Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

FREE Halloween Printables

What’s even better than the new Tricks & Treats collection? Getting FREE stuff when you buy the whole pack! That’s right, when you buy the new Tricks & Treats pack in any size, you’ll get these FREE Halloween printables, perfect for your next spooktacular bash.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

The printables pack includes cupcake wrappers and toppers, party invites, a treat box, and fun Halloween tags! For best results, we recommend printing on cardstock instead of regular paper.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

These tags are perfect for tying off your new in-the-hoop treat bags, or for just adding a wicked touch to other Halloween items.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

Have a fun Halloween bash in the works! Use this FREE printable to send your guests a spooky invitation.

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

You can surprise them with fun stitched treat bags, or give out this fun foldable “treat box.” It’s super simple to assemble and folds itself shut to hold treats or tricks inside!

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

Of course, parties are more fun with cupcakes. Dress yours up with these simple cupcake wrappers with matching toppers. It’s an easy way to pull your cupcake presentation together for one smashing event.

All this is available when you purchase the new Tricks & Treats collection ON SALE through Friday, Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

What other fun goodies can you make with this new Halloween series? Well, in addition to the spooky in-the-hoop bags, each design comes on its own, so you can create all kinds of fun Halloween creations!

Embroidered Halloween onesie for little tricksters

From stuff for kids…

Make yourself a wicked embroidered shirt this Halloween season

To a little something wickedly fun for yourself…

Craft up some quick and easy Halloween decor with the new Tricks & Treats collection

to simple home decor for the spooky season!

Grab these limited edition Halloween printables for FREE when you buy the new Tricks & Treats collection!

Don’t wait! These printables are ONLY available for as long as the collection is on sale. That means that when the sale ends on Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m., Central time, your chance to grab the printables is gone! So take advantage of your good timing and grab the whole collection for only $15, with these fun Halloween extras thrown in for FREE.

Happy haunting!

Urban Threads Costume Contest 2015

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. It’s our favorite time of year again! October is here, and it’s time for one of our most popular contests of the year…

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens Friday, Oct. 2, and ends Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at noon Central time. That means you have plenty time to send photos from your fun parties on Halloween night! Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous Urban Threads contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! You can add it to instagram or the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2015. However, in order to make your entry official you MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com, with a link to where you photo is online, or attach it to your email and we’ll upload it for you.

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU the week after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

(woot!)

Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

Good luck and happy stitching everyone!

Color Inspirations – Spooky Sunset

Use the simple but eerie effect of sunset and shadows on your next project with this Spooky Sunset color inspiration.via pinterest

October is here! It’s just too hard to resist doing some fun spooky color inspirations for the season. This week, use the simple effect of sunset and shadows. An all-black design will look decadently spooky on a sunset hued fabric, without losing the chance to add bold color to your project! See how it compares to the original.

Which to you prefer?

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.

Costume Contest 2014 – We Have a Winner!

And the winner of the Urban Threads 2014 Costume Contest, as voted on by you, is …

…this dazzling Sim Sin’karaleth (or the Hedgehog) gown by Angemessen! It was made as a LARP costume for ConQuest of Mythodea, and it was showcased to stunning effect. Embroidery was combined with beading on the bodice to give it that royal, metallic edge.

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Thanks to everyone who shared your amazing embroidered creations! There were SO MANY stunning entries this year, and we wish we could give prizes to all of you. Keep rockin’ on with your crafty selves … we can’t wait to see the costumes yet to come!

2014 Costume Contest Finalists

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Congrats to winner Angemessen!

The night has passed, and what a night it was! Right up ’til the last moment I’m sure some machines were a-whirring, but the entries are in, and we have our top 10 finalists. As usual, we got SO many amazing entries this year it was hard to choose just ten, and it seems like every year people are going bigger and better than before. So, luckily, choosing the final winner isn’t on us… it’s on you! You have ’til Monday, Nov. 10 at noon Central time to vote on your favorite. Please just vote only once, and choose carefully! There’a lot of talent in this lineup…

Take a look at these 10 finalists below, and then cast your vote at the bottom of the post. And congrats to the top 10 finalists!

La Belle et La Bete by Wendy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

1) This La Belle et la Bete gown is by Wendy (that’s French for Beauty and the Beast). I love how she stitched all the different designs in one color to pull them all together.

Little Broken Doll by Fondie - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

2) This Little Broken Doll costume is by Fondie. It’s got a great use of embroidery all around the costume, and is even topped off by a UT lace top hat! Cute and a little bit creepy all at once.

Cersei Lannister by Nancy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

3) This Cersei Lannister costume is by Nancy, replicating her famous red gown in the series Game of Thrones. She’s got the evil attitude to match!

Frida Kahlo by Christina- One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

4) This adorable little Frida Kahlo was stitched up by Cristina in Mexico. So colorful and fun, and just perfect with those little eyebrows. I love the hair too!

Sim Sin'karaleth by Angemessen- One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

5) This stunning piece is Sim Sin’karaleth (or the Hedgehog) by Angemessen. It was made as a LARP costume for ConQuest of Mythodea, and it was showcased to stunning effect. Embroidery was combined with beading on the bodice to give it that royal, metallic edge.

Demon Couple by Pennie - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

6) This demon couple is by Pennie. She stitched all kinds of wicked designs on their costumes but used a coordinating color theme to pull it all together. I’m seriously loving those horns too!

The ninjabread men by Tam - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

7) These Ninjabread Men are Ben, Drew, and Jack and it was all stitched up by Tam. It’s a great example of taking a single idea from a UT design (like the ninjabread man) and making a whole costume out of it! Heck, even the dog got a costume.

Emerald Butterfly Dress by Liddy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

8) This Butterfly Gown is by Liddy. She stitched up a couple of different gowns, but this one really drew our eye, on everything from the gorgeous embroidery down the front to the clever use of the lace butterflies on her shoes and crown. Man, I really wish we would get an invite to all these amazing balls she keeps going to!

Steampunk Cat by Jessamy - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

9) In another great example of using a UT design as inspiration we have this Steampunk Cat by Jessamy. What do you get when you combine steampunk and cats? This of course. A cute kitten on the front and lots of stitched gears all around. The furry kitten mittens and ears go great with the steampunk goggles. What a creative way to pull ideas together!

Venetian Carnivale by Mariah - One of the amazing 10 finalists in Urban Threads 2014 embroidered costume contest

10) This Venetian Carnivale dress is by Mariah, who actually went to Venice to try it out! It’s got a gorgeous use of embroidery on the front, and even a little touch of lace in the hat. So elegant.

So, these are your 10 finalists. Vote below for your favorite only once, and we’ll announce the winner of the $50 Urban Threads gift certificate next week!

UPDATE: Voting has closed! Congrats to winner Angemessen!

Fridays At The Office – Halloween Edition

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Halloween shenanigans around the office. Some of us clearly work too hard, and are looking a little thin. Others might be fans of Twin Peaks. Honestly, it’s pretty much always Halloween around here, but we’re letting a little more weird into the office today.

Happy Halloween, Urban Threadsters!

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