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The Monster Factory

We’ve got a really fun new feature this week that we hope will help you break out of the limits of your hoop, and your imagination! We’re calling it the Monster Factory, and the whole gang at UT got so excited about this new collection that we just had to go and create stuff to show you how awesome these things can be.

Usually it’s just me or sometimes one other Urban Threadster crafting stuff to show here on Urban Threads, but for this occasion the whole gang got involved and the results are pretty crazy. Everyone used the embroidery designs in totally different ways to make totally different creations. It’s so easy it might even be addictive, as a few of us got a bit monster-happy.


All these creations were made using our new Monster Factory collection, featuring a whole host of mouths, eyes, and accessories you can use you create, well, anything! Combine your favorites, turn smiles upside down, get extra wacky in your embroidery.

Want to see what we made with the collection?

designs used: nerd glasses (no eyes), highlighted eyes, moustache, bow tie

I decided I just had to use that moustache design, and with the addition of the glasses, one thing let to another and he kinda became my little hipster monster. I’m sure he listens to all kinds of great music. You know, if he has ears.

This kind of furry monster is simple to make, you just need to know a few tricks about embroidering on fur. Here’s a great tutorial explaining the finer points. Basically, you just need to remember to add some water soluble stabilizer as topping, to keep the fur out of your stitches. It works great! He’s super huggable and soft and now sits on my desk and keeps Craft Bunny company.

designs used: button eyes, stitched smile (upside down)

Karline, our marketing head and all-around Ringmaster, became a monster making machine. After making this stitchpunk hoodie, she couldn’t stop! Hoods are a great place to add some monster eyes and features since they’re pretty easy to hoop, so I don’t blame her. For an extra added touch to her sad stitched little button eyed guy, she went outside the monster collection and gave it a cute little stitched heart.

designs used: hat – highlighted eyes; hoodie – x eye, spooky eye, stitched scar

She also added some cute horns and some of those highlight eyes to a knit hat to make a terribly adorable monster hat, and some crazy eyes and some stitches to make a zombie hoodie! I think you could say Karline has hoods and hats covered this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if as I type this Karline is sneaking back with more hoodies to create…

designs used on red sweatshirt: angry eyes, growly mouth

Colman, UT illustrator & our resident Master of Skulls, created these awesome hoodies for his kids. They were a snap to hoop and quick to make! Letting your kids pick out their own custom creations is a great way to get them involved in crafting. The monster possibilities are endless!

designs used on grey sweatshirt: x eyes and mouth with tongue 

Just be careful, once the kids figure out they can create their own monsters, you might have a whole army of monsters on your hands.

Taylor, resident illustrator & official daydreamer, went full-on wild and wacky with his custom creature shirt. He hacked up three different shirts and franken-stitched them together to make this crazy creation. He then added a fun stitchy mouth (it’s the same as the one Karline used, just the other way ’round) and some spooky eyes with added applique behind them to make them white.

designs used: spooky eyes (w/ added applique), straight eyebrows, stitched smile, x eyes 

He then got extra creative with the “x” eyes and used them as “stitches” on his creation. Clever!

Danielle, our Digitizing Diva & Space Cadet, took this opportunity to capitalize on her spooky side and make this absolutely creepy Cheshire Kitty. She used the same spooky eyes Taylor did but to a much scarier effect. It just goes to show you that designs can look totally different depending on how they’re used!

designs used: spooky eyes, human mouth, nose from animal mouth. Paint added after.

Being a painter, she couldn’t help but dress up her creepy kitty even more, and hand-painted him after he was embroidered, to really bring out the effect. It truly makes her kitty one of a kind.

You have to know Danielle to understand that she thinks her kitty is adorable. I think it’s fantastic, and I also don’t think I’d want to fall asleep next to it at night for fear it might eat me.

Caitlin, our newest illustrator, also went a little monster crazy, and created three monsters in one! She created a mama and a baby monster to live in big monster’s pouch. For some reason she seems to have babies on the brain. Can’t imagine why…

designs used: cyclops eye, smiling mouth, ogre mouth

They both use the same eye but have different mouths to give them distinct personalities. I love the long arms and the fluffy fabric. These guys are totally huggable and soft!

designs used: highlighted eyes, snaggletooth mouth, monocle

As an extra added surprise, Caitlin made her big monster a “brain” that lives in his zippered head! The brain, being smart, of course has a monocle. Naturally.

