Posts Tagged ‘machine embroidery’

Urban Entrepreneurs – Dirty Girl Designs

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!

Highlighting stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items, and offer some wisdom about the realities of running your own biz.Dirty Girl Designs on Etsy

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

One of the things I wish I’d realized a bit more when I started Dirty Girl Designs was that keeping to a niche, if you have one, is crucial.

In crafting especially, we tend to be all over the place in our mediums, which is great, but I found sticking to a theme really helped me to focus on making things I really love as opposed to all sorts of things I’m making to just pay the bills.

So even now, I’ve slowly been rethinking what I sell, and how I sell it, and that even if I want to make purses, dresses, and lace all in one shop, those items have a way they connect to each other, and more importantly, how they connect me to my idea of what Dirty Girl Designs should be about, which is slightly naughty on occasion, and even downright risque at all times.

Urban Entrepreneurs – September Embroidery

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!

il_fullxfull.609647762_cseiSeptember Embroidery on Etsy

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

Best tip–work those product tags! I am constantly changing and testing my etsy tags to get better results. My goal is to be on Etsy’s front page with every item.

Urban Threads Runway Fashions

A chill is full in the air and fashion showcases are going on up and down runways around the world. We’re celebrating fall fashions all this week as part of our Fall Sale, and we thought we’d do a quick roundup of Urban Threads fashions that really have walked the runway, from a number of very talented fashion designers who use machine embroidery as one of their tools of the trade.

These stunning fashion images are courtesy of Jenny Jeshko for the Mercedes-Benz Prague Fashion Weekend, Tim+Thom for the Red Dress Collection, Alt.Kilt for NY Fashion Week, Ivy Frozen for the Japan Expo 2014 and Scoundrelle’s Keep for the fall Pomme de Sang show.

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10599337_907737995922420_1121501470123213926_nJenny Jeshko

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15123864255_297b6f4abc_kIvy Frozen

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From home machines to runway ready, machine embroidery is finding a new place and new audiences all over the world. We love seeing what these superstars of fashion do with Urban Threads designs.

If you want a piece of fall fashion to yourself, craft it up at home with the Fall Fashion Sale, going on now through the weekend. We may not all get a piece of the runway, but we can look like we do!

Quick Pic – Bespoke

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

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Anna in Germany wrote in-

“I recently had the great pleasure to create a bespoke LARP costume. The client was totally into your Mendhika designs, so we used them on the corset (hand painted, machine embroidered, hand embroidered with filigrees and beads) as well as on the kimono (hand painted, machine embroidered).”

WOW!

 

Quick Pic – Soul Stealer

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

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All I’ll say about this, is that this quilt is called the Soul Stealer, and it was created from dreams. If that’s enough to get you intrigued, then you need to read more about this amazing quilt over on Becca’s Blog.

Quick Pic – Good Boy

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

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Not to Point It Out or anything, but that little guy sure is obedient. Awesome stitching and humorous photography as always by Stitchfork.

Diving Into Digitizing – A Newbie Digitizer’s Experiment

As Urban Threads grows, now and again we get to add to our talented team of digitizers and artists. Our most recent addition is our pink-haired digitizing queen Bonnie. She came into this with a lot of artistic talent to begin with, so her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of digitizing as an art is a fascinating one. The rare peeks into the world of digitizing often come from those who have worked in the industry for awhile, but what’s it like facing this unique technology as a total newcomer?  

Bonnie gives us that peek by sharing a fun personal experiment she embarked on when she first started, and shares her insights as to what it was like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

New UT digitizer Bonnie

New UT digitizer Bonnie

When I first started digitizing I felt overwhelmed and amazed by the beautiful designs that were on the Urban Threads site. How was it even possible to paint with stitches? I was learning the science of the process, but I wanted to experiment with the art of embroidery. My dogs Hopscotch and Possum were my first choices to work with as inspiration, but the design needed to be as unique as they are…

It was obvious that embroidered dogs in space suits were the only possible thing I could do.

I found some great photography references for space stuff and started looking through the painterly designs on the Urban Threads site to see how the light-stitching effect was created. I wanted to plan how I was going to create shading, and I studied how the filled areas were layered to create subtle regions of color while keeping the stitch count low. The trick seemed to be finding the right density so that there were enough stitches to visually fill the space, but few enough to leave the fabric and layers of color beneath peeking through.

This really is an artistic process and it felt like learning a new medium. Technically, I was not officially doing this advanced type of work at the time, so this was all about fun experimentation!

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

Early sketch ideas

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

The most important part of course – dogs in spacesuits

I created a few loose sketches of how I wanted the cockpit of the spaceship to look. I decided I was going to flip the first design and just change some details to save time and make them look symmetrical. Then it was time to turn them into stitches…

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

The on-screen digitized designs in Wilcom

I had to first choose a few shades of gray to work with so that I could blend them from dark to light, just like painting. It became quickly apparent how difficult this is to manage while keeping the number of color changes low. When you are painting, it doesn’t matter how many times you go back and forth between colors to add more shading. When embroidering, the progression from one color to the next needs to be planned out so that as much of each thread color is stitched out at once as possible before moving on to the next. The freedom of moving from place to place within the embroidery design as you would with a painting is also lost, because each time you move from one area to another it creates a trim. This requires planning as you move throughout the piece, making sure each area of color has a way to connect to the next. This was difficult for me because my artistic style is extremely spontaneous. Creating the painterly style of embroidery was more like building a complex puzzle than pushing color around with a paintbrush.

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

After digitizing a few layers of open fills (the same technique used to create the painterly designs), I added touches of lighter colored satins to add shine, and imply a light source outside of the window. That is usually my favorite part of working on any piece of art — making things look shiny! In addition, by choosing a dark fabric to act as part of the design, I was able to leave the stitching light, and work mostly on the highlights.

Not everything worked exactly as planned, but it was amazing to use my traditional art skills to blend colors and layers of embroidery. It felt awkward and challenging, but the excitement of the potential outweighed any problems I ran into.

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

The final stitched versions

During the sewing out process I witnessed firsthand why we work so hard to limit the number of color changes and trims and why we make sure that there are not more stitches in a design than necessary. The best part was learning why people enjoy embroidery so much — it’s incredible to hold the finished product in your hands and love it!

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

I learned so much more than I was expecting to during the creation of these designs. Drawing and digitizing them gave me a whole new respect for our artists and digitizers here.

UT digitizer Bonnie shares her experience of diving into the strange and technical world of machine embroidery digitizing as a total newcomer with a fun experiment. See what it's like to work through the weirdness of how machine embroidery really works when you’re totally new to the medium…

Plus, the little astronaut approved!

If you want to see more about how we experiment with the medium of machine embroidery in often totally weird ways, you can also check out another project that our head digitizer Danielle and art director Niamh teamed up to make happen, called the Crane Wife. You’d be surprised how many techniques and new art styles we’ve discovered with off-the-wall experimentation like this!