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Winner of the Embroidered Raven Art!

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We have randomly generated a number from the hundreds of comments we got on this past giveaway, and the generator pulled up lucky commenter number #535!

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Congrats Debra on your win of this gorgeous signed piece! We’ve sent you an email to let you confirm your prize. Didn’t win? Don’t fret! The Bear piece will be up for grabs starting tomorrow. Be sure to come back and visit!

WIN An Original Signed Art Piece – Embroidered Raven

*Contest is now closed – winner coming soon! Remember, your chance for the bear comes this upcoming weekend!*

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In celebration of the new Anima embroidery design collection, we thought we would do a very different kind of giveaway…

You see, Urban Threads works a little differently from some other stock embroidery companies, in that we employ all in-house artists that create these awesome embroidery designs. Our team of talented designers and digitizers work hard to make all of these creations unique and ready for thousands of crafters to stitch. However, sometimes it’s kind of fun to remember these pieces at their heart are original creations, and so we wanted to do something a little special with two of our favorite designs from the series.

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We have stitched up TWO one-of-a-kind GIANT embroidered pieces, using our industrial machines and special thick Burmilana thread, stretched them on frames, and signed the back as original limited edition art pieces! Think of them like a print, but waayy cooler, because these things are big, bold beautiful thread brought to life on canvas.

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Each stretched piece is 16 inches by 20 inches, with the embroidery design measuring nearly 17 inches tall.

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Better yet, each piece is signed and dated on the back by the two original artists who collaborated on these designs, illustrator Danielle, and resident evil genius and illustrator Niamh!

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So, whether you’re a seasoned machine embroiderer, a die-hard hand stitcher, or even just an art lover, this is your chance to win a limited edition signed piece from the artists of Urban Threads. Here’s how the giveaway works:

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We’re giving away TWO pieces, this weekend and next. This week, the original piece is you can win is THE RAVEN.

In order to win this piece, you must first be registered on Urban Threads. If you’re not already, it’s easy! Sign up here. If you’re already registered, there’s just one more step.

Leave a comment on this blog post (just say hi, or something nice!) and make sure you leave it under the same email address you’re registered under at Urban Threads. We need to be able to track you down and verify you on the website in order to contact you about your prize!

Leave your comment by this Monday, Aug. 12 at 11:59 a.m. (that’s right before noon!) Central time in order to be entered for this Raven giveaway. That’s it!

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Ready to win a totally unique art piece? COMMENT BELOW! And remember, the Bear piece will be up for grabs soon, so be sure to visit us again for another chance at an amazing piece of art.

In love with these designs? Us too. Even if you can’t win ‘em as signed pieces, you can still stitch the designs your own, ON SALE through Aug. 18. Go see the entire Anima Collection, and get in touch with your animal side.

New Collection – Anima

We’ve all felt it at some point. A certain connection, a pull towards the animal side. For thousands of years across countless cultures, humans have always seen in animals a certain kindred spirit, qualities we seek out in ourselves. Find your connection to your animal side with this gorgeous and bold new Anima collection!

Have a glance through the new series, and find your animal…

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Balancing solitude and introspection with absolute strength and courage, the BEAR fiercely protects loved ones and is “reborn” in the spring.

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A gentle and graceful presence in the woods, the DEER encourages love, kindness, and compassion, for others and for ourselves.

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Gifted with a fiery spirit, the HORSE signifies independence, freedom, and the ability to discover new directions and adventures.

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Charming and attractive yet a master of disguise, the adaptable FOX uses cunning wit and unorthodox strategies to thrive anywhere.

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A well-loved embodiment of wisdom, the OWL sees in the darkness, past illusions to the truth behind them, and announces major change.

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A self-sufficient achiever and natural leader, the COUGAR combines fierce power and confidence with feline patience and intention.

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An age-old symbol of creativity and fertility, the tiny and vulnerable RABBIT uses a keen awareness of its environment to make its own luck.

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A steady loner and a faithful part of the pack, the WOLF reminds us to keep learning and to stay in touch with our own inherent wildness.

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A shadowy messenger between Earth and the world beyond, the RAVEN’s magical presence signals profound transformation and renewal.

The anima, or spirit, of these creatures will make a companion as powerful as it is lovely. They’ll be gorgeous on throw pillows and wall hangings to decorate your abode, a tote bag to travel with you wherever you go, and even stunning garments to keep their messages close. Fall in love and find a connection with the new series Anima, and grab them all ON SALE through Aug. 18!

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In love with these new designs? Well then you’re going to just love our latest giveaway. Enter for your chance to win an original one-of-a-kind giant embroidered piece, signed by the Urban Threads artists that created it! Click here to go to the giveaway.

 

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In Memory

Of the beloved and indelible Mr. Gear. We all aspire to one day be anywhere near as cool as he was. Your crafty and offbeat spirit will be remembered fondly, as well as being the coolest guy with an embroidery machine.

To you Mr Gear, we dedicate the newest design and your favorite request…

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If you want to know more about this awesome man, check out the original post that introduced us all to the Indelible Mr. Gear.

Will The Real Sinbonnet Sue Please Stand Up?

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I’ve been saving this because it was too perfect not to post during our Halloween in July celebration/sale. Awesome Urban Threadster Chelsey dressed up perfectly as our very own Steampunk Sinbonnet Sue for the local awesome nerd convention Convergence this year (previously attended here). Seriously, the costume is dead on. How great is that?

