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Darkwood Fables – Gothic Trappings in the Forest

As the cool autumn air creeps in again, it only feels right to come back to our long tradition of Lab Projects, our initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery. While many of our recent ones have been done with our own Urban Threads artists, we thought we’d revisit the spectacular level of grandeur from the Clockwork Natura Gown, and work with another amazing alternative designer.

For this challenge we were excited to work with the dark and lovely stylings of Scoundrelle’s Keep, a local seamstress and designer who has been working Urban Threads embroidery into her fashions for quite some time. We were so impressed with what she was doing with UT embroidery, we just had to invite her to do an exclusive project with the newest fall collection, Gothic Nouveau. It was perfect, because she certainly has a flair for the dark and the dramatic, and that’s just what we were going for with these new designs.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

With this Lab project, we wanted to really explore what clean and elegant embroidered shapes can do to enhance apparel. Big, bold designs in multi-colors are fun and eye-catching, but sometimes you want your embroidery to become part of a piece, instead of just an accent on top of it.

We designed the Gothic Nouveau collection to be simple, dark and timeless. One color, with a focus on elegant shapes and motifs that could be easily used on different areas of apparel and projects to bring them to life. This time, instead of just a gown, we invited her to try and create a couples set, a matching creation that shows these designs can be used for everyone. It’s especially refreshing to get a creation for guys into the mix!

She of course, did not disappoint, and is here today to talk about this amazing couples collection that just seemed destined for dark wanderings, romance, and a dance in the woods…

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What is your story as a designer?

I fell in love with corsetry over a decade ago, and their unavailability at the time really spurred me into action, trying to make one for myself. Those early attempts snowballed, and I am now comfortable with their creation and design, so much so that I can say I’ve made well over a thousand of them.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I branched out into entire outfits and accent pieces, always with an eye to higher-end gowns and outfits, and I love each look I make. I design and create for brides, and I create for costumes and personal wear. Its a broad range, and I love the people I meet through this career.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What kinds of fashions do you gravitate to when you’re creating?

A lot of people seem to shy away from saying that they are alternative fashion, but I don’t mind at all. I mean, my designs definitely will never fit in the mainstream fashion world, and I wouldn’t try and tone myself down to be accepted as such. I love the dark, the fantasy, the details. I love a smooth curve, accenting the body’s natural gifts and going far beyond.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I love being a fairy godmother, helping women (and some men!) transform into the ideal they’ve always been dreaming of. Victorian and steampunk, even rococco and nouveau, all of it inspires me in different ways.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What was your concept of this dress and vest?

We decided that the theme should be “masquerade,” and I really felt that it flowed naturally through these pieces. I wanted a female who was elegant, dark, aloof, and powerful, and a courtier that played well to vying for her hand for a dance.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

As a special treat for this project, I got to revisit my modeling role and try on another amazing embroidered creation. This time I was joined by the dashing Leo Bruslavtsev, who does a darn good job of making embroidered goods look fierce. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the mad fashion talents of Scoundrelle’s Keep. If you’re as in love with this outfit as I am, you can visit her online store or check out her facebook to get your own embroidered creation.

Of course, be sure to also grab your own Gothic Nouveau designs (on SALE for a limited time) to get working your own dark and magical creations for this spooky season, and dare to create something worthy of a storybook fantasy in the woods.

 
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 all of the past Urban Threads Lab projects here.

Fall Fashion Contest Closes Sept 30th

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Hurry! The first ever Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest closes this upcoming Wednesday Sept 30th.

All you need to do to enter is take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design, then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo in our flickr group or on instagram and tag it #utfashioncontest. You MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com for your entry to be counted! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

See full contest details and rules here

Want to get inspired? See all the entries so far right here. There aren’t a ton of entries right now, so this could be your chance to grab yourself $50 worth of Urban Threads goodies! Just craft up something fun and submit your entry before the stroke of midnight on Sept 30th.

Good luck!

Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest

Enter your custom made or upcycled fashion items featuring Urban Threads embroidery and you could win a $50 gift certificate! Contest closes 09/30/15

Fall is here, and style is on our minds. In celebration of the fashion season, we want to see what kind of amazing embroidered creations YOU can dream up for the new Fall Fashion Contest!

So, how can you enter and what are the rules?

Just take a photo of your awesome fashion item that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Fashion items must be for people (sorry, no pets). Fashion items do NOT have to be fall-themed! They can be items for any season.

Then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo in our flickr group or on instagram and tag it #utfashioncontest. You MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com for your entry to be counted! Your entry must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., Central time. That’s before the stroke of midnight! Participants can enter any custom-made or upcycled fashion project not previously entered in an Urban Threads contest.

So, what do we mean by custom and upcycled?

A custom piece is anything you make from scratch, either on your own or from a pattern. You might make a jacket, a dress, a bag… anything fashion-related that you made yourself.

