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Fox1Foxes are one of my favorite animals, and once this little guy was in my head, and I just knew I had to make him! This bag is made of black cotton canvas with our embroidered fox snug in the corner, sleeping with his own tail as a pillow.

Our small messenger bags are the perfect size for carrying just what you need — wallet, keys, phone, and even a book.

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

Click here to buy one!

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ForeverAlwaysThis week, we lost two legends.

It’s only forever.

Always.

 

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RepairingPatches1We sell, as you can imagine, a LOT of patches here at Storied Threads.  And since I love them myself, I have quite a few on my own jackets and bags.  As you can see from this photo, however, eventually they start to show a little wear and tear. This patch has been on my jacket for at least three years now, and there are some threads at the edge that have frayed and are coming up from the fabric. If I leave it alone, it may just get worse, as loose threads next to these pull away from the fabric in a chain reaction. I was about to reapair this patch when it occurred to me that there might be other people out there in the same situation who don’t know what to do to save their well-loved patches! So here is my step-by-step tutorial.

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You will need: Fray Check (found in any sewing supply store) and Krazy Glue. I like the kind with the brush applicator, since it lets me push the threads back in place as I apply the glue.

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Step One: Apply Fray Check to the broken threads, and to the stitching on either side. This will basically stiffen the threads once it dries, to help prevent any further damage.

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Step Two: Wait for the Fray Check to soak in, but not for it to dry completely. This will only take about 30 seconds. Once it’s soaked into the thread, apply Krazy Glue to the broken threads, pushing them back into place over the edge of the patch as you do. Don’t overapply the glue, though! You only need a little, you don’t want to saturate it.

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Step Three: Once the glue has been applied, you may find some threads are being stubborn. Use the back of your fingernail to push them into place and hold them down for a fews seconds while the glue does its work.

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Wait for everything to dry, et voila!  Loose threads are secured back in place, and the patch is good to go!

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Welcome to the second 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!

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Today’s post focuses on J.M. Aucoin, who is an independently published writer based in Boston, MA.  He writes historical fiction of a swashbuckling nature, inspired by such authors as Alexandre Dumas and Rafael Sabatini.

HawkingHis first book, Jake Hawking and the Bounty Hunters, is a collection of short stories based on the high seas. The titular Jake Hawking and his crew form the bulk of this slim volume, and other original piratical short stories and poetry round out the rest. It’s a nice, fast read, full of action, good characters, and surprising turns of plot.

Aucoin’s second book, Honor Among Thieves, is the first book in a new series.  It’s an historical fiction set in 17th century France, and features at its core a soldier turned highwayman who finds himself embroiled in an adventure that involves his fellow thieves, former Honorcomrades in arms, and even the royal court of France. I haven’t finished this book yet, so I can’t say how it ends, but so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying reading about Darion Delerue and his eploits!

J.M. Aucoin will be at Arisia all this weekend selling and signing his books. If you can’t make it to Arisia, never fear — you can also purchase his books in hard copy or for Kindle at Amazon, and the links in this post will take you directly to them!

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Pendragon1Whether you’re questing for the Holy Grail, traveling to Avalon, or setting out to defeat the Green Knight, it’s best to be prepared. Our messenger bag, bearing King Arthur’s Pendragon shield is the perfect size to carry just your questing essentials! It is made of dark red cotton canvas and embroidered with a gold dragon set in a dark red shield border.

This new bag is available on our website, and two will be available for sale at Arisia this weekend.

Click here to buy one!

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Cosplay is not ConsentWe have two patches in out shop which are sold as charitable donations.  The first is our Cosplay =/= Consent patch, which we began making two years ago in response to the Cosplay is not Consent movement that had begun to spring up at conventions nationwide.  It’s a concept that we strongly believe in, and the response from convention goers to our patch has been overwhelmingly positive – and even moreso when they hear that the proceeds from the sales of them are donated at the end of the year to the Rape Abue & Incest National Network. This year, we are happy to say that we were able to donate $80 to RAINN thanks to sales of this patch.

bgsdThe other donation patch in our shop was added this year, and it was inspired by Kelly Sue Deconnick, who I admire for many different reasons.  Her frequent inspirational text messages that she sends to her “class” of followers are tagged #bgsd, for Bitches Get Shit Done. And early this year, I decided I wanted to make that a patch.  I wrote to Ms. Deconnick to seek her permission and to ask what charity she would like the proceeds to go to, and she gave me her blessing and her charity of choice – the Girls Leadership Institute. Thanks to the enthusiasm of her followers, we were able to donate $156 to this charity at the end of 2015.

Both of these patches will remain in my shop in 2016, and both will continue to generate money for their respective charitable organizations.  Come on little sharks – let’s make a difference in the world!

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Riders of RohanThis past Sunday was the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkein! If Tolkein didn’t invent the modern fantasy genre, he certainly played a major part in its formation with his Middle Earth books. We have a few patches inspired by The Lord of the Rings in the Literature section of our shop, including the Riders of Rohan patch shown here.

One RingOne of our favorite materials to add a little bit of pop to our embroidery designs is glow-in-the-dark thread.  It comes in a variety of colors, and we’ve used it to create lightning bolts, arc reactors, ghosts, tractor beams — and of course, the script on our One Ring patch. Yeah, I know it’s sort of shaped more like the One Doughnut here, but the idea of including the full script in this thread was just too amazing to do the design any other way.

Lonely MountainAnd finally, our Misty Mountains Cold patch.  This song was far and away my favorite part of “The Hobbit”, and I love the way the text looks laid over the imposing Lonely Mountain in the distance.

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