Marauders Map Jeff

Photo by Lauren Dubois

Apparently, Friday was Hermione Granger’s birthday. Happy birthday, Hermione!

Add to that the fact that, for the first time this autumn, I needed to wear a scarf and gloves while walking my dog yesterday morning, and it seemed like the perfect time to spotlight our Marauder’s Map scarf.

At one end of this parchment colored scarf are the words, “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”  From there, embroidered foot prints march the entire length of the scarf until they reach the other end, which proclaims, “Mischief managed.” A perfect holiday gift for the Harry Potter fan in your life!

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Tudor Rose Patch

Tudor Rose Patch

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire opens in just one week, which is very exciting for me! It was the first big show I ever vended at, and it continues to be one of my favorites. Not only is it a great show with lots of playful patrons, but I have a lot of friends who work the event in different capacities, and that always makes it feel a little bit like a party at the same time.

In honor of CTRF’s Henry VIII themed cast and scenario, I thought it would be a lovely idea to spotlight my Tudor Rose design today.  At the moment, it’s available as a patch on my website, and also as a sticker on Redbubble. But I wonder — would there be any interest in Tudor Rose bags or scarves? Because I could make that happen….

IMG_005This patch can’t open the pod bay doors for you, and it won’t sing you a song, but it also won’t let you die in the cold vacuum of outer space.

What it will do is let everyone know that you’re a fan of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic sci-fi novel and/or Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film adaptation, and thus a highly evolved lifeform (no ebony monoliths necessary).

This sew-on patch measures 4″ tall by 2.5″ wide, and is embroidered on a black cotton canvas.

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BNot My Circusack when I first designed my “Not my circus” patch, I knew the font would be important. I wanted something that would give the design a fun, big top kind of feel, and I went hunting for the perfect one.  When I saw Carnivalee Freakshow, I knew I had hit upon just the right aesthetic for the design I had in mind.

It turned out, however, that this font — while gorgeous in print — did not play nicely with my embroidery software, or my embroidery machine.  It stitched in an odd way, creating super-dense letters that didn’t read as clearly as the font promised.  In addition, even running at its slowest speed, I was constantly breaking thread, and even ruined more than a few patches by putting holes in the canvas where it had been pulled into the bobbin casing, or simply over-stitched.

Not My CircusDuring my last attempted run of the patch, I decided it wasn’t worth being stubborn over — I needed to re-design it.  I went font-searching again, and decided to use Happy Sans. While it’s less circus-specific than Freakshow is, it still gives a fun and whimsical feel to the patch. And to be honest — I kind of like it even better than the original.  And as an unexpected bonus, using a font that stitches more cleanly actually brings the cost to the customer down significantly, dropping the price on the patch from $9 to $7!

It just goes to show that we have to be willing to change our original plans when they don’t work, and that sometimes these changes can improve the product in ways we hadn’t even anticipated.

The original design is still available as a sticker on Redbubble — I haven’t decided yet if I’ll change or add the new version. And we have exactly ONE patch left in the old font, which will be for sale at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire for the new $7 price. So if you really love the Carnivalee Freakshow version, you’re not entirely out of luck. But going forward, all new patches will be made with the new and improved design — for less money for you, and fewer headaches for me!

The Winter Scarf

The Winter Scarf

The Winter Scarf is made of light gray cotton flannel. It is stitched with a red star on one end, and black embroidered lines divide the full length of the scarf into geometric segments.

Scarves measure approximately 6 feet long by 7 inches wide. All scarves are double-sided, both for extra warmth and for a neat finish to the embroidery.

The Winter Scarf is available exclusively on the Storied Threads website, and in our booth at faires and conventions.

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Cry GodYesterday I finally was able to do my Hollow Crown Henry V photo shoot with Lauren Dubois​. Hooray!

It’ll be a little while until I’m able to share those pictures, since editing takes time. But since that has put me in a Hollow Crown frame of mind, I thought I’d share this morning the patches I made inspired by those plays.

Uneasy Lies The HeadAll of these designs (and more!) can be found in the Shakespeare section of my webstore.





Nice Customs

Big Damn Heroes Laptop 1We’re a small operation here at Storied Threads, and it always takes us time to get each of our bag designs prototyped in all three sizes.  So, while our Big Damn Heroes bag has been available for a while now in small and tablet sizes, we have only just (finally!) gotten around to making it available as a laptop bag!

This messenger bag is made of tan cotton canvas, and is embroidered with Serenity’s hull markings and the words, “Big Damn Heroes”. The bag comes in your choice of dark brown or tan and is lined in brown quilted cotton.

Our laptop bags have an interior measurement of 16.5″ wide by 11.5″ tall and 3.5″ deep. They feature a wide elastic band against the back wall, to hold your laptop or other electronics securely in place while leaving room for other items in front.

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