The original line art for the Rock-A-Bye DemonFae patch, by Marrus

Whenever I create a new embroidery design, there is some tweaking that goes on as the art moves from paper to a digital stitch file.  Things that work in one medium don’t necessarily read well in another, and I have to be willing to play around to make the final product a good one.

When working in collaboration, as I do on the DemonFae patches I create with Marrus that process becomes even more involved, as now it must satisfy not just me, but also the artist I’m working with!


Rock-A-Bye, first round of edits

It all begins with a line art drawning that Marrus sends to me. We both know the color scheme that should go into these patches, so I’m able to fill in that detail, as well as textures, on my end as I work on the embroidery design. Once I’ve done the first draft, I send a computer sim of the patch over to Marrus, and she makes edits on her end – places where she feels the design could change to work better with the various elements, fit more dynamically in the circular shape, or anything else that she feels isn’t working right. She sketches those edits in right on top of the embroidery, and shoots the new image back to me.


Second edits on Rock-A-Bye.

In a perfect world, this would be it. But anybody who is an artist knows that getting two people to agree on an artistic vision, and both feel satisfied with their portion of the work, is never that easy. Another computer sim goes out, another round of edits comes back in.

On the Rock-A-Bye patch, this was the final sketch version. It’s the second piece we’ve done together, which makes the process a lot smoother than the first one was. Marrus has a better sense of what embroidery can do, and how to communicate that to me. I have a better sense of what she wants from a final product, and how to achieve that with fewer (and simpler) do-overs.

RockAByeTealAnd finally, we end up with a finished design, a real thread-and-fabric patch that we both love, and are happy to put up for sale to our fans! I get them run on half a dozen or so colors and get the listing live on my website, and then the fun begins! Sharing the images with all of you, and hoping that you love the DemonFae as much as we do.

There are, at the moment, two DemonFae patches available – Rock-A-Bye and Starry Contemplation. Both can be ordered with a variety of background colors at the Storied Threads website, and look great in a fame, on a bag, or as the centerpiece of a denim jacket. How will you use YOUR DemonFae patch?

Let’s face it, there’s been a lot of depressing news lately.

The counter this, and to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring, we’d like to present a new design for our kawaii animals line, the kawaii lamb. This patch features a happy little lamp sitting on a grass-green background, just hanging out and enjoying being a cute baby sheep. It’s just $8 over on our web store, so get one now!

You can also get it as a sticker over at our Redbubble shop for $2.50.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of this festive day, I present to you the best rendition ever of the classic song “O Danny Boy” to ever grace the world.

Yesterday marked the 80th anniversary of the death of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the grand masters of horror fiction.

We’re big fans of his work here at Storied Threads and have several items inspired by his tales of cosmic horror, so in honor of the anniversary of his passing, here are a few of our very favorites. You might say we’re mad for them.

Cthulhu Tablet 1We have a variety of bags with a Lovecraft theme, including the “Cthulhu Waits Dreaming” bags, which are available in messenger ($36), tablet ($51), and laptop sizes ($56). The tablet and laptop sizes are padded to protect your electronics against Shoggoths, Byakhees, and other things that go bump in the night.



YellowSign1While the character the King in Yellow and his sigil, the Yellow Sign, are widely associated with Lovecraft, those concepts were actually created by Robert Chambers, a “weird fiction” writer who influenced Lovecraft, and over time Chambers’ creation was absorbed into the so-called Lovecraft Mythos. One of our more popular items is this Yellow Sign embroidered bookmark ($8) bearing the slogan, “The play’s the thing.” Yes, the quote is from Shakespeare, but it was too good of an eerie joke to pass up.


This re-animator Geek Merit Badge ($8) was inspired directly more by the film Reanimator starring cult fave Jeffrey Combs than by the Lovecraft story Hebert West: Reanimator in that the syringe’s mysterious contents glow in the dark, but either way, this patch is Lovecraftian at heart.



MiskatonicU2A recurring location in the Lovecraft stories was the fiction college Miskatonic University, which was said to be modeled after Brown University in Lovecraft’s home city of Providence, Rhode Island. If you’re a self-styled alumnus of this revered yet troubled institution of higher learning, grab one of our Miskatonic U neckties ($17) to impress your friends at your next class reunion.

You can find these and other Lovecraft-inspired creations under the Literature section of our web store.

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Once upon a time, I was involved with a theater company called Pastimes, which put on these awesome renaissance faire-type shows in the North Shore area (that’s north of Boston, for non-Massachusetts residents). I started out as a supporting cast member and later because a regular performer and the cast costumer.

The first show I ever did with Pastimes was the King Arthur Festival at Hammond Castle in Gloucester, and it grew to be one of my favorite as a costumer because it was the first show that I got to design an entire look for. I did research on the characters and how they looked according to legend, combined that with some research into historical heraldry, and exercised some creative license with the occasional character created specifically for our interpretation of the legend. Every costume told a story about the character, and to this day I consider my KAF costuming work my proudest achievement as a theatrical costumer.


You can get a good idea of what the end product looked like in this photo above, a cool widescreen shot of the core cast for our final KAF production, which told the story of the Fall of Camelot. What’s missing are the shields we made to match the various knights’ colors and devices.

Even though the show is gone, I’m fortunate that I still count many of the talented people I worked with on that faire as my friends.

coffee-soapToday I’m giving a quick shout-out to a fellow Etsy vendor, Wix Wax Candles. As the name suggest, this merchant sells homemade candles and candle-making supplies, but we’re mostly big fans of the natural soaps, such as this one pictured at right made with coffee grounds, which scent the soap nicely and act as an exfoliant. We also love their vanilla bean and sea salt caramel soaps, because who doesn’t enjoy smelling like a cookie?