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Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

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Gorgeous use of the Evenfall lace designs from Kim Santariello on flickr. Grab these elegant designs for yourself!

Get The Look – Lucky Ombre Embroidery Tee

Replicate the look of this pretty spring ombre tee with just simple lace and fabric paint!

Spring is right around the corner (I hope I hope I hope… stupid Minnesota) and I’ve started feeling like my winter wardrobe is super drab. Greys were my color all winter long but now I’m dreaming of light tees in bright colors, like this super pretty ombre tee from Lucky Brand. I found it on pinterest, but after a quick search around the appears to sadly be only one in existence on amazon, at least when I typed this there was.

Never fret, this tee is actually super easy to replicate! I’ll show you how…

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First what you need is a plain white tee and some white lace embroidery accents. This example uses these new lace neckline applique designs, but actually you can applique on any kind of freestanding lace or even use this technique with cutwork! The important part is whatever design you use, you stitch in white cotton, because that’s whats going to let us perfectly blend our lace in with our ombre.

You can either hand stitch the lace on like applique like we did in this tutorial, or stitch it directly on to the shirt. Either works!

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Next, get some of that awesome soft fabric paint. You can find this stuff in most fabric and craft stores, and it comes in tons of colors. Make sure you get the soft fabric paint, this is the kind that will sink into your fabric like dye, instead of sit on top like a screenprint. Lightly spray the top of your tee and the lace, getting lighter in your application as you go down.

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The paint will perfectly dye both your tee and your lace together, so the ombre will blend seamlessly. Easy!

Replicate the look of this pretty spring ombre tee with just simple lace and fabric paint!

From a plain white tee to a springy fashion statement, it’s easy to get the look of the original tee with simple supplies. Plus this way you can choose a t-shirt style that suits you, and pick whatever color for the ombre you like. As long as you use a cotton tee and white cotton thread for your lace, it will all blend and dye beautifully.

Happy spring!

Get The Look – Emilio Pucci Wool Coat

Get The Look of this chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

This Emilio Pucci coat was about $2,200, but it has already sold out. Yikes! You have to admit it’s pretty, but it’s not a price tag many of us can grab at. However, there is a DIY alternative that’s much more easily in the budget this year…

There is a very similar coat still available over at Forever 21 for about 50 bucks, and a quick search on ebay reveals quite a few more like it for reasonable prices. Really all you’re looking for with this DIY is a nicely- shaped olive trench coat. You can even update the buttons if the ones on the coat you find aren’t nice and shiny like these.

What you need is the coat… and some awesome embroidery.

Get The Look of a chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

Let’s start with the shoulders. We’re only using two different embroidery designs, but they’ll be used multiple times, all in black. The embroidery you need is the elegant Cameo Mori and the Gather Ye Rosebuds design. The cameo in this case is stitched without it’s colored fill backing, to keep it just a little bit lighter and within our tone-on-tone look.

Get The Look of a chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

Mirror your two rose designs and position them so they slightly overlap, like shown. Then the Cameo Mori (without it’s fill background, remember) is positioned on top, just barley touching the roses. This combined design is stitched all in black on the shoulder of the coat. If you’re curious about how to open seams and stitch on sleeves, check out this tutorial. Repeat this combined design on the other side.

What’s nice is that even thought this combined design is a bit denser than what we would usually put on apparel, the thick wool will hold up your stitches beautifully.

Get The Look of a chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

Next, we’ll add a little more of those roses. Stitching the design by itself, position it so just a little bit of the roses and thorns peeks out from behind your lapel. Repeat this on the other side. If you’re lucky, hooping this part should be easy, and may only require opening up the lining a little bit.

Get The Look of a chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

And suddenly, your trench is transformed into something glamorous and new! Sturdy enough to take you from the end of winter into a cool spring, a regular wool coat goes from military to chic with elegant and dark embroidery additions.

Get The Look of this chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

Plus you saved yourself, oh about $2,150. If that’s not a steal I don’t know what is!

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psst… a little worried about opening up seams, and stitching on felt? There’s an easy design hack!

Stitch your design on black or similar colored organza as your coat. You can then applique it on to your coat without messing with hooping or opening up seams. You can see how we stitched similar heavy tone-on-tone designs on organza in this tutorial, and how we appliqued organza onto garments in this tutorial

Get The Look of a chic Emilio Pucci Wool Coat for hundreds of dollars less than the price tag by DIYing it with embroidery.

You can see above an example of how it would look with organza underneath, and you can still applique it on with chic contrasting shapes that just add to the overall look. It’s an easy way to get nearly the exact same result with a lot less of the hassle, and without risking that pretty coat!

