Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Get The Look – Juicy Couture Embroidered Velour Handbag


I spotted this Juicy Couture Embroidered Velour Handbag awhile back while I was out shopping, and I had to admit it was tempting, even though I’m not usually much of a purse gal. The embroidery really looked lux against the black velour, and I thought it was a really classy look. Lucky for us, this combination is easy to get yourself!


All you need is a black velour bag of your own. I spotted this one on ebay for $16. There are lots of great vintage handbags you can get online in all kinds of cute colors, or you can sew up one yourself! Then, just stitch a pretty crest design all in white, like this Unicorn Rampant design.

To make absolute sure lighter parts of your design don’t get lost in the soft fabric, you may want to top it with a light water soluble stabilizer you can tear away once your design is done stitching. Grab a cute matching charm and you’ve got a classy new purse!

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The inspiration of gorgeous all-white embroidery on a soft velour bag is all you need to dive into making a fabulous DIY custom version. Try this with all kinds of designs. Sometimes making your embroidery design all one color can really transform it into something chic and new!

New Yuletide Revelry Collection

Christmas may seem a long way off to some, but if you’re going to get stitching this holiday season, now’s the time to get started! Nothing brings new life to your holiday gifts and decor like the new Yuletide Revelry Collection, showcasing elegant, painterly motifs that can be layered and combined to create graceful, colorful designs.

Everything from bold Christmas motifs to elegant accents let you embroider endless coordinating creations. Practice laying out your favorite designs in overlapping patterns like we did in this tutorial, and make yourself a classy Yuletide pillow like the one above.

Bold colors don’t always mean heavy designs! Even though these designs have a lot of stitches, they’re layered with open fill techniques to mimic the whimsical qualities of painting, and it helps keep them lighter for more projects and more kinds of fabric.

Hand designed lettering lets you add all kinds of holiday wishes to your projects. Try out this tutorial to embroider on fabric and turn it into a custom card!

You can choose from various holiday greetings all laid out in beautiful handwritten script. Add a couple of coordinating flourishes to bring the whole thing together.

These designs don’t have to just be for decor. You can use them to stitch up gorgeous gift bags. Just check out this tutorial for an easy how-to on stitching up simple pouches great for all kinds of holiday goodies.

Angels, holiday bells, and backgrounds of holiday music or lyrics bring the season out in bold style and light stitches.

Want even more of a handmade touch to your creations this season? You can stitch up this in-the-hoop gift tag. Leave it as is or even learn how to tea stain it using this tutorial on how to assemble it all together.

On everything from gifts, to home decor, to bringing a little holiday glam into the kitchen, these designs are versatile enough to work for any Christmas project you can dream up! Tea towels, aprons, napkins, pillows, blankets, gift bags… anything and everything can be embroidered to bring new holiday cheer!

Plus, if you’re looking to really coordinate your sewing fabrics with your favorite new Christmas designs, we now have new coordinating fabrics available from our Spoonflower store! Grab the big and beautiful Vintage Yuletide fabric (left) or the bright and cheery Yuletide Wishes fabric (right) with elegant handmade script and pretty snowflakes.

Combined with your new embroidery designs, you can create totally matching creations that blow away anything you could buy in a store. Order it today to give yourself time to stitch up all your Christmas creations!

Even better, when you order any version of the Yuletide Revelry design pack through Nov. 18, you’ll receive a special bunch of free bonus printables – gift tags, a gift box, and a greeting card. These printables will be added to your order history in a separate order after you purchase any version of the Yuletide Revelry design pack.

Still not enough Christmas joy? How about all these embroidery designs are on sale through November 18.

Grab them up and get stitching — after all, Christmas is only 45 days away!

UT Tutorial – DIY Charmed Tee

You’ve probably seen those cool printed faux necklace tees before. You know the cute ones that look like you have a whole bunch of  bling around your neck? I usually pass them by because they’re too expensive or they’re just not…quite what I’m looking for.

Well, we always know a custom DIY tee is always better! With today’s tutorial and a special charms pack, I’ll show you how to turn a plain tee into a charmed masterpiece with just a little bit of embroidery.

The best part about the Vintage Charms pack is that it gives you a huge impact even with a small hoop. These little charms are only about 2 inches high at the largest, and they stitch in a flash on all kinds of fabrics, even light drape fabrics like your favorite summer tee.

How do you connect your charms onto pretty stitched chains? Easy! It’s just a bit of freestyle machine magic.

Get the tutorial on how to make your charmed tee here.

Vintage Needlework Wedding Dress

Don’t have time to hand embroider a wedding dress?

Bring a little vintage nostalgia to your big day by incorporating vintage embroidery! Bride Frances cut the embroidery from vintage tablecloths and designed the dress herself. Check out the whole amazing wedding and more pictures of that gorgeous dress over on Love My Dress.

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UT Tutorial – Nursery Rhyme Plush Dolls

In love with our new Misfit Nursery Rhymes collection? Well we’ve got a fun way to really bring some characters from that series to life… as plush printed dolls!

