Gay Ann Rogers

Gay Ann Rogers

Needlework Designer/Teacher

Needlework Designer/Teacher




Eleanor of Aquitaine

A project I sold in May of 2017.


















Not a week after the sale ended, I started receiving inquiries about Eleanor for sale.


Eleanor's sale has finished and I have no immediate plans to bring her back again.


Eleanor of Aquitaine


In May of 2017 Eleanor of Aquitaine, my third portrait of History's Powerful Women arrived and remained for sale for the better part of the month of May.


On June 1, 2017 class for Eleanor began on Shining Needle Society and I posted two lessons each Saturday morning until August.


Formal class ended on August 1 and the classroom converted to a Stitchalong group which will likely go indefinitely.


The lessons remain with links from Shining Needle Society.


If you have Eleanor's kit and didn't join the class at Shining Needle Society, the lessons are still posted there.

Please write to Kate Gaunt ( or to me,


My Inspiration for Eleanor of Aquitaine


I had the idea of stitching Eleanor of Aquitaine for a long time but wasn't near starting Eleanor; it was Judy Souliotis who inspired me to start. My last conversation with Judy was about my queens and who was next, and the whole  time I worked on Eleanor, Judy sat on my shoulder. Every time I look at the finished Eleanor, I hope Judy would have liked her.

DH and Eleanor


DH had great influence on my choices for the way I stitched Eleanor. As there is only one image of Eleanor, a tomb sculpture, I turned to DH for help.


If you compare Catherine's portrait with Eleanor's, you will see that Catherine holds her head high and looks directly at you, whereas Eleanor's head is tilted and her gaze slightly outward and demurely down. This was at DH's suggestion. He told me that Catherine's direct gaze came in the 18th century, not before.


From the first time I thought of Eleanor of Aquitaine, DH's suggested that I refer to Books of Hours for inspiration. I have saved the page I posted on April 29 and 30 and you will fine it under Eleanor of Aquitaine on my yellow navigation bar. Now that you have seen Eleanor, I hope you will revisit the page, or visit it for the first time, to see the influences on my portrait.


DH has written a very brief history of Eleanor of Aquitaine and I will post it in two or three parts in the coming weeks. Eventually I will move it to our classroom.


I am also hoping that DH will do a bibliography for the bibliophiles among us, including the only 'romance novel' author I've ever known him to recommend.


Who Was

Eleanor of Aquitaine?


Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124 – 1204) is the most famous queen of the Medieval period and one of the most extraordinary women in history. A renowned beauty with a headstrong, spirited personality, she was the Queen of France, the Queen of England and mother of three English Kings, young Henry, Richard the Lion-Hearted and John Lackland who gave England Magna Carta.


Eleanor’s court was renowned for troubadours, courtly love and the legends of King Arthur and Guinevere. She was indeed the Mistress of Camelot.