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Pin It to Win It Pack Contest!

*EDIT – Contest closed! Thanks to all who entered*

We’ve got a fun and quick little contest for you this weekend that will see one lucky person WIN their favorite Urban Threads design pack! Yup, you can win a whole pack for free, any pack on the site, by taking part in the Pin It to Win It Contest, open through this weekend.

How does it work? Well, if you haven’t heard of it yet, there’s this pretty fantastic place called Pinterest that we love to hang out on. It’s a place where you can “pin” photos of all your favorite images of projects, ideas, and products that you want to share. We even have a Pin It button built in to all the products on the site!

So all you need to do to enter the contest is follow these easy steps…

First find your absolute favorite design pack you’d like to have that you don’t. You can look through them all by going here, or clicking the Design Pack link on the left nav of the Urban Threads website. The important part of this is that you can only pick ONE pack to pin. Once you have chosen which pack would be your fave pack to win, you can click that little “Pin It” button above the pack.

Pin a pack you do not already own! It would be silly to get it twice.

If you have an account already, a little window will pop up. If you don’t have an account, you’ll be asked to make one. It’s super easy and you can even do it through facebook or twitter.

Pin it to any board to like, but make sure somewhere in the description you add the hashtag #myfavoriteembroidery. It can say other things, or say just that, but make sure you have that hashtag on there! That’s how we can see you’ve entered.

Once you’ve added the hashtag, click the “Pin It” button.

Then, go to your Pinterest account or board and MAKE SURE the pin showed up with the hashtag! Sometimes it takes a couple of minutes, but you’ll want to make sure the pin worked. You should see it on your board like so. That’s it! You’ve entered the contest, and if you win, you win that pack!

Now, this is important. Don’t pin more than one design pack with the hashtag! You can pin as many designs, packs, and projects as you like from the site, but only pick ONE to have the #myfavoriteembroidery hashtag on it. Multiple entries will not be counted, so play fair!

Always wanted the Evenfall Lace pack, but just weren’t sure if you were going to use it? This is the perfect time to pin it and win it for free! Maybe you wished you had gotten the Parisian Love Letter series on sale and you’ve been waiting for another chance to grab it. Pin it and it could be yours!

This contest is open from now until Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at noon Central time. That means you have all through the weekend and even until lunchtime Monday to choose and pin your favorite pack. Once you’ve pinned your entry into the contest, have fun pinning other designs, tutorials or inspiration to your board for later use! Pinterest is totally fun and way addictive, and it’s a great way to share what you love with the world and discover new things!

So remember, pin ONE pack, with #myfavoriteembroidery before lunchtime on Monday to enter, and one lucky person gets their pack for free.

Happy pinning, people!

Costume Contest Finalists

The costumes are in and the entries are incredible. Looking through this gallery has been so much fun, and SO hard to pick our favorite ten. So many of you went above and beyond with stitches and lace, making these designs your own and really going crazy with them. Well, here for you today are your ten finalists, chosen by the UT gang. Please scroll through them all and enjoy the embroidery eye candy, and then vote for your favorite at the poll at the bottom.

Voting is open now until Sunday 11:59pm central time. You have all weekend to vote, so take your time, look em over, and pick your favorite! I know, I know, it’s not an easy task.

So, without further ado, here are your ten…

A gorgeous steampunk costume from Stitch Couture. She used the western Steampunk Raven on the back, designs in the Clockwork Magic series, and a few Clockwork Natura Feathers on the bodice.

Dress for a costume ball by Anke the Wolff, in Holland. She is, aptly, a werewolf, with a baroque wolf design embroidered on the front, and the lace rose choker design repurposed for the cuffs and around the dress. Love.

Winter Elf costume by the always stunning Liddy from Holland. She reused pieces from the lace snowflake crown design for this Russian kokoshnik (headpiece), as well as the costume’s cuffs. “without it, the winter elf costume would not have this ethereal Russian feel to it,” she writes. Gorgeous!

