This week, get some inspiration from the soft glow of twilight, made even more magical by the glow of tiny twinkle lights. Whether it’s fairy lights or lightning bugs, that pop of bright yellow in the soft, cool tones of the evening is sure to enchant with this Emerald Twilight color scheme. For an even more magical touch, stitch your pop of “light” using a glow in the dark thread! That way, when the true tones of the evening come out, your work will glow softly in the fading light. See how it compares to the original.
Which do you prefer?
The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. The spooky season is here, and that has to mean it’s time for one of our favorite contests…
The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!
The contest starts Wednesday, Oct. 1, and ends Halloween night, Friday Oct. 31, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous year’s contest.
How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! Then email firstname.lastname@example.org and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo on flickr (add it to the Urban Embroidery group and tag it utcostume2014). Remember to get your photo entered before the witching hour on Halloween night!
We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…
A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!
Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year…
Every year, you blow us away. I’m sure this year will be no different. Good luck and happy stitching!
Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!
What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?
I struggle with taking attractive photographs of my bags – it takes me a while to get them right. Once I do, the best results I get are when I post vibrant, attractive photos to social media with links. It took me a long time to set up a dedicated twitter account (@dicebagsbyjibbi) but my daily hits have doubled since I did. I also get a big influx of them when I make a big post to Tumblr with many photos. That sounds like 2 tips, but I think it’s a combination of the two – pretty pictures and telling all the great friends out there in internetland!
Inspiring ideas from customers!
The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.
Anna in Germany wrote in-
“I recently had the great pleasure to create a bespoke LARP costume. The client was totally into your Mendhika designs, so we used them on the corset (hand painted, machine embroidered, hand embroidered with filigrees and beads) as well as on the kimono (hand painted, machine embroidered).”
Happy October, everyone! If you’re a fan of today’s Mummy Kitty design, you’ll love this…
Our artist Taylor enjoys bringing his little creations to life in paper form, and the little Halloween printable from last year was so popular, we just had to do another one. So now we’ve got a downloadable printable Mummy Kitty for FREE!
That’s right, just click here to grab your free downloadable PDF of your kitty printable doll. It includes one simple page to print your kitty which already includes the instructions. Just remember to click “fit to page” when you print him.
He’s even easier than last year’s little guy to assemble. All you need is a sharp knife, some cardstock, and a glue stick, and you too can have a little undead kitty to cheerfully greet all your coworkers or friends this spooky season. So grab your mummy kitty embroidery design right here, and then grab your FREE printable mummy kitty right here.
Happy haunting, everyone, and happy October from all of us at Urban Threads!