Let me just start by saying that the Dickens Festival this weekend was a BLAST! I know I saw lots of familiar faces there, and hope that those of you who couldn’t make it this year will be able to next year — from what I hear, preliminary planning has already begun, and it will be even bigger and better than this year was.
At every show we do, we joke about how we’re going to go home with nothing but empty bins to load into the car, having sold completely out of stock. As lovely as that dream is, though, it never really happens. And for Dickens (as for many shows) Kate and I built up a ton of stock to have ready to go for it. Now that the event is over — it’s all getting listed on Etsy, for those of you who couldn’t make it! I wish I could show off every awesome piece for you here, but that would be an unmanageable post, and you all would never read through to the end. So instead, I will simply give you a few highlights — you’ll have to go to the Etsy shop for yourself to see the rest.
Time Lord Seal Messenger Bag
I made up a bunch of a new* style of messenger bag for this show, to see how they’d do. They’re still a small size, but a more traditional wide style. They’re also simpler than my other bags, with only one interior pocket, which makes them a little bit more affordable.
*Okay, “new” is not quite an accurate description. In fact, I’ve made four of these bags before — I first made them as Christmas gifts for CTRF’s Pope and Cardinal, and later they were commissioned by a couple members of Commedia Mania, who had seen them and liked them as character bags, and easy period ways to carry things with them on site for the show. But they are “new” in the sense that I’ve never made them for off-the-rack sale before, and haven’t even had a chance yet to do a proper photo shoot for them and get them up on the website.
We went home with four of these bags still in stock, and they all got listed over at Etsy this morning. Since they (like everything else I listed today) are already made, they can be ordered as late as this weekend, and still be received in time to give as Christmas (or Solstice or Yule or New Years or Holiday of Your Choice) gifts.
Teal Newsboy Cap
So many hats! I sent Kate home a few weeks ago with piles of fabric, and instructions to make as many hats as she could — and man, did she deliver. She made up a bunch of newsboy caps, as we figured a Victorian period event was a more appropriate setting for this style than our usual medieval and Renaissance faires. And she also made half a dozen fur-lined Barbarossa hats, which always seem to do well when it’s cold outside. And baby, it was cold outside this weekend — we’ve had a lovely, long, extended autumn in New England this year, but this weekend Old Man Winter finally showed up to assert himself.
And speaking of perfect accessories for the cold — we made up a bunch of warm, embroidered scarves! Most of these are made of flannel, although there are a few exceptions. That’s what happens when you decide to make them on a whim, and send your assistant rummaging through the fabric stacks with the instructions “Just find anything long enough and warm enough to be a scarf!” The flannels were my favorite, though, and if I keep making them, I suspect that’s the material I’ll generally use. (Barring special requests. And awesome finds of clearance fabrics.)
Like the messenger bags, these are so new to Storied Threads that they don’t yet have a home on our website, so Etsy is (for the moment) the only place you’ll find them.
Steampunk Belt Pouches!
And finally (for this post at least) — Steampunk Belt Pouches! I made the first of these quite a long while ago, as a project in sewing therapy. (I needed a night of pure no-obligations creativity. It was therapeutic.) And while I’ve gotten lots of compliments on mine, I never got around to making any for stock. Partly just a matter of finding the time, and partly due to not having the right kinds of clasps on hand. So, I decided to remedy that fact for this show, and got two of these fantastic belt pouches made. I’m thrilled with how they came out, and think they’re really very sexy…but couldn’t find a good way to display them, alas, so they didn’t get quite as much love as I’d hoped for. However, that works out well for you, because now you don’t need to be anywhere near Massachusetts to buy them — I’ll ship it to you wherever you are!
I mentioned this at the beginning of the post, but it’s worth saying again — all of these bags and hats and scarves (and anything, really, that isn’t a patch) are already made and ready to ship. That means that I can DEFINITELY get them to you in time for Christmas gift-giving! They’ll all ship Priority Mail, so if you order by this weekend, they’ll ship on Monday, and arrive just in time for you to wrap them and place them under your tree.
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