Dana’s stunning steampunk witch costume made with Simplicity pattern 2207. She used the Steam Motif Butterfly multiple times, the Clockwork Magic Raven on the back, and the Cobweb Choker to round out her witchy steampunk ensemble. I’m totally digging the Ghastlies fabric.

Ivy Frozen made this rad anatomical dress for a Haunted Halloween Carnival Dinner meet up. She used the designs from the Anatomy Design pack all around her skirt, and they are just perfection with those tights. How cute is this dress?

A stunning steampunk costume by Mariah, sewn from the same Simplicity 2207 pattern as our steampunk witch! She stitched her dress in blue crepe back satin with the Regal Mini – Fleur de Lis embroidered on the collar, and the Clockwork Magic – Pocket Watch on home-sewn white spats. Tiny Lace Top Hat features matching trim from the skirt and the same buttons used on the spats. Just gorgeous.

Donna created this costume for her son so he could be Ezio from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Lots of embroidery on this carefully crafted costume! She used the Celtic Heart in repetition to amazing effect all over the costume, then mixed in some Celtic Majesty Ravens, and the Celtic Cross on the main piece, and the Celtic Majesty Cross on the red cloak.  This, my friends, is how you prove machine embroidery is boss to teenagers.

Pennie’s husband dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, with the Wordy Bird design on the back of the jacket and the Baroque Skull on the cravat. She went as the Raven to match. Fancy!

An excellent dia de los muertos character from yourky, stitched with the Flowerered Skull Border on the tee. Man, that’s a kid who knows how to be a sugar skull.

Finally, this amazing steampunk Tinkerbell costume by Julie. She utilized the Steampunk Gears all over, from on the pouch to used as freestanding designs on the wings. Then she added a Steam Motifs Compass Rose as a finishing touch. Enchanting!


There you have it ladies and gents. Get voting! Remember, you only get to vote ONCE. So choose wisely.

*EDIT – Voting is closed! Thanks for taking part. Our winner is Enzo from Assassin’s Creed!*


Urban Threads Costume Contest 2012

It’s that time of year again…

Yup, the embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. It’s time for Urban Threads’ annual Costume Contest!

The contest starts Monday, Oct. 1, and ends Oct. 31, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot have been previously entered in last year’s contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads design. Costumes may be for people or pets! You can then either email your photo to or upload it to the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2012. Remember to get your photo entered before the witching hour on All Hallows’ Eve!

We’ll choose our 10 favorites to be finalists, and post those 10 to voted on BY YOU the weekend after Halloween. So, what goods does the lucky stitcher get?

A $50 UT gift certificate and their very own Craft Bunny!


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

Good luck and happy stitching! Last year was amazing, and I cannot wait to see what you cook up this time…

It’s Not About Age It’s About Attitude – Freebie & Contest

So, there’s a deep, dark secret that we’d like to let you all in on…

We get a lot of email from folks confessing something to us. They tell us, in hushed tones or conspiratorial emails, that actually, they’re NOT twenty- or even thirty-somethings that everyone would have expected of UT customers. They are in fact unassuming mothers or grandparents or great-grandparents who, for one reason or another, actually really like skulls, or Sinbonnet Sue, or are just secretly sick of teddy bears.

They tell us this in emails, in quiet. I think it’s because they imagine that they must be the only ones their age who thinks this. But you know what we’ve discovered in four years of doing alternative designs?

Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s all about the attitude.

image via banksy

Forget all your assumptions about what “kind” of person these designs are for, because you know what? We may be the pirates of the embroidery world but we’ve discovered a whole lot of swash and buckle on the high seas, and it’s all kinds who make great pirates.

You are all ages, all types, all backgrounds, and we’re here to prove it. Or rather, you’re here to prove it, and show just how awesome and varied you as customers can be. Feeling like the only grandma who likes embroidering steampunk? Think you’re the only embroidery guy out there? Wonder if sometimes you’re the only punk kid working an embroidery machine? Not so. You have found your people here, I promise, and we’ll show it AND give you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate just for sharing how awesome you are.

