Urban Threads Coloring Contest

*EVEN MORE UPDATES* – New deadline plus fabulous celebrity judges! Read on for details!

The month of May is upon us, and that means one very important thing around here at Urban Threads…

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Lucky for you a birthday for us means presents and contests for you! Our official birthday isn’t until May 28, but to kick off the month, we thought it would be just dandy to start with a contest and a freebie! Because free things that can win you more free things are great.  So here’s the deal, first you can start by downloading this shiny new freebie, Maiden Monarch. (It’s free through Tuesday, May 31, 2011, a date that will be important later…)

Now, since we’ve learned that most of you throw out the color sheets and do whatever the heck you want with colors (often with fantastic results), we thought we’d really let you show how you shine with your own spin on the color scheme! Download the design, take a peek at the color sheet to see what each stop does, then toss it out the window and show us how it’s done.

Once you’ve stitched up your fantastic new color scheme, take a photo and either

  1. upload it to the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcolorcontest, or
  2. email it in to us at contest@urbanthreads.com.

If you’re in a winning situation, we’ll contact you via whichever of the above methods you shared your entry. Entries are accepted through Tuesday May 31, 2011. Machine and hand embroidery will be judged in their own categories. You may submit up to three entries in each category if you like.

Once all the entries are in, our fabulous guest judge Erich from Black Duck Embroidery will pick the top 5 machine embroidered designs, and guest judge Jamie aka Mr X Stitch will be choosing the top 5 hand stitched pieces! Once our judges have decided we’ll  post them right here on this blog on Friday, June 3rd. All stitchers who get into the final round will automatically win a $10 gift certificate to Urban Threads, good for any machine or hand embroidery designs on the site. Once the finalists are posted, you’ll have through the weekend to vote on the blog for your favorite color scheme in each category and pick the winners of the grand prize!

So, what do the crafty coloring stitchers win?

The lucky machine embroiderer who gets the most votes wins the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate and the winning hand embroiderer also gets a $100 gift certificate, to grab all the designs you ever coveted on your wishlist.

What are you waiting for? Grab your free design and start stitching!

*UPDATE* – In order to make all things fair in love and war (and stitching), we’ve decided that we’re going to raise the hand embroidery prize to ALSO be $100! After all, hand stitching all those pretty colors does take some time.  Lucky for you, at a dollar a pop, that means you’ll pretty much have a lifetime supply of designs. Good luck to everyone!

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22 Responses to “Urban Threads Coloring Contest”

  1. 1
    Nicole B. says:

    I love this contest and I’m planning to enter. I wonder why the hand embroider gets a lesser-valued prize though…

    • JanxAngel says:

      At least the hand embroiderers get their own category and don’t have to directly compete with the machines.

  2. 2
    Kris L says:

    Looking forward to playing with many different colors! Already have ideas floating around in my pretty little head! Is it judged just on the embroidery alone, or can embellishments be added? Such as rhinestones?

    • Niamh says:

      The judging is based on color alone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add whatever prettiness you like!

  3. 3
    Elfie B. says:

    I have the colour sense of a stoplight. :-) Any prizes for the urban planners? No? OK. Thought I’d try. I can’t wait to see what everyone else does!

  4. 4

    My machine is stitching out my version as I type this. Looking forward to what everyone comes up with.

  5. 5
    Missy K. says:

    Wow. what a lovely idea and a lovely desing. I plan to enter. My head is bubbling with ideas.

  6. 6
    Anne says:

    Love it, am also entering. I don’t have any bling to enter, but color choices have gone wild!!! Hope we get to view the entries~~
    Anne

  7. 7
    Katie says:

    I’m really excited about this contest. I have so many ideas floating around in my head. I’m pretty new at embroidery so I don’t know if I stand a chance, but it will be fun all the same.

  8. 8
    Tina says:

    I’m excited!! I submitted 2. I hope I win. Good luck all. :D There is some stiff competition out there. <3

  9. 9
    Sarah says:

    What time on Sunday does it close? I’m in the UK so assume you’ll be working to a different time zone than me ;)

    • Niamh says:

      shhh… we haven’t announced it officially yet but we’re extending the deadline, so you’ll have plenty of time past Sunday. Look for a blog post soon about the new details!

  10. 10
    Wanda Giggles says:

    i know i Should put the pipe down before I read… but didn’t it say somewhere how many times you can enter? or did I imagine that??? cuz, if you don’t stop me, I’ll put whatever craziness tickles my fancy in there :D

  11. 11
    Cecily says:

    So glad about the extended deadline! I’m loving this design!

  12. 12
    Kristine Bizzelle says:

    i should totally win by default since we share the same birthday! i might be many years older (may 28, 1985) but its still awesome to share the same bday! <3

  13. 13
    samsstuff says:

    Sounds like fun, I’m glad you’ve extended the deadline (& raised the prize amount for hand embroiderers :)

  14. 14
    Barb T. says:

    I think this contest is great!
    I’m starting as I type.
    When do we get to look at the other entries?

  15. 15
    MAB says:

    Mine is on the way! Its on the way!! Plsplspls except entires till UK midnight time tonight!!!!

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