Posts Tagged ‘decor’

Quick Pic – Video Games

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Embroidered Video Game Pillows from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Geneva Nicole on twitter shared these adorable custom creations, designed by her boys themselves!  They both wanted video game themes, and each created their own custom look. Crafting for kids is way more fun when you can get the kids involved, and you’re sure to make them something they’ll love.

Quick Pic – Going Batty

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Embroidered Chic Halloween Pillow from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

In theme with this week’s Halloween in July celebrations, I thought I’d pick something spooky to feature on this edition of Quick Pics. Quilted Thimble Cottage on flickr stitched up these simple but chic Halloween pillows with this elegant bat design. Honestly, I think it’s pretty enough to be out all year. Then again, I’d make every day Halloween if I could. Still, this isn’t a bad time to start thinking about decor and especially stitched costumes. It’s just a few short months away!

 

Quick Pic – Letter Perfect

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Embroidered monogram pillows from Quick Pics - The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Michelle on facebook stitched these lovely letter pillows using the Letter Perfect collection to dress up her home. I love how different and colorful each of these pillows are. These would make great gifts for a housewarming or as a special touch for each person in your family. Plus it’s easy to add designs like this on ready made pillow cases. A fast and fun decor project!

WIN An Original Signed Art Piece – Embroidered Bear

*Contest is now closed! Winner will be announced soon*

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This is it people! As part of our last weekend where the new Anima embroidery design collection is on sale, we’re offering one more chance to get your hands on an original embroidered piece of art. Today, the piece you can win is THE BEAR.

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If you missed it before, we stitched up TWO one-of-a-kind GIANT embroidered pieces, using our industrial machines and special thick Burmilana thread, stretched them on frames, and signed the back as original limited edition art pieces! Think of them like a print, but waayy cooler, because these things are big, bold beautiful thread brought to life on canvas. Last weekends giveaway saw someone lucky walk away with the Raven piece.

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Each stretched piece is 16 inches by 20 inches, with the embroidery design measuring nearly 17 inches tall.

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Each piece is signed and dated on the back by the two original artists who collaborated on these designs, illustrator Danielle, and resident evil genius and illustrator Niamh! So, whether you’re a seasoned machine embroiderer, a die-hard hand stitcher, or even just an art lover, this is your chance to win the last limited edition signed piece from the artists of Urban Threads. Here’s how the giveaway works:

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This is the LAST of two giveaways. This week, the original piece is you can win is THE BEAR.

In order to win this piece, you must first be registered on Urban Threads. If you’re not already, it’s easy! Sign up here. If you’re already registered, there’s just one more step.

Leave a comment on this blog post (just say hi, or something nice!) and make sure you leave it under the same email address you’re registered under at Urban Threads. We need to be able to track you down and verify you on the website in order to contact you about your prize!

Leave your comment by this Monday, Aug. 19 at 11:59 a.m. (that’s right before noon!) Central time in order to be entered for this Bear giveaway. That’s it!

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Ready to win a totally unique art piece? COMMENT BELOW! And remember, this is your last chance to grab one!

Speaking of last chances, you can still stitch the designs your own, but the SALE is only on through THIS WEEKEND, ending Sunday Aug. 18. Go see the entire Anima Collection, and get in touch with your animal side before the sale is over!

WIN An Original Signed Art Piece – Embroidered Raven

*Contest is now closed – winner coming soon! Remember, your chance for the bear comes this upcoming weekend!*

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In celebration of the new Anima embroidery design collection, we thought we would do a very different kind of giveaway…

You see, Urban Threads works a little differently from some other stock embroidery companies, in that we employ all in-house artists that create these awesome embroidery designs. Our team of talented designers and digitizers work hard to make all of these creations unique and ready for thousands of crafters to stitch. However, sometimes it’s kind of fun to remember these pieces at their heart are original creations, and so we wanted to do something a little special with two of our favorite designs from the series.

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We have stitched up TWO one-of-a-kind GIANT embroidered pieces, using our industrial machines and special thick Burmilana thread, stretched them on frames, and signed the back as original limited edition art pieces! Think of them like a print, but waayy cooler, because these things are big, bold beautiful thread brought to life on canvas.

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Each stretched piece is 16 inches by 20 inches, with the embroidery design measuring nearly 17 inches tall.

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Better yet, each piece is signed and dated on the back by the two original artists who collaborated on these designs, illustrator Danielle, and resident evil genius and illustrator Niamh!

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So, whether you’re a seasoned machine embroiderer, a die-hard hand stitcher, or even just an art lover, this is your chance to win a limited edition signed piece from the artists of Urban Threads. Here’s how the giveaway works:

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We’re giving away TWO pieces, this weekend and next. This week, the original piece is you can win is THE RAVEN.

In order to win this piece, you must first be registered on Urban Threads. If you’re not already, it’s easy! Sign up here. If you’re already registered, there’s just one more step.

Leave a comment on this blog post (just say hi, or something nice!) and make sure you leave it under the same email address you’re registered under at Urban Threads. We need to be able to track you down and verify you on the website in order to contact you about your prize!

Leave your comment by this Monday, Aug. 12 at 11:59 a.m. (that’s right before noon!) Central time in order to be entered for this Raven giveaway. That’s it!

