Color Inspirations – Spooky Sunset

Use the simple but eerie effect of sunset and shadows on your next project with this Spooky Sunset color inspiration.

October is here! It’s just too hard to resist doing some fun spooky color inspirations for the season. This week, use the simple effect of sunset and shadows. An all-black design will look decadently spooky on a sunset hued fabric, without losing the chance to add bold color to your project! See how it compares to the original.

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Gallery Gems – Rollin’ in Style

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest ideas and inspiration chosen from the Customer Gallery, updated every week.

These customized seat covers will be the envy of everyone who passes by Dana’s car. She used multiple Clockwork Natura designs to complete the look. See even more new customer ideas this week right here!

Want to submit your photos to the gallery? Send photos and details to support@urbanthreads.com.

See even more ideas on our facebook, instagram and flickr!

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Darkwood Fables – Gothic Trappings in the Forest

As the cool autumn air creeps in again, it only feels right to come back to our long tradition of Lab Projects, our initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery. While many of our recent ones have been done with our own Urban Threads artists, we thought we’d revisit the spectacular level of grandeur from the Clockwork Natura Gown, and work with another amazing alternative designer.

For this challenge we were excited to work with the dark and lovely stylings of Scoundrelle’s Keep, a local seamstress and designer who has been working Urban Threads embroidery into her fashions for quite some time. We were so impressed with what she was doing with UT embroidery, we just had to invite her to do an exclusive project with the newest fall collection, Gothic Nouveau. It was perfect, because she certainly has a flair for the dark and the dramatic, and that’s just what we were going for with these new designs.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

With this Lab project, we wanted to really explore what clean and elegant embroidered shapes can do to enhance apparel. Big, bold designs in multi-colors are fun and eye-catching, but sometimes you want your embroidery to become part of a piece, instead of just an accent on top of it.

We designed the Gothic Nouveau collection to be simple, dark and timeless. One color, with a focus on elegant shapes and motifs that could be easily used on different areas of apparel and projects to bring them to life. This time, instead of just a gown, we invited her to try and create a couples set, a matching creation that shows these designs can be used for everyone. It’s especially refreshing to get a creation for guys into the mix!

She of course, did not disappoint, and is here today to talk about this amazing couples collection that just seemed destined for dark wanderings, romance, and a dance in the woods…

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What is your story as a designer?

I fell in love with corsetry over a decade ago, and their unavailability at the time really spurred me into action, trying to make one for myself. Those early attempts snowballed, and I am now comfortable with their creation and design, so much so that I can say I’ve made well over a thousand of them.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I branched out into entire outfits and accent pieces, always with an eye to higher-end gowns and outfits, and I love each look I make. I design and create for brides, and I create for costumes and personal wear. Its a broad range, and I love the people I meet through this career.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What kinds of fashions do you gravitate to when you’re creating?

A lot of people seem to shy away from saying that they are alternative fashion, but I don’t mind at all. I mean, my designs definitely will never fit in the mainstream fashion world, and I wouldn’t try and tone myself down to be accepted as such. I love the dark, the fantasy, the details. I love a smooth curve, accenting the body’s natural gifts and going far beyond.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I love being a fairy godmother, helping women (and some men!) transform into the ideal they’ve always been dreaming of. Victorian and steampunk, even rococco and nouveau, all of it inspires me in different ways.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What was your concept of this dress and vest?

We decided that the theme should be “masquerade,” and I really felt that it flowed naturally through these pieces. I wanted a female who was elegant, dark, aloof, and powerful, and a courtier that played well to vying for her hand for a dance.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

As a special treat for this project, I got to revisit my modeling role and try on another amazing embroidered creation. This time I was joined by the dashing Leo Bruslavtsev, who does a darn good job of making embroidered goods look fierce. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the mad fashion talents of Scoundrelle’s Keep. If you’re as in love with this outfit as I am, you can visit her online store or check out her facebook to get your own embroidered creation.

Of course, be sure to also grab your own Gothic Nouveau designs (on SALE for a limited time) to get working your own dark and magical creations for this spooky season, and dare to create something worthy of a storybook fantasy in the woods.

 
This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
 
Check out all of the past Urban Threads Lab projects here.
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Fall Fashion Contest Closes Sept 30th

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Hurry! The first ever Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest closes this upcoming Wednesday Sept 30th.

All you need to do to enter is take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design, then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo in our flickr group or on instagram and tag it #utfashioncontest. You MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com for your entry to be counted! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

See full contest details and rules here

Want to get inspired? See all the entries so far right here. There aren’t a ton of entries right now, so this could be your chance to grab yourself $50 worth of Urban Threads goodies! Just craft up something fun and submit your entry before the stroke of midnight on Sept 30th.

Good luck!

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Color Inspirations – Crimson & Fog

Let the spooky elegance of fall creep into your projects with this Crimson & Fog color inspiration.

Autumn is officially here, and there’s no better season for color. However, it’s not always about fiery leaves and Halloween colors. Let the spooky elegance of fall creep into your projects with this Crimson & Fog color inspiration. In this case, your fabric choices can really enhance your color effect. Find a cool grey, and for dramatic effect, dip it in some crimson dye. It will really let your design pop! See how it compares to the original.

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Volume 1, Issue 8 Lookbook Out Now

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The latest Lookbook is out!

Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and trends you might have missed in Volume 1, Issue 8. This addition features fresh new tutorials and fun design trends. Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

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Color Inspirations – Autumn’s Dawn

Find a different kind of fall color scheme for your projects with this Autumn's Dawn color inspiration.

Everyone adores the brilliance of fall color in full bloom, but as autumn just begins to turn its leaf, the colors are more subtle. Soft greens faded from summer mix with the hints of amber browns and the crisp decay of the season. Let’s not forget the colors of the season go through a brilliant transformation, and it’s not always the end result that has something to offer. See how it compares to the original.

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