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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.

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…