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Grand Prize Winners of the UT Coloring Contest!

Ho boy! This one was down to the wire, but we officially have the results of the UT coloring contest. I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all the stitchers that participated and for everyone who voted. But what are we waiting for? Here are the results…

The winner of the machine embroidery category for this years coloring contest is that yummy coffee colored creation by Juliane!

Congrats Juliane!



This one was a TIGHT race folks. Separated by just a few votes from the amazing brightly colored design by inartwork. Everyone did such an amazing job, I know it was a hard choice! And what about the hand embroidery contestants?

The winner of the hand embroidery category for this years coloring contest is that gorgeous colorful watercolored creation by Brandy!

Congrats Brandy!



This one was also a pretty tight race, with April’s crayon tinted design not far behind. It was just so hard to CHOOSE, wasn’t it? The 8 other finalists all win a $10 UT gift certificate for making it into the final round and for working so hard on their entries. These pieces were all so wonderfully stitched and the colors just stunning. So much work went into these beautiful pieces!

Congrats again to Juliane and Brandy, each our grand prize winners of a $100 gift certificate to Urban Threads!

A special thanks to everyone who helped celebrate the big 5 with us all through the month of May. We can’t wait to celebrate the big 6 with you next year!

UT Coloring Contest Finalists

*UPDATE – Voting is closed! Winners coming soon*

It’s time… all through the month of May you Threadsters were playing with this design, in order to create your own colorful masterpieces for Urban Threads 5th Birthday Coloring Contest. Well the entries are in, and the top 5 finalists in each category have been chosen! First, our top colorful entries stitched up by an embroidery machine…

Machine Embroidery Finalists


This dark and broody black and red sparkle creation was made by Miriam.


This classic soft rainbow scheme entry was stitched up by Vicki.


This coloring contest entry is by Juliane, inspired by yummy coffee and chocolate.


This bright and bold coloring entry makes great use of a light colored outline, stitched up by inartwork.


This neon inspired coloring contest entry was stitched up by Cornelia.

All those crazy colors! What fun :) Are you ready to vote? Take a good long look at each of these colorful designs, and vote for your favorite below. Voting is closed!

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This blue and purple stitch-filled beauty was hand embroidered by Katheryn.


This colorful rainbow crayon-tinted creation was stitched up by April.


This hand embroidered coloring contest entry by Emily features beautiful variegated stitching on a faux wood fabric.


This coloring contest entry by Brandy features lovely running stitch outlines mixed with light washes of watercolor.

Urban Threads Color Contest

This bold and broody design was hand stitched by confident soba using lots of lovely fill stitches.

Are you ready to vote for your favorite hand embroidery entry? Second voting poll is below. Voting is closed!

A big congratulations to our 10 finalists for making it into the top 5 of their categories! Also, a big BIG thank you to ALL of you who entered. We had a lot of entries into this contest. Want to see them all? Of course you do! Check them out in the slideshow below. Thanks for helping us make our 5th Birthday extra special!Did you vote once for each category? GOOD! Voting will remain open until this Friday at noon central time, and we’ll announce the final winners in the newsletter!

Coloring Contest Entries Are Coming In!

Entries for our 5th Birthday coloring contest are starting to pour in! I love the creativity that’s already coming out, including innovative coloring techniques with paint & crayon tinting, and totally wild color schemes! Take a peek at some of the entries we’ve already received, and click on each one to see more about it…

UT Coloring Contest ~Water color



Sepia Tone entry for Urban Threads coloring contest

Flight of Imagination



Want even more? Check out this flickr gallery of all the entries thus far, then go grab the contest freebie, check out the details, and get stitching for a chance to win a $100 UT gift certificate! Remember this contest closes  Friday, May 31, 2013, so get a move on.

Urban Threads 5th Birthday Coloring Contest Extravaganza!


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

It’sOurBirthdayIt’sOurBirthday…yea yea It’sOurBirthday!

Remember this? Oh yeah, we had a coloring contest once before, and it was so much fun, I forget what reasons we possibly had for not doing it again! So here we are. We’re going to be the big 5 this year and we thought it was about darn time to bring it back in a grand way, with all the freebies, contests, voting and BIG prizes you could hope for.

So first, we’re going to give you this awesome “Create” freebie!


You can download it here, and it will be free now through May 31. If this shiny free design wasn’t awesome enough, how about the fact that this free thing that can win you more free things!

This is how: as we’ve learned, most of you take peek at the color sheet to see what each stop does, then toss it out the window and show us how it’s done (often with fantastic results, like last time). So, want to show us those mad color skills again?

