Urban Threads Costume Contest 2014

The embroidery machines are a-whirrin’, and a chill is in the air. The spooky season is here, and that has to mean it’s time for one of our favorite contests…

The Urban Threads annual Costume Contest!

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The contest starts Wednesday, Oct. 1, and ends Halloween night, Friday Oct. 31, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. Your costume can be from any time (meaning it doesn’t have to be a Halloween costume), but cannot already have been entered in a previous year’s contest.

How do you enter? Just take a photo of your awesome costume that features at least one Urban Threads embroidery design (hand or machine). Costumes may be for people or pets! Then email contest@urbanthreads.com and either A) attach your photo, or B) send us a link to your photo on flickr (add it to the Urban Embroidery group and tag it utcostume2014). Remember to get your photo entered before the witching hour on Halloween night!

We’ll choose our 10 favorites as finalists, and post those 10 to be voted on BY YOU after Halloween. UT stitchers will vote to see which lucky costumer wins…

 

A $50 Urban Threads gift certificate!

 

Looking to get inspired? Check out the amazing entries from last year…

Every year, you blow us away. I’m sure this year will be no different. Good luck and happy stitching!

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Urban Entrepreneurs – Dice Bags By Jibbi

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

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Dice Bags By Jibbi on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

I struggle with taking attractive photographs of my bags – it takes me a while to get them right. Once I do, the best results I get are when I post vibrant, attractive photos to social media with links. It took me a long time to set up a dedicated twitter account (@dicebagsbyjibbi) but my daily hits have doubled since I did. I also get a big influx of them when I make a big post to Tumblr with many photos. That sounds like 2 tips, but I think it’s a combination of the two – pretty pictures and telling all the great friends out there in internetland!

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Quick Pic – Bespoke

Inspiring ideas from customers!

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

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Anna in Germany wrote in-

“I recently had the great pleasure to create a bespoke LARP costume. The client was totally into your Mendhika designs, so we used them on the corset (hand painted, machine embroidered, hand embroidered with filigrees and beads) as well as on the kimono (hand painted, machine embroidered).”

WOW!

 

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Free Halloween Printable – Mummy Kitty

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Happy October, everyone! If you’re a fan of today’s Mummy Kitty design, you’ll love this…

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Our artist Taylor enjoys bringing his little creations to life in paper form, and the little Halloween printable from last year was so popular, we just had to do another one. So now we’ve got a downloadable printable Mummy Kitty for FREE!

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That’s right, just click here to grab your free downloadable PDF of your kitty printable doll. It includes one simple page to print your kitty which already includes the instructions. Just remember to click “fit to page” when you print him.

He’s even easier than last year’s little guy to assemble. All you need is a sharp knife, some cardstock, and a glue stick, and you too can have a little undead kitty to cheerfully greet all your coworkers or friends this spooky season. So grab your mummy kitty embroidery design right here, and then grab your FREE printable mummy kitty right here.

Happy haunting, everyone, and happy October from all of us at Urban Threads!

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Intelligence Having Fun

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Haunted Soiree Sale – 6 Simple DIYs to Glam Up your Halloween

The leaves are changing and it’s that time of year. You feast on candy corn (wayy to much candy corn), pull out the pumpkins, stitch some costumes, and spook up the house. Well, spooky has never been so chic as the decor and projects you’ll create this season! Haunt your home with a hand-picked collection of embroidery designs on sale for $1.31 in the Haunted Soiree Sale – ravens and pumpkins, skulls and skeletons, frightfully festive greetings, and more. This fall will be a nonstop Halloween party with eerie, elegant embroidery on throw pillows, table linens, wall hangings, and lacy accents.

There are all kinds of fun ways you can use these spooky designs on sale…

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Not finding the kind of spooky banner you’re looking for in the store? Make one yourself! You can use the Letter Perfect Alphabet collection in Halloween hues to craft any greeting you like! Stitch it on burlap for a chic rustic look.

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Add some dark romance to your decor by stitching the Autumn Votive Wrap all in black. It will give a gothic touch to your lighting, and everything looks creepier by candlelight.

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Don’t want to carve your pumpkins? Don’t! Get some elegant white ones (yeah, pumpkins totally come in white) or spray yours with some spray paint, and give it a touch of machine embroidered lace. Instant elegance, no carving required.

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Pillows are an excellent way to haunt your home, and easy to change out with the season. Stitch up this rustically chic pillow with some fun orange fabric. Add a seasonal raven design and the date of Halloween in a spooky alphabet, and your home is instantly more seasonal.

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Throwing a spooky dinner party? Dress up the linens for a quick touch that’s sure to impress. You can repeat these festive dancing skeletons along the bottom edge of a napkin for a quick-stitching but classy motif. Heck, maybe this one can live on past Halloween…

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Want a quick pillow update that’s a little more fun? Make it a mummy! Just stitch on your favorite pair of spooky eyes from the Monster Factory collection, and then wrap a few scraps of white fabric across the front and stitch in place. It’s so easy and quick, you could spooky up your whole couch in an afternoon. Want a little more variety? The Monster Factory pack can create all kinds of fun ghouls and goblins.

The machine embroidery designs on this page are on sale for $1.31, with selected design packs 25% of, and there are SO MANY more designs on sale over on the Haunted Soiree Sale page. The sale ends Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., Central time, so get shopping and pick out your favorite treats today!

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Fridays At The Office

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Someone on Facebook suggested that the big lace skull could be used like a mask. Naturally, we had to test this theory. Our digitizer Bonnie volunteered. We have deemed it a terrifying success.

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

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