The Monster Factory collection is great for folks of all hoop sizes, because you can really break out of its limitations. Re-hooping for each of your designs lets you create a much larger canvas than your hoop usually allows. Let your monsters live large!

Urban Threads fabric is here

*Update – Contest is Closed! Winners announced soon*

Did you ever stop and think… Gee, how awesome would it be if I could have some fabric that perfectly matched my favorite embroidery series? You can select your answer below.

A) Really awesome

B) Totally awesome

C) Awesomley awesome

D) All of the above

I’d say D, but I’ll give anyone extra credit for C, since you appear to like the word awesome as much as I do. And it is AWESOME!

That’s right, Urban Threads has opened a Spoonflower store where you can buy fabrics to match some of your favorite series! It’s a small selection to start, but we thought we’d offer some of our holiday favorites, including our new Robot Christmas designs, and then expand with your requests.

So, you might ask, what is this Spoonflower and how does it work?

Spoonflower is an online store that makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. What this means for us is that without having to go full on into the textiles business, we can offer you awesome Urban Threads designs on fabric for your crafty needs. Spoonflower will print and ship your fabric directly do you, on demand.

This also means that for ordering purposes, all questions about fabric, shipping or general customer service should be dealt with through the Spoonflower site. You can e-mail us with groovy new fabric design ideas, but if you have a question about how long your order is going to take to get to Tahiti, you’ll need to contact Spoonflower, since we’ll be unable to help you. We just make the designs. Gotcha?

Sweet. Let’s get on to the fabric candy.


The Robot Christmas Collection

We’ve created four collections, each with two fabric designs in it. We couldn’t of course launch this new Spoonflower adventure without kicking it off with our new Robot Christmas embroidery series (on sale for a limited time!)

You can get the matching Spoonflower Robot Christmas collection here, featuring a full crazy lineup of all the robot characters, or a simpler little robo-gift pattern.


The Primitive Christmas Collection

We’ve also turned our popular Primitive Christmas embroidery series into it’s own fabric line.

You can check out the fabric collection here, featuring all the primitive characters, or just a cute little coordinating candy fabric to dress up your designs.


The Steampunk Christmas Collection

You didn’t think we forgot about Steampunk, did you?

What do you take us for?

Yup, your favorite Steampunk Christmas embroidery series is now available in it’s own fabric collection, featuring the full Steampunk Christmas characters, or you could just grab those steampunk snowflakes to add some simple gear-tastic goodness to this holiday season.


The Wonderland Collection

Finally, though it’s not Christmas themed, we just couldnt resist taking our mega-popular Wonderland embroidery series and giving it some Spoonflower magic.

Check out the Wonderland collection, featuring all your favorite characters, or a simple playing card suit for linings or edgings to any Wonderland design.


We are SO excited about this new venture into the fabric world. We hope you guys love it. It’s not all we’re excited about today though, because this weekend we’re giving away a chance for three lucky people to win three yards of Urban Threads fabric each. That’s right, we’ll ship you three yards of our quilting weight fabric, with any designs you like! Pick two yards of one kind, one yard of another, or go crazy with a full three yards of the one you love most. It’s up to you.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you might do with this fabric (that can include anything from project ideas to just staring at it happily, as far as we’re concerned) by Monday 11:59am, central time. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random to try out their favorite Urban Threads fabric on us.

What are you waiting for? Leave you comment below to enter! Good luck, and we hope you enjoy browsing our new Spoonflower fabrics. We can’t wait to see what you create with them!

Halloween Winner

queen of hearts

Congrats to Karmine Brode, the randomly chosen winner of this years Halloween Contest! I know we’re all looking forward to the cool design ideas she’s going to dream up.

See the slideshow for many of the amazing entries we got this year.

P.S. – Your entry not showing up in the slideshow? No worries, sometimes flickr takes awhile to update the images. Rest assured all images that were tagged as utcostumecontest were included as part of the random selection!

Winner of PUSH giveaway!

Congratulations to Judi, the random winner of the PUSH stitchery giveaway, comment #230!

Author:  judi
Comment Date:  2011-10-01 10:50 AM
Comment:  Indeed would like a book that pushes the embroidery boundaries.
Sorry this is a little late gang, we had some trouble getting a hold of winners! I hope you enjoy your new book Judi, I know I’m going to be sad to see it leave!

PUSH Stitchery Giveaway!

