally.

The Monster Factory collection is great for folks of all hoop sizes, because you can really break out of its limitations. Re-hooping for each of your designs lets you create a much larger canvas than your hoop usually allows. Let your monsters live large!

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10 Responses to “The Monster Factory”

  1. 1
    Elfie B. says:

    THIS is why I haven’t given up on embroidery.

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    Karen Wilson (Timewrinkler) says:

    Too freaking cute!! I went back through this post to see which was my favorite application, but I could hardly decide! I liked the pieced-together t-shirt (I’d totally wear that.) The cat was awesome~quite an art piece! I think my fave has to be the monster with the brain. Unexpected! They are all great, and really shows the versatility of this design collection.

  3. 3

    When my boys were little we had a set of monster parts rubber stamps. We would all have so much fun creating stamped monsters. This set reminded me fondly of those stamps. They would have loved monster hoodies back in the day. Such fun!

    I also love the parts idea–it’s a good way to begin creating one’s own designs. I hope you will explore more ideas like this. WTG!

  4. 4
    Laura says:

    Love love love it all!

  5. 5
    Giliell says:

    Thank you soooooo much. I’ve been waiting for something like that for ages. For making plushies, for adding fun.
    I’ll be having lots of fun.

  6. 6
    Vivian says:

    Totally love them all! Love that everyone got into the monster mash idea. Great inspiration to get us all going! Thanks!!

  7. 7
    Judy says:

    LOVE these!!! I’ve already made a bunch… but I need more noses, please!!! 🙂

  8. 8
    Giliell says:

    Oh, btw, should you ever plan an extension: rosy cheeks would be cool

  9. 9
    Lauren says:

    I love the idea im gonna go monster crazy

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