What's New

After a very long hiatus, the Fiber Arts portion of Appleton Studios is up and on-line again! Because she finds it easier for her to do (since our Webmaster still has to run off every day to his full-time job and therefore isn't always available to help with updating the webpage), the new Appleton Studios Fiber Arts page can be found on Etsy under the name Appleton Fiber Art. Or just click the link for Appleton Fiber Art to go there directly. She expects to be adding more items to the page there on a weekly basis for some time to come, so please feel free to drop by on a regular basis to see what's new there. (Since I won't always have the time to also note it here as well.)

Our most recent complete set of twelve 3"x3" needlework charts have been compiled and are available for purchase on our Needlework page. You can find all of the information about this most recent set, or any of the earlier eleven years of these cross-stitch charts, or the CD with all 144 charts, on that page. Each of these sets may be ordered in individual sets of twelve, or in total on CD, there.

We have now finished up the hard copy version of our presentation, a history of the development and use of the coat of arms of the United States of America, for publication in the Proceedings of the XXXI International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences held in Oslo, Norway. As a consequence of completing that task, we are making a .pdf copy of that presentation available on-line here on this website. If you are interested in reading The United States of America: The search for a national coat of arms, it can be found here.

We've been out shopping again, and have added some books to our Remaindered and Gently Used Heraldry Books page. We try to keep our eyes out for bargains in heraldry books, and when we find some that are in good or better condition and which can be resold at a bargain price, we buy them and make them available to you. Check out our Used Books page for these great buys, and see if there are any you don't already own that you can add to your heraldic library without breaking your budget!

Another two years have flown by, and it's time for our latest volume of Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to the Movies! Volume XIV (yes, that's at full 28 years that we've been writing these movie reviews!) is now available. Be sure to "check it out!" on our Da'ud Bob page here, or you can order it (or any of our other Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to the Movies volumes, or "The Compleat Da'ud Bob" collection) from our order forms (either in Word format or in .pdf format). Want to know of any of your favorite movies about the Middle Ages or Renaissance have been reviewed already? See the complete list of published reviews here. And, of course, you can always see the current month's movie review here; there's a new one every month, you know!

Or you can always test your knowledge of many of the movies we have reviewed over the years and take the Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Historical Drive-In Movie Quiz! Take the test on-line here, or download a .pdf version here. And then compare your results with the Answers found here.

We keep regularly adding new entries to our web log, or blog, about heraldry. The blog is musings of one kind or another about some of the heraldry that we see, or find, or run across in our research. The hope is that our readers will find it informative, educational and of interest. We also have links to some of the better on-line armorials and ordinaries, heraldry websites, heraldry books, heraldic clipart and other blogs about heraldry, to all of which we continue to add as we find good ones. We encourage you to check it out and, if you find it interesting, to drop back by on a regular basis to see what's new. Or you can become a Follower and get updates emailed directly to your in-box. (There's a link to do that down the left-hand column on the blog's page.) You can find our blog, Heraldry: Musings about an esoteric topic on-line at http://blog.appletonstudios.com

Drop by our Free Stuff page, where we will place various goodies that you can access or download for free.

Our free heraldic needlework chart for this month has been uploaded here (or you can use the link on our Free Stuff page). (These needlework charts are a series of charts of various heraldic charges. They are in .pdf format, but if you'd prefer one of these free charts as a .jpg or .gif or in some other format, please feel free to write, telephone, or e-mail us at the address, telephone number, or e-mail addresses here and we will be happy to send you one! Let us know which format you prefer.)

We also sell a set that includes the first twelve of these needlework charts, another set that features the second twelve, a third set that features the third dozen, and so on up through the ninth dozen. Or you can get a CD-ROM with all 108 charts on it (each chart is 3"x3", 18 stitches/inch). More information and a description of what these packages include can be found here.

Naturally, we're hoping that you will see actual examples of what we can produce and ask us to create charts of larger, more complex heraldic works, or customized needlework or embroidery charts on any subject. In the meantime, though, we are finding it a fun project that let's us combine our various interests - heraldry and textile arts - and we hope that you may find them entertaining and educational as well.

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