Gay Ann Rogers Needlework
I have been a needlework designer/teacher since I was young which was, alas, a long time ago.
At first I painted needlepoint canvases, then I fell in love with counted work on a study-trip in London. I survived EGA Certification in canvaswork and later served on the Certification Committee twice.
For 25 years I taught needlepoint primarily at seminars for EGA, ANG and Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts. In the spring of 2011 I retired from travel-teaching and now I am Queen of Queendom Website.
I have also spent a lot of time writing about needlework. I had written four books and too many magazine articles to count here and in London. My book, An Illustrated History of Needlework Tools, was even translated into German.
I am an avid collector. DH says it is in my genes, as my mother and both of my grandmothers were collectors. In addition to needlework tools, I collect lace and white work, cameos, greeting cards from the 1920’s and 30’s and all sorts of snippets of design inspiration.
In March 2008 MacSoph I (my computer) came into my life and I have been my Apple store's most avid Groupie ever since.
Queendom Website has grown since 2008 and now has a staff of five: Queen (me), Queen Consort (DH) who manages Mail Jail and now has become a staff writer, Natalie who is Barnoness of Ideas and Queendom Website's faithful subjects, MacSophs IV and V (my computers). Together we all produce Queendom Website and all its goings on.
I am sad to write that in late 2018 we lost my long-time consultant Natalie. For all 10 years of Queendom Website, she helped me and every day I miss her.
My favorite happening this year doesn't have to do with needlework. It has to do with a family that came to be tenants for a while.
DH who is an avid gardener bought the most beautiful fuchsia plant and hung it up under our eaves. We didn't have it even a month when Ms. Dove found it and settled in to alternate nest sitting with Mr. Dove.
Lo and behold, two eggs!
We are waiting to see the hatchlings. It shouldn't be long.
January 2019: a photo of me with some Queen Kits.
How Queendom Website got Its Name
Not long after MacSoph and I started our website, a friend said to me, your website is just like your own little private kingdom.
I replied, “yes, but not a kingdom, it’s a Queendom and I am Queen.”
April 25, 2015: My tutor Mel and me in 'my' Apple Store the day after I received my Apple Watch. I was in the store and Mel and Andy were helping me set it up. The store manager, Lindsay, took the photo for Apple's internal website.