Did we mention we have the best customers ever?

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Thanks for sharing Chelsey! We ♥ you.

Exclusive Tula Pink Collection

Tula Pink x Urban Threads!

Urban Threadsters loved fabric designer Tula Pink when she contributed her first embroidery design to Urban Threads, the beautifully intricate Full Moon Owl. She’s back, with new embroidery designs to coordinate with her two current fabric collections – The Birds and the Bees, and Salt Water – plus a third, Acacia, due out in September!

Click here to get the designs!

 

The fabrics in each collection inspired these richly colored, nature-inspired designs, including quilting designs to stitch through layers of fabric and batting. The possibilities are endless — mix and match embroidery and fabrics to create quilts, wall hangings, pillows, bags, and anything else your creative heart desires!

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The Birds and the Bees is a popular fabric line already in stores. Mix and match these four designs to create all kinds of coordinating projects with Tula Pink fabrics! Here are a couple of ideas…

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Whip up a basic zippered pillow cover, jazzing it up with The Birds and the Bees patchwork and embroidery!

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Add printed fabric to the bottom and lining of a simple tote bag, the better to showcase this chic tree!

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Quilt through layers of fabric and batting with this gem design, mixed with lively prints and embroidery!

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This Acacia collection is a sneak peek of Tula’s upcoming fabric line due in stores in September! Grab these four designs now to plan your upcoming projects with the new collection. Here are a couple of ideas…

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Give your e-reader an update with adorable embroidery on the outside and surprise matching fabric inside! Tula Pink x Urban Threads - Acacia Collection

Embellish an off-the-rack dress with scattered repeats of the same design, and matching fabric along the hem.

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Dress up a drab journal with a cover featuring some patchwork Acacia fabric and an embroidered accent.

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Salt Water is a popular fabric line already in stores. Mix and match these four designs to create all kinds of coordinating projects with Tula Pink fabrics! Here are a couple of ideas…

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Stitch up a coin purse, substituting suede for the vinyl and “embossing” with a quilting design.

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Mix bold Salt Water fabric with a little embroidery accent in this clutch! Follow this tutorial but skip the leather.

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Surround an artful embroidery design with coordinating fabric, then stretch it on a frame for display!

Want to pick up some of Tula Pink’s famously chic fabrics to go with your new embroidery designs? Check out Tula’s site to see all the prints for The Birds and the BeesSalt Water, and Acacia, then ask at your friendly local quilt shop, see Free Spirit Fabrics’ directory of online and brick-and-mortar shops that carry its products, or shop iheartulapink.com.

In love with the designs? Us too! Best of all they’re all ON SALE through Sunday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m. – just $1.50 for each machine embroidery design, and only $0.50 for the hand embroidery versions. Click here to get shopping!

Your Shamed Machines

First of all, let’s just stay straight up that we do love our machines. They help us create wonderful projects, they’re always there to stitch out the next design, and they keep us creative. But anyone who has sat and worked with a machine for too long knows that after awhile all those quirks and odd behaviors start to look suspiciously like a personality. Like an odd little robot pet, these machines seem to have a mind of their own. And they aim to misbehave.

After my post yesterday about machine shaming and my subsequent sharing on facebook, you guys decided your misbehaving machines needed a little public shaming too. Just so they know we’re on to them. You sent in all kinds of photos and comments, and I just had to share some them here for all of us to enjoy.

*EDIT – More shamed machines added for your enjoyment!*

So know this machines. You have been warned. Just cut it out already…

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“I reject your tension settings and substitute my own!”

“Objects sewn are not as they appeared in the magazine.”

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“Oh…you wanted me to catch the bobbin thread? But the bird nest under the needle plate looks beautiful! It keeps me warm.”

“I like to behave like demon in front of my owner but like a little angel as soon as you take me in to be repaired.”

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“I demand a regular lubrication/oiling. And will then stain the next project at a random moment.”

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“I though you wanted inconsistent thread tension throughout your project!”

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“Oh I’m sorry, I completely forgot to tell you I’m out of bobbin thread…3000 stitches ago.”

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“I love it when my bobbin thread shows on top of the pretty design!”

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“I like to mess up on commission projects. Especially when there is a deadline. I thrive on my owner’s stress.”

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“Super Solvy is my favorite snack! OM NOM NOM.”

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“I pretend to be a bird and make huge nests under your projects.”

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“I make horrible loud noises only when the baby is sleeping in the next room.”

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“I love not cutting the thread when I change colors!”

“I like to fool you and tell you that you have enough clearance around the hoop.”

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“I like to stop stitching at odd and totally unrelated times to keep my owner guessing.”

“I reset my thread tension the minute you put me away.”

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“I love eating metallic thread and always will manage to do so, no matter how hard you try keeping me from doing it.”

“Oh, you wanted me to stitch there? Over here looked like a much better spot.”

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“I broke the last needle only after the store had closed and the project I was working on had to go out the next day.”

“I break the thread the moment my owner leaves the room.”

Want to join in? Remember, machine shaming isn’t just for embroidery machines! Sewing machines, sergers, quilting machines… all can be shamed. Post on our facebook page or share a photo in our flickr group and let your machine know you’re on to its tricks.