Posts Tagged ‘geek’

Will The Real Sinbonnet Sue Please Stand Up?

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I’ve been saving this because it was too perfect not to post during our Halloween in July celebration/sale. Awesome Urban Threadster Chelsey dressed up perfectly as our very own Steampunk Sinbonnet Sue for the local awesome nerd convention Convergence this year (previously attended here). Seriously, the costume is dead on. How great is that?

Did we mention we have the best customers ever?

We do.

Thanks for sharing Chelsey! We ♥ you.

July Flickr Roundup

It’s finally time for the July Flickr roundup! I am so impressed at the incredible variety and superb quality of the projects that everyone keeps sharing! Here are some of my favorites this month…

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This amazing monster pillow by The Evil Thread is right in my wheel house. I love the neon colors and furry multicolored monsters.

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Mary Kay Beckley made these one of a kind zombie kitty shoes! They are so summery and spectacular. It just goes to show you can have fun even without an embroidery machine sometimes.

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Here is a cute hand embroidered smart cookie by Rosie. The effect of embroidering on the argyle fabric is brilliant!

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I love this sweet heart shaped einhorntasche (unicorn) bag by Leah. I want one for my toddler, Olive. Or maybe I just want it all for myself!

Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress with Urban Threads Patterned Feathers

Cory created this dress with a feather border for a sweet little girl. She sewed the whole dress from scratch, but it’s a great example of how adding an embroidered border onto a dress or tunic top can really kick it up a notch in awesomeness!

UT Wolves KiltThis very manly embroidered kilt by Draconyz rules.  The nordic wolves look great in those colors.

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Check out this black and white and red all over quilt by Jibbidibbi. Can you believe it’s her first one? She made great use of the miniature menagerie bug doodles with white on black stitching.

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These are the best potholders for, dare I say, glamping?! Kraizdnurz clearly has some glamorous camping style with these cute s’more and camper potholders.

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Great Gans und Garn bag with queen bee running stitch design. The limited color palate she chose is so sophisticated!

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How can you make steampunk look snuggly? Petlwing did a great job by making a steampunk quilt! I love the applique gears and kitty cameo!

Ship in a bottle

I feel like this ship in a bottle in an embroidery hoop art by Dona has layers of deep meaning. And I like that.

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Finally, here is an amazing Celtic hood by Fine Leather Design. This is an incredible piece, and a great photograph. And did you see those the cuffs?! Wowie-zowie!

Everything is looking snazzy up on the UT Flickr group! I hope everyone is enjoying some summer sunshine by day, before they work all night at their embroidery machines cranking out magical sparkly embroidery awesomeness.

Do you want to see your stuff featured in a roundup? Upload it to our flickr pool or e-mail it to blog@urbanthreads.com, and you could see your stuff on StitchPunk

Urban Entrepreneurs – Susitaika

I love that we have so many international stitchers among Urban Threadsters, and it seems like a lot of them have a very entrepreneurial spirit. This week’s Urban Entrepreneurs feature comes all the way from Finland, with the awesome and punktastic stitching of Laura Lipponen from the online store Susitaika. We’ve seen Laura’s work before, when she took the amazing plunge into digitizing her own work. She’s since taken on her own business, both on Etsy and on her own website.

Today Laura joins us to talk a little about her online store, and shares some of her self-modeled embroidered wares…

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What started you into embroidery?

My path to embroidery starts with my love of making my own clothes. When I was a kid, I made some curtains into cool tops. Got teased at school, OF COURSE. But still kept my individual voice like a boss.

I wanted to make clothes, but my mom’s Singer and I – we did NOT get along. So I begged for my mom to buy me a new machine. (Actually, the Singer DID have some sort of a fault that even a repair guy couldn’t do anything about it – they would’ve needed a new part, but since the machine was so old and that particular part had the tendency to break, nothing could be done.)

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When we went to the store to buy a new machine for me, they were getting rid of every Husqvarna Viking machine, they stopped carrying that label. I wanted a cool looking Bernina, but there was one sewing machine with an embroidery head (Husqvarna Viking Platinum Plus) that was on such a ridiculous sale price that my mom made me try it. And I fell in love! That’s when I was introduced to embroidery.

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I found UT on Craftster! Niamh had posted the fantabulous tute of the wood burning leaf image. To this day that is still my FAVOURITE wood burning project – such a beautiful picture. Not surprisingly I’ve embroidered that picture of the leaves a hundred times…

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

My parents have had a business of their own since forever and I have many friends who have their own companies as well. It’s very common here in Finland to start your own business. So I did. Some of my friends told me they’d order stuff from me if they could deduct it in their taxes, and for that I needed the VAT number.

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

Gothic chic and geeky types. I look for people with a sense of humor and a touch of the dark in their souls. People who understand writers such as Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. The kinds of people who I automatically feel are my friends.

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

Errrms… I’m sure I just learned a lesson this week… Ohh, it might be scheduling things. It’s VERY important to have a strict schedule, so you can keep up with seasonal sales, the markets you’re going to go to sell at and all that. The more structure you have in your life the better. I love TO-DO lists and even painted a black board on my door so I can wipe things off when I’m done.

