What's New

We are now offering a collection of fifteen years of our small (3" x 3") cross-stitch charts of heraldic charges. 180 (count 'em! That's 180) needlework charts of heraldic charges on a CD-ROM or USB drive at one low price for the entire collection. You can find a list of all of the heraldic charges in this large collection, and order it on CD or USB drive, here on our Needlework page. Or see our Order page for our order forms.

Appleton Studios has taken another big step in switching things up and (hopefully!) improving our products so that they will be more interesting to you. In this specific instance, we have made some changes to our offerings by Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs, Historical Drive-In Movie Critic of the Barony of Steppeford Springs in the Kingdom of Lonestarrora.

These monthly movie reviews, Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to the Movies, have for a long time been collected into a series of booklets, each booklet containing two years' worth of movie reviews (24 per volume). Fourteen regular volumes and two specialty volumes of these booklets have been published, but because of declining sales, I have decided to phase out these booklets and replace them with a new, more complete (and more easily updateable as additional monthly reviews are published, probably on an annual basis) collection, 32 Years of Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to the Movies. This collection contains 384 movie reviews, plus an alphabetical listing with the dates on which each review was first published, and as a bonus, a PowerPoint program, "If ... You Might Be Watching a Da'ud Bob Movie." (As an example from the presentation: "If chickens are used as missile weapons ... against Roman legionaries ... You might be watching a Da'ud Bob movie.") This new collection is available on CD-ROM or on a USB drive, and can be found for sale on the Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs introductory page or through the Heraldic Arts and Movie Reviews Order Page on this website.

The remaining soft cover regular booklets are still available in limited supply (until they run out) for $3.00 each at either of the links just above.

Also available - while they last - are the two specialty volumes:

The Best and the Worst of Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to the Movies, a special selection of movie reviews, all with new introductions and background information of the movies reviewed. All this, as well as a couple of special movie reviews which will not be published anywhere else, plus a specially-commissioned cover by the late William Blackfox. This special edition Da'ud Bob can be ordered for $10.00 at the same places.

Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to Shakespeare Movies contains reviews of some fifty movies of the plays of William Shakespeare, or movies based on them, plus a couple of films based on portions of his life. (I like to think of this volume as "Da'ud Bob meets Billy Bob!") This special edition Da'ud Bob can also be ordered for $10.00 at those links.

You can also purchase "The Compleat Da'ud Bob," all fourteen regular volumes plus The Best (and Worst) of Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to the Movies and Da'ud Bob ibn Briggs Goes to Shakespeare Movies, at a significant savings over purchasing all of the volumes individually. Again, as long as supplies last.

At long last, it is done! (Well, at least until I find another source that needs to be added to it.) Back in 2015 I began to collect into a single document personal heraldry, coats of arms and crests, as used in what is now the United States of America. I did so because I sometimes found myself having to search through three, four, five, six, and more different books and sources when trying to research a coat of arms here in the U.S. But once done, why should I keep such a research tool to myself, when I can share it with others who may also find it useful? So I have uploaded two .zip files to this website. One contains a .docx and a .xlsx file - the first is an explanatory document of the collection's history, along with a bibliography of the sources I've used and a key to those sources, and the second is the actual collection. This .zip file can be downloaded from this website by clicking here.

But because I know that not everyone can utilize Microsoft's .docx and .xlsx files, I have also saved each file as a .doc and .xls file. The .xls may be slightly more limited in what you can do with it, but contains all of the same data, and really, that's what's important, right? The zipped .doc and .xls files can be downloaded here.

If you find these files useful, great! If you find an error (or errors; I don't claim to have caught every single typo or other mistake (As I often say, "I am a prefect tpyist; I never make mistrakes"), though I have tried very hard to find and fix them), please let me know so I can correct it (or them) and upload the corrected files. And, of course, if you find another source which describes personal arms used in the United States that is not included in this collection, let me know about that, too, so they can be added and the collection updated.

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.)

As noted above, we are now offering a collection of fifteen years of our small (3" x 3") cross-stitch charts of heraldic charges. The entire collection of 180 needlework charts of heraldic charges on a CD-ROM or USB drive. You can find a list of all of the heraldic charges in this large collection, and order it on CD or USB drive, here on our Needlework page. Or see our Order page for our order forms.

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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