Posts Tagged ‘kitty’

Urban Entrepreneurs – Longvalley Bears

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Urban Entrepreneurs - Longvalley Bears

Longvalley Bears on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

Photography is everything in this business. Do some research and see how others are displaying similar products. There are some great “how to” instructions out there for people with absolutely no photography skills and fancy camera equipment is not necessary. Also, do a quick search for free photo editing applications for those pictures you may have taken when it was just a little too dark. Or try as you might, just can’t seem to get the balance correct. When using the photo editors stay true to the product though. People need a clear image of what they are purchasing.

UT Tutorial – Doodle Stitch Wall Hanging


Most of the time, designs are just as cute as they can be all on their own. Sometimes though, a design lets you add a little extra oomph to make it really magical. This little kitty design is super cute with him doodling away, but what do you suppose he’s drawing? Well that’s the fun of it… it’s all up to you.

Use freestyle machine stitching to continue this little kitty’s doodles into a totally custom wall hanging. Get the tutorial here!

How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made

How machine embroidery designs are made

Many of you have asked before about the process that goes into making a designs, well today just felt like the right day to come clean about how the magic happens. Literally. You have no idea how many tiny tacos it takes to stitch out all our designs.

Ok, so I know it’s coming… how many of you really want Steampunk Bacon Cat as a design?

*EDIT* – Ok, your wish is my command. That’s right, your Steampunk Bacon Cat design is here! Get him right here. Just make sure your tiny sewing gremlins are well stocked with tiny tacos.

(Also, I feel it prudent to note that I am the first person on the internet to put the words “steampunk bacon cat” together. It’s true. I googled.)

Flickr Roundup – Halloween Edition!

Well, it may all be sleigh bells and jolly tidings everywhere else around July, but around here we’re howling at the moon and having ourselves a spooky time. It’s Halloween in July! In celebration, I thought we’d have a ghoulish little roundup of some of the creepy crafts our stitching wizards have made for everyone’s favorite time of year.

OK, my favorite time of year. But on here I practically count for everyone.


Lace as always is a big hit with the gothic crowd (as you’ll quickly be able to tell from this roundup) and this gorgeous mask was whipped up by Storied Threads, embroiderer and costumer extraordinaire. I just love the addition of the flowing feathers! It makes it all look so dark and romantic.

Halloween Triptych

Our creepy take on old world primitive style was a big hit when we released them, and Lyn Sews wasted no time in stitching up three of the creepy characers of the Primitive Macabre series into this awesome Hallowen triptych. I’m really loving the burlap colored fabric she used as well, it really gives them an old world feel.

Tia in mask

It’s a little bit steampunk, to be sure… ok, a lot of steampunk… but steampunk is going to be huge for Halloween again this year, and you might as well embrace it! dj ghostuk made this gorgeous ensemble with the raven mask (pictured up top) minus the raven’s beak, but plus 4 different steampunky colors to fabulous effect. You’ll also notice a tiny little lace key hidden up top amongst the feathers of her hat.

The whole effect is really fantastic, and something I would be proud to rock on Halloween! It’s also making me wish I had a lot more hair…


Speaking of rockin’ it proud and loud, Carol stitched up this Dia De Los Muertos Calavera dress for a friend, and I am just loving the skull fabric! And the pose. But really, you can never have enough skull fabric, can you?

blue black bat choker test drive 3-1-2011

Lace is at it again, in full gothic effect! These lace bats were not originally designed to be a necklace, but when has a little thing like that ever stopped an Urban Threadster? Certainly not one like Nayayane, who stitched them together and added some bling for a festive way to celebrate the season.

Or any season really. Give them little Santa hats and I’m sure they’d fit right into the Holidays.

Moon-lit tree tote bag

Just feeling dark and spooky any old time?

Well like our any-season Santa-hat-wearing winged mammals (bet you dont see that sentence on a blog everyday) this bag is perfect for any time, provided you’re feeling a little spooky. And, if it’s not feeling spooky enough, well you can add some of our winged friends to this elegant tree design stitched up by My World’s a Stage, and call it good.


Need a costume in a hurry? Crafty Dame has just the thing! Stitch some freestanding lace wings and baste them onto a tee, and you’ve got a little magic in a hurry. Not feeling so heavenly? Stitch ’em in black for a darker twist.

Handmade Vampire Bunny Felt Stuffie

Of course, who could forget our fangtastic little vampire bunny, who really us trying so very hard to hypnotize you with those beady little eyes of his. Hippofairy really captured the essence of everything I love about fanged bunnies, namely that they always look cute and little bit bonkers. He fits the bill nicely.


Finally, I just had to finish this one, because not only is it a truly epic picture of a Elizabeth’s grumpy kitty in our witchy little lace hat, but also, it’s really begging to be LOLcat captioned. Leave your LOLcat hilarity in the comments!

If this Halloweeny roundup doesn’t get you in a witchy mood, well just wait to see what stitching wizardry we have in store for you tomorrow. And when I say wizard, well, I really mean it…

Do you want to see your stuff featured in a roundup? Upload it to our flickr pool or e-mail it to!

Flickr Roundup

A shiny new blog deserves a shiny new roundup! We’re starting fresh here, so let’s take a peek at what pretties have shown up in the flickr pool lately…

I'm So Retro bag

This little retro disk was a popular little freebie awhile back, and people have made all kinds of adorkable things with it, including this awesome little bag from Kentfield.  We actually have a printout of this design taped to the side of one of our computers in back.

Yes, we’re that retro.


Finished boots

Some seriously awesome boots from fiftyfirstcrafts, from everyone’s favorite sweater boots tute. I am loving the colors and seriously loving the cross design she chose.


alice in wonderland quilt 2

Can you believe this quilt? Look closely – that’s dozens of our Wonderland designs stitched alll over it!

I drool.

Though not on the quilt though. That wouldn’t be nice.

This stunner was stitched up by horsehaircreek and I think we agree we’re all in love.


Zipped Pouch

*In soviet Russia, machine embroiders you!*


Adorable little zippered pouch from donmark26. Plus, how cute is that little nesting doll fabric?


Maneki Neko

We got to show a little love to our hand stitchin’ peeps, and I am so in love with this fuzzy little needle punch kitteh.

I seriously don’t think that guy could  get any cuter. I hope karalynnn has some seriously epic plans for kitty.


zombie hand angle

Finally, feeling an epic hunger for braaaiiinnzz yet? No? Well, that’s probably good for the rest of us anyway…

You know, I have to say, there’s something really beautiful about the marriage of zombies and polka dot fabric. I think zombies should try it more often. It would give ’em a little pizzaz.

This precision stitched piece of zombie perfection has been brought to you by TiLT creations.

And the letter Z.

I think we’re off to a fine stitchy start here, peeps. Keep adding your fine threads to our the Urban Embroidery flickr pool and you might see them featured here!