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31  Spooky Handmade Wreath in Halloween Decor and Parties by Urban Threads on: October 16, 2009 10:02:24 AM
For some reason, I've been going crazy decorating the inside of my house, but sorta neglected my doorway, which is where all the happy little trick or treaters will show up. I saw a fabulous feather wreath at Target, but it was just a little bit plain.  So, I made my own!

I found a wreath form at my local crafty store, and wrapped it with two black feather boas. Then I tied on a cute sign & ornaments, stuck in some fake black flowers, and stitched up some embroidered lace to dress it up.

Here's a closeup of the cool gothic lace. If I had the patience I'd stitch up enough of these to take over a wreath.

So now it's sittin' on my door, all ready for my first trick or treaters! I'm so excited for Halloween this year.
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32  Tinted Embroidery - We're a Pair! in Needlework: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: October 09, 2009 08:55:41 AM
I saw a discussion here on craftster about crayon tinting, and thought it sounded just dandy.  Here's my madd crayon tinting skillz.

Here's a closeup of the two little tinted pears.

Haven't had this much fun with crayola since I was little Cheesy
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33  Autumn Pyrography in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: October 02, 2009 11:04:38 AM
I just love the word pyrography.  Woodburning, a la summercamp. It's all grown up and creating more than cross-section logs with my name scrawled in em. Yay!  I decided to do my autumn leaves pattern, and I found a cute little stool to try it out on at Michael's. Btw, I'm not sure where this should go, so it's going here for now..

A nice close up of the leaves. Keep in mind, I haven't done this since I was.. er... about 12? Now I have visions of really cool tattooed barstools.

The leaves also have a bit of stain on them, just to make them pop a bit, and then I covered the whole thing in a few coats of varnish. What do you think?
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34  Steampunk Satchel in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: September 25, 2009 11:34:48 AM
Our one and only Karline has done it again, this time with a fantastic new steampunk satchel!  It has steampunk embroidery, gears, snaps, leather, buckles, and grommets. What more could a girl ask for? In fact, it almost had too many snaps and grommets, Karline got a little carried away once she figured out how to put them in. She got a little addicted. Check out the fab results!

And of course, a shot of the fab embroidery and my favorite steampunk hat I made for last years steampunk halloween.

Yay steampunk!
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35  Fall Bunting! Cute Autumn Decor in Halloween Decor and Parties by Urban Threads on: September 11, 2009 12:51:45 PM
The mallow pumpkins are out again... that can only mean one thing... autumn is here! Its time to celebrate my favorite season, and this year Im doing it in a decidedly festive way... Bunting!

I got this idea from my cousin's wedding, she had beautiful traditional bunting (flags) up everywhere.  It's a great way to use up leftover scraps of festive fabrics.  To make the letters, I printed out different fonts and cut them out of felt.  Appliqueing them on was fun (yikes), but I managed it ok.  I machine embroidered two little fall trees for the side flags.  You can see more detail here:

I'm totally making more of these for each season.  It's not totally Halloween, but the colors are Halloweeny enough I think.  Good for September, you know, godda' ease into the season Smiley
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36  Chocolate Invitations! Yum yum! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: September 04, 2009 11:39:21 AM
What's better than getting free chocolate?  Getting free chocolate that invites you to a swingin part-ay!  That's right, I'm talking chocolate invitations!

Great for everything from poker nights to fancy weddings.  I made mine with a little stock art and a few photoshop tricks.  You just carefully remove the regular wrapper, scan it, make a new one, and glue it in place!  Ta daa... custom chocolate invitation!

You can cram a lot of party details on the back and just use the front for the main party details.  I'm thinking I have to whip up a bunch of these for my upcoming Halloween party.  You and your guests are sure to enjoy your tasty invites!
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37  Pretty Embroidered Peacock Pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Urban Threads on: August 28, 2009 10:26:43 AM
Made by our fabulous Karline, who was taught how to make this super simple stitchy bag by her mum.  You can make a small one as a pretty jewelery pouch, or a giant one as a laundry bag.  It's super versatile!

With the peacock theme, she added a real peacock feather as a nifty accent.  I think this would be great at our upcoming Renaissance festival!
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38  Gradient Pillow in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: August 21, 2009 10:44:39 AM
Recently I've fallen in love with the Ombre trend, and then with transitioning color itself.  I love the subtle changes of color.  Using a single transitioning scribble design, and a whole bunch of pretty colors, well, you could go on forever...

This is actually one design repeated twice with graduated colors. I thought a nice long bolster pillow would be the perfect canvas for a continuing gradient design Smiley

It's sooo simple to make, its basically just a tube tied at the ends, so it's really easy to make a whole bunch and change out as the mood strikes.
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39  Felt Bowl in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: August 14, 2009 11:13:57 AM
I dont mean to make gender assumptions, but tell me if youve seen this before...

A guy walks into a house, and his first order of business is to empty every last thing he finds in his pockets out on the countertop or table.  I swear guys store stuff in there just so they have a whole haul to unload when they finally get somewhere.  Guys? Gals?  Anyone care to explain this phenomenon?

Anywho, inevitably when the time comes to leave again, people run around in blind panic looking for their lost keys because everything's been dumped all over the place.  Behold my solution...

Ta da!  All neat and tidy!

We'll see how long this lasts....
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40  Wedding Album! Jim and Pam Halpert... heehee in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by Urban Threads on: August 07, 2009 09:24:21 AM
Wedding season is full upon us (I have no less than 5 to go to this season) and it's time to whip out that embroidery machine and make that special someone something fun and personalized!  I decided a cute things to make would be a covered wedding album, so the happy couple would have a pretty book to store their memories of the happy day.  I couldn't decide who to make this one for, so I used some different names instead Cheesy

The book is one of those you can take apart to add more pages, which makes it much much easier to cover.  You can see the inside all recovered.

The horse design on the cover used to be a dark, gothy carousel horse-y, but he was wedding-ified with neutral ivory and white tones.  It's so easy to change a design just by changing the colors!
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