Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

WINNER of the 2016 Urban Threads Costume Contest!

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A very huge congrats to the winner of the 2016 Urban Threads costume contest, Jeanelle! It was a tight race but in the end her beautiful blue creation won the day, and the $50 UT gift certificate! Thanks to everyone who voted, and once again, we are always SO excited about the creativity you guys bring. Get your gears turning on next Halloween!

Urban Threads 2016 Costume Contest Finalists!

*VOTING IS CLOSED! Thank you to ALL who participated!*

The leaves have fallen, the pumpkins have been carved… but there’s still a little bit of spooky glamour yet. Today we reveal the top 10 2016 Urban Threads costume contest finalists! As usual, there was much debate in the office over the top 10 finalists, 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. 8 at noon, Central time! The winner will be announced Wednesday and contacted via email.

Here are your top 10 finalists

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Alicia Hornsby_finalist

This costume is from Alicia, and if you can believe it, it’s her first full completed outfit! She used “faux” button hole designs to complete her coat, and two classy piratey designs on the back to finish it off.

Heather Luca_finalist

Steampunk designer Heather Luca of Scoundrelle’s Keep pulled together this amazing Steampunk Carousel outfit, featuring the Steampunk Carousel collection and finished off with a cool lock piece on the front panel of her corset!

Jeanelle_finalist

Jeanelle took lots of photos of this gorgeous Scottish gown she custom made. She used a lot of designs from the Gilded Heraldry pack all around the bottom of the gown.

Jessica Lange_finalist

This self-designed steampunk lolita captain costume is from Jessica in Germany. She added lots of nautical designs around the skirt, and is even rocking an embroidered steampunk lace choker. And that hair!

Mariah Wagner_finalist

Mariah is back again, and she decided unleash her inner mermaid this year! She made everything, from the mermaid leggings down to the embroidered spats. She used a lot of designs from the Sea Treasure collection, plus one Little Mermaid design on the back of her bolero. She even made the trident!

Marina Minkler_finalist

This Diva Aquanaut from stitcher Marina was completely inspired by the Urban Threads collection Ocean Blue. She absolutely loved the diver design and that became the center motif for the whole look.  She even sculpted the diver helmet herself out of paper mache! The dress itself consists of many parts, including removable sleeves, a corsage, skirt and bolero. They all feature embroidery designs from Ocean Blue and the Nauticus collection, with a few extra designs from here and there.

Miriam made this little raven princess costume for her little one. It not only includes lots of designs from the Clockwork Natura collection, and she added a gorgeous finishing touch with a freestanding lace raven mask!

Sabrina Douthit_finalist

Sabrina made this amazing bat dress for her daughter’s Halloween wedding. What a stunning use of a single design!

Sophie Michaelsen_finalist

Stitcher Sophie is rocking Steampunk Sailor Moon! What a great combination of a classic anime look with a steampunk update. She’s even added embroidered gears to her fingerless gloves.

Wendy de Glee_finalist

Wendy used tons of designs from the Gothic Gala and Briar Rose collection for her stunning Gothic Cathedral Gown. So chic!

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VOTING IS CLOSED! Thank you to ALL who participated!

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Remember, voting closes Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon, Central time, so be sure to 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, most fashionable bunch!

Urban Threads Costume Contest 2016

*UPDATE! – The contest deadline has been extended to Wednesday Nov 2nd!*

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. October is here, and it’s time for one of our most popular contests of the year…

It’s the Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens today, Thursday, Oct. 6, and ends Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. That means you have a bit of time to post your costumes after partying away on Halloween night! Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous Urban Threads contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! You can add it to instagram or the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2016. In addition, in order to make your entry official you MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com, with a link to where you photo is online, or attach it to your email and we’ll upload it for you. Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU the week after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

Good luck and happy stitching, everyone!

Halloween Color Inspirations – Prismatic Goth

Add bright rainbow hues behind an otherwise dark, spooky design with this Prismatic Goth color inspiration.via @kimberleymargarita

Add some color to your Halloween crafting! Thematically dark designs don’t always mean you can’t go crazy with color. Try out this Color Splash technique to add bright rainbow hues behind an otherwise dark, spooky design with this Prismatic Goth color inspiration. You can even drip a little extra black to really mix the design with your paint. It’s a fun way to bring new life to your gothic designs. See how it compares to the look of the original.

Which version of the design to you prefer?

