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Urban Entrepreneurs – One and Only Couture

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

il_fullxfull.660665660_rxggOne and Only Couture on Etsy

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

I wish I would have had a better idea of how to price items to be competitive, but not overpriced. Also, I wish I would have done a little more research on a shop name that would evolve with my ever changing products!

Urban Entrepreneurs – Longvalley Bears

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Urban Entrepreneurs - Longvalley Bears

Longvalley Bears on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

Photography is everything in this business. Do some research and see how others are displaying similar products. There are some great “how to” instructions out there for people with absolutely no photography skills and fancy camera equipment is not necessary. Also, do a quick search for free photo editing applications for those pictures you may have taken when it was just a little too dark. Or try as you might, just can’t seem to get the balance correct. When using the photo editors stay true to the product though. People need a clear image of what they are purchasing.

Urban Entrepreneurs – Cushion Rock

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Etsy store Cushion Rock

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

I didn’t realize how much detail goes into listing an item… it can be time consuming having to describe every detail about the product. I tend to be a bit disorganized but it is really important that you get that part correct, describe your product in detail…I love doing designs and get so engrossed in my work that I have to tell myself to stop and list some items. I find I get more motivated when I make a sale, then it gets really exciting, especially when someone from the other side of the world buys something… a brilliant feeling!

Urban Entrepreneurs – Bound For You

I hope everyone had a great holiday break! We”re back today with the last Urban Entrepreneurs post of 2012, and it”s a great way to cap off the year.

I always find the best creative discoveries are when you combine two unexpected things. This formula seems to have worked out brilliantly for our newest Urban Entrepreneur Tara, the owner of etsy store Bound For You. Tara combined her new love of machine embroidery with a long held love of books and a new found talent for making them.

She joins us today to show us some of her creations and talk about her journey into this new crossroads of embroidery and bookmaking…

What started you into embroidery?

My mum bought the embroidery machine, and after having it sit in her closet for several years I decided it was time to give it a spin. I was so completely enthralled by its almost magical ability to turn thread into such amazing pieces of art that I became hooked.

Which came first, the bookmaking or the embroidery?

I’ve always been in love with books. The day I discovered I could actually make them, was a very happy day for me. It was actually around the same time that I started learning about embroidery, and I can remember thinking- wouldn’t it be amazing if I could fuse the very traditional art of Book binding, with the modern technology of embroidery and create something incredibly unique.

Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I came across is quite by accident, I’d googled embroidery design files, and was looking through the various websites, trying to find something that spoke to me/would jump out at me. Then I came across Urban Threads – and what a wonderful surprise that was.

Such fresh, beautiful, and sometimes creepy designs, a little left of center, it was just so perfect for me.

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

I started thinking, if I love these books so much, maybe there are other people who will love them too. I wanted to create something that was just as precious and long lasting, as the memories people make with them.

Tell us a bit about your shop Bound For You

I sell handmade Journals, Albums, Memory Books and Guest Books. Everything is handmade in my studio, from the hand cut paper, to the individually waxed threads that I sew each book with. I embellish some of my books with handmade monogrammed pendants, made from copper and silver, those I fire in my own kiln and the embroidery is done on my little machine, one spool at a time.

What makes my shop unique is that I combine several different arts together to create something individual and special for each person. My embroidery and metal craft allows me to really personalize my items.

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


I’ve got two small girls, 10 months and 3 years, who keep me on my toes! In order to function competently (or at all really), I need to have excellent time management and organizational skills! I’m still mastering those, but I’ve learned that they are incredibly important. I also have an amazingly supportive husband and family, who keep me positive and motivated, and without which I couldn’t have gotten this far.

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

My main goal for the next year is to become a bit better known, really get my name out there and show people what I can do. I’ll be attending local boutique markets throughout the next 12 months, to showcase my work and give people an opportunity to see what I create up close.

More specifically, I want to create some wedding/engagement guest books and photo albums. The amazing theme’s that couples choose for their special day, opens up a whole world of artistic possibility’s, and to me, that’s really exciting.

Thank you so much Tara for sharing your creativity with us! This is a totally new way of using our designs and that”s always my favorite kind. If you want to check out Tara”s shop, visit Bound For You on etsy, or become a fan on facebook!

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!

Tutorial – Embroidered Gift Boxes

Etsy has a super cute tutorial up on how to make these hand embroidered gift boxes. The post includes free templates for the boxes and the designs, and it looks like the perfect way to add a handmade touch to your giving this season.

See the full post over on the Etsy blog.

Get ‘em Young

Do you have a little nerd or geek in training? Want to keep them quiet, entertained, quiet, enthralled with the joys of embroidery, and most of all, quiet?

Then you need Julie Bell’s beautifully embroidered and wonderfully nerdy Quiet Book!

It’s a super cute activity book that you can give to keep your little one entertained with (hopefully) minimum noise and fuss. You can see the full collection of book pictures over on her blog.

Best of all? Both the Star Trek Quiet Book and this nifty Jedi Quiet Book are available as a pdf pattern in her etsy store! Grab your copy now to shut your kid up the creative way.

Thread Art of klt:works

Embroidery no longer lives only in thread! Check out these amazing leterpress and screenprinted designs of original thread drawings from klt:works.

She creates all her designs using freemotion machine embroidery, then uses the art to create all kinds of printed wonders for their etsy store.

Want to know more about that embroidery technique? Me too. Lucky for us she made a video of the process.

thanks to Poppytalk for sharing this great work