Posts Tagged ‘not embroidery but awesome’

Urban Threads’ New Website!


It’s been a long time in the making, but we’re very excited to announce that Urban Threads has a brand shiny new website! Along with a new updated look, it’s packed with lots of improvements and features to help you find what you’re looking for with ease, and help make your experience getting designs even better.

Here are just some of the great features that have been added:

– A size preference feature in your profile to help make sure you’re buying designs that will work with your embroidery machine (machine embroiderers, go ahead and enter this info now — you’ll be glad later.)

– Bigger, clearer images of new designs, so you can see all the beautiful stitch detail

– Brand new, more helpful design categories

– A monthly archive of recently released designs, so you can see easily find what’s new

– New streamlined product display while searching and browsing — no more viewing designs in triplicate!

– Improved tutorial section — search or browse by tag to find just the tutorials you’re looking for

– And of course, everything is much prettier now!

When you first get to the new site, you’ll want to click on the top navigation bar to sign in, or sign up if you’re new to the site. Simply enter the same email and password you’ve always used on Urban Threads, and all your account information and order history will come with you. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll now notice that top bar has changed to a link to your new profile, your order history, and your faves.

We highly recommend that you update your profile right away — it’s got new features that will help make your Urban Threads experience as awesome as possible. You can enter your preferred machine embroidery format, order history display options, newsletter preference, and your machine’s embroidery area. Once you fill in your machine’s embroidery area, the tech gnomes on the website will helpfully display a little warning icon if you’re looking at a version of a design that’s too big for your machine.

The site will also display a helpful warning in your shopping basket if you try to check out with a design that’s bigger than the embroidery area listed in your profile. It’ll notify you if you’ve already purchased a certain design, too.

Want to add a design to your faves list, to keep it in mind for future stitchy awesomeness? Just look for the little heart icon with each design! You can see this both in the search view and on each product page. Once you click it, you’ll see a pop-up message indicating it’s been added to the list, and the little heart will stay checked so you always know while browsing which designs have already been added to your list.

You can do this while looking at individual products or even while browsing or searching. We’ve also updated the search so you no longer need to scroll through multiple versions of each design while browsing. Each design clearly indicates how many sizes are offered with the little size box, and if you roll over each box, you’ll see exactly what those sizes are. Clicking that box will take you to that size design.

What else? Well, the new categories are much improved and greatly expanded.

For instance, at long last, there’s finally a steampunk category! You’ll find it under Styles &  Subcultures, along with lots of other cool trends. If you’re not sure what you’ll find in each category, just roll over each section and it will tell you.

There’s also a nifty new tutorials section:

You can view by type of craft (for instance, all tutorials for machine embroidery) and narrow it further by saying you only want to see machine embroidery tutorials that have to do with apparel and decor. There are nearly 200 tutorials to explore and try. Go have a look!

There’s tons more to explore on the new site, but we won’t spell it all out here. Go explore it for yourself!

If you have any trouble logging in, buying, or otherwise using the site — or if you’d just like to let us know what you’d like to see on Urban Threads — send us a note through the contact form or email us directly at We’ll be polishing the site up in the weeks to come, and we’d love to hear your feedback!

Gorgeous Product Packaging for Thread Enthusiasts

I have an admission to make. I’m addicted to packaging design. It’s true. It’s a great tragedy in life when you love physical packaging and sell only digital product. Le Sigh.

I also think that a good deal of many craft supplies do not suffer from an overindulgence of package design, which is a darn shame. When you go to the craft store, the assumption seems to be you’re either 6 and there to pick up supplies for your macaroni plate or you’re 90 and love doilies.  Therefore I simply must celebrate anyone who takes the time to package beautiful skeins of thread into something that looks as delicious as these. Yum!

These delectable little boxes come from Adorn by Orna, and you can pick one up yourself from her Etsy store. What a fabulous gift these would make for a design happy embroiderer!

via craft gossip

Paint An Embroidery Pattern

Don’t have a needle handy? Never fear. Dream {a Little} Bigger has a great tutorial up about how to transfer and paint your favorite embroidery pattern onto a tee or canvas of your choice. Now you too can rock out in nerdy style, no machine or thread required.

Get the tutorial here.

DIY Cross-Stitch Cookies

Looking for something stitchy and sweet, without pulling out the needle and thread? These Cross-Stitch Cookies from Design*Sponge are just the ticket, and look super easy to make. What an amazing little touch these would make at a craft event! Hmm, I’ll have to add it to the list of things to have at our big Urban Threads Craftathon Dance Party event that currently only exists in my head. Someday…

Check out the tutorial on how to make these sweet crafty treats here!

DIY Thread House Numbers

Here’s a cool tutorial idea that you can make with stuff you probably already have around the house, especially thread (wink wink).

Some nails and thread create this cool 3D effect. How neat would this look with variegated colors? Get the full tutorial over on our humble a{bowe}d.

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.)

Alice’s Sewing Basket Print

Once an awesome threadless tee, now an amazing screen print from Jillian Nickell. It might be a late Christmas present, but it would be a good one. This would look amazing framed in a sewing room!