Color Inspirations – Shades of Pale

Bring your embroidery designs to life in a more subtle way with this Shades of Pale color inspiration.

You don’t have to go wild with color to make an impression. Take one beloved hue and expand it out in all its glorious pale shades, with one darker note to accent it all. This works with pretty much any color, but soft violet is a favorite. Set it on a pale backdrop for a soft, ethereal effect. See how it compares to the original.

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How to Defenestrate Your Embroidery Machine

Covering the basic steps to carefully and safely defenestrate your problematic embroidery machine out of a window of your choice.

Step 1) Unplug your machine from the wall

Step 2) Collect all necessary cords and accessories

Step 3) Just kidding

 

It was too tempting, on a day like today.

Seriously though, we’ve all thought about it. When your machine is just driving you nuts, it seems like the only option. But WAIT! Before you gather that hulking machine and head towards the window, try out these three tutorials that cover the most frustrating problems, to see if you can save a little machine’s life…

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Thread breaking all the time, to the point of madness? Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. Here are tips and tricks to handle those annoying thread problems.

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What about when the thread doesn’t break, but does something worse? Like terrible tension or even those nasty nests that happen under designs sometimes. Check out this tutorial for how to deal with those headaches.

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Got a design that’s looking, well… terrible? Fills that won’t line up, puckering everywhere? Those shifting and gapping nightmares can totally ruin an otherwise amazing project. Find out how to get better stitch-outs with these simple tips.

So don’t throw that machine out the window just yet. Maybe just the threat will scare it straight. If that doesn’t work, well then hopefully these tutorials will.

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New Wedding Lookbook

Urban Threads Wedding Lookbook - Crafty ideas to inspire your event

There are so many ways to incorporate personality and creativity into a wedding – and there are all kinds of ideas in the new Wedding Lookbook!

Check out the brand new inspirational lookbook out today, to see lots of gorgeous photos from our wedding photoshoot, and starring some of your favorite embroidery designs. Covering everything from the traditional to the offbeat in weddings, this lookbook is packed with designs, advice, and lots of crafty ideas to inspire your event! If you ever wondered how to incorporate your crafty hobby into your big day, how to stitch for guys, or what you can DIY for a totally unique wedding, this lookbook is for you.

Check it out on issuu here!

Be sure not to miss out on the last days of the Forever After Sale, to grab many of these wedding designs for only $1.49! Sale ends this weekend.

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Fridays At The Office

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Behind the scenes fun fact -a very special shout-out to our lovely models in our wedding shoot featured this week … none other than our resident UT artist Caitlin and her dashing husband! They made adorable subjects for the feature. Thanks for being good sports and getting all fancied up!

Want more sneak peeks, office life, and behind the scenes? Follow us on Instagram at urbanthreadsemb

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Color Inspirations – Delicate Decay

Whether it's seasons or color, transitions can be gorgeous, like in this Delicate Decay color inspiration for your embroidery designs.

Whether it’s the changing of the leaves in fall, or the melting of the spring, transitions can often be wonderful inspiration. Delicate and not overstated, these moments are wonderful in seasons or colors. Bring a subtle but chic transition to life with this Delicate Decay color inspiration. Soft earthy tones offset the graceful transition from a sea green to a light lavender. This color transition works especially well in designs that already have an ombre transition built in. See how it compares to the original.

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Winning Spoonflower Design & Contest!

*UPDATE – Comments have closed! Congrats to winners Pam and Penny — Spoonflower has contacted you both!*

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We have a winner!

In case you missed it, last month we held a special contest in collaboration with Spoonflower to have designers create a Steampunk Valentine themed fabric. The winner of that contest got a $100 prize AND a coordinating piece of their design turned into a fabulous machine embroidery design.

The winner of the contest was this amazing Steampunk Octopus fabric from designer Francesca Besso, and her two gear-loving octopi got turned into a colorful machine embroidery design, now available exclusively through Urban Threads!

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The design is available here in five sizes, with the 4″x4″ size available as a two part split so you can still create the full heart shape, as well as a hand embroidery version. To recreate the full heart colors like on the original fabric, we added a splash of red fabric paint behind our design on a pillow. It’s a big, bold steampunk statement perfect for valentines and decor alike.

As a special celebration of today’s launch of the Ocotpi in Love embroidery design, comment on this blog post before 11:59 p.m., Central time on Sunday, March 22, and tell us how you’d use this adorable embroidery design and fabric. TWO lucky winners will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Spoonflower gift certificate each!

Comment below to enter, and be sure to check out the winning fabric over on Spoonflower, and the final machine embroidery design right here.

Congratulations, Francesca!

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Color Inspirations – Petals & Pearls

Tone down some of your more counter-culture embroidery designs with this vintage style Petals & Pearls color inspiration.

Want to tone down some of the crazier, more counter-culture designs? Add in a different kind of twist with a soft, vintage style palette, like this Petals & Pearls color inspiration. So you love tattoos and also flowers. You crave offbeat but still love pearls. No reason not to have both! We often take traditional stuff and give it a contemporary spin… why not the other way around? A beautiful ombre pallete of reep reds, soft pinks and light pearly whites are the perfect thing to add that vintage glamour. See how it compares to the original.

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