An upcycled piece is any project that takes an existing object (like a sweater, or jeans) and through modification creates a new version of it. This does NOT include simply adding embroidery. In order for a piece to qualify as upcycled, it must be modified or transformed in some way from its original condition. This can include simple things like updating the fit of apparel (fitting a sweater or modifying a collar), or bigger things like transforming one object (like a sweater) into something totally new (like a skirt).

Some examples of upcycled fashion includes…

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Upcycled sweater into skirt

  

Lace covered shoes         –         shirt into drape cardigan         –         sweater into boots

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some examples of custom fashion includes…

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custom made Baroque Punk jacket

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gothic loli dress         –         embroidered leather cuffs         –         custom kilt

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So, got some crazy fashion ideas floating around in your head? Good! Get stitching. After your projects are submitted, we’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU after the contest closes. Urban Threads stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

 

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

 

One final note: If you’re unsure whether your entry might count as fashion, or might be more of a costume, keep in mind… we’re still going to have our annual Urban Threads Costume Contest coming in October. Projects entered in the fall fashion contest cannot then be entered into the costume contest. So if you think your entry would do better in a costume contest, you may want to save it! 

 

Get The Look – Typewriter Crossbody Bag

Get the look of this chic typewriter purse from Kate Spade by DIYing it with machine embroidery and applique.

This adorable Kate Spade purse, originally at Nordstrom, has been all over Pinterest. Unfortunately, in addition to being nearly $500, it’s also sold out. So even if I had tripped and fallen into money, this little baby couldn’t be mine. Luckily, with a little ingenuity, we can make our OWN with a much more cost-effective DIY.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

This is a much simpler red crossbody bag you can find at Target for about $27. Quite a bit more budget-friendly, and it has the available space on it to add a little embellishment. Really, any purse that has enough space for a little keyboard addition will work, either store bought or thrift store goodness. Red is totally optional too, but darn cute.

In addition to a purse, you’ll need the awesome Typewriter Alphabet embroidery designs, cool-fuse interfacing, and some applique fabric. As we will be using interfacing to attach these pieces on later, be sure to pick a fabric that can be ironed without melting, especially for the large grey keyboard area. If you want to use something a bit fancier for the accents (like the space bar) you could always attach it with fabric glue.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

So let’s start with the embroidery. Take your gray piece of fabric, and hoop it up as usual with some cutaway stabilizer. You’re going to want to carefully stitch your Typewriter Alphabet keys in a rough arrangement of a typewriter, like so. For a purse this size, I used the smallest size alphabet. With this much embroidery, it’s nice to be doing this on a separate piece of fabric, instead of directly onto our purse, which would be darn near impossible to hoop anyway.

If you want to know how to arrange and stitch alphabet designs, click here for a tutorial.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

Once your alphabet it all stitched and pretty, you can trim the fabric down to a “keyboard” shape, so to speak. Now, if you purse has a front with a large enough opening that you can applique your fabric piece directly on, good for you! If not, we have a little trick to make it look like a chic, stitched piece of final work. First, stitch a seam around the edge of your fabric anyway. Then, you can attach it to the front of your purse by using your cool-fuse interfacing.

I recommend cool-fuse because there’s a good likelihood the purse you might be working with could be leather or pleather, and in that case, the lower heat you can use the better. If your purse is pleather, take care not to iron over the edges of your fabric onto the pleather, as it may melt.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

Finally you can add your extra fabric details in a similar manner. Cut them to shape, and stitch around the edges to give them a finished look. Then use more fusible interfacing to attach them, or if you’re feeling fancy like I was for the space key, you can go with vinyl and just use fabric glue. Smaller pieces of fabric are ok for that.

If you’re a bit worried about your fabric staying put, I’d recommend going in with a needle and thread and adding a few stitches here and there through the purse to make sure the seal doesn’t start to pull away. Wouldn’t be good to have your typewriter fly off.

Create your own version of the Kate Spade typewriter purse with this machine embroidered DIY alternative.

And you’re done! Some adorable embroidery and some quick fused applique, and we’re in business. Plus, we saved ourselves like, $470. Score!

Get the look of this chic typewriter purse from Kate Spade by DIYing it with machine embroidery and applique.

So next time you see a cute idea that’s a little beyond your budget, remember that you’re a crafty wizard, and you own magic machines that can help you make cool things. Things like totally chic typewriter purses!

Quick Pic – Cool Cat

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

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OK, so this kitty just made a Quick Pic appearance a couple weeks ago, but this is too sweet not to share! magnoliafly on instagram is too cool for school in her Hip Kitty tee. Neon-on-black really electrifies this design!

How are you rocking embroidery in your wardrobe lately?

Quick Pic – Santa

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

Quick Pic - Santa. The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Nicole Theaux shared this simple but stunning Santa tee with us on Facebook. She shows us how you don’t have to go nuts to make something festive and trendy for Christmas. A bright red top and your favorite Santa design always does the trick!

Quick Pic – Ouija Purse

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

Ouija Purse- The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

If you’ve had maybe just enough holly and santas for one day, you’ll appreciate this change of pace… a totally chic and wicked looking Ouija Purse from Fine Line Leather Design.

Yeah, you can add this one to my Christmas list for sure.