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World ElsewhereI’ve wanted to make this patch for a while now – it’s the line that stood out for me the most in this play, both on film and on the stage. But I already had another Coriolanus patch in the shop, and figured it wasn’t a popular enough play to support two designs.  But I decided to feel out some other Shakespeare fans at Mutton and Mead while I was there, and the general consensus was that this is, in fact, an awesome quote, and it deserved to be made into a patch.

Have the power still
To banish your defenders; till at length
Your ignorance, which finds not till it feels,
Making not reservation of yourselves,
Still your own foes, deliver you as most
Abated captives to some nation
That won you without blows! Despising,
For you, the city, thus I turn my back:
There is a world elsewhere.

This design is available both as a patch through my webstore, and as a sticker at Redbubble.

Click here to buy it as a patch!

Click here to buy it as a sticker!

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Some of you may remember that a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to decide whether or not to buy a button-making press, to be able to offer some of my designs in a different medium.  While not as huge of an investment as an embroidery machine, it was still an investment — and without having ever tried to sell buttons before, I was nervous that it would be a flop.

My initial idea was to buy a handful of designs through my Cafe Press shop*.  However, they were so expensive — even with my artist discount for purchasing my own designs — that I quickly realized I would have to sell them at a con for $5 each to make any profit. And that’s a ridiculously steep price for a button, let’s face it.  Buying a button press myself would have cost about $20 more than the order I had set up through Cafe Press, and gotten me the potential for about 200 more buttons than I was buying through them.

While I was contemplating this, and feeling out my fan base about their interest in buttons, I got a message from Tabbie Wolf, letting me know that she makes buttons, and would be happy to help me with a test run, if I was interested.  Which, since a proof of concept test run was what I wanted in the first place, I definitely was!  She told me her prices, I did more math, and found that I could now offer buttons for $2 each — a much more reasonable price! So I spent the evening formatting images for her, sent them all off, and when I woke up the next morning, I had an e-mail with a sample image of each design attached.

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Look at them! Aren’t they gorgeous? We will have a dozen of each of these button designs available for sale at ConnectiCon in two weeks. If they do well there (and I really hope they do!) then they’ll become a regular offering, both at conventions, and online.  I’ll also be able to expand the line to include a lot more designs then. Basically, any of our patches that are a circle will easily be able to turn into buttons. And many others, with a bit of design adjustment, will as well.

So if you’ll be at ConnectiCon, stop by our booth in the Dealers’ Room and check them out! And also check out Tabbie Wolf’s table in the Artists’ Colony!

*The Storied Threads shop at Cafe Press, by the way, has since been closed. It was open for a couple of months and didn’t make a single sale. In addition, I found their platform for shop owners to be clunky and hard to use. In the end, we decided to close up, and focus our energies in that way on our Redbubble shop, which is lovely, easy to use, and through which we’re already making sales.

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GreyjoyBetween the fact that I’m finishing up a commission for a House Greyjoy gambeson today, and my anticipation of what we’ll see from Asha (yes, Asha, always Asha, never Yara) Greyjoy in season 5, I decided to spotlight this patch today.  It features our interpretation of the House Greyjoy coat of arms — a gold kraken on a black field — with their House words, “We do not sow”.

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Doctor Who and Loki iPhone sleeves.

Doctor Who and Loki iPhone sleeves.

Sometimes we try out new items that seem like a really good idea, and which we’re so happy with as a finished product that we make a dozen of them all at once, convinced that they’ll sell like gangbusters.

And sometimes, that pays off, and they fly out of the booth.

Other times? Not so much.  And this was true with our iPhone sleeves. I like them quite a lot, and have one for my own phone. But while I’ve sold a few of them, they simply haven’t moved like I wanted them to.  So, I’ve made the decision that they will have to be discontinued.

However, I do still have a bunch of them left in stock — 5 of the Doctor Who sleeves, and 7 Loki ones. So for you guys, it turns into clearance sale! These were originally marked at $20 each, and are now marked down to $15 each.  They will fit nicely both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models, so if you’ve been thinking about them, now is your chance to get one at a good price.

Click here to buy one while they last!

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I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself.

I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself.

This messenger bag is made of a gray cotton canvas and is embroidered with a TARDIS blue brick pattern behind the graffiti’d words “BAD WOLF”.

Our small messenger bags are the perfect size for carrying just what you need — wallet, keys, phone, and even a book. They have one compartment inside, which measures 10.5″ wide by 6″ tall by 2″ deep, and fasten securely with two adjustable plastic side-release clasps. Straps are 4 feet long.

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Clone ClubOrphan Black just wrapped up an amazing second season! Are you a member of Clone Club? Let the world know with our fandom pride patch.

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Tube Stickers

We recently added five more London Tube stations to our sticker selection on Redbubble.  Want to shop with us there? Here is the link to our full portfolio!

http://www.redbubble.com/people/storiedthreads/portfolio

 

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