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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Evil Dead Holster - Made for Evil Dead the Musical in Las Vegas on: February 22, 2012 06:47:07 AM
You've been StitchPunk'd!

Seriously badass work. Love it!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: New to embroidery... 4th project on: November 10, 2011 09:28:32 AM
You've been StitchPunk'd!.

Love love love it! Thanks for sharing.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Clockwork Natura Embroidered Gown on: October 31, 2011 08:28:59 AM
Do you have a special machine? How long have you been doing embroidery?

I run an alternative embroidery company called Urban Threads. I designed all the embroidery and then it gets digitized and stitched out by our machines. I've been doing Urban Threads for about three years now, it's a blast! I'm so glad you like the designs.

you haven't put Crane Wife up here, have you? I love that piece so much (and you made me listening to that song/others from the artist for a couple of days.. Cheesy)

You know, I never did post the Crane Wife here, we went pretty in depth on the blog about it, but I should share it here too! I'm so glad you like it, and happy to introduce anyone to the Decemberists Wink

That's all for such nice comments! We really had a blast making this. I'm already scheming up my next collaboration...
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Clockwork Natura Embroidered Gown on: October 27, 2011 09:52:04 AM
This is a collaboration project long in the making, and I thought it high time to share it here! I'll say up front I did NOT make this dress, this fabulous thing was a creation of KMKostumes, Etsy sellers extraordinaire. I contacted them about collaborating on a costume because I wanted to design an embroidery series exclusively for a dress like this.

So, we got together, sketched out dress designs, and then I went home and drew embroidery ideas and they hit their sewing machines. It was an amazing team effort and I am so happy with how the dress and the embroidery turned out! Here's the final result.



The whole dress includes 9 embroidery designs. One on the bodice, two on the gauntlets, one on the front chest and one on the back, and four designs on the overlay skirt. Each piece was designed to fit the theme and flow of the dress.



A good shot of the wings on the back. I love the floating effect of the embroidery on the organza.





A closeup of the designs on the front. I think the gauntlet designs are my favorite, but I love the piece on the bodice too.







KMKostumes did such a fabulous job making this! I saw some of the construction of the dress and they are so crazy fast. I just love the fullness of the silhouette.

I'm thrilled with how this all turned out. I also need to give a big shoutout to our photographer FairShadow Photography,who did a masterful job. I also had a lot of help with hair and makeup by my good friend Sara Capers. I will say this will probably be my first and last foray into modelling anything, but boy was it fun to get all dressed up! I had such a blast with this project, and it was so much fun to see what we could really make embroidery do.

I can't wait to do another collaboration project!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Watch out - it's Vampire Bunny! on: September 23, 2011 02:14:38 PM
You've been Stitchpunk'd!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Here is my version of Vampire Bunny on: September 23, 2011 02:14:10 PM
You've been Stitchpunk'd!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Antiqued Embroidered Books w/ mini tute! on: August 26, 2011 01:49:39 PM
Is your bookshelf looking a bit drab these days? Shiny pink printed book jackets just not giving your library the ambiance youre after? Well, it might be true that they dont make them like they used to, but that doesnt mean YOU cant.



A little embroidery on linen, a little tea, and you can make it look light your bookshelf is filled with antique and worldly classics instead of say, Twilight. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

So, here's a quick little tutorial on how to dress em up!

http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_02.jpg

To make your antique embroidered book, youll need:

A hardcover book (decide now if its just for decoration, or if you want to be able to read it after were done)

-Vintage looking fabric (I love linens)
-A container for hot water
-Some tea
-Mod Podge
-Brush and/or sponge applicator
-Scissors

http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_06.jpg

Whip up a little fairytale embroidery suitable to antique covers, and cut your fabric to size, leaving at least two inches all the way around.
http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_08.jpg

Soak it in some tea and let it dry...
http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_11.jpg

Lay out your book and cut up some flaps for the spine. Fold and glue these in, since they won't be wrapping inside the cover like the rest of the fabric.

[img width=300 height=212]http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_14.jpg

And grab your mod podge! Cover the book first, then lay on your fabric. Give the cover a good coating, smoothing it with your fingers (I know, it  gets messy) out towards the edges. When you get to the edges, tightly wrap the fabric around the cover and give it more coatings of glue. Just mod podge the heck out of it.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_15.jpg

When it dries it should pretty much look like this.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_20.jpg

Add a little more glue to the cover and cut a piece of decorative paper to cover up the ugly edges.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_17.jpg

Distress it with a little more tea...

http://www.urbanthreads.com/images/project_images/UT_PR172_23.jpg

And you have yourself a brand spankin new yet totally old looking cover of awesome.
Ta da! Your bookshelf is going to look so swank...

you know, in a worldly way.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ombre Drape Vest on: July 15, 2011 12:57:02 PM
There is a tutorial! Check out the link at the bottom of the posting Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ombre Drape Vest on: July 15, 2011 12:03:46 PM
Usually, making a piece of clothing from scratch kinda scares me. But this thing was seriously so easy!



Sewn from super soft drape knit I got on sale, I then dip dyed it ombe and machine embroidered the back! The dye did something a little unexpected... it was supposed to just be brown, but a pink color started working its way out of the top layer of tie. That just ended up being a happy accident.



The back design even kinda has an "ombre" look.



I'm adoring the look of it with big chunky belts too. It's very flattering on those days I'm not feeling so swanky.





I love it! I'm going to make a couple more and wear them all summer long! Maybe in fall I'll look at sewing one with long sleeves.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Embroidered Steampunk Jacket on: June 27, 2011 08:09:24 PM
Occasionally, I like trying a work related project that's just for pushing the boundaries of what I think stock designs can do. I wanted to see how well I could incorporate all kinds of different steampunk designs and make them work seamlessly with the design of a jacket. I had been debating a long while on what kind of jacket I would use, when this fell into my lap at a clothing swap! It was perfect. After a lot of planning, I set to stitching, and here's the result!



I decided to keep the embroidery more tone on tone to keep it elegant and understated as much as possible. I kinda liked the white of the coat, and though it wasn't a very typical steampunk color, I thought I'd use it...



Here's the coat in all it's stitchy glory. All in all, on a large industrial machine, it was still 8 solid hours of nerve wracking stitching





A good detail shot of the stitching. You can really see a lot of fun detail up close


On the back I added our large steampunk raven. I was excited because I'd always thought of him as a jacket back piece when I designed him, so it was great to use it just like I imagined...




Finally, on the front I added a little stitched key heart. I like that you almost can't notice it until you're up closer.



I'm so happy with how it turned out! I had only one coat, and one shot at everything, and I'm known for stitching things to themselves at key moments...



Im going to be marching around in it like a proper nerd at our local geek-fest Convergence this upcoming weekend, which this year happens to be steampunk themed.

Heres hoping I can open up some peoples eyes as to what machine embroidery can do!
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