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Doctor Who returns later this month, and while I’m a season behind on the show since our household “cut the cable” a couple of years ago and we no longer have easy access to the BBC, I know the Whovians out there are eager to see Peter Capaldi pilot the TARDIS for one more series.

In honor of the good Doctor’s return, today we’re going to spotlight some of my favorite items from our Doctor Who-inspired line.

First up is the Ace jacket patch ($24), which began as a custom order for a customer looking to put together a costume based on the seventh Doctor’s (Sylvester McCoy) companion Ace. This two-part package includes the giant A and a separate “ce” — and we’d like to let you know that we have made replicas of some of the other patches featured on the character’s signature jacket, so if you’re looking for one (or more), contact us!

We have several bags for Whovians, but we’re always amused by our TARDIS-inspired bags, available in small messenger ($37) and tablet size ($52) through our website — and we can easily make it in laptop size as a custom order. The larger sizes come with interior pockets, which will make people think it’s larger on the inside than it looks on the outside!

 

I jumped on the Doctor Who fandom train back when SyFy (then the Sci-Fi Channel) broadcast the revival starring Christopher Eccleston, so I have a soft spot for the “Bad Wolf” storyline. We have several items featuring our interpretation of the Bad Wolf graffiti, but one of our favorite uses is on this necktie ($17), made of silvery-gray silk.

This Friday is National Beer Day, so we thought it would be appropriate to revisit our Beer Snob Geek Merit Badge ($7).

This idea came up during a brainstorming session one morning while we were waiting for a convention day to begin and was quickly developed and put into production. We had to experiment a bit to get the tones of the glass right to give it a sense of dimension, and we debated long and hard about which color would be best for the beer itself before settling on a color reminiscent of a Samuel Adams Boston Lager (one of my husband’s personal favorites).

That said, if you’re interested in this design but you’re a fan of a paler brew like a pilsner or a darker beer such as a porter or stout, we can easily customize the color at no additional charge.

March is supposed to go out like a lamb, but this video of a bat eating watermelon has been making me laugh all month, so I’m going to let the bat lead us into April. Have a great weekend!

Today we’re spotlighting Geek Merit Badges with a decidedly supernatural air, because we’ve got a new design cooking that will fit this theme perfectly.

Arcane Lore ($8)

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Fortune Teller ($7)

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Magician ($7)

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Medium ($7)

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Retired Design Sale

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

There’s little in this world more comforting and cheerful than a cute, happy animal — and in today’s current climate, we need all the comfort and cheer we can get, right?

Which is why we’re introducing our second new kawaii animal patch this month: the kawaii narwhal!

A cute narwhal? Seems like an odd choice, you might say, but there’s no reason to be confused. Narwhals are the unicorns of the sea. And who doesn’t love Mr. Narwhal from the movie Elf? See? It makes perfect sense!

Our happy narwhal patch is stitched on an ocean blue background, and you can get it at our web store for $8. You can also buy it as a sticker for $2.50 from our Redbubble shop.

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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?