Posts Tagged ‘not embroidery but awesome’

Snowmen vs. Gnomes

Though it’s not embroidery, I thought this has just the right amount of twisted fun to share with you guys…

Witness the cutest most epic battle of adorable violence and knitted chaos that is Anna Hrachovec’s Snowmen vs. Gnomes exhibit.

From the gallery:

Sworn enemies Gnomes and Snowmen fight it out for control over carrot supplies and herds of cuddly bunnies with as much pathos and violence as knitted toys can summon. Inspired by the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England, the installation is a study of iconic characters and their physical limits within the technical constraints of knitting.  The three-dimensional, linear scene plays out along the walls of gallery hanahou in a series of 40-plus panels.

In New York? You are a lucky duck. Pick me up a panel of kitted chaos, would you? (You can buy them!) If you’re not lucky enough, then just pop on over to her blog Mochimochi Land for more knitted fun.

I’m surprised Michael Bay didn’t think of this one first. He probably just couldn’t figure out how to make explosions in knit form…

via Craft

Urban Threads fabric is here

*Update – Contest is Closed! Winners announced soon*

Did you ever stop and think… Gee, how awesome would it be if I could have some fabric that perfectly matched my favorite embroidery series? You can select your answer below.

A) Really awesome

B) Totally awesome

C) Awesomley awesome

D) All of the above

I’d say D, but I’ll give anyone extra credit for C, since you appear to like the word awesome as much as I do. And it is AWESOME!

That’s right, Urban Threads has opened a Spoonflower store where you can buy fabrics to match some of your favorite series! It’s a small selection to start, but we thought we’d offer some of our holiday favorites, including our new Robot Christmas designs, and then expand with your requests.

So, you might ask, what is this Spoonflower and how does it work?

Spoonflower is an online store that makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. What this means for us is that without having to go full on into the textiles business, we can offer you awesome Urban Threads designs on fabric for your crafty needs. Spoonflower will print and ship your fabric directly do you, on demand.

This also means that for ordering purposes, all questions about fabric, shipping or general customer service should be dealt with through the Spoonflower site. You can e-mail us with groovy new fabric design ideas, but if you have a question about how long your order is going to take to get to Tahiti, you’ll need to contact Spoonflower, since we’ll be unable to help you. We just make the designs. Gotcha?

Sweet. Let’s get on to the fabric candy.


The Robot Christmas Collection

We’ve created four collections, each with two fabric designs in it. We couldn’t of course launch this new Spoonflower adventure without kicking it off with our new Robot Christmas embroidery series (on sale for a limited time!)

You can get the matching Spoonflower Robot Christmas collection here, featuring a full crazy lineup of all the robot characters, or a simpler little robo-gift pattern.


The Primitive Christmas Collection

We’ve also turned our popular Primitive Christmas embroidery series into it’s own fabric line.

You can check out the fabric collection here, featuring all the primitive characters, or just a cute little coordinating candy fabric to dress up your designs.


The Steampunk Christmas Collection

You didn’t think we forgot about Steampunk, did you?

What do you take us for?

Yup, your favorite Steampunk Christmas embroidery series is now available in it’s own fabric collection, featuring the full Steampunk Christmas characters, or you could just grab those steampunk snowflakes to add some simple gear-tastic goodness to this holiday season.


The Wonderland Collection

Finally, though it’s not Christmas themed, we just couldnt resist taking our mega-popular Wonderland embroidery series and giving it some Spoonflower magic.

Check out the Wonderland collection, featuring all your favorite characters, or a simple playing card suit for linings or edgings to any Wonderland design.


We are SO excited about this new venture into the fabric world. We hope you guys love it. It’s not all we’re excited about today though, because this weekend we’re giving away a chance for three lucky people to win three yards of Urban Threads fabric each. That’s right, we’ll ship you three yards of our quilting weight fabric, with any designs you like! Pick two yards of one kind, one yard of another, or go crazy with a full three yards of the one you love most. It’s up to you.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you might do with this fabric (that can include anything from project ideas to just staring at it happily, as far as we’re concerned) by Monday 11:59am, central time. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random to try out their favorite Urban Threads fabric on us.

What are you waiting for? Leave you comment below to enter! Good luck, and we hope you enjoy browsing our new Spoonflower fabrics. We can’t wait to see what you create with them!

Wicked Ironing Boards

I’ll start right here and now by fessing up… I hate ironing.

I don’t just mean that in the way most people mean that, by way of avoiding ironing slacks or shirts or pretty much anything wrinkly that comes out of the dryer. No, I mean that in the way that I’m supposed to be doing sewing tutorials as part of my living, with things like pressed seams, straight edges and funny things called “measurements”. I will for some reason pin the ever-loving floss out of something instead of just press a simple seam. I don’t know why. It’s a tick.

Well this week I HAD to press something as part of this weeks tutorial (coming soon!) and I was reminded of one of my reasons, if perhaps a little superficial, that I hate ironing. My ironing board is icky. It’s boring. It’s blue.

I need one of these.

These are the hardcore ironing boards from artist Wim Delvoye, created with enamel paint and awesomeness. I would hang these things all over my studio like other people display skateboards. They would be the crest of my craft, and ironing would suddenly feel cool again.

I need me some enamel paint. I might finally see pressed seams in my future!

via Dude Craft

Lace Webs by NeSpoon

Not that I’m dissing nature in any way, but if these were the only kinds of webs that appeared in the corners of my basement, I’d be a happy gal

These are not the work of on industrious arachnid with a needle, instead they are the beautiful installations of NeSpoon, a very talented Polish street artist.

UT Tutorial – Tattoo Tights

Halloween is starting to creep up on us, and it’s a perfect time to try out a whole new look, and whip up a fast costume. Don’t know what to be this year? How ’bout something with a tattooed rockabilly style? No ink commitment required! All we need is a pair of tights and a cool design.

There’s also no embroidery machine required, so everyone can give it a try.

Check out the tutorial here.

Sneaker Stormtrooper from Freehand Profit

Just spotted this over on Boing Boing and though it’s not embroidery, I HAD to share…

That’s some of the fabulous work of Urban Threads August featured artist, Freehand Profit. Yup, he created that whole thing out of sneakers.

Though I can’t quite justify the funds to snap up this one on ebay (look honey, I bought a nerd helmet made of shoes!) you can at least snap up some of his work in embroidery format.

Awesome work from one of our very talented artists.

Painted Thread Spools

Categorize this as things I didn’t know I should never throw away (that is, if all thread were awesome enough to be on wooden spools)…

If you’re unlucky like me to pretty much have all plastic thread spools, especially ones completely devoid of charming illustrations , then lucky enough for you there’s Amy Blackwell. She paints and sells these adorable additions to anyone’s craft room, and has given me serious inspiration if I ever DO get a spool that isn’t a wad of plastic.