Color Inspirations – Cherry & Tin

Go bold without losing that beautiful vintage tone with this Cherry & Tin color inspiration on your embroidery designs.

Colors mean different things throughout the seasons. This close to Christmas, this Cherry & Tin color inspiration feels festive to me. At another time of year, it might make me think of something else. Those superb bright pops of super-saturated red always feel merry and bright, and they can really bring unexpected life to an otherwise vintage toned design. A touch of snow-white here and there also keeps it from getting too dark, as well as that one small twinkle of silver. None of that stops the red from being your true superstar of this design, which totally transforms it. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Handmade Highlights – Bah Humbug

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Delightfully festive, and oh so quirky. Lisa Leggett on instagram stitched this merry Bah Humbug last Christmas for a friend, obviously someone with a sense of humor. It’s too cute not to bring up again!

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Top 10 Reactions to Crazy Last Minute Christmas Crafting Mayhem – In GIFS

It’s hardcore Christmas crafting time, and while some of you smug sort might have gotten them all done, the rest of us are at this moment experiencing some mild, silent terror, and making all kinds of mental bargains with ourselves about how we’ll never let this happen again. Regardless of how much you have left, or what you’ve already done, we’ve all felt these moments at one point along the line…

1) When you’re sitting pretty on your Christmas crafting list early November, and you forget about it for ONE MOMENT and suddenly you realize it’s mid Dec and you have pretty much all of it left to do.

When you're sitting pretty on your Christmas crafting list early November, and you forget about it for ONE MOMENT and suddenly you realize it's mid Dec and you have pretty much all of it left to do.

 

2) You go look inside your crafting closet for that one simple thing you’re sure you have and totally need for this project, and realize it’s not quite as organized as you hoped.

You go look inside your crafting closet for that one simple thing you're sure you have and totally need for this project, and realize it's not quite as organized as you hoped.

 

3) When you get a good start on some of those super-involved presents, and someone stops by and goes, “Oh I love that! Can you make me one for Christmas?”

About a week before Christmas.

When you get a good start on some of those super-involved presents, and someone stops by and goes, "Oh I love that! Can you make me one for Christmas?"  About a week before Christmas.

 

4) When someone steals your super sharp, super nice crafting scissors you need to finish your project, and you find them cutting paper with it.

When someone steals your super sharp, super nice crafting scissors you need to finish your project, and you find them cutting paper with it.

 

5) What you want to do to your machine if it breaks that thread ONE MORE TIME.

What you want to do to your machine if it breaks that thread ONE MORE TIME.

 

6) When you realize your perfectly stitched design is actually sorta in the wrong spot on your project, and you have no room to fix it.

 When you realize you your perfectly stitched design is actually sorta in the wrong spot on your project, and you have no room to fix it.

 

7) When someone asks you why you’re so upset about stitching the wrong color green on your project, and you just can’t quite explain. It was…almost…perfect!

When someone asks you why you're so upset about stitching the wrong color green on your project, and you just can't quite explain. It was...almost...perfect!

 

8) When you come back to find in the last 2 minutes of embroidery on your super-involved, time-consuming totally gorgeous project…. it just stitched itself together.

When you come back to find in the last 2 minutes of embroidery on your super-involved, time-consuming totally gorgeous project.... it just stitched itself together.

 

9) When you show someone the presents you worked so hard on, that took so much time, and they go… “Oh that’s amazing!” …

“Wait, oh, you just made it with a machine? I thought you said you made them yourself?”

When you show someone the presents you worked so hard on, that took so much time, and they go... "Oh that's amazing!" ...  "Wait, oh, you just made it with a machine? I thought you said you made them yourself?"

 

10) Finally, after all the hard work, when you give someone their present, and they love it. And you try and act all cool about it, and totally fail.

Finally, after all the hard work, when you give someone their present, and they love it. And you try and act all cool about it, and totally fail.

 

Don’t worry. Regardless of what you might have learned this year, next year it’ll probably be all the same glorious mayhem all over again. Happy Holiday Crafting everyone!

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Quick Pic – Santa

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest chosen from images of facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Quick Pic - Santa. The best and brightest ideas by Urban Threads customers from facebook, flickr, instagram and more.

Nicole Theaux shared this simple but stunning Santa tee with us on Facebook. She shows us how you don’t have to go nuts to make something festive and trendy for Christmas. A bright red top and your favorite Santa design always does the trick!

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Be Yourself

An original is worth more than a copy

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Fridays At The Office

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Christmas around here is sorta’ a never ending project. We love it, but it does consume a lot of time, so our digitizing head Dee decided to bite back. Nom nom Santa. Also, zombies. Because we’re weird.

Want more sneak peeks, office life, and behind the scenes? Follow us on Instagram at urbanthreadsemb

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Color Inspirations – Turquoise & Tinsel

Get brave with your holiday colors on a design that is already influenced by the season with this Turquoise & Tinsel color inspiration.

The holiday color inspirations continue! The fun thing about holiday designs is a strong festive theme can usually carry a non-traditional color scheme pretty well, as the “holiday” part is already pretty clear. So get brave with your colors! Try some tinsel-inspired metallic silvers set next to earthy tones of browns and creams. Then give it that festive “pop” with a beautiful, saturated turquoise! See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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