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When I decided to discontinue a clothing line, it meant that many of the images I’d been using in advertising, banners, and profile pictures were no longer truly representative of the kind of business Storied Threads was. Clearly, creating new images was a priority, but it still took time to put together.

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Over the winter, I purchased a denim jacket, and slowly but surely covered it (or large portions of it, anyway) with some of my favorite patches! Now that it’s spring at least every other day, thanks to the vagaries of New England weather, it seemed like a great time to go out and get some fabulous pictures thanks to the help of photographer Lauren Dubois.

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Sure, there was technically still snow on the ground, but that didn’t stop us. The weather was warm and perfect for a cool photo shoot on a local college campus. And the jacket is a perfect canvas to show off some of my favorite designs.

Want to have a jacket (or a bag, or a vest, or anything you can think of) as awesome as this? Pop on over to the Storied Threads webstore, and shop your heart out!

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This weekend, my husband Michael will be heading out to his first rehearsal for the upcoming Robin Hood Springtime Festival, and this is a special rehearsal process for him because this will be his first production as the show’s fight director.

That’s why I’m using today’s space to spotlight our Stage Combat Geek Merit Badge ($8), a revamped version of our original stage combat patch. For those of you who don’t get the concept, the numbers indicate the attack and defense positions on an actor’s body as per the Society of American Fight Directors stage combat system.

Remember, we also offer this design on several items in our Redbubble shop.

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overstockHappy Hump Day!

I wanted to take a minute to remind everyone that we recently retired several designs, but ended up with some stock left over from our 2016 shows, and those items are now available at 50 percent off. Head on over to our web store’s clearance item page and you’ll find very limited quantities of patches and accessories from our Firefly/Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who lines, among others, and once we sell out we won’t be making them available again. It’s first come, first served, so act now!

We also have some assorted bowties and hair bows left over, items we sold only at shows, that are not on our website. A complete list is below, and all prices listed reflect a 50 percent discount off their original list price. If you’d like to buy any of these items, contact us directly and we’ll set you up.

SCARVES

  • Supernatural – Anti-Possession Tattoo: $7.50, black, five-foot length; $9.50, white, six-foot length; one each available
  • “Frankenscarf” (striped scarves made from remnant pieces of flannel): $7.50, four available
  • Victorian pattern: $4, one available

In addition, we have several one-off items made for specific shows and leftover merchandise we sold only at cons and faires, which are not listed on our website. These items may be purchased through us directly. Please e-mail me to ask if the item is still available or to see a photo of the item, and if you decide to buy it, I can send you a PayPal invoice to make the purchase. Again, the prices listed below reflect the 50 percent markdown.

MESSENGER BAGS

  • Steampunk messenger bag – clockwork compass design: $17, one available
  • Steampunk messenger bag – clockwork wings design: $18, one available
  • Scottish thistle messenger bag: $X, one available

BOWTIES – $7.50 each

  • Star Trek insignia bow tie, blue: one available
  • Star Trek insignia bow tie, red: four available
  • Superman bowtie: 11 available

HAIR BOWS – $2.50 each

  • Chibi Nick Fury: one available
  • Deadpool logo: two available
  • Firefly logo: two available
  • Marvel Comics character heads: three available
  • Marvel Comics logo: two available
  • SHIELD logo: two available
  • Star Trek insignia, blue: seven available
  • Star Trek insignia, red: eight available

MISC.

  • TARDIS Christmas stocking: $14.50, one available
  • TARDIS/sonic screwdriver necklace: $5, one available

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The original line art for the Rock-A-Bye DemonFae patch, by Marrus

Whenever I create a new embroidery design, there is some tweaking that goes on as the art moves from paper to a digital stitch file.  Things that work in one medium don’t necessarily read well in another, and I have to be willing to play around to make the final product a good one.

When working in collaboration, as I do on the DemonFae patches I create with Marrus that process becomes even more involved, as now it must satisfy not just me, but also the artist I’m working with!

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Rock-A-Bye, first round of edits

It all begins with a line art drawning that Marrus sends to me. We both know the color scheme that should go into these patches, so I’m able to fill in that detail, as well as textures, on my end as I work on the embroidery design. Once I’ve done the first draft, I send a computer sim of the patch over to Marrus, and she makes edits on her end – places where she feels the design could change to work better with the various elements, fit more dynamically in the circular shape, or anything else that she feels isn’t working right. She sketches those edits in right on top of the embroidery, and shoots the new image back to me.

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Second edits on Rock-A-Bye.

In a perfect world, this would be it. But anybody who is an artist knows that getting two people to agree on an artistic vision, and both feel satisfied with their portion of the work, is never that easy. Another computer sim goes out, another round of edits comes back in.

On the Rock-A-Bye patch, this was the final sketch version. It’s the second piece we’ve done together, which makes the process a lot smoother than the first one was. Marrus has a better sense of what embroidery can do, and how to communicate that to me. I have a better sense of what she wants from a final product, and how to achieve that with fewer (and simpler) do-overs.

RockAByeTealAnd finally, we end up with a finished design, a real thread-and-fabric patch that we both love, and are happy to put up for sale to our fans! I get them run on half a dozen or so colors and get the listing live on my website, and then the fun begins! Sharing the images with all of you, and hoping that you love the DemonFae as much as we do.

There are, at the moment, two DemonFae patches available – Rock-A-Bye and Starry Contemplation. Both can be ordered with a variety of background colors at the Storied Threads website, and look great in a fame, on a bag, or as the centerpiece of a denim jacket. How will you use YOUR DemonFae patch?

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NewsletterNow that we’ve retired from doing conventions and faires, Storied Threads’ monthly newsletter is the most reliable way to learn about new designs and keep up with us throughout 2017.

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I know it’s traditional for businesses to offer all kinds of awesome discounts on Presidents Day, but the only sale we have going on is our retired design clearance sale.

Head on over to our web store’s clearance item page and you’ll find a selection of designs we’re retiring from our catalog at 50 percent off their original list price. We have very limited quantities of patches, bags, and accessories from our Firefly/Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who lines, among others, and once we sell out we won’t be making them available again. It’s first come, first served, so act now!

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