Urban Threads Costume Contest 2015

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. It’s our favorite time of year again! October is here, and it’s time for one of our most popular contests of the year…

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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This year the contest opens Friday, Oct. 2, and ends Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at noon Central time. That means you have plenty time to send photos from your fun parties on Halloween night! Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous Urban Threads contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! You can add it to instagram or the Urban Embroidery flickr group with the tag utcostume2015. However, in order to make your entry official you MUST send an email to contest@urbanthreads.com, with a link to where you photo is online, or attach it to your email and we’ll upload it for you.

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU the week after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

(woot!)

Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year.

Good luck and happy stitching everyone!

Color Inspirations – Spooky Sunset

Use the simple but eerie effect of sunset and shadows on your next project with this Spooky Sunset color inspiration.via pinterest

October is here! It’s just too hard to resist doing some fun spooky color inspirations for the season. This week, use the simple effect of sunset and shadows. An all-black design will look decadently spooky on a sunset hued fabric, without losing the chance to add bold color to your project! See how it compares to the original.

Which to you prefer?

Darkwood Fables – Gothic Trappings in the Forest

As the cool autumn air creeps in again, it only feels right to come back to our long tradition of Lab Projects, our initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery. While many of our recent ones have been done with our own Urban Threads artists, we thought we’d revisit the spectacular level of grandeur from the Clockwork Natura Gown, and work with another amazing alternative designer.

For this challenge we were excited to work with the dark and lovely stylings of Scoundrelle’s Keep, a local seamstress and designer who has been working Urban Threads embroidery into her fashions for quite some time. We were so impressed with what she was doing with UT embroidery, we just had to invite her to do an exclusive project with the newest fall collection, Gothic Nouveau. It was perfect, because she certainly has a flair for the dark and the dramatic, and that’s just what we were going for with these new designs.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

With this Lab project, we wanted to really explore what clean and elegant embroidered shapes can do to enhance apparel. Big, bold designs in multi-colors are fun and eye-catching, but sometimes you want your embroidery to become part of a piece, instead of just an accent on top of it.

We designed the Gothic Nouveau collection to be simple, dark and timeless. One color, with a focus on elegant shapes and motifs that could be easily used on different areas of apparel and projects to bring them to life. This time, instead of just a gown, we invited her to try and create a couples set, a matching creation that shows these designs can be used for everyone. It’s especially refreshing to get a creation for guys into the mix!

She of course, did not disappoint, and is here today to talk about this amazing couples collection that just seemed destined for dark wanderings, romance, and a dance in the woods…

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What is your story as a designer?

I fell in love with corsetry over a decade ago, and their unavailability at the time really spurred me into action, trying to make one for myself. Those early attempts snowballed, and I am now comfortable with their creation and design, so much so that I can say I’ve made well over a thousand of them.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I branched out into entire outfits and accent pieces, always with an eye to higher-end gowns and outfits, and I love each look I make. I design and create for brides, and I create for costumes and personal wear. Its a broad range, and I love the people I meet through this career.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What kinds of fashions do you gravitate to when you’re creating?

A lot of people seem to shy away from saying that they are alternative fashion, but I don’t mind at all. I mean, my designs definitely will never fit in the mainstream fashion world, and I wouldn’t try and tone myself down to be accepted as such. I love the dark, the fantasy, the details. I love a smooth curve, accenting the body’s natural gifts and going far beyond.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

I love being a fairy godmother, helping women (and some men!) transform into the ideal they’ve always been dreaming of. Victorian and steampunk, even rococco and nouveau, all of it inspires me in different ways.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

What was your concept of this dress and vest?

We decided that the theme should be “masquerade,” and I really felt that it flowed naturally through these pieces. I wanted a female who was elegant, dark, aloof, and powerful, and a courtier that played well to vying for her hand for a dance.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

Darkwood Fables - An embroidered creation from designer Scoundrelle's Keep featuring Urban Threads Gothic Nouveau collection.

As a special treat for this project, I got to revisit my modeling role and try on another amazing embroidered creation. This time I was joined by the dashing Leo Bruslavtsev, who does a darn good job of making embroidered goods look fierce. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the mad fashion talents of Scoundrelle’s Keep. If you’re as in love with this outfit as I am, you can visit her online store or check out her facebook to get your own embroidered creation.

Of course, be sure to also grab your own Gothic Nouveau designs (on SALE for a limited time) to get working your own dark and magical creations for this spooky season, and dare to create something worthy of a storybook fantasy in the woods.

 
This project is part of The Lab, a UT initiative to experiment, collaborate and innovate to see just what can be done with the art of embroidery.
 
Check out all of the past Urban Threads Lab projects here.