Posts Tagged ‘decor’

Stitching Light As A Feather



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!

Machine Embroidered Wedding Details

We’re very honored that Eileen Roche from Designs in Machine Embroidery picked the Cirque Alphabet to be part of her amazing wedding decor! Eileen shares some of the crafty endeavors that went into her wedding, including a great little mini tutorial on how she made these embroidered card table numbers.

Check out all the handcrafted details and a peek at the table number how-to over on Eileen’s blog.

Urban Entrepreneurs – Ganz und Garn

We’ve got another international edition of Urban Entrepreneurs today, with another crafty stitcher from Germany.

Urban Entrepreneurs is our series where we feature sellers of any kind who have decided to take the plunge (with the help of some UT designs) and start their own small biz. It looks like embroidery fever is catching abroad, and Martina from Ganz und Garn is showing us that the international community (and right now, Germany especially… the rest of Europe has some catching up to do, wouldn’t you say?) can really rock an embroidery machine.

Martina joins us today to talk about her love of embroidery, and her decision to jump from the production world and transform into the self employed business woman she is today.


You look like you’ve been sewing for awhile, but what started you into embroidery?

It was just the logical consequence. After sewing stuff, you have to embellish it in some way!

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

It was one of the first sites I found on the net after I bought my embroidery machine. I was looking for more cool and contemporary designs, most of the other ones are either old fashioned or for kids.

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What made you take the plunge into starting your own business?

I am a creative person, and I found sewing and embroidery combined my love of materials, colours, pattern and structures. 

Originally I am an interior and production designer but it was getting more and more difficult to find interesting and challenging jobs in the corporate world and so I decided to jump in at the deep end and try my luck with my own business.

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Tell us a bit about your shop, Ganz und Garn. What kind of stuff do you do?

My shop is always in flux and I am permanently searching for new ideas! My focus lies on making things for grown ups with the aim of creating everyday things off the beaten track.

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What kind of customer do you cater to?

As all my stuff is handmade, I care most about the customers who are not interested in mainstreams products and big brands and appreciate individual things made with love.

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?

Despite all the other lessons I learned and still learning, one of the most important thing is to realize that it needs time to be successful.

Even if my products not selling as much is I wish for, it is not necessarily that the idea is poor, it ‘s just more often the fact that my small bussiness is still unknown and I don’t have to get discouraged by that.


Where would you like to see your shop in one year? Any fun stuff planned for the future?

I am always searching for new projects, nothing bores me more than sewing the same thing for the hundredth time!

I do have a lot of things in my head and I hope to achive some of that this year. I still want my business to grow, but I don’t want to lose the fun in it.

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If you want to check out more of Ganz und Garn’s amazing items, you can visit her DaWanda store, (kind of like a German etsy store… and yes, it is in German, but Google translate to the rescue!) and take a peek.

I just love how bright and bold everything she makes is, from all the patterns and colors in her fabric to the simple covers and cute designs she picks. It feels both whimsically traditional and contemporary all at once. All the best to you Martina, I’m sure armed with talent like this, Germany doesn’t stand a chance against the cuteness!

Do you use Urban Threads designs to create one of a kind products? Want to see your story or your store featured here and join our gang of  Urban Entrepreneurs? Send us an e-mail at with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!