"events by and for big-brained people" since 1995

UtiliTies is a product line that celebrates my love for vintage fabrics and patterns.

When my closet would no longer close because I had too many vintage neckties, I started stenciling (text and designs) onto them and selling them. I've also started to put on reflective material designs.

I've used my vintage fabric collection to make patches stenciled with images and/or text, and some have reflective designs also. Patches can be used to fix a hole or can be sewn or pinned to bags, jackets etc for added color or reflectivity for safety.

And then I started UtiliHankies: hand stenciled hankies. Some new, some vintage!

Awesome new items Alert! UtiliTshirts! People often ask if I make tshirts with my designs and now I do. Using carefully selected used and some new tshirts, I've created a new line of products.

Years ago I created a set of laminated vintage fabric placemats for myself. They are a way for me to document all of this amazing fabric but still use them. Now I have these for others to purchase.

I's a strange collection of items... No one has ever suggested I was conventional.

Thanks for looking and let me know if you'd like to place an order.

Hey! Check out the write up about UtiliTies from The Boston Globe.


UtiliPatch: $5 each
UtiliHankie: $15 each
In stock tie (new or old): $20
Building a new tie with stock text: $30
Building a new tie with custom text: $30 and up. $5 per stencil I have to cut.
UtiliTshirt: $25
Placemats: $6 each or 4 for $20 (mix and match available)
These include postage in the US.

To order:
Email UtiliTies @ (but close the gaps) and tell me which photo and which tie you are interested in and I will let you know if it is still available.
Or check out the new and older sections and chose text/images you like, give me a general idea of what color and style tie are looking for, and I will send you a photo with some options. Generally, within a couple of emails we should have something worked out and I can usually get your tie made and in the mail to you or a lucky giftee within a week.

To Pay:
I prefer PayPal for your payment. Or you can send a check or money order. I will wait for checks to clear before making and shipping ties.

Email if you'd like a list of stencils I currently have. Take a look at the photos to get an idea of what's available.



For more information or to be added to our mailing list contact info @ truthserum . org (but close the spaces)