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Gay Ann Rogers Needlework

 

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Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated December, 2018

 

My Four Queens

Sometime in the summer of 2019, I hope to bring back all four queens for people who wish to fill in their series.

 

If you would like to be on my list for notification about the queens, please email me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

 

2019 Heart Sale: Suspended

I usually have a hearts sale in February each year.

In 2019 I have suspended the sale.

 

Likely the next time I will offer anything for sale will be in the summer of 2019 when I offer the four queens one last time.

 

 

Selling My Kits and Patterns

I only sell kits and patterns at certain times during the year.

You can find out about my sales by signing up for my Newsletter.

 

How to Follow my Sales

Sign up for my Newsletter.

To sign up, email me:

GayAnnRogers@me.com

 

Will your email in box be flooded with Newsletters?

No, I send out a Newsletter a few days before a sale and another sometime during the sale. That's it.

 

 

When do I usually have sales?

Usually three times a year: in February, in May or June and in mid-October.

 

In 2018 I had an extra sale of the Last Queen in August.

 

In 2019 my first sale will likely be in the summer. I need to spend the spring reconstructing my website.

 

 

Requesting Old Patterns

What about old patterns, how can you get the one you want?

If there is one you have your heart set on, email me: GayAnnRogers@me.com

I won't promise it, but if I receive other requests for it, I will try and bring it back.

 

 

Who are my Four Queens?

Elizabeth 1,

Catherine the Great,

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Queen Victoria.

The series is complete.

 

What if you missed one of the queens?

Will you have a chance to complete the series?

If all goes well and I have the supplies, I will offer a limited number of 'make up' queens to people who have signed my interest list.

 

To sign up on my interest list, email me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

 

 

Queendom Website’s Own Jargon

 

MacSoph

MacSoph is my trusty little Apple MacBook computer.

 

Actually I have two MacSophs, now. They both work on Queendom Website, particularly during Sales.

 

Back in the late 1980’s DH and I had an SE and an English friend named that computer ‘Sophie Enchilada’ a bit of ridiculousness that stuck and our computers have been ‘Soph’ ever since. As I said, I now have two MacSophs.

 

DH

DH is my 'Dear Husband' who helps me by running Mail Jail. Actually he does most of my bookkeeping also since I am so bad at it.

 

The main thing to know about DH in connection with Queendom Website is the concept of ‘First Thing in the Morning’.

 

First Thing in the Morning means just that to me: it is the first thing I do in the morning.

 

DH has a different concept: First Thing in the Morning can often mean before 4:00 in the afternoon. DH isn’t a morning person.

 

This arises in connection with ‘Mailing Packages First Thing in the Morning’.

 

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.”

 

And that’s why I usually have an abundant number of crowns and Things Royal on Queendom Website.

 

E-Week

E-Week is my big once-a-year sale usually in mid-October. I have other sales during the year but E-Week is my extravaganza.

 

E-Week is named after Merchandise Night at seminars. Merchandise Night at seminars is an evening when teachers and other vendors sell their wares for 2 hours or so. Now I have E-Merchandise Week, shortened along the years to 'E-Week'.

 

Early Morning Sales

During E-Week, Early Morning Sales happen on Saturday morning at 8:00 sharp California Time.

Early Morning Sales have special items, often limited in number, for a short period of time. If I do say so, they are a special part of E-Week and they are great fun!

 

Mail Jail

Mail Jail is the shipping division of my little business and it is the main reason I don’t have things for sale on Queendom Website all the time.

 

I used to be mired in packages until December; at last year's E-Week I was in Mail Jail until February which was way too long.

 

So I found Jay who has taken over Mail Jail for me. He is so efficient at it and I am delighted that he is willing to do it.

 

Kit Hell

Every needlework teacher knows about Kit Hell. That’s the time before a class when you do nothing but order supplies and then divide them up into kits.

 

Even though I am retired from travel-teaching, I still have a bit of Kit Hell now and again.

 

Bead Mania

If you have ever spilled 10,000 seed beads, you will know about Bead Mania.

 

This is all the Queendom Website Jargon I can think of right now. If I think of more of it, I will post it here.

 

 

Queendom Website's Production Team

Queendom Website's staff includes:

Queen (me),

Queen Consort (DH) who manages Mail Jail and now has become a staff writer,

and Queendom Website's Faithful Subjects, MacSophs II and III (my trusty little MacBook computers).

 

December 13,  Thursday

This morning MacSoph and I begin our 'Twelve Days Before Christmas feature of Needlework Tools that I just gave away to a small collections library. This morning: 12 Crochet Hooks. Although they are for making crochet, they are also useful for us stitchers. These all have very fine (small) hooks and are good for chasing and parking small stray threads.

 

The first six all have features for opening and closing the hooks when they are not in use. The top photo shows them closed; in the next photo they are all open.  Six more are stationary handles and hooks, that is, the hooks are fixed permanently in the handles.

 

The first six are earlier than the next six.

