Color Inspirations – Stone & Iridescence

Let color burst forth from your projects with this Stone & Iridescence color inspiration!via Tumblr

Make color burst forth with this Stone & Iridescence color inspiration! Out from a palette of soft grey, let shining iridescent color bloom across your design. See how it compares to the original.

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Color Inspirations – Turquoise & Dust

Through dust, let a little shimmer shine through with this Turquoise and Dust color scheme.Alberto Seveso via Behance

Through dust, let a little shimmer shine through! This Turquoise and Dust color scheme can really come to life if you add just a hint of metallic thread in your dusty tones. The green adds an unexpected elegance and pop of color. See how it compares to the original.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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 contest@urbanthreads.com before Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

 

What Can You Win?

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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!!

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Hand embroidery crafters have a chance to win…

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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!!

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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).*

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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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Color Inspirations – Deep Sea

Bring your embroidery designs to light from the depths of the ocean with this Deep Sea color inspirationAlexander Semenov via flickr

Sometimes it’s best just to take your inspiration at face value. Bring your projects to light from the depths of the ocean with this Deep Sea color inspiration. This works especially well when your design is also deep sea inspired, but certainly doesn’t have to be! Let the soft ombre transition complement the deep watery blue background tones. See how it compares to the original.

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Color Inspirations – Emerald Woods

Find inspiration from St. Patrick's Day with the deep rich tones of the forest in this Emerald Woods color inspiration.Svetlana Belyaeva

Find inspiration this St. Patrick’s Day with the deep rich tones of the forest! This Emerald Woods color inspiration takes its cues from a spectrum of stunning greens, from the deep, rich greens of nature and to the bright jewel tones of stones. Add a touch of the woods back in with a pop of earthy brown. See how it compares to the original.

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Volume 2 – Issue 2 Lookbook Out Now

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Dig into this year’s new magazine-style content with the second issue of Volume Two!

Get inspired with four unique design trends to try out in your home, get advice from Etsy sellers, learn to machine embroider on leather, see a roundup of kitchen inspiration, and MORE! – all in addition to a look at the newest collections. Read the latest issue here.

Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all the past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

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Color Inspirations – Moonlight Shores

Find serenity in the soft tones of this Moonlight Shores color inspiration.

Find serenity in the soft tones of this Moonlight Shores color inspiration. Deep, relaxing blues and subtle watery greens come to life with a shimmering moonlit yellow. Use the soft yellow sparingly for the maximum glow effect! See how it compares to the original.

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