We picked three of our favorite characters from the series and decided to so something extra special. We digitally painted and detailed three fabric doll patterns of Little Miss Muffet, the Cat and the Fiddle, and Humpty Dumpty for you to stitch together.

Have a peek at each design and their matching doll…

Each of the dolls is created with a basic simple shape that can be stitched together with ease, either in one big shape, or with the addition of simple legs for better articulation. Each doll design comes printed of a fat quarter size of fabric.

Want to learn how to put them together? First, grab all three at our Spoonflower store, then check out this tutorial for step by step instructions on how to put them together in no time, so you can pair them with your favorite embroidery designs and make the coolest decor accessories ever.

New Misfit Nursery Rhymes Collection, Handwriting Alphabet & Spoonflower Plush!

We are so excited to finally be able to introduce our brand new Misfit Nursery Rhymes Collection!

For those who loved our Dark Fairytales series, and our previous Primitives style series, this is like all of those combined in all the best ways. This series pulls together everything that was both cute and… lets admit it, a little bit creepy about the old vintage nursery rhymes. Wide eyed characters from all your favorite tales are rendered in a beautiful illustrative style that is perfect for kids or folktale lovers alike, stitched in vintage shades and with just that light twist of macabre we so love here at Urban Threads.

Featuring 9 of your favorite nursery rhymes, Mother Goose, the Cat and the Fiddle, Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice, Little Bo Peep, Three Little Kittens, Jack and Jill, and Three Men in a Tub,  Each design also has a light stitching accent design featuring the name of each famous rhyme perfect for adding that extra touch to your series.

That’s not all that’s brand new about this collection though. In a fun first, we created three custom plush dolls to match Little Miss Muffet, Humpty Dumpty, and the Cat and the Fiddle that you can get from our Spoonflower store!

Each doll was digitally painted for beautiful print detail that brings each character to life, and they’re quick and easy to assemble. Check out this post to see all the dolls and find out how to put them together!

Finally, you’ve been asking for it pretty much since we began, and certainly after our first Alphabet release… now the Handwriting Alphabet is here! Light stitching and whimsical, this new alphabet was designed to give your embroidered writing a natural, handmade feel. It’s available in 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch sizes for all your project needs.

If you’re wondering how to use our alphabets to create your lettered creations, check out this tutorial to learn about perfect placement techniques. They’re the perfect way to add a little ones name to your new nursery rhyme creation!

Pair your designs with a matching plush doll to create the ultimate gift set, or stitch just your favorite designs for one of a kind whimsical creations.

These designs are perfect for creating a whole set of amazing children’s decor!

Use your favorite stitched character paired with a framed version of their lighter accent piece for a look that can span the whole nursery.

4×4 versions of each design make them perfect for tiny accents like bibs and onesies, but each design is also available in big and beautiful 6×10 detail.

Just because they’re nursery rhymes doesn’t mean that everything has to be for kids! The slightly dark vintage style illustrations means they can make beautiful accents and pillows in any room of the house.

Of course, the easiest way to enjoy them all is to just frame up your favorite, and perhaps pair it with his matching doll. Either way these darkly whimsical designs are sure to bring tales of old back to life in a whole new light, and for a whole new generation of fairy tale fans.

So what’s the really good news? Well of course, they’re all on SALE now through May 20th 2012, with fantastic deals on individual designs and even better deals on packs. That sale includes both the Misfit Nursery Rhymes series and the new Handwriting Alphabet! The sale does not cover the dolls, as they are a special purchase through our Spoonflower store, but each doll only requires the purchase of a Fat Quarter of fabric to create.

So what are you waiting for? Go visit the sale page (or our Spoonflower store) and get shopping!

Featured Project – The Apothecary Kitchen

For this new Featured Project, stitcher Bonnie has gone above and beyond the call of duty for her daughter and created a whole set of stunning accessories for a slightly witchy, apothecary themed kitchen!

What started out as a simple sachet soon turned into a roman shade, and then a whole set of apothecary towels that helped transform this kitchen into a space fit for cooking up some grand mischief.

Bonnie joins us today to talk about the inspiration behind the kitchen and how the whole thing came together…

Talk about what inspired this. How did the idea for this kitchen get started?

The kitchen belongs to my daughter, who is Velma Nightshade, hostess of the pagan podcast WitchesBrewHaHa. That fact is only one part of the inspiration. For her, the kitchen began at a Hallmark store at Halloween some years ago when they had a selection of apothecary jars listing various sinister contents and a spider infused covered apothecary glass candle. It was a great and unfortunately unique inspiration on their part.

Since then she has added large glass canisters of various shapes in place of traditional kitchen canisters. Her love of the old, eclectic, and slightly witchy is evident and quite suitable. (The black stemware was from a friend’s failed marriage, the stained glass witch, from a trip to Salem, MA. and several items were found in an antique store she frequents looking for inspiration.)

What make you choose the Apothecary series?

