Posts Tagged ‘decor’

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.

New Chakra & Mendhika Collection

Today we’re very excited to introduce two brand new collections, the Chakra Collection and Mendhika Collection.  Inspired by eastern designs and themes, both series are light stitching and delicate, perfect for garments and light summer wear. These designs are available for all hoop sizes and in hand embroidery formats as well.

Plus they’re all on sale for a limited time, now through July 22nd 2012 at midnight! Take a peek at the latest threads…

The new Chakra collection includes the 7 chakra symbols in a small 4×4 and extra small 2×2 size, using light running stitch detail that makes these perfect for adding to tanks, tees and workout wear.  These designs are available individually or as a pack.

Light stitching and elegant, the Mendhika designs were inspired by eastern Henna patterns and mixed with modern influences and gorgeous ombre effects. Each design transitions beautifully using a three color effect, both intricate and delicate at the same time.

These designs are perfect for both apparel and home decor projects, as the running stitch style keeps them lighter than ordinary solid stitching designs or satin effects. You still get all the beautiful detail, without all the density.

Grab them individually or as a pack, and stitch them on pillows to add some eastern elegance to any room, or make yourself a set of the coolest custom embroidered yoga wear to make all your workout buddies jealous.

Long winding border designs look fantastic when repeated in a row, and winged dragonfly and butterfly designs can be stitched with just the wings to let shirts and tanks take flight. Remember, all these designs are available as hand embroidery patterns too! Grab these designs on sale here while you can (ending July 22nd) because there’s always room in your life for a little more elegance.

Psstt…Love the look of these designs? Wait till you see what we did with them for our latest UT Lab collaboration, coming next week! Want to see past collaborations? Click here!

DIY Cross Stitch Stool

Want a super cute way of incorporating stitches into decor other than pillows? We just saw some awesome designer embroidered furniture, but now there’s a DIY way!

This little street has a sweet little tutorial on how to hack an ikea stool and add a little cross stitch embroidery. Check it out here.

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Embroidered Furniture by Yaroslav Galant

I just love how today’s designers are using traditional embroidery techniques in totally non-traditional ways. Like say, embroidered Corian furniture from Yaroslav Galant.

In the top photo you might be forgiven for thinking the design is printed on the furniture, given that Corian is a hard molded surface, but you can see in the second photo the embroidery designs were actually applied through holes added to the hard material. The intricate designs themselves were made to celebrate traditional Ukrainian embroidery.

See more about the project over on freshhome.

New Misfit Nursery Rhymes Collection, Handwriting Alphabet & Spoonflower Plush!

We are so excited to finally be able to introduce our brand new Misfit Nursery Rhymes Collection!

For those who loved our Dark Fairytales series, and our previous Primitives style series, this is like all of those combined in all the best ways. This series pulls together everything that was both cute and… lets admit it, a little bit creepy about the old vintage nursery rhymes. Wide eyed characters from all your favorite tales are rendered in a beautiful illustrative style that is perfect for kids or folktale lovers alike, stitched in vintage shades and with just that light twist of macabre we so love here at Urban Threads.

Featuring 9 of your favorite nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, the Cat and the Fiddle, Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice, Little Bo Peep, Three Little Kittens, Jack and Jill, and Three Men in a Tub,  Each design also has a light stitching accent design featuring the name of each famous rhyme perfect for adding that extra touch to your series.

That’s not all that’s brand new about this collection though. In a fun first, we created three custom plush dolls to match Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, and the Cat and the Fiddle that you can get from our Spoonflower store!

Each doll was digitally painted for beautiful print detail that brings each character to life, and they’re quick and easy to assemble. Check out this post to see all the dolls and find out how to put them together!

Finally, you’ve been asking for it pretty much since we began, and certainly after our first Alphabet release… now the Handwriting Alphabet is here! Light stitching and whimsical, this new alphabet was designed to give your embroidered writing a natural, handmade feel. It’s available in 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch sizes for all your project needs.

If you’re wondering how to use our alphabets to create your lettered creations, check out this tutorial to learn about perfect placement techniques. They’re the perfect way to add a little ones name to your new nursery rhyme creation!

Pair your designs with a matching plush doll to create the ultimate gift set, or stitch just your favorite designs for one of a kind whimsical creations.

These designs are perfect for creating a whole set of amazing children’s decor!

Use your favorite stitched character paired with a framed version of their lighter accent piece for a look that can span the whole nursery.

4×4 versions of each design make them perfect for tiny accents like bibs and onesies, but each design is also available in big and beautiful 6×10 detail.

Just because they’re nursery rhymes doesn’t mean that everything has to be for kids! The slightly dark vintage style illustrations means they can make beautiful accents and pillows in any room of the house.

Of course, the easiest way to enjoy them all is to just frame up your favorite, and perhaps pair it with his matching doll. Either way these darkly whimsical designs are sure to bring tales of old back to life in a whole new light, and for a whole new generation of fairy tale fans.

So what’s the really good news? Well of course, they’re all on SALE now through May 20th 2012, with fantastic deals on individual designs and even better deals on packs. That sale includes both the Misfit Nursery Rhymes series and the new Handwriting Alphabet! The sale does not cover the dolls, as they are a special purchase through our Spoonflower store, but each doll only requires the purchase of a Fat Quarter of fabric to create.

So what are you waiting for? Go visit the sale page (or our Spoonflower store) and get shopping!