If you’ve visited our Etsy shops within the past 12 hours, you may have noticed that we have temporarily suspended sales.

We took this unfortunate but necessary step in an effort to fill our outstanding holiday orders as quickly as possible while we contend with some serious technical issues that have crippled one of our two embroidery machines and impeded efficient operation of the second. We have already fallen behind a little and chances are we will, at best, barely keep up with our shipping deadlines. Continuing to accept orders simply wasn’t a smart move.

If you have an outstanding order with us via Etsy, we ask for your patience. We are filling them as quickly as possible, and in fairness to all customers, in the order in which we received them. We simply cannot honor requests to bump orders up ahead of others on our production queue.

Thank you for your patience, and hopefully we will be back at full capacity shortly.


To say we’ve been busy filling Halloween orders is an understatement.

Our production queue has exploded over the past week alone, to the point where we have fallen behind due to the sheer volume of orders placed since September.

To put it in context: between January 1 and August 31 of this year, we received 23 orders for our best-selling Pawnee Goddess patch. In September alone, we received 26 orders. In the first eight days of October, we received 47 orders. It’s all we can do at this point to try and fill the orders we’ve received already, and so we unfortunately cannot guarantee that any orders placed as of today will be filled in time for Halloween — nor can we accept any requests for rush orders out of fairness to those who have already paid us and are patiently awaiting their patches.

Thank you for your understanding, and we encourage our customers to think ahead to the holidays. If you plan to buy from us for Christmas gift-giving, please order in advance to ensure timely delivery. Thank you.


The shady lane that Storied Threads will call home this Columbus Day weekend.

At the end of 2016, I hung up my vendor hat, and resolved to simply sell online. I got a fantastic new job at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, and let Storied Threads become a side gig again.

It was a good choice. It relieved a lot of stress I’d been under, and I’ve been very happy with the ways in which my life has improved.

The one thing I’m not happy with is the several bins of leftover stock still sitting in a closet in my house. So, when The Connecticut Renaissance Faire realized that their new site allowed for one-weekend pop-up vendors, I decided to dust off that vendor hat and give it one more go!

For three days this coming weekend, October 7 – 9, I will be selling patches, bags, scarves, headbands, and anything else I find lurking in that closet out of a lovely, shady booth at the Faire! Many of the items will be marked down well below their full online price, and we’ll also have items that have been discontinued or were never available online, such as head bows and bow ties. Come check us out and shop with us in person – one last time!

It’s September! Do you know what that means?

For us it means we’re heading into our busy season, which includes both Halloween and the winter holidays. We expect to see a flood of orders for, respectively, patches to complete Halloween costumes and gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. over the next several weeks, and because we have made Storied Threads more of a part-time endeavor, we are strongly encouraging our customers to place their orders ASAP.

Please remember that all our items are made to order, which means you need to allow up to two weeks from the time you place your order for a patch order to arrive and up to three weeks for a necktie, scarf, or bag to arrive. Also, if you are ordering for the holidays, you need to keep USPS holiday shipping schedules in mind as well as the likelihood of delivery delays due to exceptionally high volume. A domestic First Class package sent in December could take as much as a week to arrive instead of the usual two to three days.

Because we also experience a significant spike in business activity, we cannot accept rush order requests for Halloween or holiday orders, so please plan ahead and place your orders early. Thank you!

Happy Birthday Beatrix!

Hanging out with Beatrix.
Photo by Lauren Dubois.

Beatrix, our beloved bulldog and Storied Threads’ official mascot, turns eight years old today!

When we were getting ready to buy our house, my husband said he wanted to get a dog. He hadn’t had one since college and really missed being a dog owner. I wasn’t as keen on the idea at first, and I was definitely hesitant to get a big dog like Mike wanted, and then he suggested a middle ground in getting an English bulldog. Again, I wasn’t entirely on-board with it because — and I joke about this now — I thought bulldogs were kind of ugly.

But the more research I did into the breed and the more I learned about their temperament, the more I warmed up to the proposal — and the more I changed my opinion about their looks. I can’t believe I ever thought they were ugly dogs. I think my Beatrix is the most beautiful dog in the world, and I can’t imagine life without her.

We love our girl so much, we’ve used her as a model on a couple of pieces of merchandise, including a Bulldog Lover Geek Merit Badge and a laptop bag.

And guess what? She’ll be with me Saturday when I visit the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! I’ll be there working in the guest author area near The Shady Emporium, so come by and wish Beatrix a happy birthday!

MistyStreamRB1I’m still finding my new stride, and creating new embroidery designs has suffered as a result. But once in a while, something catches my eye, and I take a photograph I feel is worthy of putting up for sale at Redbubble! Today’s new photograph is one I took on my morning walk, of the early mist rising up off of a stream as it ran through the trees. You can find it on clothing, mugs, notebooks, and more in my Redbubble shop.

Click here to shop the new design!

TomServoIt’s been a while since I’ve done any serious sewing or costume designing. So when my husband, Mike, came to me recently with an idea for his outfit for the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, it seemed like a great way to get back into things.

We’re both fans of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and even recently got to see the live “Watch out for Snakes” tour they did. And yet, when he said, “I want to do a Renaissance Tom Servo!” I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around how that would work at first. Servo is a robot made out of toy parts, a gumball dispenser, and with a hoverskirt in place of legs. How on earth were we going to make that into  an Elizabethan outfit for him to wear while on stage?

TomServoSketchStep one, therefore, was for him to draw me a sketch outlining his idea. And step two, once I knew what his vision was, was to go find some fabric. Once his idea was down on paper, I could see exactly how it would work – the wide epaulettes and puffy pants would actually work perfectly for creating a Servo-esque silhouette in Elizabethan clothes.

Fabric shopping was the next step, and we found some great materials – but my favorite was a shiny gray fabric with wide stripes on it that would work perfectly to evoke Servo’s arms made of Slinkys.

TomServoDoubletWrapSo, I wrapped Mike up in duct tape, like you do, and drew on him all the lines of the pattern I wanted to create for the doublet body. I sketched in where the double row of buttons would go, to mimic Servo’s engine block front, and then OH SO CAREFULLY cut him out of the cast I’d made.

The duct tape got cut out in pieces, and I carefully traced it into a pattern from which I would make the perfect doublet.

At least, that was the theory.

In practice, despite making a muslin mock-up first and doing a fitting and everything, I still managed to get it not quite right.

TomServoDoublet1It’s hard to see in this picture, but the pieces didn’t line up QUITE right in front. Instead of the front edges lying parallel to each other, they overlapped perfectly at the top – and that overlap gradually narrowed as it reached his waist.  Which meant that I could easily place my double row of buttons at the top, but at the bottom, the fabric didn’t line up properly, and my fastenings wouldn’t work.

All the best laid plans (and patterns) of mice and men, yadda yadda yadda.  I spent a little bit of time being annoyed at myself, wondering how I’d managed to get it wrong, and then it was back to work.

TomServoDoublet2Mike and I together did some serious brainstorming about how to fix it, and decided to essentially add a stomacher over the entire front which would be buttoned down over the opening.

I added some hidden snaps that would function as the actual closure, holding it all shut under the stomacher, and the buttons over the top.

And in the end – it actually came out to be a serendipitous accident. The rectangle of extra fabric down the front ended up looking even more like Servo’s engine block than the buttons alone would have. It wasn’t how we’d planned the doublet at the beginning, but the accident improved the design.

And here it is! The final outfit. Complete with white puffy pants with black inset panels and bands to mimic Servo’s hoverskirt, a red flat cap for the top of his gumball dispenser head. I’m really happy with the end result. And, even more importantly, so is Mike.