First, download this awesome new freebie. It’s yours whether you want to enter the contest or not!

If you want to take part in the contest, show the world that alternative stitching is for everyone, AND get a chance to win a $25 Urban Threads gift certificate, just stitch this freebie on anything of your choice, and take a photo of you rocking your new stitches, with a rock hand or a thumbs up!

Niamh - Age 27, Collector of Fanged Bunnies & Embroidery Evil Genius

You can show your pretty face, or crop it out if you’re shy, just make sure we can see the design and your hand. Then, please share with us your first name and your age, and any other fun details you want to share that make you unique!

You can upload this photo to our flickr group and tag it “ut_attitude”, or email it in to us at and we’ll upload it for you!

Four lucky stitchers who enter will be chosen randomly to receive a $25 gift certificate. This contest is open for three weeks, so you have from now until June 19th at 11:59pm to get your photo in to enter.

Let’s show the world that skull lovers, steampunk stitchers, and alternative crafters come from all kinds, and prove that stitching is more about attitude than it is about age.

Grab your freebie and get stitching!

Exclusive Poster Giveaway – How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made

*UPDATE – Commenting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took part! Winners coming soon*

When this little number showed up all about how machine embroidery designs are made, many of you asked for it in poster form, and we had to agree that would be pretty awesome.

Well this is the day you’ve been waiting for, because in today’s contest we’re giving away four professionally printed full color posters of “How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made”, an exclusive you won’t find anywhere else!

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post telling us what part of the machine embroidery process from the poster you think is the most important (gnomes? monkeys? diet coke and sprinkles? I bet it’s the tiny tacos…) and you’ll be entered to win one.

Then sit back and start planning where you might put this big and beautiful 48 inch poster in your crafting room, and then start planning for all the weird looks everyone’s going to give you for it. Don’t worry about it. They’re just jealous they don’t have a Steampunk Bacon Cat.

Today’s contest is open from 10 am to 10pm US central time. What are you waiting for? Get commenting!

Every Birthday Needs Presents!

Who cares if it’s our birthday… we think you deserve presents!

Not content with just doing a huge Storewide Sale (through 6/3/12), we thought the last week of the big birthday bash should be a whole week of giveaways! Yup, we’re giving away something each day, Monday through Friday. Four of something each day to be exact, since it’s our fourth birthday.

Each day four lucky people will be the winner of that day’s giveaway, and the prizes just get better as the week goes on. How do you enter? Well, it’s pretty simple. Each day, starting Monday, May 28, the giveaway will open at 10am Central time and close 12 hours later. That’s 10am to 10pm you have each day to enter each giveaway.

Except for Friday’s posting, which will be open ALL WEEKEND! See details below.

You can only enter once per giveaway, but you can participate in each day’s giveaway if you like. Winners are chosen randomly. That’s 5 chances to win something awesome! So, what can you win each day, and how do you enter?

Check out the goodies below…


Monday, May 28 – Spoonflower Gift Certificate


We really love playing around with new patterns and fabrics in our Spoonflower store, and we’re totally stoked that Spoonflower has agreed to sponsor Monday’s giveaway!

The Prize: Four lucky people will win a Spoonflower gift certificate good for one fat quarter of fabric plush shipping.

On Monday, May 28 at 10am, a blog post will go up marking the start of the Spoonflower giveaway. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the post naming your favorite fabric from our Spoonflower store, OR a happy birthday wish (Monday is our official birthday!) and you’ll be entered.


Tuesday, May 29 – Exclusive Printed Poster


We knew you always wondered, so on April 1 of this year we posted exclusive industry secrets about the truth behind how machine embroidery designs are made. Yes, our secret is out, try not to act too shocked.

You guys seemed to really dig this process, and as well as requesting Steampunk Bacon Cat as an actual design (which we totally did), and the Digomatic 2000 as an actual design (which we did too), there were numerous requests for this piece as a poster. Well, you’re in luck, gang…

The Prize: Four lucky people will win this exclusive 48 inch poster print of How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made, complete with tiny sewing gremlins and their tiny tacos, all in gorgeous full color matte printed glory.