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

I’m hoping that in a year I will be mostly done with school and can actually start providing myself with my business. At the moment I’ve had this problem of doing definitely too many things at once, so it has taken its toll. I’ve had two jobs on top of my own business and now I’ve had one job, business and school! It’s definitely been hard. But this summer anything has started to seem possible again. For a year I wasn’t so sure. But now I am! The thing that I’m looking forward most is that I’ve been talking about some cooperative things to do with some local artists. Kinda like your UT Labs.

I love the dark and punk attitude that Laura puts into all her wares, and the big possibilities for the future. With the guts to not only try digitizing, but jump into her own business, I’m sure the future projects and collaborations Laura takes on will be just amazing! If you want to grab some of your own gothic stitchy wares, check out her Etsy store or Susitaika.com.

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!

Free Steampunk Mustache Wallpaper for March

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We thought we would offer another FREE wallpaper design to celebrate March and our latest Steampunk Alphabet collection. This design was made by our talented artist Danielle! She helped design the Steampunk Alphabet and decided it was too much fun not to create a snarky poster out of it (and other crazy things like THIS).

So without further ado, we present the Urban Threads School of Mustaches free downloadable poster! Because knowing your steampunk mustaches from one another is an important life skill ;)

As a special treat, we have it available as a letter size poster print that you can print out and stick on your wall too! Click the image below to get that poster print.

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Also available in the usual formats for your computer desktop, iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, or Android phone, just click the buttons below to download and load onto your device. Don’t fret if you have a different kind of phone or device, one of these is sure to work :)

~Enjoy!

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Loving that alphabet and all things Steampunk? Don’t forget they’re all ON sale now through Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

Tutorial – Embroidered Pillow With Real Headphones

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You know what’s cuter than an adorable embroidered headphone pillow? One with real headphones inside! Yup, that chic embroidery is hiding an even cooler secret… you can use this pillow to listen to music, podcasts and audio books while lying down. Want to know how? Get the tutorial on how to stitch the headphones into a pillow here, and then get the quick embroidered pillow cover tutorial here, all over on Look What I Made! 

Easy Tutorials For A Handmade Christmas

Looking to whip up some handmade gifts this holiday season? Why not try one of these easy projects! Click on each image to go to the tutorial or use the link provided in each description.

Free gingerbread men design!

Make some adorable in the hoop gingerbread ornaments. Delicious looking and calorie free!

Norton's Hoodie

We shouldn’t forget about our furred friends this Christmas. Make your little furball a stylish dog hoodie from scratch.

Naughty or Nice?

Don’t have a stocking to fit your goodies? Maybe you’ve been a little naughty this year and you’re not expecting much. It doesn’t matter, with this furry naughty stocking your mantle can look good even if all you get is coal!

Upcycled sweater boots

Got tons of old sweaters lying around in your closet and can’t bring yourself to throw them away? Upcycle them into these super cute sweater boots to keep someone’s feet cozy this winter.

Feeling Toasty rice warming bag

Not cozy enough? How about this huggable heat pack that’s super “toasty”. It’s reheatable and easy to make by filling with rice! It also includes a super cute printable gift tag complete with instructions on how to use it.

Tired of hanging your candy canes up the old fashioned way? Why not make an adorable monster to nom on them for you and keep them safe. Yup, they’re super safe with him, I promise.

Do you know someone who’s always chilly around the house, wrapped in a blanket? Make their life a little easier with this super cute and stylish cozy winter wrap, which will let them cozy up but still use their arms!

Keyboard Cat

If you have a nerd or geek in your life who’s desk is in serious need of personality, make them this totally adorkable keyboard cat wrist rest! He’s like longcat’s nerdy cousin or something.

Finally, brighten up your tree with this lovely little Dala horse ornament, or give one to someone special! Handmade ornaments are a great gift and a fantastic memento from year to year.

You ready for the holiday season? Get your handmade Christmas going with one of these easy tutorials, or check out our whole tutorials section for tons of ideas!

Machine Embroidered Viral Doilies

Now, when I say “viral” here I don’t mean it in the way that overconfident marketing execs mean it, though these things could go viral all on their own and that would be pretty meta.

No, these awesome machine embroidered doilies are viral in as such that they are designs from artist Laura Splan based on viral structures such as SARS, HIV, Influenza, etc.

From Laura’s website-

Doilies is a series of computerized machine embroidered doilies. The design of each doily is based on a different viral structure. The lace doily has traditionally referenced designs and motifs from nature. Furthermore, these decorative objects would be heirlooms, handed down from one generation to the next. The work explores the “domestication” of microbial and biomedical imagery. Many recent events, epidemics, and commercial products have brought this imagery into our living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Bio-terrorism, SARS, and antibacterial soaps alike have all heightened our awareness of the microbial world. Doilies serve as a metaphor for the way we have adapted our everyday lives to these now everyday concerns. Here domestic artifacts and heirlooms manifest the psychological heredity of our cultural anxieties.

It’s interesting how much these remind me of these designs that are used used for tissue repair after surgery. Maybe there’s just something in the nature of the circular, organic shape? However one is designed to repair, and these, as the viral design would imply, would do the exact opposite.

You can see more of this project and more designs over on Laura’s website.

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