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demonfaeclaspkneed1DemonFae are vain, mischievous, sneaky, irreverent, and cause no end of distraction. Lucky for them, they’re adorable, or they’d be getting hit with flyswatters!
 
This design is the result of two artisans’ visions. Veronica of Storied Threads has teamed up with New Orleans based artist Marrus – a shenanigan-inciter whose metaphorical, whimsical paintings are collected all over the world.
This piece is made using the same construction techniques as our other patches, so feel free to stitch it onto a bag or a jacket if you like. However, it truly is a work of art, suitable of framing and hanging on the wall alongside your other Marrus prints!

demonfaeclaspkneed2This is a patch that has been nine months in the making, according to the time stamp on the first e-mail exchanges between Marrus and I. It seemed as though whenever I had the time to work on it, Marrus was crazy busy with shows and work and life. And when Marrus had time, I was the one with a million things going on! But finally, the first of the DemonFae patches is ready! And hopefully the next ones will be much quicker to appear, now that we’ve got a better sense of what needs to be done to let Marrus’s amazing art be transformed into amazing embroidery.

This patch can be purchased in my Etsy shop, and on my website. I will also — I hope! — have a few available for purchase at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, which opens this weekend.

Click here to buy one!

With our summer conventions behind us, we’re now gearing up for our last ever Connecticut Renaissance Faire. With that in mind, I thought this week I’d spotlight some of our patches inspired by history.

boleynAnn Boleyn’s Necklace Patch

Anne Boleyn’s classic “B” necklace is embroidered here, with blood dripping from the center pearl, foreshadowing her eventual beheading by Henry VIII as he clears the way for his next wife, Jane Seymour.

Ann’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, reigns at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire now, and so this patch seems especially appropriate to highlight as we head into that show.

You can also purchase this design on products in our Redbubble shop.

Equally relevant, coming from Elizabeth’s ancestry through her father, Henry VIII, is our next design.

tudor-roseTudor Rose Embroidery

In 1485, Henry Tudor defeated King Richard III in battle, thus ending the War of the Roses. As King Henry VII, he married Elizabeth of York, and symbolically combined the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York into one sigil — the Tudor Rose.

We have made this design available not only on the scarves pictured here, but also on patches and messenger bags. It’s a great way to show of the history nerd in you, using a design that is timeless in its beauty.

Like Ann Boleyn’s necklace, the Tudor Rose is available on a variety of items in our Redbubble shop.

richard-iiiRichard III, No Parking Patch

Show the king some respect, and move your damn car!

This design is one of our best selling historically themed patches. Inspired by the excavation that found King Richard IIII’s lost body buried under a car park several years ago, it continues to send those who get the joke into fits of laughter when they see it.

As with the others on this list, of course, this design is also available at Redbubble.

You can shop our full History section on our website, or join us at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire every weekend in October to shop not only with us, but with all of the other wonderful merchants who will be there.

 

 

beeshaman

Bee-Headed Mushroom Shaman

Normally, today would be a new item post. Alas, although I have ideas and projects in the works, I do not have a finished new product to share with you today! One of the reasons I don’t have one is that I’ve been getting a ton of work doing custom patches for people, and working on those has been taking up all of my digitizing time.

The fun thing that sometimes comes out of doing custom work is learning new skills and tools in the process.  I had a customer send me this image, which is a cave drawing from Algeria thought to be 6000 years old. It’s called the Bee Shaman, or the Bee-Headed Mushroom Shaman, and my customer wanted a large patch made from the figure.

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Bee-Headed Mushroom Shaman, rendered in embroidery

While the image isn’t complex in the same way as modern art can be complex, I found the internal grid structure to be daunting. I knew that plotting all of those lines was a project that could take me hours to accomplish.  So I did some research — and found a new tool withing my embroidery software that let’s me fill an area not just with a regular straight stitch, but with patterns! I had known that I could add texture to the fill areas of my designs, but creating them as patterns of lines was new to me.

One of the fill patterns was, happily, a simple diamond pattern. So I was able to use that, scale it appropriately for the Bee Shaman, and we were off! After that, digitizing all of the mushrooms growing on his arms and legs was a piece of cake. My customer was delight3ed with the results, and I learned a new skill to bring to my designs. Everybody wins!

2016-09-05-07-18-03We live across the road from a large cemetery, which is a wonderful place for going for walks. The full perimeter is almost 3 miles, and if we get out nice and early in the morning, it’s a great way to get some light exercise and wake up.

In the fall and in the spring, the cemetery is also a favorite rest stop for migrating geese! They’re pretty chill for geese, and let us just walk on by while they graze in the fields and amongst the headstones.

yggdrasilrb1Our latest Spoonflower fabric, based on our Yggdrasil design, is now available! I will hopefully have a project photo for you in the next week or two, using this wonderful cotton knit, but I was too excited by its arrival in this morning’s mail to not share!

51e2x4ohsbl-_sy346_Welcome to the latest installment of our ongoing series, Sharing the Love. There are a lot of small and independent artists out there working in all sorts of mediums — writers, painters, jewelry makers, leather crafters, actors…this list could go on and on. And it turns out, I know and admire an awful lot of them!

It feels a little weird and self-serving to be writing this post about my own husband, but he has a new book coming out at the end of this month, and I couldn’t think of a better time to feature him in this space!

Michael Bailey is the author of the Action Figures series of YA books, and also The Adventures of Strongarm and Lightfoot, a tongue-in-cheek humorous fantasy series.

Action Figures currently has 5 books published, focusing on Carrie Hauser, a young superhero struggling to balance friendships, saving the world, and getting her homework turned in on time. The stories have a great deal of heart to them, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the lives of Carrie and her friends. Book six in this series, Power Play, is scheduled to be published this spring.

51288dlmvhlStrongarm and Lightfoot, however, is the real reason I wanted to focus on Mike’s books today, as the second book in this series is scheduled to be released later this month! Assassin’s Brawl continues the adventures of Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot and their friends. While the first book focused on epic world-threatening prophecies, the second book in the series brings our heroes into the world of political intrigue without losing their sense of adventure or fun.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to try these books, the first Strongarm and Lightfoot book, Scratching a Lich, will be available in Kindle format for free from September 19 through 23, which is a great way to give a new author a try. And if you’re already a fan, then you just get to look forward to the September 27 release of Assassin’s Brawl!