Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Tutorial – DIY Embroidered Sunglasses

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Remember that post I did that covered the amazing embroidered sunglasses from Ulyana Sergeenko’s Couture 2013 collection? I guess those embroidered glasses have captured the interest of the crafty world, because I’ve  seen them pop up now and then over the last few weeks. I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to DIY them.

That’s right, honestlywtf has a tutorial all about how to make your own embroidered glasses! Check it out. And I hope you have a steady drill hand…

Tutorial – Luck On My Side Embroidered Tee

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Design*Sponge has a pretty cute tutorial up today that’s perfect for those looking to jump into embroidery. It shows you some simple back stitch techniques and provides two pretty “Luck” templates for you to stitch so you’ll always have Luck on your side! How punny ;)

Get the template and the tutorial here!

 

Urban Threads Walks The Runway At The Red Dress Collection

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I’ve actually been holding off on sharing this little story that happened back in February ’til we had some photos to share, and I’m happy we finally get to tell you a bit about a fun little project that the Blackthorn designs were involved in.

Late last year, we were happy to take on a new member of the crew to help us back in the sewing room. As well as running four industrial machines like a pro, he also happens to be Tim of our local fashion dream team TIM + THOM.  It was just too darn tempting not to get involved with Tim’s fashion magic at some point, and that came with the opportunity of the Red Dress Collection here in Minneapolis. Tim designed a gorgeous dress for the event, complete with a glam jacket with a touch of elegant embroidery on the back.

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Recognise it? He mirrored two of the interlocking border Blackthorn designs to create a subtle suggestion of a lace heart, stitching it in gorgeous tone-on-tone. The light designs really complemented the sheer areas of the rest of the dress, and brought a nice bit of unexpected drama to the back.

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The full coat can be removed to reveal chic little red dress underneath, showcasing a similar full silhouette and sheer fabric.

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This subtle embroidered detail walked the runway on the night of the big show, which I got to attend in person as my first fashion show! It was so cool to see a tiny piece of UT stitching up there with all the flash and glamour, and great to see both Tim and his brother Thom up there showcasing their amazing work in local fashion.

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This is of course the only photo evidence I can find that I attended, and I’m not even looking at the camera! Oh well. The night really belonged to the designers, and we’re so honored to have such a talent helping us around the studio. I’m secretly (or not so secretly now, I guess) hoping I get to work with Tim again on even more embroidered projects, because his TIM + THOM studio is doing really fun things.

Congrats, Tim, on your amazing designs and mad skills, and we’re always happy to contribute some threads to a fashionable cause. We can’t wait to see what you do next, especially if it involves embroidery. ;)

Ulyana Sergeenko’s Embroidered Glasses

I always love peeking at runway fashions from time to time to see what crazy or amazing use of embroidery pops up next. These amazing embroidered goods (glasses! what next?) are from designer Ulyana Sergeenko’s Couture 2013 collection. I love her playful use of folk style embroidery combined with modern and chic accessories!

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A little bonkers looking, and maaaybe just DIY-able with the right materials, if you were so inclined…

Urban Entrepreneurs – MTCoffinz

I have long been waiting to do a feature on the fabulous MTCoffinz, since I started ogling her slick punk/club aesthetic first featuring arm warmers and then fabulous tutus and beyond. Her collection has expanded to an etsy store and her own website, and it only seems to be growing. I love how boldly she uses her embroidery motifs, and the wicked sense of alternative style she brings to all her pieces.

Starting as just a little home project, MTCoffinz quickly expanded into a business that keeps owner Jinx plenty busy. She joins us today to talk a little about her punky embroidered creations…

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What started you into embroidery?

I’d always been mesmerized by the fancy embroidery machines at the craft stores, and I have a tendency to have to try every craft I can. I wanted one of those machines — no, I “needed” one. I finally convinced my husband that we needed one, and we bought a little Brother machine, thinking we’d never need anything bigger than this. Yeah, that only lasted a few weeks. We quickly decided that it was far too slow for us workaholics and we got our first Baby Lock 6 needle machine. A few years later and we now have several 6- and 10-needle machines.

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I was searching Google for designs that were my style, and UT was the only site that really fit.

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

MTC started when I had my son, 17 years ago. I gave up teaching dance and started doing little sewing jobs for friends, I’d always sewn the costumes for my dance teams. I didn’t go online with a shop until 1996, and then it was just going to be a hobby to keep me busy while my son was in school and my husband was at work. Before we knew it he was quitting his restaurant consulting job to stay home and work with me.

