Posts Tagged ‘not embroidery but awesome’

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…

via Craft

Urban Threads fabric is here

*Update – Contest is Closed! Winners announced soon*

Did you ever stop and think… Gee, how awesome would it be if I could have some fabric that perfectly matched my favorite embroidery series? You can select your answer below.

A) Really awesome

B) Totally awesome

C) Awesomley awesome

D) All of the above

I’d say D, but I’ll give anyone extra credit for C, since you appear to like the word awesome as much as I do. And it is AWESOME!

That’s right, Urban Threads has opened a Spoonflower store where you can buy fabrics to match some of your favorite series! It’s a small selection to start, but we thought we’d offer some of our holiday favorites, including our new Robot Christmas designs, and then expand with your requests.

So, you might ask, what is this Spoonflower and how does it work?

Spoonflower is an online store that makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. What this means for us is that without having to go full on into the textiles business, we can offer you awesome Urban Threads designs on fabric for your crafty needs. Spoonflower will print and ship your fabric directly do you, on demand.

This also means that for ordering purposes, all questions about fabric, shipping or general customer service should be dealt with through the Spoonflower site. You can e-mail us with groovy new fabric design ideas, but if you have a question about how long your order is going to take to get to Tahiti, you’ll need to contact Spoonflower, since we’ll be unable to help you. We just make the designs. Gotcha?

Sweet. Let’s get on to the fabric candy.


The Robot Christmas Collection

We’ve created four collections, each with two fabric designs in it. We couldn’t of course launch this new Spoonflower adventure without kicking it off with our new Robot Christmas embroidery series (on sale for a limited time!)

You can get the matching Spoonflower Robot Christmas collection here, featuring a full crazy lineup of all the robot characters, or a simpler little robo-gift pattern.


The Primitive Christmas Collection

We’ve also turned our popular Primitive Christmas embroidery series into it’s own fabric line.

You can check out the fabric collection here, featuring all the primitive characters, or just a cute little coordinating candy fabric to dress up your designs.


The Steampunk Christmas Collection

You didn’t think we forgot about Steampunk, did you?

What do you take us for?

Yup, your favorite Steampunk Christmas embroidery series is now available in it’s own fabric collection, featuring the full Steampunk Christmas characters, or you could just grab those steampunk snowflakes to add some simple gear-tastic goodness to this holiday season.


The Wonderland Collection

Finally, though it’s not Christmas themed, we just couldnt resist taking our mega-popular Wonderland embroidery series and giving it some Spoonflower magic.

Check out the Wonderland collection, featuring all your favorite characters, or a simple playing card suit for linings or edgings to any Wonderland design.


We are SO excited about this new venture into the fabric world. We hope you guys love it. It’s not all we’re excited about today though, because this weekend we’re giving away a chance for three lucky people to win three yards of Urban Threads fabric each. That’s right, we’ll ship you three yards of our quilting weight fabric, with any designs you like! Pick two yards of one kind, one yard of another, or go crazy with a full three yards of the one you love most. It’s up to you.

How do you enter? Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you might do with this fabric (that can include anything from project ideas to just staring at it happily, as far as we’re concerned) by Monday 11:59am, central time. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random to try out their favorite Urban Threads fabric on us.

What are you waiting for? Leave you comment below to enter! Good luck, and we hope you enjoy browsing our new Spoonflower fabrics. We can’t wait to see what you create with them!

Wicked Ironing Boards

I’ll start right here and now by fessing up… I hate ironing.

I don’t just mean that in the way most people mean that, by way of avoiding ironing slacks or shirts or pretty much anything wrinkly that comes out of the dryer. No, I mean that in the way that I’m supposed to be doing sewing tutorials as part of my living, with things like pressed seams, straight edges and funny things called “measurements”. I will for some reason pin the ever-loving floss out of something instead of just press a simple seam. I don’t know why. It’s a tick.

Well this week I HAD to press something as part of this weeks tutorial (coming soon!) and I was reminded of one of my reasons, if perhaps a little superficial, that I hate ironing. My ironing board is icky. It’s boring. It’s blue.

I need one of these.

These are the hardcore ironing boards from artist Wim Delvoye, created with enamel paint and awesomeness. I would hang these things all over my studio like other people display skateboards. They would be the crest of my craft, and ironing would suddenly feel cool again.

I need me some enamel paint. I might finally see pressed seams in my future!

via Dude Craft

Lace Webs by NeSpoon

Not that I’m dissing nature in any way, but if these were the only kinds of webs that appeared in the corners of my basement, I’d be a happy gal

These are not the work of on industrious arachnid with a needle, instead they are the beautiful installations of NeSpoon, a very talented Polish street artist.