New Collection – Snow Queen

With Christmas over, it’s easy to think the glamour of the season has passed. But winter has an icy beauty all its own, and the glittering edges of icicles and sparkle of snowflakes offer a cold beauty unlike any other time. Become the queen of the season and declare mastery over the cold with the new Snow Queen collection, perfect for adding that glamorous edge to winter gear.

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Stitch on jackets, hoodies, gloves and capes. Light stitching designs go easily on to all kinds of fabrics, and there’s even a sparkle of silver metallic to bring a bit of that icy light to the designs.

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For a limited time, get these lovely designs ON SALE through Jan. 19, 2014– just $1.49 for each machine embroidery design, and only $0.50 for the hand embroidery versions. Save even more when you order them all in a design pack; each size of the machine embroidery pack is on sale for $15, and the hand embroidery pack is only $4!

Visit the sale page to grab these new designs before the deal is gone.

Urban Threads Tackles Cutwork

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Cutwork is a classic embroidery technique where portions of fabric are cut out and filled with a lace-like embroidery. Versions of it have been around before, but never in the classic Urban Threads style… until now! In this new Dark Heart design, pretty lace covers a cut-out shape in your fabric, surrounded by one-color roses digitized with incredible dimension.

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We fell in love with this style once we found out how easy it is to get a dramatic effect. You’ll be amazed how simple this process is… check out the tutorial to see how!

Get The Look – Constellation Cardigan

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

This trendy Kites and Constellations Cardigan was $118 at Anthropologie, but even at that price it seems to have sold out. That didn’t stop this sweater from inspiring a lot of DIY versions though. The simplicity of the cardigan makes it an excellent place to pull inspiration from. However, I think with the right designs and the right cardigan, we can make something even more simple and chic than the original.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

It can start rather simply with a blue cardigan. Any cardigan can work. You can do the classic boyfriend style that Anthropologie went with, but I spotted this drape style cardigan off ebay for only $13 and liked it even better. It doesn’t matter what style you pick, as long as it can hold up to some light embroidery.

That embroidery of course is going to be all the little star designs available from the Ecliptic Constellations design pack. These come in lots of different sizes and are individually stitched, with means it’s easy to place them anywhere you need to create constellations. Want to see how to hoop teeny star designs? We did it on this scarf pretty easily.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

Mark on your cardigan where you need all your starts to be, and stitch and hoop them one by one. It may sound a little daunting, but actually these designs stitch so fast you’ll be done before you know it. After all, we’ve stitched dozens of stars like this on a project before. For now, don’t fret about the constellation lines. Those come next. Also, I think it’s kind of fun to sprinkle a few random stars about the place, to give the whole sweater a heavenly feel. That’s optional though, you could just stick with the constellations.

Psstt… you know what else would look chic on this sweater? One of those pretty constellation designs right on the back! Choose your sign to make this cardigan truly your own.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

Now, here’s the point that can be done two ways. If you want the chunky, retro style stitching like the original sweater, you best bet is to go old school with your embroidery. Yup… grab some white floss and get stitching by hand! It’s a very very simple stitch, you just need to connect the lines of your stars with a few big stitches.

Don’t feel like embroidering by hand? You can stitch a line by machine. Try using cotton thread for a thicker effect, and stitch over your line a few times to make sure it shows up. Take care on stretchy sweaters not to bunch it up.

Get inspired by that trendy Constellation cardigan from Anthropologie and then see how easy it is to DIY an even better one!

So, there you have it. It’s a slightly updated look, but if you like the retro appeal of the original sweater, you can always find a cardigan like that. In fact, I bet thrift stores are full of them! Just sprinkle on a few stars, stitch in some embroidery thread, and you have a sweater inspired by the heavens. It’s a lot less than if you could have bought it even when it was available, and this way, you get to pick your own sweater, your own constellations. Wrap up against the chilly winter sky with a starry sky of your own!

The 2013 Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery

If you’ve never seen it before, celebrated embroidery studio Hand & Lock holds a contest every year to find the best and brightest in new embroidery designers for fashion. The contest used to be just for students but in recent years has grown to include open entries, and the results are always stunning. They’ve announced the top prize winners for 2013, pictured below, but really all the entries are worth a look…

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First Prize in the Open Category was  Beata Kania, with this fierce black dress.

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First Prize in the Student Category was Claire Morris, with this amazing metallic top piece that almost looks like futuristic armor.

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All the other entries are really stunning too. The detail that goes into these creations is incredible…

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Visit Hand & Locks website for even more images of entries and shots from the award show itself. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.