Download the design and then stitch up your own fantastic new color scheme, and then email your entry to and either:

  1. attach a photo of your entry in the email
  2. or include a link to your photo’s location in the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcolorcontest2013

Remember, you can stitch up your coloring contest entry using your embroidery machine or by hand. Entries will be accepted through Friday, May 31, 2013. Machine and hand embroidery will be judged in their own categories, and you may submit up to three entries in each category.

After all the entries are in, our lovely team at Urban Threads will pick the 5 top finalists from each category, hand and machine. As an extra bonus, all stitchers who get into this final round will automatically win a $10 gift certificate to Urban Threads! Finalists will be notified through email.

Once the finalists are chosen, we will post the lucky 10 up on the blog on Monday, June 3, and you’ll have through that week to vote on your favorite color scheme in each category (hand and machine) and pick the winners of the grand prize!

So, what do the final two crafty coloring stitchers win?

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The lucky embroiderers who get the most votes  in each category will win a $100 gift certificate to grab all the designs you ever coveted on your wish list! Or at least get you a good ways until our next birthday 😉

So, download the freebie, choose your own colors, and email your entry for the chance at $100 worth of UT goods. What are you waiting for? Grab your free design and start stitching!

We Have Winners!

Thanks to everyone who voted on the coloring contest finalists this past weekend. The votes have been tallied, and we have some winners!

The top machine embroidery entry is … Pam’s, inspired by the sunny hues of the Australian outback!

And your pick for hand embroidery is … queenmaab’s skillfully shaded brown, blue, and burgundy monarch!

All winners have been emailed or flickr-messaged their prizes — Pam and queenmaab each get a $100 gift certificate; all the other finalists will receive a $10 gift certificate. Thanks so much to all for stitching, voting, and admiring the awesome work of this creative bunch of Urban Threadsters. If you haven’t yet, check out all the entries — they’re wonderful through and through!

(More) Honorable Mentions

Been ooohing and ahhhing over the finalists in UT’s first-ever coloring contest? Here’s more eye candy! Last week we shared an “honorable mention” paper cutting of the Maiden Monarch design. Machine embroidery celebrity guest judge Erich Campbell, utterly overwhelmed by the awesomeness of your entries, couldn’t help but name a few honorable mentions of his own. Check ’em out:

Most Inventive Color Choices

Kentfield went with a classy all-white look:

queenmaab stitched a bold black silhouette:

Mary‘s icy blue design has a bit of a reverse color look going on:

Most Punky

Elizabeth‘s monarch has variegated black and white hair:

Best Use of Pastels

Richaway1230 took inspiration from the beautiful colors of sunsets seen from the back porch:

Great Use of Specialty Add-ons/Techniques

Ima Sewandsew‘s fuzzy fringed ermine is, and I quote, “just awesome”:

Want more? Browse all the contest entries to see loads of Urban Threadster talent on display!

And the finalists are…

UPDATE: Poll closed! More info soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered the coloring contest in celebration of Urban Threads’ third birthday! It’s been awesomely inspiring to see all your variations on the Maiden Monarch embroidery design. You should definitely check out all the entries – they’re gorgeous!

Because choosing finalists would have been far too difficult, we asked some fabulous celebrity judges to do it. Erich Campbell of Black Duck selected the machine embroidery finalists, and Mr X Stitch chose the hand embroidery finalists you see here. All finalists are guaranteed a $10 gift certificate to Urban Threads, but each category’s top winner, chosen by YOU, will win a $100 gift certificate.

Ready? Check out the finalists in this post, then vote (only once per category, please!) for the one you like best in the poll right below each category’s entries. Voting closes Monday, June 6 at 8 a.m. Central time.


First up: machine embroidery finalists!

Jeannine went with a fire and ice theme:

Katarina says she’s all about adding a little glitter and glamor to everyday life:

Isabelle went with a range of rich metallics:

Pam’s entry is inspired by the sunny hues of the Australian outback:

And Tuesday’s coloring contest entry is hot and cool all at once:

Which one do you like best? (If you’re seeing a blank spot below where the poll should be, reloading the page should fix it.)

One vote per person, please.


Hand-embroidering a coloring contest entry – now there’s a daunting task! Here are your five finalists…

Victoria went with citrusy summer colors:

queenmaab’s is blue, brown, and burgundy:

Sharon’s is vibrant and summery. (She did a similar machine embroidery version, too!)

Cecily of 28 Sides Designs stitched a violet monarch with lots of embellishment:

annepoptart went bold with orange and gold on a lively pattern:

Which one do you like best? (If you’re seeing a blank spot below where the poll should be, reloading the page should fix it.)

One vote per person, please.


Get your vote in by 8 a.m. Monday, June 6 to be counted. Thanks to each and every one of you for a wonderful birthday celebration!