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!”
Fortunately, 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.