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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.

Monster Bash Finalists – Vote For Your Favorite!

The Monster Bash contest deadline has come and gone, and oh my word those monsters! You guys filled up our flickr group with 169 photos of monster creations, and they are all totally monsteriffic. Picking our 10 ten favorites resulted in a lot of back and forth here in the office — it was a tough choice. We want to thank everyone who submitted a monster; we hope you all had fun playing Dr. Frankenstein and now have new creaturley creations to keep you safe at night.

So, the time has come… our 10 finalists have been chosen, and now it’s your chance to pick the winner! Take a good look at these ten entries, and then pick one to vote for in the poll below. Voting is open all through the weekend, now through Monday, March 5, 2012, at 8a.m. Central time.

Get your vote in before then to make your opinion count. Remember, the winning creation gets a permanent feature in our shiny lookbook!

Ready? Your top 10 finalists are below…

*UPDATE – Voting has closed*

Seven Deadly Monsters: The Whole Gang From the Front

The Seven Deadly Monsters by Leslie


Stitchy Doll by Elizabeth K.

UTMonster 001.5

Steampunk Robot by Tracy

monsters eater

Monster Plant by Stephanie

Cat Ogre 2

Cat Ogre by Elizabeth M.


Topsy Turvy Doll by Cathy


Two Headed Sweethearts by Debbie

Pajama Eater by DeeDee

Monster doll contest 1

Sad Monster by Jessica

zombie bunny

Zombie Bunny by Christi

*VOTING IS CLOSED* – Congrats to Stephanie!

Want to see ALL the monster bash contest entries? Of course you do!

Check them all out in the slideshow below, or click over to our flickr group to see them there. It is truly an epic collection of monster goodness. In fact, making monsters is SO addictive, you might just see one more from me yet…

 Thanks for voting, and congratulations to our 10 finalists! Happy weekend, everyone!

Zombies And Bunnies And Monsters, Oh My!

The monsters are rollin’ in, and they are awesome! You guys have been so creative on how you’ve used the designs, it’s going to be so hard to pick the 10 finalists.

If you haven’t yet, take a peek at all the monster entries for our Monster Bash contest (details here) in the flickr slideshow below, or take a peek at them over on the flickr gallery.

Haven’t entered yet? Don’t worry, you still have time! Grab the Monster Factory pack and submit your monster by Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m to automatically win a $5 gift certificate and give your monster a chance at fame and glory!

What are you waiting for? Go play Dr. Frankenstein…

Monster Bash Contest

Hot on the heels of our new Monster Factory collection, we couldn’t show you all those fun monsters we made without inviting you to make some of your own. So, without further ado, we present a brand new contest, the Monster Bash!

Once you’ve grabbed your Monster Pack, it’s on you to create your very own custom monster, in any way you like. C’mon, you know you’re dying to make one.  It can be anything, from a plushie creation, to stitching monster faces on a shirt, to creating a crazy monster bag. Any monster will do! Once your monster is complete, we want to see!

Snap a picture of your monster(s) and e-mail him to us at — either send us the photo itself, or if you’ve uploaded your pic to the Urban Embroidery flickr group, just tag it utmonster and send us a link to the photo. But either way, you MUST email us your monster to enter! Why? Well, I’ll tell you why…

Just for sharing your awesome monster creation, you automatically get a FREE $5 gift certificate to Urban Threads! Direct from us to you for taking part in our awesome monster making endeavor. (You may enter as many monsters as you like, but you only get ONE gift certificate, no matter how many monsters you create).

That’s not all … submit your monster and grab your gift certificate by the deadline of Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m., (that’s the end of February) and your monster is entered in the contest to win the crown of King of the Monsters!

The gang here at Urban Threads will pick our ten favorite finalists, and then on Friday, March 2 we’ll post those finalists up here for everyone to vote on their favorite! Voting will last through the weekend, and we’ll announce the winner on the following Monday.

The winning monster will win a permanent feature in our shiny new lookbook for everyone to see, with the name of the crafter who made the winning monster, plus major bragging rights as the crafty creator who made the King (or Queen) of the Monsters! That’s a title not many people can claim.


Remember, the deadline to enter the contest AND to grab your $5 gift certificate is Feb. 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. If you submit your monster via our flickr group, be sure to email us a link to your picture so we can send your gift certificate to the correct account.


A free $5 gift certificate and the glory of the crown are all yours for the taking. Can’t wait to see your monsters!

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!