Color Inspirations – Shabby Chic

Add some vintage elegance to your embroidery designs with this Shabby Chic color inspiration.

You can never go wrong with classic looks. Vintage tones and bright pastels are always in style with this Shabby Chic color inspiration. Soft pinks and baby blues blend together to become vibrant and new, and a dash of turquoise brings a bold touch.  Mix in vintage background tones and maybe a hint of lace, and you have a classic look for any occasion that’s stunning but simple. See how it compares to the original.

Which do you prefer?

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Gallery Gems – Pillow Geek

Inspiring ideas from customers!

The best and brightest ideas and inspiration chosen from the Customer Gallery, updated every week.

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This project shows a fun way to recycle old button-down shirts into crafty fun pillow slips! Crafter Noordermeer1 used the Nerd Pocket design to cleverly create this geeky decor. See more new customer ideas this week right here!

Want to submit your photos to the gallery? Send photos and details to support@urbanthreads.com.

See even more ideas on our facebook, instagram and flickr!

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Color Inspirations – Blooming Bold

Leave your reservations behind and go big with complementary colors in this Blooming Bold color inspiration.

Not feeling in the mood for subtle, toned, vintage or ombre? Maybe it’s time to go big and bold with color, and there’s no better way to do that than with complementary colors like those used in this Blooming Bold color inspiration. Deep rich tones set the stage for your matching primary color, then add that big splash from the other side of the color wheel for a dramatic effect. This color scheme works with any complementary color pair! See how it compares to the original.

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March Lookbook

Check out the new March lookbook for all kinds of inspiration and ideas for your next machine embroidery project.click here to flip through!

March’s Lookbook is out!

If you haven’t heard, 2015 now brings monthly lookbook catalogs. Catch up on all the designs, tutorials and inspiration you might have missed, all while browsing through gorgeous photos and easily accessible links. These catalogs will always be available, so you can look back as the year progresses and never miss the opportunity for fresh inspiration.

The third issue is available now through Issuu now! Plus browse January or February or subscribe to never miss a new lookbook.

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Color Inspirations – Shades of Pale

Bring your embroidery designs to life in a more subtle way with this Shades of Pale color inspiration.

You don’t have to go wild with color to make an impression. Take one beloved hue and expand it out in all its glorious pale shades, with one darker note to accent it all. This works with pretty much any color, but soft violet is a favorite. Set it on a pale backdrop for a soft, ethereal effect. See how it compares to the original.

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How to Defenestrate Your Embroidery Machine

Covering the basic steps to carefully and safely defenestrate your problematic embroidery machine out of a window of your choice.

Step 1) Unplug your machine from the wall

Step 2) Collect all necessary cords and accessories

Step 3) Just kidding

 

It was too tempting, on a day like today.

Seriously though, we’ve all thought about it. When your machine is just driving you nuts, it seems like the only option. But WAIT! Before you gather that hulking machine and head towards the window, try out these three tutorials that cover the most frustrating problems, to see if you can save a little machine’s life…

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Thread breaking all the time, to the point of madness? Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. Here are tips and tricks to handle those annoying thread problems.

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What about when the thread doesn’t break, but does something worse? Like terrible tension or even those nasty nests that happen under designs sometimes. Check out this tutorial for how to deal with those headaches.

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Got a design that’s looking, well… terrible? Fills that won’t line up, puckering everywhere? Those shifting and gapping nightmares can totally ruin an otherwise amazing project. Find out how to get better stitch-outs with these simple tips.

So don’t throw that machine out the window just yet. Maybe just the threat will scare it straight. If that doesn’t work, well then hopefully these tutorials will.

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New Wedding Lookbook

Urban Threads Wedding Lookbook - Crafty ideas to inspire your event

There are so many ways to incorporate personality and creativity into a wedding – and there are all kinds of ideas in the new Wedding Lookbook!

Check out the brand new inspirational lookbook out today, to see lots of gorgeous photos from our wedding photoshoot, and starring some of your favorite embroidery designs. Covering everything from the traditional to the offbeat in weddings, this lookbook is packed with designs, advice, and lots of crafty ideas to inspire your event! If you ever wondered how to incorporate your crafty hobby into your big day, how to stitch for guys, or what you can DIY for a totally unique wedding, this lookbook is for you.

Check it out on issuu here!

Be sure not to miss out on the last days of the Forever After Sale, to grab many of these wedding designs for only $1.49! Sale ends this weekend.

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