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…
First Prize in the Open Category was Beata Kania, with this fierce black dress.
First Prize in the Student Category was Claire Morris, with this amazing metallic top piece that almost looks like futuristic armor.
All the other entries are really stunning too. The detail that goes into these creations is incredible…
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.
The clever Molly over at Wild Olive has the BEST way of transferring hand embroidery designs I’ve seen to date! Light fabrics, dark fabrics, it doesn’t matter. So simple and clean, we’ll wonder why none of us thought of it before. See how she does it over on her blog.
Whether you’re a Game of Thrones nerd or not, you’ll want to head on over to this Buzzfeed post that showcases the amazing embroidery and fashion work of costumer Michele Carragher. The embroidered work on these pieces is mind boggling! I wonder what happens to these amazing pieces when they’re done filming?
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…
This amazing monster pillow by The Evil Thread is right in my wheel house. I love the neon colors and furry multicolored monsters.
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.
Here is a cute hand embroidered smart cookie by Rosie. The effect of embroidering on the argyle fabric is brilliant!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Great Gans und Garn bag with queen bee running stitch design. The limited color palate she chose is so sophisticated!
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!
I feel like this ship in a bottle in an embroidery hoop art by Dona has layers of deep meaning. And I like that.
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.
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It’s time… all through the month of May you Threadsters were playing with this design, in order to create your own colorful masterpieces for Urban Threads 5th Birthday Coloring Contest. Well the entries are in, and the top 5 finalists in each category have been chosen! First, our top colorful entries stitched up by an embroidery machine…
Machine Embroidery Finalists
This dark and broody black and red sparkle creation was made by Miriam.
This classic soft rainbow scheme entry was stitched up by Vicki.
This coloring contest entry is by Juliane, inspired by yummy coffee and chocolate.
This bright and bold coloring entry makes great use of a light colored outline, stitched up by inartwork.
This neon inspired coloring contest entry was stitched up by Cornelia.
All those crazy colors! What fun Are you ready to vote? Take a good long look at each of these colorful designs, and vote for your favorite below. Voting is closed!
Hand Embroidery Finalists
This blue and purple stitch-filled beauty was hand embroidered by Katheryn.
This colorful rainbow crayon-tinted creation was stitched up by April.
This hand embroidered coloring contest entry by Emily features beautiful variegated stitching on a faux wood fabric.
This coloring contest entry by Brandy features lovely running stitch outlines mixed with light washes of watercolor.
This bold and broody design was hand stitched by confident soba using lots of lovely fill stitches.
Are you ready to vote for your favorite hand embroidery entry? Second voting poll is below. Voting is closed!
A big congratulations to our 10 finalists for making it into the top 5 of their categories! Also, a big BIG thank you to ALL of you who entered. We had a lot of entries into this contest. Want to see them all? Of course you do! Check them out in the slideshow below. Thanks for helping us make our 5th Birthday extra special!Did you vote once for each category? GOOD! Voting will remain open until this Friday at noon central time, and we’ll announce the final winners in the newsletter!
Entries for our 5th Birthday coloring contest are starting to pour in! I love the creativity that’s already coming out, including innovative coloring techniques with paint & crayon tinting, and totally wild color schemes! Take a peek at some of the entries we’ve already received, and click on each one to see more about it…
Want even more? Check out this flickr gallery of all the entries thus far, then go grab the contest freebie, check out the details, and get stitching for a chance to win a $100 UT gift certificate! Remember this contest closes Friday, May 31, 2013, so get a move on.