Gay Ann Rogers

Needlework Designer/Teacher


Website updated

April 28. 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


In the final two days before Eleanor arrives, here is a special feature on the artwork that influenced my portrait of Eleanor.


One of my biggest influences was DH himself who has written a short paragraph on his advice to me.



From DH

During Eleanor’s last year at Fontevraud Abbey, she arranged the construction and placement of the tomb-sculptures honoring her husband and favorite son as well as planning her own tomb-sculpture.  They are probably the only likeness we have of Eleanor and her husband and son. Portraiture except in sculpture was not a developed art in the 12th century. Where individual figures are shown, as in some of the famous Books of Hours, the individual is subordinate to the religious setting. Gay Ann’s portrait of Eleanor tries to capture the rich jewel-like colors of the Books of Hours and the demure pose required by the standards of the age.  Several other murals or drawings are possibly of Eleanor but the attributions are not accepted as conclusive by scholars. The tomb-sculptures of Fontevraud Abbey reflect how Eleanor wanted history to remember her and her royal family.  It is ironic that Eleanor who died in 1204 at the age of 80 united in death the nucleus of a family that she so passionately divided in life.

What did Eleanor of Aquitaine Really Look Like?  Below is Eleanor's Tomb Sculpture.

Scroll down to read short comments from DH and for more photographs of my inspirations.

Scroll down for some of the Books of Hours and illuminated manuscripts that influenced my choice of colors and patterns. These are the sorts of pages DH recommended that I draw inspiration from.

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I confess, I am excited about Eleanor's arrival.

A reminder: she will be here at 8:00 a.m. California time on May 1.

This year's May Day, 2017.