Got 30 minutes? You’ve got time to make yourself a new workout tee! Some bold embroidery and a few snips and ties are all that’s needed to transform an oversized plain tee into a chic embellished workout top. Get the tutorial here!
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.
We’ve got a new edition of our “Get the Look” series, and this one is all about the fellas! I feel like sometimes they get a little neglected in the embroidery industry. So today, we have this slick distressed embroidered men’s shirt with contrasting detail from ROAR. I’m loving the slightly tribal and light stitching look of this piece. How to get something similar? Easy!
First, find yourself (or your fella) a similarly fit button down. Take a look at some of the colors already offered on the shirt. This can often be a great place to start in choosing colors. For instance, the deep reddish buttons on this piece inspired the color of the designs, which helps make the whole thing look more cohesive when you stitch it.
To get the look of the previous tribal-y cross-inspired design, you can combine the Lucky 7 Cross with the lighter stitching Tribal Swirl. These designs are perfect for layering, not unlike we did in this tutorial using the same Lucky 7 Collection.
Using a similar placement, open the shirt and hoop up the upper left shoulder. Stitch two mirrored tribal pieces first, then finish it off with the cross design on top. A little bolder, and a little less light stitching than the original, but still doable on a men’s shirt that’s not too light. Worried it’s too dense? Try a smaller version of the cross or go with an applique version. Either way you’ll still get a similar look.
Easy! From a thrift store find to a hip new shirt for him, all it takes are some light stitches and so special hooping techniques. Just remember to keep your colors in harmony with the colors already present on the shirt, and it will look like it came off the rack just like that!
Unlike some of our other pincushion designs, this little guy doesn’t mind his pins and needles one bit! Yup, this prickly plush can only earn his spikes by helping you out in the sewing room. Stitch him up all in the hoop, and then for extra fun, stick him in a mini pot with some stones so he can liven up your desk with plush greenery year round.
Want to make your own? Grab your little cactus design here, and then check out this tutorial on how to make him!
I’ve actually been holding off on sharing this little story that happened back in February ’til we had some photos to share, and I’m happy we finally get to tell you a bit about a fun little project that the Blackthorn designs were involved in.
Late last year, we were happy to take on a new member of the crew to help us back in the sewing room. As well as running four industrial machines like a pro, he also happens to be Tim of our local fashion dream team TIM + THOM. It was just too darn tempting not to get involved with Tim’s fashion magic at some point, and that came with the opportunity of the Red Dress Collection here in Minneapolis. Tim designed a gorgeous dress for the event, complete with a glam jacket with a touch of elegant embroidery on the back.
Garrett Born Photography
Recognise it? He mirrored two of the interlocking border Blackthorn designs to create a subtle suggestion of a lace heart, stitching it in gorgeous tone-on-tone. The light designs really complemented the sheer areas of the rest of the dress, and brought a nice bit of unexpected drama to the back.
Garrett Born Photography
The full coat can be removed to reveal chic little red dress underneath, showcasing a similar full silhouette and sheer fabric.
This subtle embroidered detail walked the runway on the night of the big show, which I got to attend in person as my first fashion show! It was so cool to see a tiny piece of UT stitching up there with all the flash and glamour, and great to see both Tim and his brother Thom up there showcasing their amazing work in local fashion.
This is of course the only photo evidence I can find that I attended, and I’m not even looking at the camera! Oh well. The night really belonged to the designers, and we’re so honored to have such a talent helping us around the studio. I’m secretly (or not so secretly now, I guess) hoping I get to work with Tim again on even more embroidered projects, because his TIM + THOM studio is doing really fun things.
Congrats, Tim, on your amazing designs and mad skills, and we’re always happy to contribute some threads to a fashionable cause. We can’t wait to see what you do next, especially if it involves embroidery.