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And the finalists are…

UPDATE: Poll closed! More info soon.

Thanks to everyone who entered the coloring contest in celebration of Urban Threads’ third birthday! It’s been awesomely inspiring to see all your variations on the Maiden Monarch embroidery design. You should definitely check out all the entries – they’re gorgeous!

Because choosing finalists would have been far too difficult, we asked some fabulous celebrity judges to do it. Erich Campbell of Black Duck selected the machine embroidery finalists, and Mr X Stitch chose the hand embroidery finalists you see here. All finalists are guaranteed a $10 gift certificate to Urban Threads, but each category’s top winner, chosen by YOU, will win a $100 gift certificate.

Ready? Check out the finalists in this post, then vote (only once per category, please!) for the one you like best in the poll right below each category’s entries. Voting closes Monday, June 6 at 8 a.m. Central time.


First up: machine embroidery finalists!

Jeannine went with a fire and ice theme:

Katarina says she’s all about adding a little glitter and glamor to everyday life:

Isabelle went with a range of rich metallics:

Pam’s entry is inspired by the sunny hues of the Australian outback:

And Tuesday’s coloring contest entry is hot and cool all at once:

Which one do you like best? (If you’re seeing a blank spot below where the poll should be, reloading the page should fix it.)

One vote per person, please.


Hand-embroidering a coloring contest entry – now there’s a daunting task! Here are your five finalists…

Victoria went with citrusy summer colors:

queenmaab’s is blue, brown, and burgundy:

Sharon’s is vibrant and summery. (She did a similar machine embroidery version, too!)

Cecily of 28 Sides Designs stitched a violet monarch with lots of embellishment:

annepoptart went bold with orange and gold on a lively pattern:

Which one do you like best? (If you’re seeing a blank spot below where the poll should be, reloading the page should fix it.)

One vote per person, please.


Get your vote in by 8 a.m. Monday, June 6 to be counted. Thanks to each and every one of you for a wonderful birthday celebration!


Honorable Mention

The coloring contest has closed, and entries have been sent off to our esteemed celebrity judges so that they can choose finalists. We’ll share those soon. In the meantime, check this out: not technically a contest entry, since it’s not stitched, but a fabulous paper cutting version of the Maiden Monarch by Sherry. We’re totally impressed!

Coloring Contest Deadline Extended!!

These are just a few of the fabulous entries we’ve received so far to our birthday celebration coloring contest (don’t panic anyone! These are not the finalists yet… just some of the most recent posts) and we’ve decided that we want to give you as much time as possible to stitch up your entries (especially for you hand embroiderers! we know it takes awhile….)

So, to give plenty of time for you all to get in on the fun, we’ve extended the deadline ’til the end of the month, making the final due date Tuesday, May 31st at midnight, Central time!

Plus, that’s not the ONLY cool thing we’ve got to tell you about the contest… we have some celebrity judges too!

The winners of the top 5 machine embroidery entrances will be judged by our fellow machine embroidery wizard Erich from Black Duck Embroidery, and the top 5 hand embroidery entrances will be decided by none other than Jamie aka the fantabulous Mr X Stitch!

If you want more info on the contest, check out the original post, and if you haven’t grabbed your thread and started stitching yet because you were sure you thought you couldn’t make it… well, grab that needle and get a-stitching. Remember, you could win a $100 gift certificate!!

pssst…want to see what people have been stitching up so far? Check it…

Urban Threads Coloring Contest

*EVEN MORE UPDATES* – New deadline plus fabulous celebrity judges! Read on for details!

The month of May is upon us, and that means one very important thing around here at Urban Threads…

It’sOurBirthdayIt’sOurBirthday…yea yea It’sOurBirthday!

Lucky for you a birthday for us means presents and contests for you! Our official birthday isn’t until May 28, but to kick off the month, we thought it would be just dandy to start with a contest and a freebie! Because free things that can win you more free things are great.  So here’s the deal, first you can start by downloading this shiny new freebie, Maiden Monarch. (It’s free through Tuesday, May 31, 2011, a date that will be important later…)

Now, since we’ve learned that most of you throw out the color sheets and do whatever the heck you want with colors (often with fantastic results), we thought we’d really let you show how you shine with your own spin on the color scheme! Download the design, take a peek at the color sheet to see what each stop does, then toss it out the window and show us how it’s done.

Once you’ve stitched up your fantastic new color scheme, take a photo and either

  1. upload it to the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcolorcontest, or
  2. email it in to us at

If you’re in a winning situation, we’ll contact you via whichever of the above methods you shared your entry. Entries are accepted through Tuesday May 31, 2011. Machine and hand embroidery will be judged in their own categories. You may submit up to three entries in each category if you like.

Once all the entries are in, our fabulous guest judge Erich from Black Duck Embroidery will pick the top 5 machine embroidered designs, and guest judge Jamie aka Mr X Stitch will be choosing the top 5 hand stitched pieces! Once our judges have decided we’ll  post them right here on this blog on Friday, June 3rd. All stitchers who get into the final round will automatically win a $10 gift certificate to Urban Threads, good for any machine or hand embroidery designs on the site. Once the finalists are posted, you’ll have through the weekend to vote on the blog for your favorite color scheme in each category and pick the winners of the grand prize!

So, what do the crafty coloring stitchers win?

The lucky machine embroiderer who gets the most votes wins the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate and the winning hand embroiderer also gets a $100 gift certificate, to grab all the designs you ever coveted on your wishlist.

What are you waiting for? Grab your free design and start stitching!

*UPDATE* – In order to make all things fair in love and war (and stitching), we’ve decided that we’re going to raise the hand embroidery prize to ALSO be $100! After all, hand stitching all those pretty colors does take some time.  Lucky for you, at a dollar a pop, that means you’ll pretty much have a lifetime supply of designs. Good luck to everyone!