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Urban Threads Costume Contest 2015

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. It’s our favorite time of year again! October is here, and it’s time for one of our most popular contests of the year…

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens Friday, Oct. 2, and ends Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at noon Central time. That means you have plenty time to send photos from your fun parties on Halloween night! 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 Urban Threads 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! You can add it to instagram or the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2015. However, in order to make your entry official you MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com, with a link to where you photo is online, or attach it to your email and we’ll upload it for you.

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU the week after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

(woot!)

Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

Good luck and happy stitching everyone!

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!

Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest

Enter your custom made or upcycled fashion items featuring Urban Threads embroidery and you could win a $50 gift certificate! Contest closes 09/30/15

Fall is here, and style is on our minds. In celebration of the fashion season, we want to see what kind of amazing embroidered creations YOU can dream up for the new Fall Fashion Contest!

So, how can you enter and what are the rules?

Just take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Fashion items must be for people (sorry, no pets). Fashion items do NOT have to be fall-themed! They can be items for any season.

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! Your entry must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., Central time. That’s before the stroke of midnight! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

So, what do we mean by custom and upcycled?

A custom piece is anything you make from scratch, either on your own or from a pattern. You might make a jacket, a dress, a bag… anything fashion-related that you made yourself.

An upcycled piece is any project that takes an existing object (like a sweater, or jeans) and through modification creates a new version of it. This does NOT include simply adding embroidery. In order for a piece to qualify as upcycled, it must be modified or transformed in some way from its original condition. This can include simple things like updating the fit of apparel (fitting a sweater or modifying a collar), or bigger things like transforming one object (like a sweater) into something totally new (like a skirt).

Some examples of upcycled fashion includes…

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Upcycled sweater into skirt

  

Lace covered shoes         –         shirt into drape cardigan         –         sweater into boots

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some examples of custom fashion includes…

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custom made Baroque Punk jacket

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gothic loli dress         –         embroidered leather cuffs         –         custom kilt

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So, got some crazy fashion ideas floating around in your head? Good! Get stitching. After your projects are submitted, we’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU after the contest closes. Urban Threads stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

 

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

 

One final note: If you’re unsure whether your entry might count as fashion, or might be more of a costume, keep in mind… we’re still going to have our annual Urban Threads Costume Contest coming in October. Projects entered in the fall fashion contest cannot then be entered into the costume contest. So if you think your entry would do better in a costume contest, you may want to save it! 

 

Costume Contest 2014 – We Have a Winner!

And the winner of the Urban Threads 2014 Costume Contest, as voted on by you, is …

…this dazzling Sim Sin’karaleth (or the Hedgehog) gown by Angemessen! It was made as a LARP costume for ConQuest of Mythodea, and it was showcased to stunning effect. Embroidery was combined with beading on the bodice to give it that royal, metallic edge.

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Thanks to everyone who shared your amazing embroidered creations! There were SO MANY stunning entries this year, and we wish we could give prizes to all of you. Keep rockin’ on with your crafty selves … we can’t wait to see the costumes yet to come!

2014 Costume Contest Finalists

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Congrats to winner Angemessen!

The night has passed, and what a night it was! Right up ’til the last moment I’m sure some machines were a-whirring, but the entries are in, and we have our top 10 finalists. As usual, we got SO many amazing entries this year it was hard to choose just ten, and it seems like every year people are going bigger and better than before. So, luckily, choosing the final winner isn’t on us… it’s on you! You have ’til Monday, Nov. 10 at noon Central time to vote on your favorite. Please just vote only once, and choose carefully! There’a lot of talent in this lineup…

Take a look at these 10 finalists below, and then cast your vote at the bottom of the post. And congrats to the top 10 finalists!

La Belle et La Bete by Wendy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

1) This La Belle et la Bete gown is by Wendy (that’s French for Beauty and the Beast). I love how she stitched all the different designs in one color to pull them all together.

Little Broken Doll by Fondie - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

2) This Little Broken Doll costume is by Fondie. It’s got a great use of embroidery all around the costume, and is even topped off by a UT lace top hat! Cute and a little bit creepy all at once.

Cersei Lannister by Nancy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

3) This Cersei Lannister costume is by Nancy, replicating her famous red gown in the series Game of Thrones. She’s got the evil attitude to match!

Frida Kahlo by Christina- One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

4) This adorable little Frida Kahlo was stitched up by Cristina in Mexico. So colorful and fun, and just perfect with those little eyebrows. I love the hair too!

Sim Sin'karaleth by Angemessen- One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

5) This stunning piece is Sim Sin’karaleth (or the Hedgehog) by Angemessen. It was made as a LARP costume for ConQuest of Mythodea, and it was showcased to stunning effect. Embroidery was combined with beading on the bodice to give it that royal, metallic edge.

Demon Couple by Pennie - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

6) This demon couple is by Pennie. She stitched all kinds of wicked designs on their costumes but used a coordinating color theme to pull it all together. I’m seriously loving those horns too!

The ninjabread men by Tam - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

7) These Ninjabread Men are Ben, Drew, and Jack and it was all stitched up by Tam. It’s a great example of taking a single idea from a UT design (like the ninjabread man) and making a whole costume out of it! Heck, even the dog got a costume.

