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Jan. 3rd, 2010 @ 11:55 am Miniature Top Hats!
Storied Threads is pleased to announce that we now offer miniature top hats! They are made of stiffened lace, which we make right in the studio, and so can make them in any color you can imagine. Adorned with feathers, beads, ribbon, whatever works with the hat and your tastes, these hats are a fabulous addition to your steampunk or Victorian persona. They fasten with a comb in the front and a small clip in back for added security, and stay in place so well, you'll forget you're wearing it. (In fact, I'm still wearing my hat from the photo shoot this morning -- it's just that comfortable.)
We haven't made any for regular stock yet, but please feel free (as always) to contact us about custom orders, and we'll be happy to create one just for you!
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Oct. 14th, 2009 @ 09:48 am Storied Threads' End of Season Sale!
This weekend, October 17th and 18th, Storied Threads will be having an End of Season Sale at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire!
Most stock will be marked down 5% to 20%, so if you've had your eye on something and have been hesitating, this is your chance to pick it up for less.
Sale prices apply only to in stock items, and only to sales made at CTRF this weekend.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 @ 10:04 am I'm in print!
Renaissance Magazine issue #69 arrived in my mailbox yesterday, featuring an article by yours truly! It also has pictures of costume variations modeled by Pastimes regulars Mike Bailey, Travis Joyce, John Sheppard, and Shannon Fullard. Go pick it up, and check out "Fairely Well Dressed: Pirates!"

Also, in the back of this issue, you can see my new ad, featuring Mike and Olivia as models, and designed by the fabulous Tricia, and it looks really good!
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Pirate Veronica
Sep. 23rd, 2009 @ 03:42 pm Hey, people like me! They really like me!
Urban Threads wrote a really good blog entry today about the symbiosis of steampunk and machine embroidery, and mentioned Storied Threads and the designs I've done recently in it. They also linked to a blog called Mr X Stitch who apparently raved about my work back in May!

Talk about great boosts to my ego. Makes me want to have the time to finish up the new designs I've been working on -- but I suspect that will have to wait until after the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.
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Aug. 7th, 2009 @ 02:25 pm It's market research time!
Recently, I was commissioned to turn a couple of embroidery designs into patches for a steampunk airship company. They were quite fun to do, and I'm pretty happy with the finished product. Which got me to wondering -- is this something that would sell in general? Or is it too specific, too niche, to worry about working up and bringing to faires? The tricky bit, I think, is that they wouldn't be cheap patches, they'd essentially run for the cost of the embroidery listed on the website. So, for instance, the Dirigible patch would cost $20 and the Nautical Rose patch would cost $10. This may be more than the general public is willing to pay.



So I put the question to you -- are patches practical? Should I whip some up to sell at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in a few weeks? Or will they sit there and languish, wishing somebody really wanted to stitch them to a messenger bag?
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Jul. 27th, 2009 @ 10:15 am Man, they'll just publish anybody these days, won't they?
A while ago, I pitched a concept for an article (or a series of articles) to Renaissance Magazine -- and their next issue, due out in September, will print the first one! Here is the blurb they published:

Fairely Well Dressed: Pirates!
Get ready to hit the faires in style! We bring you four styles of pirate costume: the Pirates' Pirate, the Gentleman Pirate, the Scallywag, and the Pirate Queen. These outfits are variations based on authentic fashion of the time and can help any faire-goer create a memorable character.

I am a little nervous about so many people reading something I've written, but I'm also quite excited that they liked the concept and the finished article. I'm hoping it will be well received, and they'll want to run a series of similar articles, about different types of personas.
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Hulk Haiku
Jun. 4th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm I love this year's poster!


You all are coming, right?
Right?
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Pirate Veronica
Jun. 1st, 2009 @ 10:25 am Miniature Tricorn Pricing
It's market research time! I've made an awesome Fabulous Hat for one of the characters at the New England Pirate Faire, and have fallen so in love with it that I'm seriously considering adding them to stock. Time permitting, maybe even having a few made to sell at that show. But first, I need to find out what sort of money folks are willing to pay for a hat like this, and if it matches up with the amount of time and money it takes me to make one. Here are a few pictures taken at rehearsals of the hat.




The hat is covered in fabric, inside and out, and trimmed with lace and braid. The sides are stitched up into a tricorn, with decorative pins on the front folds. Finally, it is embellished with ostrich feathers, peacock feathers, and porcupine quills. The particular embellishments on each hat would change, of course, but this would be the general style of each one. It attaches to the hair via a comb attached at the front, and a small clampy clip to grip the hair at each of the back corners.

Poll #1409242 Miniature Tricorn Pricing
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17

What would you consider an appropriate price for a hat like this? (Not a bargain or a deal, but the RIGHT price.)

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$55
2 (11.8%)
$65
6 (35.3%)
$75
9 (52.9%)
$85
0 (0.0%)
More than $85
0 (0.0%)
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May. 18th, 2009 @ 09:33 am Pirates!
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Pirate Veronica
Apr. 10th, 2009 @ 12:07 pm Renaissance Magazine ad
Some of you may already have seen this on Storied Threads' Facebook page, but I thought I'd share here, too, because it makes me happy. This ad will be in Ren Mag's directory issue, due out later this year. Photography by eroika, ad designed by bellebet.

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