When she came to visit in May last year, I had only shortly before discovered your site through a mention on Embroidery Library. We took a look and were so excited that the wish list I had started became a must have list. She fell in love with the Paris items, since that has been one of her dream destinations for years, and the Nightshade connection became a requirement. That led to the Apothecary set, and we were off. It seemed only appropriate since the kitchen was already headed in that direction.

Which designs did you use? How long did it all take?

I had already made the Raven’s Claw Tea as a towel, but I purchased the original six Apothecary designs in May and went on a cyber hunt for towels to embroider. I finally gave up on that, but I did not buy the fabric until mid September. I used three yards of Kona Cotton in ivory from Hancock Fabrics for the towels, and Baby Lock Ellageo for the embroidery and a Baby Lock Grace for the sewing and leafy hem design.

The designs I started with were from the small Apothecary Design Pack. I had finished these six by Christmas when my daughter came to visit. By then I had purchased the two new small sized Apothecary designs, Witch Hazel and Poison which came out in October, along with Dark Elegance Border and Cobweb Corner and the largest Apothecary Sign. I bought more fabric for the window valence to get the length needed, since the width was too short.

I work full time, make crafts and edit the monthly newsletter for Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro, NC, and also made a pillow for my grandson and granddaughter for Christmas, so my time for this project was intermittent. I shipped the entire set in mid-March, which for me was amazing! I think the decision making took the longest, since we were not both in the same state. Several fabric samples and photos of the layout of the valence went back and forth.

Talk about all the towels on the cabinets. How are they attached?

Once Velma received the set, she did not want to use them for fear of possibly messing them up. She could not figure out how to display all eight towels at once with only one oven handle. I was delighted with the cabinet door solution. All of the towels are the same finished size: 12 ¾ X 23 ¾ (pre-washed), and they are just folded in different ways and then attached using loops of strong tape with the sticky side out.

The loop is made around the top fold around the back of the towel, which, since the sticky side is facing the front on this side, supports the fold and weight and holds down the front a bit, and then the sticky side continues around the back facing the cabinet door. The two towels above the microwave are done the same way, but they are secured at the top and then under the embroidery to mimic the shape of the cabinet door. The Witch Hazel label to the right of the microwave is simply folded to be narrower, again to mimic the shape of the door. This one, since it is bulkier because of the narrowness, is also secured at the very bottom. The Apothecary sign above the Roman shade is tacked along the top to the support for the actual shade.

What did you put on your roman shade, including  all the fun stuff hanging down from it?

Before starting the Apothecary towels, I had made her the Madame Nightshade’s Beauty Emporium Bag, which is in her bathroom. I made the smaller size as a surprise for her for Christmas, which is the one on her roman shade. The Antique Key I made in many copies for myself, for her, and for her friends. I put two side by side in the hoop to reduce “travel” time. The key specifically was put up as a representation of security and safety in the house.

There are several other items collected over the years, including a sign on which Velma wrote out a simple meal blessing, a corn dolly made during an Autumn Equinox celebration several years ago, a little silver piggy bank ornament to represent prosperity, a pentacle pendant as a sign of her spiritual path, a Ganesha charm – the elephant-headed Hindu god of removing obstacles (put up in an attempt to help keep Velma’s cats from being underfoot in the kitchen) and several other witchy decorations. Things are added to the shade frequently and this is the thing that changes in the kitchen most consistently.

Any challenges along the way? What advice would you give someone trying a similar project?

I did have some difficulty getting the fabric hooped tightly enough that the designs did not pull (a common problem I have.) The large Apothecary sign gave me trouble, so I cut it out like a patch and then appliquéd it onto the valance fabric once the other designs were finished. I might suggest that solution for any of the larger sizes of these designs, since the edges are so well finished that they do not come loose when cut out.

Had we planned to put the individual designs onto cabinet doors, I would have cut and sewn the sizes accordingly. However, if she ever wants to change their use, she has a matched set of towels. A more permanent attachment process might happen in the future, but without harming the door itself, the strong tape seems to be the best solution at this point.

Any comments on your new apothecary kitchen from visitors?

Since it is such a recent addition, very few people have seen it. The entire house has a rather witchy esthetic, so the kitchen fits in well with its surroundings. Most comments have been about how the towels look like they belong on the cabinets and how they fill out the apothecary feel of the kitchen.

What’s your next project going to be?

The Tarot cards are waiting for a good deal of ambition and perhaps retirement in a year or so. In the mean time, probably something from Celtic Majesty or maybe the Crazy Cat Lady head the list. Maybe I’ll try sewing out Pi in a variegated color thread. There are so many wonderfully fun designs that I will keep myself plenty busy and my daughters and grandchildren well supplied.

I just might make something for myself next….

Thanks so much for sharing Bonnie! You’re a fantastic mum for helping your daughter create such a cool kitchen, and the results really speak for themselves. That’s a whole lot of stitching in one place, and it’s so great to see the designs come together like that. I do also hope you get time to stitch some stuff for yourself, I’m sure it will be equally amazing.

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