I’m in love with all the amazing work in the UT Flickr group. Let me count the ways with a February roundup!
These sweet, quirky Valentines day kitties by Weirdlings are so much fun! I love the different color ways of the doodle heart, and of course the little embroidered eyes really bring these kitties to life.
My baby Olive, loves baths and yellow ducks! I think this quilt is right in her wheel house. Kathleen really had a creative stroke of genius when putting this together.
Dueling duck quilts! This one by Katrina adds great typography to the quilt layout.
I love how versatile and imaginative everyone is with their embroidery. Keep sharing the love and posting pictures to the UT Flickr group of all the amazing projects you create. We love seeing it, and we love you all!
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Looking for something sweet to hold a gift on Valentines, or maybe just give on its own? Next to Nicx has a template and easy tutorial on how to make this great little gift. Fill it with chocolates and you have the perfect embroidered valentines surprise!
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!
Since their release less than two weeks ago, it has been nothing short of amazing watching The Giving Bunny army spread from one bunny on my studio table to a whole army spreading bunny joy across the world! With another weekend of possible bunny schemes to come, I thought I’d share some of the adventures these little guys have already been up to.
Folks jumped in with both feet to make a small army of regular bunnies…
But it didn’t take long before they started taking on wild personalities of their own…
They formed their own little groups, even forming their own little bands and groupies…
Some seemed strangely familiar, but I couldn’t figure out exactly “Who” they were. Hmm.
They ventured out for movies and social events…
took on their own personalities and personas…
and even expressed their own nerdy quirks and interests.
They are also made by all kinds of people, in all different ways, all over the world. They’ve been made (and found!) by adults and kids…
Made by hand…
by experienced stitches and those who had never tried embroidery before…
And by machine, sometimes into mini bunny armies themselves!
And when the bunnies were done and dressed up, they ventured out into the world, waiting for their new owners and prepared for an adventure (and possible bad weather).
They’ve invaded schools, libraries, coffee shops, movie theaters, nursing homes and even hospitals…
Tucked away and waiting excitedly for their new owners to come along and find them.
With the growing bunny army venturing out into the world, bunnies are finding new homes and maybe even inspiring the creation of more bunnies! After all, it is the season of giving, and the bunnies are all for the holiday spirit.
With each bunny found, one more person might join in to spread the bunny joy, and thus the bunny army grows.
and spread to 5 continents around the world, with schemes even to Antarctica!
click the map to visit and add a bunny!
All within two short little weeks.
Who knew bunnies were so good at multiplying?
With your help, and a giving spirit, who knows for far these bunnies can go, and how many people we can bring a little joy to. If you want to take part, check out all the details on the Giving Bunny Projecthere, and grab your FREE bunny design for machine stitchers here, and hand stitchers here. You can browse through all the photos of the giving bunnies we’ve gotten so far with the gallery above and even add your own.
Happy holidays everyone, and thank you for being in the giving spirit! It has been nothing short of inspiring to watch the world embrace these bunnies. I hope your adventures go well this weekend