Emerald Butterfly Dress by Liddy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

8) This Butterfly Gown is by Liddy. She stitched up a couple of different gowns, but this one really drew our eye, on everything from the gorgeous embroidery down the front to the clever use of the lace butterflies on her shoes and crown. Man, I really wish we would get an invite to all these amazing balls she keeps going to!

Steampunk Cat by Jessamy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

9) In another great example of using a UT design as inspiration we have this Steampunk Cat by Jessamy. What do you get when you combine steampunk and cats? This of course. A cute kitten on the front and lots of stitched gears all around. The furry kitten mittens and ears go great with the steampunk goggles. What a creative way to pull ideas together!

Venetian Carnivale by Mariah - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

10) This Venetian Carnivale dress is by Mariah, who actually went to Venice to try it out! It’s got a gorgeous use of embroidery on the front, and even a little touch of lace in the hat. So elegant.

So, these are your 10 finalists. Vote below for your favorite only once, and we’ll announce the winner of the $50 Urban Threads gift certificate next week!

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Congrats to winner Angemessen!

And the Winners Are…

Thanks to all of you who joined the party and crafted your own highly official Urban Threads shirts!

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A little sample of some of the awesome entries. See all of them in the slideshow below!

Seeing all your creative takes on the U-Tee was pretty much the best 6th birthday present ever. Congratulations to Dar, Kara, Katherine, Rita, Vanessa, and Wanda, randomly selected winners of a $30 Urban Threads gift certificate each. Winners, you’ve been emailed. Check out all the entries in the slideshow below (or see them here) … and remember, should you ever find yourself in need of an Urban Threads tee, grab a free skull-and-cross-needles design and go to town!

Make Your Own Official Urban Threads Tee and WIN!

UPDATE: Winners have been announced!

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size!

A lot of you have been asking about official Urban Threads swag for awhile now. Buttons, stickers, even tees. Well in honor of Urban Threads’ 6th birthday (!), we’ve come up with a distinctly Urban Threads way to let you get your hands on an official Urban Threads tee. Not only that, but you can use your awesome new tee to enter for a chance to win one of 6 gift certificates. How is this all possible? DIY it! That’s right, you can have your own official tee. The only catch is you gotta make it yourself.

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size!

With this awesome new free embroidery design, you can make a Urban Threads tee just like the one above, no matter your embroidery machine’s hoop size! Want to know how to make your tee? Check out this easy step-by-step tutorial. So what about this whole WINNING thing? Well, to enter, grab the new design, embroider it onto a shirt, and dress it up as you please. Then email contest@urbanthreads.com with either a photo of your shirt (bonus points if you’re in it!) or a link to your photo in the Urban Embroidery flickr pool.  Enter as many shirts as you like, but you can only win once. At the end of the month, 6 lucky winners will be selected at random to win a $30 gift certificate each! You know what’s extra fun about this “official” shirt? Well, that’s there’s no real “official” way to do it! As long as you have the name and logo stitched somewhere on your shirt, your own crazy touches make it as officially Urban Threads as anything else. Because really, Urban Threads’ hallmark is not a logo, but your creativity! Sure, we loved playing with the “splat” motif that often accompanies our logo, but as you can see, the Urban Threads team went all over the place in how they decorated theirs.

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size! See all the different styles the UT team made with theirs.

Bonnie is our newest digitizer, and adorably quirky. She has a thing for big shiny eyeballs, so she added her own unique stamp to her tee with felt, along with a little felt “splat.” Don’t be afraid to add your own unique touches. Bonnie’s certainly not!

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size! See all the different styles the UT team made with theirs.

Caitlin opted for a lighter tank top for the warmer months ahead. She also tried playing with applique, and added sparkly fabric underneath her logo!

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size! See all the different styles the UT team made with theirs.

UT artist Dani decided on some unusual placement for her design, putting it instead at the bottom front of her tee. If you look a little closer, you can also see she did a cool double layering effect with the logo, stitching it just offset in a slightly different color.

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size! See all the different styles the UT team made with theirs.

Danielle too kept her tee simple, but gave it a fashionable touch with a side stitched logo. It’s a nice placement idea if you want your logo tee to be a bit more subtle. She also used the small logo as a front tee accent. Simple but chic!

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size! See all the different styles the UT team made with theirs.

UT marketing wizard and ringmaster Karline decided to put her main design on the back of a hoodie instead of the front, and also accented the front with the logo.

Make your own official Urban Threads tee, no matter what your hoop size! See all the different styles the UT team made with theirs.

Taylor kept this simple, with a jaunty offset logo and type, but accented his shirt with a stitched “splat” design.

Make your own UT shirt with a free design and WIN. Contest now through the end of May 2014.

There’s no wrong way to do it. Just make sure “Urban Threads” is stitched legibly, and your shirt/hoodie/tank/jacket  includes the name and logo. You can add bleach, paint, stitches, your own favorite Urban Threads designs… anything! Make your official tee as stylin’ as you want it, and send us a picture of it for your chance to win. Go grab your FREE design right here, check out this tutorial for how to make it, and then send us your picture at contest@urbanthreads.com before 11:59 p.m. Central time on Saturday, May 31 for your chance to win one of SIX $30 gift certificates.  Get stitching!