Gay Ann Rogers

Needlework Designer/Teacher


Website updated

April 21. 2017

Above is the map of how far Queendom Website has traveled,

nice for MacSoph and me, but doubly nice because it shows that needlework is indeed alive and well right round the world.

My World of Needlework


My inbox is filling with inquiries about my portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine.


Thank you! I am glad you are excited about her arrival. I am too!


She will be here before you know it.



First There Was My Portrait of Elizabeth 1


I stitched Elizabeth about 7 years ago and I thought I would take this opportunity to reminisce about my first portrait. Scroll down for my reminiscences as our time leads up to the arrival of Eleanor.

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Why I first decided to stitch a portrait of Elizabeth 1


One day way back when,  I opened the issue of a magazine and found a portrait of Elizabeth 1 stitched in authentic stitches. The emphasis was on the authentic stitches, with the result that you didn't see a portrait, you saw stitches. Only stitches. It was as if the authentic stitches had swallowed the portrait.


As I looked at the portrait I thought what would happen if I stitched a portrait of Elizabeth that was the opposite? No authentic stitches, yes a modern interpretation, but one where the emphasis was on the portrait itself, where the stitches I used could be whatever brought my portrait to life.


And that's when I started working on a drawing of Elizabeth 1.

Coming May 1 to Queendom Website:

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Who is the prettiest of them all?


Eleanor will arrive on Queendom Website on May 1 at 8:00 a.m. California time.

As the days grow closer to Eleanor's arrival on Queendom Website, I have been receiving emails about reserving Eleanor.


I am not taking a list of reservations for Eleanor mostly because I can't see how you would seriously reserve Eleanor before you have seen her and know her details, and I want her to be a surprise.


I promise, I have a hefty number of kits, enough to last quite a while. I plan to leave Eleanor for sale for the month of May or until I run out of kits.


That said, if you see her and set your heart on her, I'm not saying you should wait two or three weeks to decide, but you do have time to ponder and make your decision. I don't want you to rush into the sale and then regret it. I want you to love her well enough to put all those hours into stitching her  :-)


Yes, Eleanor will be a class at Shining Needle Society. I will write more about the class as we get closer to May 1.


Eleanor will arrive on Queendom Website at 8:00 a.m. California time on May 1.