It wasn’t because he missed me ;)

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Tell us a bit about your shop.

What do you specialize in? As I mentioned, I’m a workaholic so I don’t just do one thing, or one shop. My main focus has always been alternative clothing. I do a lot of stuff for performers of all kinds, club wear and just people who want things they can’t find at the mall. But I like to mix it up and throw in some home decor, accessories and I even have a vegan mineral makeup line.

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What kind of customer do you cater to?

Humans mostly. When I started making funky clothing I thought it was just for dancers and club kids. But I quickly learned that my audience was much wider than that. I get a lot of orders for marathon runners, famous pop singers, bachelorette parties, broadway shows, photoshoots, weddings and special events, geeky conventions, etc. I really enjoy hearing what people are using my designs for because it’s different every day.

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

Working for yourself is the best thing ever, next to coffee.

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

I don’t really plan it out like that. I’m more of a one day at a time kinda girl, so I don’t have many plans other than adding another embroidery machine. We’re looking at a 15-needle one this time, to add to the collection!

Thanks, Jinx, for joining us and sharing your amazing alternative creations. It just goes to show you never know what a hobby or a great love of crafting can lead to if you try!

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 blog@urbanthreads.com with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!

Urban Entrepreneurs – Dahlia Soleil

Back again for another edition of Urban Entrepreneurs, 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. Today’s crafty seller is the lovely Paulette, a machine embroiderer working in New York City and owner of Etsy store Dahlia Soleil. Paulette has been working to expand the embroidery market for African American people so she can see more images and designs that reflect her and her daughter, a gap she found in the stitchy world that she intends to fill.

She’s constantly honing her digitizing skills creating her own embroidery designs as well as using Urban Threads in her work. As a rare mix of classic UT stitcher and self-made digitizer, we decided we had to share some of her work as well as the awesome things she’s made using Urban Threads. She joined us to share a little of what her journey has been like…

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What started you into embroidery? 

I started in machine embroidery because it seemed like a niche market. Not many people were doing it so it seemed like a great field to jump into and create some unique products.

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

Back in 2009 I was searching for cool designs and Urban Threads was the only embroidery designs website that seemed cool and modern and creative!

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

I was selling my creations at outdoor markets in New York City and a lot of tourists from overseas and other US states wanted another way to continue to buy from me. Selling online was the best way for me to offer them my work in a setting that was easy to view and buy and ship to them.

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What kinds of folks are your customers? Who do you hope to cater to? 

My customers are mostly women or men buying gifts for the women in their lives. I hope to fill the hole missing in the embroidery world of images of black/African/African-American people.

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I want my daughter Dahlia to see an image that looks like her and myself in the embroidery world. My store is special because it combines crocheting and embroidery … two crafts that are timeless and beautiful. Passed on from generation to generation.

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

The biggest lessons I’ve learned since I began selling online is … great photographs matter!

Since the customer cannot reach out and touch my embroidered pieces, taking a great photograph is the next best thing. And I’ve learned that people really appreciate artists and want to support small businesses like mine.

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

In one year I plan to buy another embroidery machine and I hope my shop has about 1000 items in it. I’m really excited to go back to college this year to get a bachelor’s degree in business management. It’s important for us artists to master the art of making things AND the art of running a business.

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Custom design by Dahlia Soleil

It’s inspiring to see a crafter spot a gap in the market and work hard to try and fill it. It’s exactly how Urban Threads got started! With Paulette’s determination and crafty skill I know Dahlia Soleil will continue to craft up great things, and find a whole new market for the world of machine embroidery.

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 blog@urbanthreads.com with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!

UT Tutorial – No Sew Script Scarf

Don't feel like sewing something inside out and backwards today? Skip the sewing and make this chic no-sew scarf that lets you use your own handwriting and personalized embroidery to beautiful effect!

Don’t feel like sewing something inside out and backwards today? Skip the sewing and make this chic no-sew scarf that lets you use your own handwriting and personalized embroidery to beautiful effect. Yup, that’s not a fabric pattern, that cool effect is made with just a simple gel bleach pen!

Don't feel like sewing something inside out and backwards today? Skip the sewing and make this chic no-sew scarf that lets you use your own handwriting and personalized embroidery to beautiful effect!

It’s the the perfect thing to take you from winter into spring, and this project is also great for crafty beginners with no sewing required. Customize your scarf with a favorite poem, love letter, or mantra, and stitch a matching embroidery design to suit your theme. Easy and quick gift!

Want to make your own? Get the tutorial here.