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Ready to win a totally unique art piece? COMMENT BELOW! And remember, the Bear piece will be up for grabs soon, so be sure to visit us again for another chance at an amazing piece of art.

In love with these designs? Us too. Even if you can’t win ‘em as signed pieces, you can still stitch the designs your own, ON SALE through Aug. 18. Go see the entire Anima Collection, and get in touch with your animal side.

The Celestial Quilt – Sleeping Under the Stars

Today we bring you a very special Lab project from a member of our team, artist Caitlin! This is Caitlin’s first Lab project and she jumped in with gusto. She helped design the new Ecliptic Constellations pack and wanted to take the use of these designs to a whole new level. Here she is to talk about her experiences with this fun and ambitious project…

Here at Urban Threads, we are always searching to explore new frontiers, and this Celestial Quilt is no exception. I wanted to explore the final frontier, in fact … space! When we first started scheming about space designs, I was drawn to the idea of making a quilt. Quilts are many tiny pieces joined together to make a whole, just as billions and gazillions of tiny stars and planets and asteroids and space debris and comets and satellites and UFOs come together to make the whole night sky.

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As I began to plan out the quilt, I used the circle of the ecliptic as a starting point. The ecliptic is the apparent path of the sun on the celestial sphere as seen from the earth’s center. These constellations are based on all the constellations that appear on that line (which is why there are 13 constellations instead of the 12 from astrology), and so it was a natural place to start.

My mom is an avid quilter, and I grilled her with questions about the space quilt scheme. Could I applique the embroidery on after I pieced? Could I stop and start quilting as many times as I needed? Do you trim batting before or after you start quilting? She was an invaluable resource in getting this project completed. I researched star charts and celestial maps, and found they showed stars in various sizes to describe their brightness. I realized, with the availability of various individual star sizes, I could build any constellation, from any corner of space I desired! No hoop was standing in my way, I was free to add as many twinkly stars to my design as I could handle. Since I was building a quilt, I hooped up each square one at a time and began stitch stars, one by one. This process was nice, because if I had any fabric tearing, or some crazy thing happened with my embroidery, I was only risking a little piece at time.

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I worked with a fabulous new UT artist, Danielle, and we began by illustrating the 13 constellations that fall on the ecliptic. This is path of the sun from our viewpoint on earth, as it travels across the sky throughout the year. These are also known as the signs of the zodiac, along with the addition of the Ophiuchus, the 13th constellation on the ecliptic line. We wanted to keep the actual stars prominent, since they have inspired stargazers throughout time. Then we added the zodiac imagery with a dreamy, celestial quality that stayed light and airy. Each sign of the zodiac has such a fantastic story and feeling, it was fun to try and capture it with embroidery thread.

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Since I had such beautiful embroidery to feature, I decided I would keep the actual quilting stitches to a minimum, and use the imaginary lines between stars to quilt the top and bottom together. Here I faced an interesting learning curve. I was doing free motion quilting for the first time on our UT embroidery/sewing machine, and didn’t realize I could move my fabric backwards, forwards and sideways, without turning the entire piece! I was slowly rolling up, and pushing parts of the quilt though the machine over and over before I realized it was unnecessary.

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Quilt stitches are similar to embroidery running stitches, and the can be decorative and complicated, while also functioning to hold the quilt together. The effervescent swirls behind each zodiac design could easily be used to quilt with, and I tried to replicate the swirls and loops with my free motion quilting.

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Since it’s too cold in January to sleep out under the stars, I am super excited to have brought the stars inside, to a much warmer and snuggly place: my bed.

 
This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
 
Check out our other projects by searching for the UT Lab tag.
 

New Kawaii & Tattoo Christmas Collections

Just can’t bring yourself to stitch another plain ol’ Christmas design?

Bring some personality to the season with these two new collections you won’t find anywhere else – Kawaii Christmas and Tattoo Christmas! Whether you’re into the super SQUEE side of cute Christmas, or you’re looking for the dark side of Santa, one of these collections is sure to bring something new to the holidays. Plus, they’re both ON SALE for a limited time, now though Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

Visit the sale page now!

Want to punk the halls a little bit this year? For some, skulls in Santa hats and tattoo sparrows is just the way to celebrate the season. Check out the new Tattoo Christmas collection!

 

Maybe you’re more into the super cute side of Christmas, but less kittens in sweaters and wooden knick knacks, and more SQUEE faces and Japanese inspired cuteness. Elves, santa, bunnies in bonnets and all kinds of Christmas goodies are ready to decorate your tree or light up your holidays. Check out the Kawaii Christmas collection here!

Thinking you want more than just ornaments? Any design can be stitched as a regular applique too. Check out this tutorial to see how to easily use them both ways!

So no matter your tastes, light or dark, naughty or nice, you’re sure to find something to delight in, and something new to stitch (finally!) this holiday season.

Want even more reasons to shop? How about a Christmas Bonus!

Through Dec. 16 at 11:59 p.m. Central time, place an order of $25 or more. (Fun fact: that’s the exact combined total of the sale-priced Tattoo and Kawaii Christmas machine embroidery packs) After you place your order, you’ll receive an email with a super secret code good for $10 off a future order. $10 off a $10 order? Yup, cool by us. $10 worth of free designs from Urban Threads! You may earn only one $10 code, and you must use it by Dec. 31, 2012, or you’ll lose it.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the sale page and get shopping!