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MarvelSurcoats

Photo by Jamie Tarbell

This photo was taken at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire back in 2014, when I first made these fantastic Marvel-inspired surcoats. I’m hoping very much that they’ll make a showing again this year on Time Traveler’s Weekend, October 15 aned 16!

Patches as Costumes

TerrifiCon_RACI know that a lot of people use my patches as elements for costumes or cosplays, but it is rare that I actually get to see them in person. So it was very exciting for me to see not one, but TWO examples at TerrifiCon this past weekend!

This couple purchased my Temeraire patches, inspired by the books of Naomi Novik, at last year’s TerrifiCon.  They were inspired by them to design and create full Royal Aerial Corps uniforms, complete with beautiful embroidery of their own, which they rocked all weekend long! The uniforms were even personalized to show which dragon each of them served  on, and other details about their individual characters.

TerrifiCon_PawneeGoddessLast year, I sold dozens of Pawnee Goddesses patches to customers who let me know that they were going to be doing that as a Halloween costume, so I knew that it was a thing. But this weekend was the first time I’d actually seen one of them in person, when this amazing Pawnee Goddess showed up in my booth. Her costume was completed by all of the  merit badges stitched to her purple vest below the one I had made, and I couldn’t stop smiling to see her!

Speaking of Halloween costumes – if you’re hoping to get some patches from us for that purpose, I recommend ordering sooner rather than later! Our fall is packed full of shows and commitments, and October is one of our busiest months for online orders. It’s always better to order early and be sure you have your patches in time, rather than risk it showing up in November!

DoubleHelixSpoonflowerOur latest fabric design is now available at Spoonflower! These colorful double helixes run in a continuous stripe down the length of the fabric on a gray background. The stripes are pretty wide, to show off their geeky nature.

The fabric shown here is Spoonflower’s Basic Cotton, but the design is available in a wide variety of fabric types to meet every project’s needs.

This is our second design at Spoonflower, and we plan to build up to a solid line of fabrics as time goes on. Keep an eye out here or on our social media for more announcements!

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This photo from last year’s TerrifiCon seems like a harbinger of things to come.

I’m still exhausted from Boston Comic Con last weekend, and am in mad prep mode — because TerrifiCon at Mohegan Sun opens tomorrow! I haven’t had a lot of time to make stock to replace all of the patches, bags, and scarves that sold out last weekend in Boston, but I’ve put as big of a dent in that list as I can. It’s been a coffee-fueled couple of days, and we’re not done yet!

Both of today’s new patches were originally made for a customer request.  He had shopped with us at a convention and purchased many other Lovecraft themed patches, and when he got home he sent me an email asking if these two bag designs could be done as patches as well.  When they were finished, we liked the way they looked so much that we decided to add them to our online offerings!

HerbertWestHerbert West Patch

Sure, his experiments may be deemed “immoral”, “crazy”, or “illegal” by those who don’t understand his vision. But someday? Herbert West will change the world!

This patch is made of khaki-olive cotton canvas, and embroidered in black thread with the words, “Herbert West, Miskatonic University, School of Medicine”.

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

PickmanPickman School of Art Patch

Are you afraid of the dark? Of subterranean spaces? Screams of terror and demonic figures? No? Then the Pickman School of Art is the perfect place for you to hone your craft! Inspired by HP Lovecraft’s short horror story “Pickman’s Model”, this patch is embroidered on off whilte cotton canvas.

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

 

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This gratuitous picture of Beatrix and Pippen is just here to catch your attention.

First and most importantly, we want to let everyone know that we are NOT going out of business. Storied Threads expects to remain in business for many years to come.

However, we are making significant changes to our business model. First, we are taking an indefinite hiatus from doing shows, including all pop culture conventions, once we have concluded our 2016 season.

The New England con circuit has grown a lot in the past few years, but we’ve learned that this is not a good thing. The region has become glutted with cons and these shows are tapping the same limited audience pool. We did more shows this year, which meant increasing our expenses and our workload, only to make the same revenue as in 2015. That simply isn’t sustainable.

This all fed into the other major factor in our decision. Running a small business is extremely stressful, and that stress has taken a toll on me emotionally. As much as I love my business and as proud as I am in all the work I’ve put into it, I realize that in order to keep it alive long-term, I need to step back from it a little.

So, beginning in 2017, Storied Threads will be an online-only business. We will continue to sell our products through our website and Etsy shop, we will continue to design new items, and we will continue to maintain and develop our shops at Redbubble and at Spoonflower. But moving to an online-only model means we only have to make items as they are ordered, which will greatly reduce my time in the studio. I will still manage Storied Threads and handle merchandise construction and design, while my husband will take over many day-to-day aspects of the business, leaving me free to pursue other opportunities.

This wasn’t an easy decision. The notion of simply reducing my commitment to my business often felt like I was failing or giving up, but ultimately I decided that this new approach would best balance my desire to maintain Storied Threads with the need to care for my emotional health.

Thank you to everyone to has supported me in this endeavor, and hopefully the day will come when I can return to Storied Threads on a full-time basis. Until then, please keep up with us on our social media accounts, where we will continue to keep you up to date on all of our activity, sales, and new items!

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