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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!


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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Welcome to the latest 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!


Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photographyct is a company that specializes in – as the name suggests – souvenir festival photographs. She visits renaissance faires and other themed events, sets up a booth that is part tent, part Tudor cottage, and takes amazing pictures for you to remember your visit. She even has a wide selection of costumes and accessories you can borrow for your photograph for extra fun and silliness.

Jen is a great photographer who will take a ton of pictures for you, letting you choose up to four favorite pictures to take home as prints or as digital copies, depending on what package you choose.  The best pictures happen when you relax and have fun, of course! Let yourself be a little goofy  in front of the camera, and you’ll be amazed at how that changes the pictures.


Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Right now, you can find Festival Fotos for three more weekends at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. She’s right by the front gate, so be sure to stop and have your pictures done! I promise, you won’t regret it.

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2016-10-02-10-32-38-1What: The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
When: Every weekend in October, including Columbus Day Monday!
Where: North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven, CT

This will be our eighth – and final! – year vending at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. We’ve been with them through several locations, and have enjoyed every minute of our time there, and I’m so looking forward to the next four weekends with my faire family that I cannot even express it.


Yes, you heard me right – giant Connect Four!

This weekend will be the second of the show’s five weekend run, and will be EVEN BETTER, as we’ll be joined by Shakespeare Approves, Zoltan the Adequate, and The Lost Boys (alhtough that last will be for this weekend only, alas).

We’re pretty easy to find once you’re on site — we’re located right between the gazebo where so many musical acts perform, and the giant free-to-play Connect Four.

Every weekend has a different theme – this weekend is Pirate Invasion – so come visit as often as you’d like!

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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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Jacket by Chrononaut Mercantile. Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost.

Welcome to the latest 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!

I first met the folks at Chrononaut Mercantile 8 years or so ago, when we were vending together at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. Since then, we’ve worked a lot of faires and conventions together, and they’ve always been fantastic neighbors.

Even more importantly, though — they make gorgeous stuff! The jacket I’m wearing in the photo to the left is one I’ve had almost as long as I’ve known Chrononaut. I must have tried this piece on 3 or 4 different times over the course of a year, while I saved up the money to buy it, and it’s been a staple of my ren faire wardrobe ever since. If the weather is looking a little bit iffy, or if I’m doing a more steampunk themed outfit, it’s the perfect finishing piece for me.


Hanging out with Shakespeare Approves, wearing a wool capelet by Chrononaut Mercantile.

While the pieces I own from Chrononaut are all outerwear, they also sell amazing jewelery and hand beaded items through their Etsy shop. Their cloaks and jackets are available for sale there as well, and if you’re not going to be at an event with them, there are a lot of online options to choose from!

In the meantime, however, you can find them at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in North Haven, CT starting on May 21! I haven’t seen a site map yet, but if I’m lucky, we’ll be close neighbors, so I can point you right to them from my front door.

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From last weekend's Time Travelers' Weekend, showing off our Time Lord Seal Scarf.

From last weekend’s Time Travelers’ Weekend, showing off our Time Lord Seal Scarf.

This weekend is the final weekend of the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! That means just one more Halloween Knight – complete with fire joust! One more chance to see Shakespeare Approves before he leaves New England! And ONE MORE WEEKEND for clearance Storied Threads garb! This weekend is the very last time we’ll be selling garb in our booth — by the spring faire, we will be selling nothing but embroidered patches, bags, scarves, and other geekery.  All of our garb will be priced to sell, and we hope to move it all out before we pack up Sunday night!

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