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Someone on Facebook suggested that the big lace skull could be used like a mask. Naturally, we had to test this theory. Our digitizer Bonnie volunteered. We have deemed it a terrifying success.

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Get The Look – Glamorous Embroidered Sweatshirt

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

This cute sweatshirt we found on asos is a good example of a simple accent adding a lot of elegance. This sweater is pretty simple on it’s own, but add a touch of embroidery in the right places and suddenly it’s worth nearly $80! The execution is chic but easy to do ourselves. Plus it’s a simple enough concept that there’s probably a shirt or sweater in your closet you could transform right now.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

All you need to give your sweatshirt an updated look is of course, a sweatshirt, some awesome heraldic designs (in this case, the corner and frame edge) and some lace. We’re going to use the heraldic pieces to build a frame, and then applique the lace underneath. The lace is meant to mimic the fishnet stitching on the original, and give it that elegant edge. What’s nice is that by combining these embroidery designs into a large “frame” piece, you can still get a pretty big finished result, even with a small hoop.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Start with your front piece. Pin or spray your lace in place on your sweater, and then stitch your heraldic designs on top of it, in a closed “frame” shape. This isn’t the same oval as the original inspiration, but I personally think this sort of triangle shape is more flattering anyway. If you want to get a better idea about how to lay these out like this, you can check out our original heraldic tutorial. When your frame is done stitching, carefully cut away the excess lace outside of the stitched edge.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Ok! So one down, two more to go. You’re going to repeat this technique on your sleeves. If you’ve never stitched on sleeves before, it’s simple! All you need to do is split the seams all along the side of your sweater and down your sleeve, to let the fabric lay flat. There’s an easy tutorial on how to do it here. Once your have your sleeve open and flat, you can stitch the same “framed” lace piece up on the shoulder. Do this on both sides.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

Stitch the back of your sleeves and side of your sweater closed again, and you’re done.

Get the look of this chic embroidered sweatshirt from Glamorous by DIYing it with machine embroidery and lace

From plain closet sweater to a runway original, you can use this look on everything from tees to long sleeve shirts. It’s a bold statement without a lot of stitches and without the need for a giant hoop. The sweater from Glamorous was nice, but it always feels better to DIY, because you get to pick the cut, the colors, everything!

Quick Pic – Lacy Masquerade

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images off facebook, flickr and instagram.


Gorgeous use of the Evenfall lace designs from Kim Santariello on flickr. Grab these elegant designs for yourself!

Get The Look – Lucky Ombre Embroidery Tee

Replicate the look of this pretty spring ombre tee with just simple lace and fabric paint!

Spring is right around the corner (I hope I hope I hope… stupid Minnesota) and I’ve started feeling like my winter wardrobe is super drab. Greys were my color all winter long but now I’m dreaming of light tees in bright colors, like this super pretty ombre tee from Lucky Brand. I found it on pinterest, but after a quick search around the appears to sadly be only one in existence on amazon, at least when I typed this there was.

Never fret, this tee is actually super easy to replicate! I’ll show you how…


First what you need is a plain white tee and some white lace embroidery accents. This example uses these new lace neckline applique designs, but actually you can applique on any kind of freestanding lace or even use this technique with cutwork! The important part is whatever design you use, you stitch in white cotton, because that’s whats going to let us perfectly blend our lace in with our ombre.

You can either hand stitch the lace on like applique like we did in this tutorial, or stitch it directly on to the shirt. Either works!


Next, get some of that awesome soft fabric paint. You can find this stuff in most fabric and craft stores, and it comes in tons of colors. Make sure you get the soft fabric paint, this is the kind that will sink into your fabric like dye, instead of sit on top like a screenprint. Lightly spray the top of your tee and the lace, getting lighter in your application as you go down.


The paint will perfectly dye both your tee and your lace together, so the ombre will blend seamlessly. Easy!

Replicate the look of this pretty spring ombre tee with just simple lace and fabric paint!

From a plain white tee to a springy fashion statement, it’s easy to get the look of the original tee with simple supplies. Plus this way you can choose a t-shirt style that suits you, and pick whatever color for the ombre you like. As long as you use a cotton tee and white cotton thread for your lace, it will all blend and dye beautifully.

Happy spring!

Urban Threads Tackles Cutwork

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Cutwork is a classic embroidery technique where portions of fabric are cut out and filled with a lace-like embroidery. Versions of it have been around before, but never in the classic Urban Threads style… until now! In this new Dark Heart design, pretty lace covers a cut-out shape in your fabric, surrounded by one-color roses digitized with incredible dimension.

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We fell in love with this style once we found out how easy it is to get a dramatic effect. You’ll be amazed how simple this process is… check out the tutorial to see how!

