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Volume 2 – Issue 3 Lookbook Out Now

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Dig into this year’s new magazine-style content with the third issue of the year!

Get inspired with unique ways to use your lace designs as accessories, transform your lace into gold, get moving with three fitness project ideas, try out the coloring trend in embroidery, and MORE! – all in addition to a look at the newest collections. Read the latest issue here.

Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all the past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

Craft Is Art – Coloring Contest!

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Spring is here, and color is on the way… we figured it was time for another awesome crafty contest! You know the big coloring trend that’s popped up all over the place lately? If you’ve never tried it, it’s a fun and zen way to get into a creative space. Well, we’ve got a super crafty way for you to give it a try, AND WIN yourself an amazing package of thread colors! 

To kick off this contest, we’re introducing a fun new FREEBIE you can use to get creative on coloring. First let’s take a peek at this new design you can grab to get your entry started…

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We’ve got a great new design done in simple black outlines, in a whimsical style perfect for coloring. You can download your freebie right here in four beautiful sizes, for both machine and hand embroidery.

Download your machine embroidery freebie, hoop it up with some stabilizer, and stitch away! If you’re doing it by hand, we recommend still stitching the outline in black so you can have fun adding color later.

Stitching your design on a white fabric is best, as that’s the easiest to color on. We recommend cotton or other natural fibers that will soak in fabric markers or fabric paint best.

Also, you may want to leave yourself some room on your fabric in case you wish to turn your colored design into a wall hanging, pillow, hoop art, or whatever else you might desire! That’s not technically part of the contest, but it’s a fun way to show off your hard work.

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There are all kinds of ways you can color your design. Obviously, the easiest is fabric markers, which you can find at pretty much any fabric or craft store. However, you don’t have to stop there. There are all kinds of other fun paint techniques you can mix into your design, like loose painting with fabric paints, or just paint splats. Any media you want to use for coloring are fair game!

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You can mix it up and get really creative with your medium, but the goal here is to color this design with as much personality as you can muster! When you’re done feel free to turn it into something fun! It can be on a bag, or pillow or anything, as long as we can still see your amazing coloring creation. You may send as many entries as you like.

So, once you’ve stitched and colored your magical creation, you’ll need to take a nice clear picture of it, and email it into contest@urbanthreads.com before Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m., Central time.

 

What Can You Win?

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Machine embroidery crafters have a chance to win..

100 beautiful Madeira Classic Rayon 40 colors, with a Madeira Classic Rayon color card for reference, plus 20 more assorted metallic, variegated, glow, and solar active threads, all on a handy wood thread rack – valued at $500!!

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Hand embroidery crafters have a chance to win…

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80 beautiful DMC thread skeins in every color of the rainbow, 20 more assorted metallic and variegated threads, 2 Stitchbow binder inserts, 30 floss holders, a 3 pack bamboo embroidery hoop set, two needle sets, and scissors – all with a handy needlework travel back to store it all – valued at $150!!

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Once the entries have come in and the contest has closed on April 30, the finalists (up to 10 in each division) will be posted on Thursday, May 5.

Once the finalists are announced, it’s your job to vote for the winner! Voting will be open from May 5 to Tuesday, May 10. The winner will be announced after the voting period has ended.

*Note: If you reside outside the United States, you’re still eligible for the contest, but your prize will be a virtual gift basket of gift certificates for Urban Threads, Embroidery Library, and a craft store near your location – with the total equal to the value of the division prize (in U.S. dollars).*

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So what are you waiting for? Grab your freebie, get stitching, then get coloring! Remember, contest entries are due by April 30. You could win a BIG prize of thread to let you add your colorful touch to all kinds of future embroidery projects!

Good luck and happy coloring!

Volume 2 – Issue 2 Lookbook Out Now

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Dig into this year’s new magazine-style content with the second issue of Volume Two!

Get inspired with four unique design trends to try out in your home, get advice from Etsy sellers, learn to machine embroider on leather, see a roundup of kitchen inspiration, and MORE! – all in addition to a look at the newest collections. Read the latest issue here.

Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all the past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

Volume 2 – Issue 1 Lookbook Out Now

Urban Threads Lookbook Vol 2 Issue 1. Get ideas for how to organize your studio, update your look with embroidery, take a peek at a featured customer project, try some easy Valentine's Day ideas, dive into the trend of monogramming, and MORE! - all in addition to a look at the newest collections. click to browse

The lookbook is new and improved! Dig into this year’s new magazine-style content.

Get ideas for how to organize your studio, update your look with embroidery, take a peek at a featured customer project, try some easy Valentine’s Day ideas, dive into the trend of monogramming, and MORE! – all in addition to a look at the newest collections. Read the latest issue here.

Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all the past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

Volume 1 – Issue 11 Holiday Lookbook Out Now

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Lookbook volume 11 is out!

Get some great last-minute holiday ideas on everything from DIY gifts and Christmas fashions to trimming the tree. Plus, check out holiday customer projects, free tutorials, and more! Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.

Top 10 Costume Contest Finalists – Vote for your favorite!

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The moon has set, and the leaves have fallen… but there’s still a little bit of spooky glamour yet. Today we reveal the top 10 2015 Urban Threads costume contest finalists! There was of course, much debate in the office about the amazing entries, but luckily for us, it is now up to YOU to vote to pick the winner of this contest and the $50 Urban Threads gift certificate.

Scroll through these amazing ten finalists and find out a little about each, then vote for your favorite at the bottom. Don’t wait — voting closes Tuesday, Nov. 10 at noon, Central time! The winner will be announced Wednesday and contacted via email. Once you’ve voted, be sure to check out ALL the amazing and crafty entries into this year’s contest right here.

 

Here are your top 10 finalists

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by Annemieke

Dress by Annemieke, using the Elven Court collection to full effect. Gorgeous!

by Jeanelle

Amazing couples costume by Jeanelle. She also used the Elven Court collection to create the amazing gentleman’s coat.

by Nancy

Stunning costume by Nancy, using 10 individual UT embroidery designs in the project! Her costume includes designs from the Steampunk Alchemy collection, keyhole on the corset, All Seeing Eye on the holster, Tentacles and Kraken on the inner front skirt, and the Mermaid Cameo on the back of the outer skirt. She finished it off with the Lace Rose, Lace Feather and Steampunk Lace Choker as accents to make her Steampunk Gunslinger come to life.

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WINNER! Congrats to DonnaMichelem, who created another amazing Assassin’s Creed costume for her son, DustynLayne. She used many designs from the Gilded Heraldry collection, as well as some damask designs. “This costume I started on October 1st, and is made out of pure suede and love,” she said. She hand-dyed the repurposed leather herself, too. Amazing!

by Brittany

Brittany stitched up this amazing swashbuckling jacket, featuring bold use of the tentacles design.

kitsune by Emily

Inspired by the Kitsune design, Emily crafted this foxy costume, using some cherry blossoms and moons. The kimono, ears, and tails are all made by hand!

by Tam for Jack

Tam made this”Sir Awesome” knight costume for her son Jack. Too cool.

by rachel

An amazing Steampunk Matador costume by Rachel, featuring lots of embroidery, from a steampunk heart, gears and sleeve, and a steampunk steer design. She writes that costume was designed to pay homage to the man whose kidney saved her life. She was initially told she could not go on the waiting list, but fought for her care. As she says, this costume is “to recognize that there will always be a bull to fight and you should never, ever, ever, ever give up!” Read the full story here.

by Mariah

Mariah is back again, crafting these amazing costumes for Krusher and Flynn — Krusher is the lion tamer, and Flynn is an adorable circus lion. The embroidery included is from the Cirque Noir collection, and a tiny lace top hat to make these outfits complete!

by Jenny

Traditional style matador costume by Jenny, using many designs from the Gilded Heraldry collection, and a few from Elven Court, all done in rich reds and golds.

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There you have it, your top ten! Choose carefully, and please only vote once. Remember, voting closes Tuesday, Nov. 10 at noon, Central time, so vote now. Thank you to everyone who entered — we’re so inspired year after year by all your amazing costume creations. Urban Threadsters are certainly the craftiest bunch!

Volume 1 – Issue 10 Lookbook Out Now

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Lookbook volume 10 is out! Catch up on the newest designs, kitchen inspiration, customer projects, free tutorials, and more!  Urban Thread’s full lookbook series is available through Issuu, you can see all our past editions right here and never miss out on fresh inspiration.