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Away Team Command Laptop 4Finally, our Away Team bags are available in laptop size! Though we’ve only prototyped the Command design yet, you can order it in Security, Engineering, or Science as well.

This messenger bag is made of cotton canvas, and is embroidered in black thread. It is available in red for engineering or security, gold for command, or blue for science.  The bag is accented with black strapping, and is lined in black quilted cotton.

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ReleaseTheKrakenWhether you are Poseidon bent on defending the honor or the Nereids, or Zeus calling down his final vengeance on Perseus, there is only one thing you know will fix all your problems — Release the kraken!

This patch is available only on our website, or in person at shows.

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Funicular du Vieux-Quebec. I was going to use a pic I took when I was there in 1988, but I seem to be rubbish about saving photos that old, and can't find them.....

Funicular du Vieux-Quebec. I was going to use a pic I took when I was there in 1988, but I seem to be rubbish about saving photos that old, and can’t find them…..

Here’s a thing you may not know. I don’t care how much you love your job, or how much you enjoy what you do. I don’t care if you work for yourself or for somebody else. Your brain WILL go into vacation mode a full week before the vacation actually begins.

That’s where I am today. I know I have orders to fill before we leave, and I’m working on it, I swear! But all I can think about is Quebec City, and what we’ll see and what we’ll do, and what should I pack? And the things to not forget. Full on vacation mode.

So, I thought reminding all of you that this was imminent was a good idea! We will still be accepting orders while we’re gone from August 28 through September 4, but obviously we won’t be filling them until we get back.  The next six days will be spent madly prepping every order that comes in between now and then, so that hopefully we’ll have nothing hanging over our heads while we’re gone, so if you want something in a rush, get it ordered now!

Also, if you want to follow our Quebec adventures, follow storiedthreads on Instagram for pictures!

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YellowSign1Our latest bookmark is a bit of a mashup, combining the Yellow Sign from Lovecraft’s King in Yellow with the line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet – The play’s the thing. (Trust me. If you know the King in Yellow, this is brilliant!)

It is said that simply looking at the warped triskelion known as the Yellow Sign, the sigil of Hastur and his avatar, the King in Yellow, is enough to drive one mad. We don’t believe that will happen if you use this bookmark, but we make no promises.

This new bookmark is available both in our Etsy shop, and on our website.

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AnkhToday’s new item is more properly an improvement on an item we were already offering.  Previously, we had done this ankh as a stand-alone patch, without a separate border. However, we were never able to get the corners QUITE as neat as we would have liked them, and we felt that the quality wasn’t really up to our usual standards. So we decided to try setting it in an oval instead, and the results are stunning! I love the way the gold and silver colors stand out against the black background, and the quality of the patch as a whole is many times better than our original ankh patch was.

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

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CartoonistCharles Schultz. Bill Watterson. Berke Breathed. Gary Larson. Great creators. Great artists. Great cartoonists.

The art form may look childish on its surface, but never underestimate a cartoonist’s skill as an artist — or his or her power to entertain, educate, and enlighten.

This new design depicts the artist at work, laying inks over his non-repro-blue rough sketch and, to add a bit of extra whimsy, places the title of this Geek Merit Badge inside a word balloon. It is available as a patch in our Etsy shop and on our website, and as a sticker on Redbubble.

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Yesterday, we showed you our new Parkour patch. Today, I thought I’d show you all a bit of how it came to be.

ParkourSketch1I had the idea while watching, of all things, “Hercules”, starring Dwayne Johnson.  There was a shot of Hercules running up a tree, and I shouted “Parkour!” in the middle of my living room. By the time the movie was half over, I knew I had to make this patch. My initial idea was to do the word as the main focus, with a little man sort of jumping up between the exclamation point and the border of the frame. As you can see from these sketches, though,  my sense of actual human anatomy is pretty shoddy. I mean, I know what people look like. I just can’t figure out how to make that shape on paper.

ParkourSketch2So, I showed my terrible sketch to Mike, and then I explained to him what it was supposed to be, because really, it needed explaining.  He said he’d give it some thought, and fix it for me.

The next day, I was working in the studio, and Mike came in with the notebook, and explained that he’d thought about my concept, and thought that maybe instead of one figure at the end, it could be a series of figures.  I really liked the way his take on the idea showed a lot more action and life than mine had, which seemed like a good thing when trying to depict the idea of parkour. Also, even with stick figures, he’s clearly got a better grasp than I do on things like limbs and joints.

Parkour1So, design in hand, we got to work. I digitized the design in my embroidery software, we tweaked it until we both liked it, and then it was time to make a physical patch. The only question was — what color scheme should we use? We tried a blue background first, with white and gray figures, and while there was nothing technically wrong with it, neither of us loved it.

Parkour2After that, we tried a gray background, with gray text and black figures. We both felt that the grays would give the patch more of an urban feel, as if the word “PARKOUR!” was an actual obstacle in an urban setting that the figure was interacting with.  And the concept was good — but despite using a dark gray thread, we felt that the word itself didn’t read nicely on this background. The black figures, though, we loved, so we decided to mix and match our two prototypes, and use white and black thread.

Et voila! Success! I love the final result of this patch. I hope you all do, too!

Parkour

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