Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

Urban Entrepreneurs – Bleu Roo

We have a lovely new hand stitching Urban Entrepreneur for you today, only our second hand embroiderer of the group! Today we’re featuring the styling stitches of Bleu Roo, who has taken her love of embroidery one step further by turning her creations into adorable wall hangings, pillows and re-usable snack bags so you can bring your favorite embroidery everywhere.  I love seeing cute stitches in a hoop, but I also really love to see them adorning things you can use every day!

Amanda joins us today to share with us a little of what it’s like to be a hand stitcher in the Etsy world…

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What started you into embroidery?

I really don’t remember the very first time I picked up a needle and thread, but I’ve always loved the aesthetic of embroidery ever since I was a kid.  I love how just a few stitches can transform a piece of clothing or a bag, or that it can be used as an art form all its own.  And it’s something that’s been done for literally thousands and thousands of years.  Embroidery has a rich history in almost every culture from all over the world.  It can be just a very simple running stitch, or an elaborate design incorporating several different stitches; I love them all the same!

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I was just searching around for unique, hip designs to embroider.  It’s so hard to find really modern, fun embroidery designs, they are mostly images that your grandmother would have used decades ago (no duckies or teddy bears, please!).  So it was on one of these internet searches that I stumbled across Urban Threads.  A very happy day, indeed!  Plus, since I can’t draw a straight line to save my life it was important to find designs that I would be free to use on items that I sell.  So UT has been the perfect place of inspiration ever since.

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

I discovered Etsy back in ’06, I suppose not very long after it launched.  I urged my friend to start selling her pinback buttons.  Then after I had my son in ’07 I was looking for a way to possibly stay home with him while still bringing in a little income.  I didn’t go straight from A to B, but over the course of the years I have in fact turned my tiny little shop into something that does indeed help me live my dream of being a stay at home mom while still contributing financially.

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What kinds of folks are your customers?

My customer base is primarily moms, buying snack bags for their little tykes to take to school.  I didn’t really set out with a target customer in mind, I mainly make things that I enjoy and hope that others do to!

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

Over estimate everything!  Over estimate the time it will take you to finish a project, or the amount of supplies you’ll need.  Too many late nights and too many emergency runs to the fabric shop!  I think I’ve got it down now. ;)

Also, don’t jump in with opening a shop before you do your research.  It will save you many headaches down the line.

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

Honestly, I think I’ve landed in a good place with my shop.  I’d like to still be busy yet sane!
My newest venture for my shop are embroidered pendants.  I’m in love with them and wish I had started them sooner!  And I’m constantly adding new UT designs. :)

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Thank you, Amanda, for sharing your darling creations! I can’t imagine what little tyke wouldn’t like to bring their snacks to school in such cute embroidered creations. All the best in doing what you love!

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 – Plush Dragon Hot Pack

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Looking for a cute way to warm up this winter? Well, when we posted this creative project by UT stitcher Tanja on facebook, everyone went nuts wanting a tutorial. Lucky for all of us, Tanja is awesome! She created an easy to follow tutorial on how to make and embroider your dragon, and even included a template for a fox version too!

Check it all out here.

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?

ORGANIZATION!!!

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

Tutorial – Reversible Monster Tuque & Scarf Set

There’s a great tutorial by klixcreations over on Instructables on how to make these cool reversible monster winter sets using the Monster Factory collection.

The little ones will look extra adorable bundled up in these during the cold winter months! A last minute gift? You still have time!

Get the tutorial over on Instructables.

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!

Spotted on Design*Sponge

Our little Fish Bones plush popped up on Design Sponge today as part of the 2012 gift guide for pets and pet lovers. These particular fishies are from Coonstuff’s etsy store!

Don’t forget about your pets when stitching up gifts this Christmas! After all, they’re usually in there bugging you when you’re trying to work on you machine. Maybe they’re trying to tell you something?

The Perfect Gift For the Embroidery Enthusiast Who Has Everything

Gift certificates! Yup, if you’re wondering what to get your UT crazy friend (or want to drop some serious hints to the hubby) there’s no better solution than Urban Threads gift certificates!

You can get them from $5 all the way up to $100, and it’s the best way to let that special someone (or yourself) shop for whatever their little heart desires! Not sure what format they wanted that design in? Did they want ponies or unicorns? Don’t fret! Grab them a UT gift certificate by clicking here and they’ll be set no matter what.