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When we decided back in 2016 to stop doing conventions and went to an online-only business model, we noticed that interest in our embroidered accessories — scarves, neckties, and bags — dropped significantly, but interest in our core product line, our patches, remained strong.

After some brainstorming, we made the decision late last year to discontinue our accessories line to focus on patches. We made this decision reluctantly because we like our bag designs and hated to see them disappear from our catalog — which led us to “re-imagine” them, as they say in Hollywood.

Over the coming weeks and months, we’re rolling out a new line of large-scale patches based on some of our most popular bag designs, which means you can customize a bag you already own! The first design in this new line is our Cthulhu Waits Dreaming patch, depicting the Elder God’s facial tentacles reaching out, as if to snare some poor human who stumbled onto fabled R’lyeh. The image and text are embroidered in dark brown on an olive drab fabric and measures 8.85 inches by 5.67 inches — the perfect size for a laptop bag or the back of a jacket! You can buy it now for $13 (plus shipping) at our web store or our Etsy shop!

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You may be wondering, “What the heck is this design about?”

Well, as some of you may know, my husband Michael is an independent author, and his main series is the YA superhero adventure Action Figures. He recently released the seventh book in the series, The Black End War, and his editor Julie was so enamored with a particular element of the story (I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil it for you!) she commissioned a special patch inspired by the book.

I’m now making the patch available to Action Figures fans and the general public, and you can grab one now for $7 at either my web store or my Etsy shop.

What this? A new item? After all this time?

Yes, I know it’s been a long whole since we unveiled a new addition to our patch line, so to make up for it we’re going big by unveiling a new design by our friend Marrus: the Clover Fae Twins! It took us a while to get the design just right so it met with Marrus’s approval, but we’re happy to report it was worth the time and effort, because Marrus has given it her very enthusiastic seal of approval.

As with the other designs in the Demon Fae line, the Clover Fae Twins are available on your choice of six background colors: red, orange, light blue, teal, purple, and light gray. Own this piece of fabric art, suitable for framing, for $32.

Copyright Marrus 2017.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve Eve, everyone!

It took a lot of overtime on our part, but we finally managed to clear our production queue in time for holiday delivery. Now that we’ve got a blank slate it’s time to…well, let it back up again.

As of noon today, Storied Threads will be closing up the studio until after the New Year. We will continue to check and respond to messages, and we will endeavor to deliver any in-stock items we have as quickly as possible, but we will not be filling any made-to-order items until January 2, 2018.

Thank you for a great 2017 and we’ll see you next year!

As you may recall, we placed our Etsy shops on hiatus to allow us to catch up on a backlog of orders — a backlog that was badly exacerbated by the loss of one of our two machines due to mechanical issues.

We’re happy to announce that, after an intensive weekend of filling orders, the Etsy shops will be opening back up today and we will start accepting orders again. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this rather stressful time.

However, we’d like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that even though we are accepting orders again, we are unable to fill any orders in time for Christmas. At this point, we wouldn’t be able to fill any new orders until Thursday, December 21, which means they would not arrive by Saturday, December 23.

We do have a very small selection of in-stock items ready to ship, so feel free to contact us at veronica@storiedthreads.com and ask about a particular item. We can ship in-stock items same day, but you would need to pay for Priority or Priority Express shipping to guarantee delivery by the weekend.

One last note: as we head into 2018, we will be trimming our catalog further to eliminate our selection of accessories — namely the bags, scarves, and neckties. Since we stopped doing shows following the 2016 season, activity in those areas has fallen off sharply, so we’ve decided to clear out the clutter and formally discontinue them as regular catalog items.

As part of this project, we will be going through our on-hand stock and marking items down for expedited sale. Stay tuned!

If you’ve visited our Etsy shops within the past 12 hours, you may have noticed that we have temporarily suspended sales.

We took this unfortunate but necessary step in an effort to fill our outstanding holiday orders as quickly as possible while we contend with some serious technical issues that have crippled one of our two embroidery machines and impeded efficient operation of the second. We have already fallen behind a little and chances are we will, at best, barely keep up with our shipping deadlines. Continuing to accept orders simply wasn’t a smart move.

If you have an outstanding order with us via Etsy, we ask for your patience. We are filling them as quickly as possible, and in fairness to all customers, in the order in which we received them. We simply cannot honor requests to bump orders up ahead of others on our production queue.

Thank you for your patience, and hopefully we will be back at full capacity shortly.

To say we’ve been busy filling Halloween orders is an understatement.

Our production queue has exploded over the past week alone, to the point where we have fallen behind due to the sheer volume of orders placed since September.

To put it in context: between January 1 and August 31 of this year, we received 23 orders for our best-selling Pawnee Goddess patch. In September alone, we received 26 orders. In the first eight days of October, we received 47 orders. It’s all we can do at this point to try and fill the orders we’ve received already, and so we unfortunately cannot guarantee that any orders placed as of today will be filled in time for Halloween — nor can we accept any requests for rush orders out of fairness to those who have already paid us and are patiently awaiting their patches.

Thank you for your understanding, and we encourage our customers to think ahead to the holidays. If you plan to buy from us for Christmas gift-giving, please order in advance to ensure timely delivery. Thank you.