On Tuesday, May 29 at 10am, a blog post will go up marking the start of the poster giveaway. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on the post telling us what part of the machine embroidery process you think is the most important (gnomes? monkeys? diet coke and sprinkles? I bet it’s the tiny tacos…) and you’ll be entered. Better have a good space picked out on your wall, because this is one big poster, baby.


Wednesday, May 30 – Chompy Bunnies


I think it’s fair to say that Craft Bunny has a lot of fans around here, what with him generally showing up randomly in all manner of pictures and tutorials and generally chomping on things he shouldn’t. We’ve done a number of giveaways with other bunnies (he’s actually a Monty Python plush toy) and they’ve always been a huge hit. Who are we to deny the world more rabid bunnies?

The Prize: Four lucky people will win one crazy Craft Bunny cousin each! All the teeth and destruction you could hope for in a small fluffy package.

On Wednesday, May 30 at 10am, a blog post will go up marking the start of the bunny giveaway. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on the post telling us what YOUR bunny’s name would be, and you’re entered! Just remember, if you win, mind your fingers, and have a healthy supply of things to chomp on when you bunny arrives.


Thursday, May 31 – Swag Package


There’s just something irresistible about shiny buttons and stickers, isn’t there? They’re just so… shiny! Well, everyone needs a little more flair in their life, and awesome Urban Threads swag is the way to do it.

The Prize: Four lucky people will win a swag pack consisting of four UT buttons (one of each design), four stickers, and one awesome Urban Threads mug.

On Thursday, May 31 at 10am, a blog post will go up marking the start of the swag pack giveaway. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on the post telling us what your favorite design on the site is, and you’re entered! Take a gander through the whole collection, and pick a design or pack you think is a cut above the rest. The winners get to rock their Urban Threads style in button form, cover their machine in stickers, or show their devotion to alternative stitching even while enjoying a cuppa joe.


Friday, June 1 – $50 Urban Threads Gift Certificate


This ones the big one, folks, because we’re giving away FOUR of these babies and you have FOUR chances to win one, plus this giveaway is open ALL weekend long! That’s because we’re giving away one gift certificate in four different ways in four different places, and you can enter them all. Here’s where the action is happening…

1) We’ll post about the gift certificate giveaway on the blog at 10am; just comment on the posting to enter.

2) We’ll also post about the giveaway on Facebook at 10am; just comment to enter (you’ll need to be a fan of us on Facebook).

3) We’ll tweet about it on our Twitter account at 10am; just retweet and follow us to enter.

4) Finally, we’ll post a secret password in Friday’s newsletter as well as a giveaway email address. You’ll want to subscribe to our newsletter before Friday to get the password, then email in the secret password to enter!

You can do ALL of these things to give yourself four ways of winning! Friday’s giveaway is open from posting time on Friday to Sunday night, June 3 at 10pm Central time. You’ve got the whole weekend to give yourself lots of chances at $50 of UT goodies.


So, if you like presents I’d say you should definitely hang around Urban Threads next week, check out our Storewide Sale, and win some free stuff. It all starts next Monday, and you have a chance to enter and win something each day.

Have fun shopping until then, and see you back here next week for our big birthday bash giveaway!

King of the Monsters!

monsters eater

A hearty and monstrous congratulations to Stephanie, creator of the awesome little Monster Plant, pictured above. I’m assuming she might also be somewhat responsible for that little monster eater devouring our poor winner.

So without further ado, I present your new monster regent, voted on by you, King of the Monsters!

Have a peek at a few more shots of your Monster King…


Trying to be incognito amongst the house plants….


All the lovely little eyeballs…

no worry,i just look

Check out the awesome scale detail on the back!

Congrats again Stephanie, your monster will appear soon in our new updated lookbook, there in all his fame and glory for all our lookbook visitors to see! I hope you had fun making your monster, and I hope he doesn’t eat too many of your houseplants. Or, get eaten by the terrifying monster plant eater.