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Coloring Contest Finalists

*voting is closed!*

My goodness, this has been a fun contest! We had hundreds of entries into this “Craft Is Art” Coloring Contest, and it was so much fun going through them all and seeing all the creative ways you guys made this design your own. People experimented with everything including thread stitching, markers, applique, beading, chalk, pencils, bling, metallics, glitter and much much more, in order to bring their designs into full colorful bloom.

After much deliberation, we have our top 10 machine embroidery finalists and our top five hand embroidery finalists, ready for your vote. In case you missed what’s at stake, the finalist in each category will win one of these fabulous prize packages. The voting closes Tuesday May 10 at noon, Central time, so don’t miss your chance to cast your vote!

So without further ado, let’s take a look at our amazing machine embroidery finalists…

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Top 10 Machine Embroidery Coloring Contest Finalists

vicki strangerVicki Stranger

Elisabeth SimmonsElisabeth Simmons

Kimberly SwannerKimberly Swanner

Jeanne Hurst_smJeanne Hurst

Emily McGinley_smEmily McGinley

Linda BisekLinda Bisek

Sarah MobleySarah Mobley

Rachel_orange grove nursery_smRachel 

Norrene AlbrightNorrene Albright

Robin Hrabik_smRobin Hrabik

Now have a look through our top 5 amazing hand embroidered entries, and add your vote to the bottom.

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Top 5 Hand Embroidery Coloring Contest Finalists

Aurelia EglantineAurelia Eglantine

Jyotsna ShahaneJyotsna Shahane

Krys Westfield_smKrys Westfield

linda szaboLinda Szabo

Louise RougetLouise Rouget

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Thank you again to all the hundreds of crafty folk who downloaded this fun freebie and went to town turning their craft into art. We hoped you enjoyed getting creative for this contest as much as we enjoyed seeing all the amazing work! Remember, get your vote in before Tuesday, May 10 at noon, central time, to pick the winner in each category and the lucky recipients of the grand prize packages.

Good luck and happy voting!

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!

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!