Look what we got our hands on…

And we couldn’t be more thrilled. Except for one point…we don’t get to keep it.

You do!

That’s right, we have a copy PUSH Stitchery, the contemporary embroidery book curated by Mr X Stitch (aka Jamie Chalmers) that’s been all over the crafty blogosphere of late and debuting to rave reviews. And you can win this copy!

What do you have to do? Just leave a comment on this post and you’re entered! You have ’til Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time. We’ll announce our randomly generated winner next week.

So what’s all the fuss about?

This new book is a gorgeous collection of cutting edge embroidery from artists from all over the world. It’s got interviews with the creators as well as beautiful full page photos of absolutely divine stitchery.

If you ever feel the need to defend your embroidery as an art form, this is the book to keep on your coffee table. This collection of artists and crafters shows just what this medium can do, and do it well.

Jaime’s collection shows that embroidery is not just alive, but thriving as the counterculture graffiti of today’s crafting generation.  I love it.

And I’m not the only one. You better hurry up an enter, because this book is just dripping with delicious stitches, and you know Craft Bunny’s penchant for devouring all things tasty and crafty.

(though I do promise your copy will be delivered free of chompy bunny marks)

*Comments closed…winner coming soon!*


Designs in Machine Embroidery Contest

Hey Stitchers!

Designs in Machine Embroidery is hosting a pretty rad contest where you can win some seriously swank prizes… one of which happens to be a $100 gift certificate to Urban Threads!

If that’s not sweet enough, well there are $6000 worth of prizes to win, including a top prize of a Koala Studio and you get to choose the style and color you want. Click the contest image or visit their facebook page for more details and how to enter.

You have till Oct 3 to enter… Good luck!

Urban Threads Costume Contest

There’s a crispness in the air, and September has begun…

Crafty minds everywhere begin to envision fantastical costumes and spooky nights, which means there’s no better time to have a costume contest!

It’s no secret that we love Halloween, but judging by all the cool, creepy and crafty costumes that often appear in our flickr pool, you do too! That’s why we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate your costume skills with a very special contest.

Now through Nov. 1, enter a costume you’ve made featuring an Urban Threads design, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a very special prize…

A totally custom design created by us, for whatever theme or wish you’ve always desired!

That’s right… have you been asking for costumed ferrets or steampunk bees for months, but we haven’t delivered yet? Got an idea you always wanted to try, but seemed too crazy to request? Now is YOUR chance.

If you win the contest, we’ll personally work with you and your ideas to made that one kick-butt design you’ve always wanted (and hopefully that everyone’s really wanted) that we just haven’t gotten around to yet. We’ll make sure it fits all hoop sizes and it’s for all formats, so no matter what, it will suit your stitching needs.  We’ll even dedicate it to you in the design description so you and your idea will live on the site forever!

Just a quick few caveats about the prize design:

-While it is a custom design for you, this is hopefully something everyone else has been dying to see too. So we’re not designing something with a personal name, your kid’s little league mascot, or a company logo. The design will be available on the site for everyone after it’s yours, so try and think of something worth sharing!

-We will not design anything copyrighted (no, we’re not drawing you a zombie Disney princess, as cool as that might be) offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for our audience. Let’s keep it safe viewing for the kiddios.

So, now that you know the prize, what and how can you enter?

First, you’ll need a picture of a costume that features at least one Urban Threads design. It doesn’t matter if it’s something brand new stitched for this spooky season, or if it’s something you’ve stitched up before. It doesn’t even matter if it’s been featured already. As long as it’s a cool costume featuring some Urban Threads sweetness, it’s eligible to be entered!

Once you have your costume picture ready, upload it to the Urban Threads flickr pool and tag it utcostumecontest or e-mail it in to (pssst…already have a costume added to the flickr pool? All you  need to do is tag it!) You can enter more than one costume to increase your chances!

Important! While it’s fine for you to upload/e-mail lots of pictures of your costume to share, please just pick ONE image to tag as your entry. As we said before, you can enter multiple costumes, but you should only tag each costume once.

Get your pictures in by Nov 1st @ 11:59pm Central time to be entered. (We understand, sometimes you’re hot gluing those last pieces on right before you head out trick-or-treating, so you have till the day after to get your images in.) We’ll choose a winner at random, and get to work on that custom design!

Ready to get stitching? We totally are. Halloween is right around the corner…

What awesomeness will you stitch up this year?