Urban Entrepreneurs – Susitaika

I love that we have so many international stitchers among Urban Threadsters, and it seems like a lot of them have a very entrepreneurial spirit. This week’s Urban Entrepreneurs feature comes all the way from Finland, with the awesome and punktastic stitching of Laura Lipponen from the online store Susitaika. We’ve seen Laura’s work before, when she took the amazing plunge into digitizing her own work. She’s since taken on her own business, both on Etsy and on her own website.

Today Laura joins us to talk a little about her online store, and shares some of her self-modeled embroidered wares…



What started you into embroidery?

My path to embroidery starts with my love of making my own clothes. When I was a kid, I made some curtains into cool tops. Got teased at school, OF COURSE. But still kept my individual voice like a boss.

I wanted to make clothes, but my mom’s Singer and I – we did NOT get along. So I begged for my mom to buy me a new machine. (Actually, the Singer DID have some sort of a fault that even a repair guy couldn’t do anything about it – they would’ve needed a new part, but since the machine was so old and that particular part had the tendency to break, nothing could be done.)


When we went to the store to buy a new machine for me, they were getting rid of every Husqvarna Viking machine, they stopped carrying that label. I wanted a cool looking Bernina, but there was one sewing machine with an embroidery head (Husqvarna Viking Platinum Plus) that was on such a ridiculous sale price that my mom made me try it. And I fell in love! That’s when I was introduced to embroidery.


Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I found UT on Craftster! Niamh had posted the fantabulous tute of the wood burning leaf image. To this day that is still my FAVOURITE wood burning project – such a beautiful picture. Not surprisingly I’ve embroidered that picture of the leaves a hundred times…


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

My parents have had a business of their own since forever and I have many friends who have their own companies as well. It’s very common here in Finland to start your own business. So I did. Some of my friends told me they’d order stuff from me if they could deduct it in their taxes, and for that I needed the VAT number.


What kinds of folks are your customers? Who do you hope to cater to?

Gothic chic and geeky types. I look for people with a sense of humor and a touch of the dark in their souls. People who understand writers such as Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. The kinds of people who I automatically feel are my friends.


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

Errrms… I’m sure I just learned a lesson this week… Ohh, it might be scheduling things. It’s VERY important to have a strict schedule, so you can keep up with seasonal sales, the markets you’re going to go to sell at and all that. The more structure you have in your life the better. I love TO-DO lists and even painted a black board on my door so I can wipe things off when I’m done.


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

I’m hoping that in a year I will be mostly done with school and can actually start providing myself with my business. At the moment I’ve had this problem of doing definitely too many things at once, so it has taken its toll. I’ve had two jobs on top of my own business and now I’ve had one job, business and school! It’s definitely been hard. But this summer anything has started to seem possible again. For a year I wasn’t so sure. But now I am! The thing that I’m looking forward most is that I’ve been talking about some cooperative things to do with some local artists. Kinda like your UT Labs.

I love the dark and punk attitude that Laura puts into all her wares, and the big possibilities for the future. With the guts to not only try digitizing, but jump into her own business, I’m sure the future projects and collaborations Laura takes on will be just amazing! If you want to grab some of your own gothic stitchy wares, check out her Etsy store or

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 with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!

May Flickr Roundup

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” — Robin Williams.

That’s right, Spring is finally here! Lets party with the May flickr roundup…

Crazy Dog Lady!

Time Wrinker has posted some really sweet zipper pouches on the UT flickr group recently. She rocked out this crazy dog lady pouch so fast! I love the cute bone zipper pull.

Batty Bag

This is phenomenal! I love the style of the bag, paired with the sweet hanging bats. Shefightslikeagirl did an amazing job with this piece.


Wowza! Pooka employed many beautiful hand stitching techniques to create this skeleton girl cameo. Her smart teenage daughter commandeered it for her room!


Very cute monster key chain. Marylou has many more fun creations posted on the flickr pool. Check her out!

Embroidered Monk Bag

Becca made custom shopping bags to take to her local wool festival! I bet these knitting skully bags will look great filled to the brim with new yarn and other woolly delights.


I love this veggie collage  pouch by Brandy. It would be such a great place to keep veggie seeds for gardening. Yay spring!

Urban threads

There is a lot of awesome happening here. Jennifer hand dyed her threads! I love the metallic accents at the top also. Stunning work!


I love this black on white leather clutch by MiaSpider. The lace accents pair nicely with the Victorian quilting designs.


Another great Don’t Panic design, turned pincushion! I’m digging the amazing fuchsia baroque frame Meagan found for her piece.


This gorgeous piece of jewelry was crafted by Anik! The asymmetrical way the lace lays across her collar bones is really stellar.

What a great embroidery party! A big thanks to everyone who posted their amazing creations to the UT flickr pool. Keep the creative magic coming, we love it.

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