Posts Tagged ‘robin hood springtime festival’

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

In the past, the first Wednesday post of the month was dedicated to talking up our show schedule, but now that we’ve retired from the con and faire scene, we’ve decided to make this time slot a showcase for some of our classic designs — and we promise to try to make them more interesting than simply tossing up an item and saying, “Hey, remember this one? Maybe you should buy it!”

ribbonFortunately, our first featured classic item has a story behind it — and by first item, I mean this was literally the first patch we sold under the Storied Threads banner: the Doctor Who Awareness Ribbon.

The year was 2011 and Storied Threads was still a clothing and costuming business, and I was brainstorming ways to make my items more interesting and unique. I decided to experiment with adding embroidered details and purchased a simple one-needle embroidery machine.

Some time later, while my husband was driving me to the commuter rail station — I had a full-time day job at the time — we wound up behind a car that was absolutely covered in various awareness ribbon magnets. Moments before we’d been talking about Doctor Who, specifically the Tom Baker era, and Mike suggested, somewhat jokingly, I make a Doctor Who Awareness Ribbon patch invoking Baker’s iconic scarf.

On a whim I ran with the idea, just to see how it would be received. I made a few to sell at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival, and they blew out of my tent in record time. I literally could not keep them in stock.

That patch’s success inspired me to try out other designs, and that was the beginning of Storied Threads’ transition to embroidered merchandise. For that reason it still holds a special place in my heart.

Buy the Doctor Who Awareness Ribbon now for $9 through the Storied Threads webstore.

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Last week I appeared before a Worcester Chamber of Commerce B2B group that promotes its members to other businesses they deal with day to day. I had to prepare a brief presentation on Storied Threads, and I included in that presentation a picture of my first embroidery machine.j350e

It was a Janome 350e, and I’d originally bought it for the purpose of adding embroidery to my clothing designs, but then I came up with my Doctor Who Awareness Ribbon patch and began the transition to an all-embroidery company.

The original machine was ill-suited for making patches and embroidering designs on scarves, pirate sashes, and bags as it had only one needle, which meant I had to spend time manually changing thread colors, and that slowed the process down a LOT. I remember bringing that machine, some pre-cut templates, and my various threads with me to the Robin Hood Springtime Festival so I could make new stock after each show day. If I was lucky, I could make two patches before bedtime — and I stress, IF I was lucky.

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The ridiculous thing about New England is the utter unpredictabiltiy of our weather. Fall and spring are especially in flux, and you never know if they’ll really exist at all, or if summer will give fall a pass, and go straight into winter.

These two pictures were both taken at the Robin Hood Springtime festival, albeit in different years. In the first (photo by Eric Tetreult), it was so cold and windy that we had to bundle up in as many layers as we could to stay warm. And in the second (photo by Lauren Dubois), it was so hot that my Loki cosplay wound up being minimal, without even a wig to finish it lest I end up with heat exaustion.

Here’s to looking forward to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire this fall, and hopes for moderate weather!


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My Ravenclaw outfit from Super MegaFest earlier this year.

As you probably know by now, I’m in the midst of selling at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in North Haven, CT.  This coming weekend is Wizards Weekend, which I’m really excited for! Kate and I have our Hogwarts house robes ready to go, and are planning the outfits to go with them. We have our wands. And we have a tent full of magical items ready to sell.

And the other day, I was asked to co-host the Harry Potter Cosplay Contests this weekend! I’m not sure yet who my co-host will be, but I’m very excited to be a part of this special event.  There will be a contest each day (Saturday, Sunday, and Memorial Day Monday) at 4:30, and prizes will be awarded for three different age groups.

So come visit, and put on your best Hogwarts outfit! Come as Harry, Dumbledore, Madam Hooch, or your own interpretation of any of the Houses — this is a genre wide open for fun costuming!

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The Robin Hood Springtime Festival opens in just two days, you guys! In celebration, our theme for this Thursday will be a medieval one.

Lion RampantLion Rampant Patch

This patch features one of the most popular medieval heraldic devices – a lion rampant. We’ve stitched the lion in gold with a red tongue on a black field.  Or, to put that properly in the language of heraldry: Sable, lion rampant or, langue gules.

We’ve made this design is available in two sizes – our standard small shield patch, or in a large size patch suitable for the back of a jacket, or for the front of a knight’s surcoat.

Of course, every knight needs a great leader, which leads us to…

Richard IIIRichard III Patch

Alright, maybe he was only a good leader. Well, he was okay. Sadly, in the end, Richard III was killed in battle, his body dragged off and buried by his enemies who knows where.

Wait, we DO know where! Under a car park, recently discovered, identified, and re-interred with respect at Leicester Cathedral.

You can still buy our No Parkyng patch even though he’s no longer there, though. because let’s be honest – it’s just funny.

You can also purchase the design in our Redbubble shop, available on a variety of products from t-shirts to stickers to travel mugs.

Tudor RoseTudor Rose

Okay, technically this design is Tudor, and not medieval. But since it was Henry VII who defeated Richard III and adopted this as his house sigil, it seems like a pretty fine line to me.

Our embroidered Tudor Rose is available as a patch, on a scarf, or on any of our messenger size bags, so it really gets around. You know — like Henry VIII did.

It’s also available in our Redbubble shop on — you guessed it! — a wide variety of products.

We will have all of these designs – and so much more! – available for sale at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival. The show runs for three weekends, so if you’re in the area, stop on by!

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CTRF 047The year was 2010. It was the first year of the Robin Hood Springtime Festival, and not only did I still sell garb, I was still doing it out of a pop-up tent. I was also still the costume designer for the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and part of that job meant helping some cast members into their costumes in the mornings. Maid Marion was played that year by my friend Taryn – and she HATED wearing a wimple. So much that I’m pretty sure she made this face every time I put it on her. But this picture, and this memory, made me laugh when I came across it earlier this week, so it seemed like the perfect picture for today’s Flashback Friday.

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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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