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my-shackIt was 8 years ago that I vended at my very first Connecticut Renaissance Faire. That was back when I thought I would be a garb and clothing vendor, and hadn’t yet made my first patch. I had an embroidery machine, but I didn’t do much with it other than embroidering some pirate sashes. This here? This was my booth, set up in one of the wooden open shack spaces that were on the old faire site. Who ever would have guessed that from those beginnings Storied Threads would become the business it is today?

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Faire Poster - BigThis weekend, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire opens in North Haven, CT. I’m incredibly excited for it, as I love ren faires, and this place has been a second home to me for a lot of years now. I love dressing up for it, I love the interactions I have with both good friends and new friends, and I love the reception my patches and bags always receive there.

This year, however, it’s a little bit sad at the same time – becuase it’s the last time I’ll be vending at this faire for the forseeable future. After this winter, my hiatus from the faire and convention scene begins, and while I intend to still be a part of the CTRF family, I have no idea what role I will play, or how often I will be there after this.

So please come to the faire, say hello, and wish me luck in my new, exciting, and a bit scary future! (Which, interestingly, is the same way I described my future when I quit my last day job. Hmm…)

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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!

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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.

 

 

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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!

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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.

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