Posts Tagged ‘not embroidery but awesome’

DIY Thread House Numbers

Here’s a cool tutorial idea that you can make with stuff you probably already have around the house, especially thread (wink wink).

Some nails and thread create this cool 3D effect. How neat would this look with variegated colors? Get the full tutorial over on our humble a{bowe}d.

How Machine Embroidery Designs Are Made

How machine embroidery designs are made

Many of you have asked before about the process that goes into making a designs, well today just felt like the right day to come clean about how the magic happens. Literally. You have no idea how many tiny tacos it takes to stitch out all our designs.

Ok, so I know it’s coming… how many of you really want Steampunk Bacon Cat as a design?

*EDIT* – Ok, your wish is my command. That’s right, your Steampunk Bacon Cat design is here! Get him right here. Just make sure your tiny sewing gremlins are well stocked with tiny tacos.

(Also, I feel it prudent to note that I am the first person on the internet to put the words “steampunk bacon cat” together. It’s true. I googled.)

Alice’s Sewing Basket Print

Once an awesome threadless tee, now an amazing screen print from Jillian Nickell. It might be a late Christmas present, but it would be a good one. This would look amazing framed in a sewing room!

Plush Steampunk Sewing Machine

Those words, not commonly found together, make one crazy cool plush. I think it is splendiferous.

Get more pics and details over on abbydid.

Urban Entrepreneurs – Queen Kat Designs

A shiny new installment of Urban Entrepreneurs today, where we feature sellers of any kind who have decided to take the plunge (with the help of some UT designs) and start their own small biz. We have a very special small biz owner today, to show us that you don’t need to get into embroidery to appreciate offbeat designs… Queen Kat Designs!

Vicki has taken the plunge into small business ownership, and instead of embroidery, has created a whole business around stamps! She’s used many Urban Threads designs and translated them into beautiful inked creations, perfect for scrapbooking and more. She shares with us today some of the creations she’s made from her line of UT stamps, and talks a little about what it’s like going into this unique industry.

What started you into stamps and this kind of work?

Well… I kind of fell into it, so to speak. I have been stamping and doing paper crafts for almost 20 years. I started as a home party consultant for a stamp company back in 2004. Then I was hit with “you need a business license to do that” so I said OK, I’m going to open my own scrapbook store online!

I quit my consultant job and opened a store in August 2005. Then in the fall of 2006 I was experimenting with ideas and things so I could quit my corporate job and do something I loved. I fell into making clear photopolymer stamps and released my line on November 19, 2006. It’s all been a whirlwind since then.

What kind of process goes into creating a stamp?

It’s a big undertaking if you ask me… but it’s quite fun. I work with world renowned artists who contribute art to me for stamps as well as the wonderful designs at Urban Threads by Niamh and the gang! I take that art and use my handy dandy new laser etching machine to make the rubber stamps. I switched from clear polymer stamps to blue rubber stamps in May 2010. I work with a few programs on the computer and the laser does the “hard work” of making the stamp.

Where did you first find Urban Threads?

Ooo good question! I was surfing around a craft site and saw an ad that was placed. And it’s all been downhill for my bank account since then. I’m totally addicted to the designs that are offered through Urban Threads.

Describe your shop for us. What do you offer?

In my shop, Queen Kat Designs, I offer un-mounted rubber stamps for  card making and scrapbooking. There you can find grab bags, stamp sets and single stamps as well as monthly kits that you can subscribe to.

What made you take the plunge into starting your own business?

Honestly? I was sick of getting up early in the morning and scraping snow off my truck to go into a job that really didn’t appeal to me and didn’t value my knowledge. I come from a long line of self starting business people so it was only fitting that I follow in their footsteps. My grandparents owned and operated a gun store and my father owned and operated a machine shop.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?

The biggest lesson… There are so many but I’d say the biggest would be… trust your gut. Nothing is as it seems and if the gut says run, then run. Whether it’s to run with an idea or run from something that smells bad, trust your FIRST instinct, it won’t lead you down the wrong path.

Where would you like to see your shop in one year?

I would love to be able to exhibit at a large convention like Fairy Con or Dragon Con.. But honestly in this economy I would like to be where I am now and steadily growing. I was just able to move my business from my home to its own little one room office and that was a huge step for me. Onwards and upwards!

I just love seeing what crazy and creative endeavours people come up with using UT designs. I never would have thought of stamps, but seeing these, man I want one! I think my favorite might be that top “Ruler of All I Survey” skull design. I’d stamp that on everything.

It just goes to show, all you need to start a business is a great product, some good design, and a little gusto. Cheers to you, Vicki, and happy stamping!

Do you use Urban Threads designs to create one of a kind products? Want to see your story or your store featured here and join our gang of  Urban Entrepreneurs? Send us an e-mail at with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!

The Four Kinds of Sewists

ikat bag has a pretty hilarious and disturbingly accurate roundup of the 4 learning styles of sewists…

I’m pretty sure I’m #3, the Kinesthetic learner, pictured above. See the rest to find out which of the 4 types you are.

I will say for the record I’ve never used a broom or darts as part of my sewing skills…


Snowmen vs. Gnomes

Though it’s not embroidery, I thought this has just the right amount of twisted fun to share with you guys…

Witness the cutest most epic battle of adorable violence and knitted chaos that is Anna Hrachovec’s Snowmen vs. Gnomes exhibit.

From the gallery:

Sworn enemies Gnomes and Snowmen fight it out for control over carrot supplies and herds of cuddly bunnies with as much pathos and violence as knitted toys can summon. Inspired by the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England, the installation is a study of iconic characters and their physical limits within the technical constraints of knitting.  The three-dimensional, linear scene plays out along the walls of gallery hanahou in a series of 40-plus panels.

In New York? You are a lucky duck. Pick me up a panel of kitted chaos, would you? (You can buy them!) If you’re not lucky enough, then just pop on over to her blog Mochimochi Land for more knitted fun.

I’m surprised Michael Bay didn’t think of this one first. He probably just couldn’t figure out how to make explosions in knit form…

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