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I’ve known since the spring that I wanted to do a medieval take on Harley Quinn to wear to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire this fall. And I also knew that Harley needed an awesome prop.  A giant mallet was, of course, the obvious choice — but I couldn’t think of how to build one that would fit in the car along with all my stock for the show.  So instead, I decided to do a medieval take on her BANG! gun.

4We already had a crossbow in our vast collection of stage weapons, so that part was easy. All I needed to do was make a prop arrow for it, from which would hang a sign reading “TWANG!”.  We found a great font (Happy Sans, for the curious) scaled it up, and printed it to form a stencil so that we could paint both sides of the sign easily.  For the sign itself, we used a simple unbleached cotton duck cloth — nice and sturdy and thick and not prone to flapping about in the wind.

 

 

 

3Painting and sewing the flag was my job. And I’m going to be honest here – it’s about the only part of this prop I had any hand in.  Mike did all of the rest of it, from carving a notch in our wood dowel shaft, to painting the hardware, to fashioning the fletching and arrowhead out of craft foam.  Realistically, I’d say I’m due…12% of the credit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2We got a bit lucky with the fletching, having found pre-cut craft foam hearts when we were shopping.  We took one of the red ones, sliced it down the middle, and it became the perfect “feathers” for a Harley Quinn-themed arrow.  The arrowhead, meanwhile, was shaped out of white craft foam, wrapped around this sort of marshmallow shaped hard foam thing that we found. It gave the arrowhead a solid interior, and gave us something to use to mount it on the end of the dowel. Many coats of silver paint later, and it was a perfect finishing piece!

Picture by Jennifer Provost

Picture by Jennifer Provost

And here it is — the final product! The cosplay itself was a big hit, and when people saw the arrow, they just absolutely loved it. I couldn’t be happier with the end result.

 

Sleipnir1Sometimes, society demands that you wear a tie. So why not wear one that proudly displays the things you love? And the Vikings certainly knew the value of being well accessorized. So what theme could be better to sport on your own accessories?

This tie is 100% dark green silk, embroidered with a Norse Sleipnir in black. It is available both in our Etsy shop and on our website.

Click here to buy one!

Raven1A friend of ours saw this lace raven design at Urban Threads, and wondered if it might be made into a large, dramatic necklace. I immediately agreed that it could, and made her the very first one!

This lace raven measures 8″ from wing tip to wing tip, and is 5.5″ tall. It is hung on a silver chain 14″ in length which fastens in the back with a lobster claw.

This necklace is available both in our Etsy shop and on our website.

Click here to buy one!

Carlos, Greg, and Artimis in their Avengers surcoat made by Storied Threads. Photo by Jamie Tarbell.

Carlos, Greg, and Artimis in their Avengers surcoat made by Storied Threads. Photo by Jamie Tarbell.

This past weekend at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire was Time Travelers’ Weekend, which is always a blast for me.  There is tons of cosplay, costume contests, and I even get to help host and judge the Doctor Who contest on the last day, which is always a great deal of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave in his Thor surcoat, desperately trying to reach Mjolnir. Yours truly as Loki. Photo by Lauren Dubois.

Dave in his Thor surcoat, desperately trying to reach Mjolnir. Yours truly as Loki. Photo by Lauren Dubois.

This year, though, Sunday somehow became Avengers Day among many of the vendors and crew, and it was amazing.  I have apparently started a bit of a trend, with my faire-appropriate cosplays!  This summer, the guy who runs the Hitting and Stabbing Emporium came to me, and explained that since two of his workers already had my Thor and Captain America surcoats, he wanted to make a theme day, and he commissioned from me a medieval Iron Man surcoat. I spread the word to another vendor friend who had commissioned a SHIELD surcoat earlier in the year, and figured the day would be perfect for debuting my new Loki cosplay.

Medieval Daredevil working at HSE. Photo by Eric Tetreult.

Medieval Daredevil working at HSE. Photo by Eric Tetreult.

And then things got really crazy.  Everybody at HSE wanted in, and on super short notice managed an impressive array of Marvel cosplays done in medieval and renaissance styles. I spotted Daredevil, Dark Phoenix, Magneto, Scarlet Witch, Enchantress, Black Widow, Lady Hydra, and so many more.

 

 

Enchantress and Loki. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Enchantress and Loki. Photo by Michael Bailey.

It’s always so fantastic to see an idea like this take off, and to see what creative things people can come up with. This coming weekend may not be an official cosplay weekend — but I still can’t wait to see the fantastic things people create!

None More BlackIt’s like, how much more black could this patch be? And the answer is none. None more black.

This sew-on patch is stitched in black on black cotton canvas, and measures approximately 3″ by 3″ square.

Like it? Click here to buy one!

With my co-hosts, the Lords of Adventure, and last year's winning cosplay.

With my co-hosts, the Lords of Adventure, and last year’s winning cosplay. Photo by Lauren Dubois.

This weekend is Time Travelers’ Weekend at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and it is probably my favorite of all the themed weekends. This is the weekend we have the greatest concentration of cosplay at the Faire, and I LOVE cosplay. In fact, there are even costume contests this weekend, with a different theme each day!

Saturday’s contest will be for Game of Thrones costumes, Sunday will be a general Cosplay Contest, and Monday — yes, Monday, Columbus Day! — will be the Doctor Who Costume Contest! This last one is especially exciting for me, since I’ve been asked to act as one of the judges of the contest again this year.

Come join us all three days for an amazing amount of fun!

ValknutThe original meaning of the interlocked triangles now called a Valknut has been lost to us, but its prominence in Norse carvings and decoration is undeniable. We have stitched it here in shades of gray on gray cotton canvas, to mimic the look of carved stone.

This patch is available both in our Etsy shop, and on our website.

Click here to buy one!

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