Posts Tagged ‘decor’

Tutorial – Halloween Lanterns

Creative stitcher Giliell is getting into the Halloween spirit! She created these amazing embroidered Halloween lamps from our Illusion Skull, Ravens & Pumpkins, and Raven’s Claw Tea design (along with many others) for a set of glowing Halloween lamps.

Even better, she’s sharing a tutorial! It’s in both english and german, and it’s very easy to follow along, so grab your favorite Halloween designs and get stitching.

Get the tutorial here.

UT Tutorial – Lace Chandelier

Looking to glam up your next party? Nothing says classy like a chandelier. Especially one doused liberally in glitter.

Yup, you can stitch this! Just grab the freestanding lace design here, and then check out this tutorial on how to put it together and glam it up for your next occasion. You can skip the glitter if you choose, but I think having perpetually sparkly hands also adds to the class, don’t you? Darn skippy.

Embroidered Screen Door Tutorial

Aesthetic Outburst might have tried it once already, but it looks like the idea was just too awesome not to get bigger and better… the embroidered screen door!

She took her original idea and ran with it in a full tutorial as part of a new book titled You Are Awesome. My brain is feverishly trying to find a way to expound on that title without using the word awesome. It’s failing. I’ll get back to you on that.

Lucky for us, she shares the full tutorial and template over on Design*Sponge today! Check it out over there.

Giant Rustic Cross Stitch

Raumseelig had this old board laying around for ages, until she finally discovered what it really wanted to be was the coolest cross stitch canvas ever. See more on her German blog Raumseeling, which you can get google to translate or just ogle the pictures.

Someone find me an old door and a drill stat.

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Artnatomy

Delicate stitches? Check. Pink satin? Check. Light and lacy skulls? Check and check. Anytime I see pink and pretty and skulls and bones together I’m on board.

These amazing chain stitched pillows are from the series Artnatomy, from artist Cecile Dachary. You can just appreciate the delicate stitches and dark motifs as some great inspiration, or visit Yellow Velvet to actually buy them and find out more about the project. The website is in french, so you’ll want to have google translate on!

The Mendhika Chair – Going Big and Bold with Embroidery

I’m very excited today that I get to share with you our latest project from The Laba UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery. These projects are usually collaborative adventures we take to see what crazy thing we can do with embroidery next.

If you follow our facebook or twitter, you’ll have seen that we were very honored to have this featured on Design*Sponge yesterday as part of their before and after series, and already gotten a peek at the project.  Today we’re here to talk about all the fun details and techniques that went into this bold and beautiful piece of furniture, and to share our leap into the world of embroidered furniture.

This project was extra special because it was our first dive into the furniture and upholstery world. We’ve done art, clothing, and fashion, but never this. I had seen beautiful fabrics that brought pieces to life, and even furniture reupholstered using found needlework… but how cool would it be to custom embroider a chair using special designs? Very cool. We thought at least.

For that we needed a little help, so for this Lab project Urban Threads teamed up with local upholsterer Jessica from Nouvelle Vie Furniture. Jessica worked with us to help us along with the one thing we pretty much knew nothing about: upholstering. Embroidery, we got it covered. Upholstery? Not so much. That’s why collaborations are so great!

So, after scouring our local Craigslist, we found this big ol’ medieval throne…

Not bad bones on it, and beautiful woodwork, but it needed an update and a little bit of love. We wanted to take this dark and broody chair and completely reinvent it into something modern and bright. So Jessica got to stripping, stuffing and painting, and we got to work on the embroidery.

With our new Mendhika collection, we knew we had the chance with these designs to do something extra special on our big industrial machines. You see, this chair is pretty big. Like throne big, and if you used just regular thread and our 10 inch size designs, you wouldn’t cover a lot of real estate or make as much of an impact. Luckily, these designs were both light enough and ornate enough to pull of a neat little trick using special thread called Burmilana.

Burmilana is a very thick, almost yarn-like thread that offers beautiful raised textured effects that give the embroidery a wonderful, old world folk feel.

The catch is that Burmilana is so thick it usually has to be used with specially digitized designs to keep the density low. Luckily, by enlarging these designs to take up more room on the chair, it reduced the density enough to use this special thread to wonderful effect. We didn’t need to do anything to the design at all!

If we had enlarged it and stitched it with regular thread, the designs would have looked far too light and thin, but with this beautiful thread, it came out perfectly. OK, so it’s still a bit of a pain to work with. You would not believe the amount of fuzz this stuff produces while stitching! But it worked its magic in the end, so the beautiful Mendhika designs could flow thick and true over a large expanse of the chair. I spent about 7 hours embroidering all the pieces for the chair (there are 6 designs in all), and then handed it back off to Jessica, who carefully upholstered it onto the newly painted chair.

The result is our darkly and slightly worse for wear chair has brightened up into the new bold and modern piece. It keeps the old world bones of the ornately carved wood and the thick beautiful embroidery, but mixes it with bright and modern colors and contemporary embroidery techniques. It’s a throne fit for both worlds and one that I think was a very successful experiment combining large scale embroidery with the world of upholstery. Machine embroidery can be pretty darn neat!

Many many thanks to Jessica for her amazing work on this chair and her fantastic sense of style. She took extra time to make sure all the designs were laid out right and everything came out smooth and beautiful. Also many thanks to my friend and amazing photographer Patrick Kelley for the lovely after shots of the chair that he pulled together in a single afternoon.

Want to give your own piece of furniture a shot? You can grab the Mendhika designs right here. Unless you have a giant hoop and the ability to enlarge designs, I would probably leave the Burmilana thread by the wayside, but these designs still have more than enough punch to bring any piece to life. Don’t be afraid to experiment and think out of the box when you’re trying to decide what to put these on. A chair can be as much a canvas for your stitches as a wall hanging could be.  Stitch something different, ON something different, and see what kind of impact you can make!

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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.
 

Stitching Light As A Feather

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Do you ever look at something and think… why didn’t I think of that?

Thought we’ve used stitches plenty of times to replicate the thin strands of feathers, somehow this simple and elegant long satin effect never occurred to me. These feathers are the beautiful handiwork from the etsy shop picciolo, who’s creator Jane designs and embroiders all her fabric herself. These feathers are a specialty of her shop, and I am just smitten with the simplicity of the stitches and the boldness of the colors. Oh to have a whole couch filled with these!

If you’re just as taken as I am, go check out her etsy shop and grab one for yourself, or at the very least go gaze at some simple and inspiring embroidery.