Posts Tagged ‘shakespeare’

It’s been a while since we’ve unveiled a new design, hasn’t it? We chalk that up to being extremely busy with other responsibilities, but we’re working on getting back to creating new designs on a semi-regular basis, and this month we have not one but two new patches coming your way!

Next week we’ll debut a new entry on our kawaii animals line, and we’ll give you a hint about it: this cute critter always looks perfectly happy to hang around all day.

Today, we’re adding to our Shakespeare line with this patch inspired by the play Julius Caesar. The play has been in the public eye in a big way thanks to a controversial production in which Caesar was interpreted as a certain president, and we realized it was one of the major Shakespeare shows we’ve never honored in patch form, so here it is! Get it from our website for $8!

The design is also available in our Redbubble shop on a variety of items.


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On Tuesday we unveiled our new Notorious RBG patch, so in keeping with the theme of persistent women, we’d like to spotlight a few designs that should appeal to strong women — and those who stand behind them.

PawneeGoddessesFirst we have the Pawnee Goddess patch ($14), one of our best sellers. Wear this and let everyone know you are a goddess, a glorious female warrior, queen of all that you survey, and enemies of fairness and equality will hear your womanly roar.




Though She Be LittleNext is another favorite among our customers, the “Though she be but little, she is fierce” patch ($7), quoting the great line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The quote is also available on an embroidered bookmark ($8).




poc-superheroEven if you don’t have superhuman abilities, you might be a real-life superhero — someone who gives of herself to benefit others and fights injustice wherever you find it. For you, we have the Superhero Geek Merit Badge ($8). We have four variations, for women and men, for people of color and in Caucasian flesh tone.

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Yep, it’s that time of year again, when we take the lazy way out and regale you with an end-of-the-year countdown lisitcle kind of thing. But let’s be honest; you’re probably too geared up for your New Year’s Eve festivities to put much effort into reading anything, so it benefits both of us.

So here we go, the top items of 2016!


  1. TerrifiCon_PawneeGoddessPawnee Goddess. For the second year in a row, a late-year surge in sales for Halloween pushed this patch to the top of our best-seller list. We made more than 100 of these patches this year!
  2. X-Files: I Want to Believe. Our longtime number one best-seller continues to do well and has a lock on the number two slot.
  3. Plague Survivor Geek Merit Badge. Another longtime top seller, which this year barely eked out its spot at number three over another Geek Merit Badge…
  4. Final Girl Geek Merit Badge. This design got a big boost after it was featured in an article online (sorry, I can’t find it again to re-post the link). It was a top ten seller last year and barely missed the number three position by one sale. Maybe next year!
  5. Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce. Another past top ten seller making it into the top five! I’m always thrilled when someone buys a Shakespeare patch.

In the interest of efficiency, I’ll just spotlight the top items across my non-patch catalog of items.

Away Team Science Small 1The best-selling bag of 2016 is the blue Science version of our Star Trek-inspired Away Team bags. These were always the best selling bags at shows and we hope the love for them continues in 2017, our first year as a strictly online business.

Our top scarf design was the Harley Quinn-inspired harlequin scarf. Our best-selling necktie design featured the anti-demonic possession tattoo from Supernatural — which, I will note, will soon be retired as a design, so if you want to get one, go order one now! And our top embroidered bookmark was inspired by the greatest stage direction of all time, from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear.”

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Spending the month at the Connecticut Renaissance FaireConnecticut Renaissance Faire hanging out with Shakespeare Approves has made the choice of themes for this Thursday an easy one!

Though She Be LittleThough She Be But Little, She Is Fierce Patch

O, when she’s angry, she is keen and shrewd!
She was a vixen when she went to school;
And though she be but little, she is fierce.

This patch is easily our best selling Shakespeare design. People either seem to identify with the quote, or else they know somebody it embodies perfectly!

This sew-on patch is stitched in dark brown thread on unbleached cotton canvas and measures 3″ in diameter.

henryvtablet4Henry V Tablet Messenger Bag

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry, ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’ 

The bag depicts a minimalist version of Tom Hiddleston’s Henry V, as portrayed in “The Hollow Crown”, and is stitched on off white cotton canvas with contrasting black strapping.

I love this design so much that this is actually my own laptop bag shown here. (My laptop is a Surface Pro 3, so it’s pretty small and fits perfectly in the tablet bags I make!)

Exit1Exit, Pursued by a Bear Bookmark

Possibly the best stage direction ever written comes from Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale”. In Act II, Scene iii, the direction simply reads, “Exit, pursued by a bear”.

This bookmark is embroidered in dark brown thread on off white cotton canvas.

The great thing about our embroidered bookmarks — besides just being awesome bookmarks — is that are still fully funcional as sew-on patches, too! Use it to hold your place in your favorite novel, or sew it on a bag or jacket to show your literary loves to the world.

If you’re a lover of the Bard, head on over to the Shakespeare section of our website! Don’t see your favorite quote? Shoot us a message and let us know!


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IfYouPrickUsIf you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
If you poison us, do we not die?

After seeing Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in New York a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to make a patch of this quote. Shylock may be the villain of the play, but his exhortations to Antonio about the humanity of the Jewish people feels as relevant in today’s political climate as ever.

This design is available as a patch on our website, and as a sticker in our Redbubble shop.

Click here to buy one!


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Shylock (Jonathan Pryce) and Jessica (Phoebe Pryce). Photo from the Lincoln Center website.

This past weekend, Shakespeare’s Globe presented their production of The Merchant of Venice at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, and I had the very great privelege of being able to see it. It’s a play with which I was only vaguely familiar — the only thing I really knew was that the villain was a terrible and greedy man named Shylock.

The play is frequently referred to as a problem play, in that it’s difficult to categorize. It tends to fall in with the Comedies, thanks to the light love story full of games and cross-dressing, but that’s a difficulty fit considering the very serious and dark story surrounding Shylock and Antonio.

This particular production, in which director Jonathan Munby played up the racist atmostphere of Shylock’s Venice, also created for me a lot of ambiguity when it comes to labels such as “villain” or “hero”.  It becomes clear that Shylock has lived his life being abused for no reason other than his Jewish religion, and that Antonio in particular has been a bully and a tormentor.  Certainly Shylock takes his revenge a bit far in his fervent demands for a pound of Antonio’s flesh, but the audience is left feeling some sympathy for him, as it is clear that he was driven to this point by the actions of others against him. And the repurcussions he suffers in the end are extreme, and the audience is reminded of this by the amazingly emotional coda created by Munby where we witness Shylock’s forced baptism and conversion to Christianity as pennance for his actions against Antonio.

This is a play that, while difficult to watch, feels especially relevenat at this time in the political climate we live in. It is a problem play — but I am very glad to have had the opportunity to see the Globe’s production, and it has made me curious to see other versions, and the interpretations of other directors.

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AeronautTeeRBRedbubble is an amazing website, and a place I love to shop. Artists of all types can upload their work to be sold in a wide variety of mediums — prints, clothing, phone accessories, home accessories, and more. And Redbubble is constantly adding to their variety — they’ve recently added an all-over print A-line dress, graphic t-shirts, and graphic tanks.  We’re still figuring out which of our designs work on some of these new products, and will be making them available as we perfect them.

YorickPillowRBSo, I thought that for this week’s Theme Thursday, I’d focus on some of the variety of Storied Threads designs you can find at Redbubble! While not all of our designs are there, and which products they work on varies, you can find quite a lot of our geekery available there in forms that we don’t stock at shows. This blog post shows just a small sampling of the variety of designs and products you can find in our Redbubble shop.  Head on over to check out the full selection!

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