 

Tomorrow morning, eleven of another tool, the following morning, ten of another and so forth, down to a single tool on Christmas Eve.

 

Then on Christmas Day itself a collection of tools casting a look into 2019. Can 2019 really be so close? As I often say, I am back in 1999 worried about Y2K....

 

Today for me? I GET TO STITCH! Enjoy your day and join me with your own needle if you can.

 

December 12,  Wednesday

This morning MacSoph and I are working on decorating Queendom Website for the holidays. Check tomorrow morning and you will see Day 1 of our holiday celebration.

 

December 11,  Tuesday

Looking at all of Carolyn's beautiful needlework tools, DH and I got into a discussion about English vs Indian productio, in short the East India Company and trade. It was interesting and later I googled East India Company andI found such beautiful images of ships, both English and Dutch. Made me want to stitch a large cargo ship. Moral of the story: stitching possibilities everywhere!

 

Again a reminder: please remember to check your orders from E-Week. I mailed  the last of the requests yesterday, except for one total catastrophe package which will take time to remedy. There is always something, it seems.

 

Still, by and large this is a good time for me right now and I have been stitching quite a bit. It has been a long time since I have had a chance to look ahead and picture a lot of time with my needle.

 

Wishing you the same.

 

Meanwhile, today I begin work on decorating Queendom Website for the holidays. Look for a newsletter from me tomorrow.

 

December 10,  Monday

This morning I have posted two more of the delicate little antique tools that Carolyn Meacham is selling on her website right now. It is such fun to look at them, as they are so beautifully made, such small trifles that have survived for so long. It is certainly a nice little pre-Christmas treat to see them.

 

On this Monday morning, another reminder about checking your E-Week orders to make certain you have everything. You have until January 1 to report any problems.

 

December 9,  Sunday

What a surprise! I just heard from Carolyn Meacham that she has posted a whole collection of  needlework tools for sale on her website. They are wonderful!

 

I just gathered a few photos and posted them on Queendom Website's home page in hopes you will go and have a peek at them.

 

To visit Carolyn's website: www.elegantarts.com

 

Do I need any more antique needlework tools? Absolutely not!

Did it stop me from shopping? Absolutely not. I look at it this way:

Christmas just came a little early.

 

So what did I buy? two little Madras stilettos essentially for a sewing case I've been meaning to stitch for many a moon, and a ridiculous pincushion that I simply couldn't resist.

 

As usual I have no financial interest in Carolyn's business, I just love what she finds and like to pass on the news.

 

Enjoy!

 

December 8,  Saturday

DH and I were supposed to deliver this year's needlework tools on December 6, but it was pouring rain here. Mind you, neither of us worries about the rain as we both grew up in the North West where it rains every day.

 

But Californians don't know what to do in the rain and enough of them go nutsss on the freeways that we try to avoid long trips on rainy days.

 

So we postponed our trip and yesterday was the day we handed over my tools to their new home. I would be less than honest if I didn't say it was difficult to say good bye to them, but the library made it easier -- they took me on a little tour of all they have done to preserve them.

 

Special little archival boxes and batting, and each large needlework box has a custom-made box just for it. They regulate the temperature and humidity and it never varies more than a degree, and so forth. In short, my tools are much happier there.

 

I expected the day to be a sad one, but instead, it turned into a very happy one and I came home feeling very upbeat about it all.

It was indeed a very nice day.

 

DH and I have promised each other that we will start earlier next year so we don't wear ourselves out by leaving it all to the last minute. Will it work? Who knows -- we both get way too busy at times.

 

We kept a copy of the catalogue and MacSoph has filed all the photos and descriptions (I am glad MacSoph has a 2TB hard disk).

 

I decided it would be fitting to use some of them for Christmas this year on Queendom Website. I will write more about my plans tomorrow.

 

December 7,  Friday

As promised, I am back from my long hiatus.

 

It was a grueling month but I am happy to say that DH and I finished.

 

Now it is time for me to return to solving E-Week problems. My photography equipment, notebooks, needlework tools et al are packed away now, and I have unpacked E-Week again on my dining room table.

 

Please email me now with any of your E-Week concerns and I will take care of them best I can.

 

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

 

November 28,  Wednesday

10 days have gone by since I put Queendom Website on hiatus. Yesterday I finished the photos and had the print shop run off copies. Now I have to put them all together, then tag the tools and pack them.

 

We have a week left and good news, we will be busy for the next week but we will finish.

 

I will be back the morning of December 7 and I'll start on correcting E-Week mistakes. Thanks for your patience.

 

November 18,  Sunday

I have a favor to ask: I have a horrific deadline of December 6.

I folded up my sale and started way too late. I realize it is my fault and please know, I am paying the Piper big time: I am working from 4 a.m. every morning.

 

I know I have some sale problems to solve and I will solve them.

I have run Queendom Website for 10 years now. I don't believe in those 10 years I have ever welched on fixing problems.

 

This year I need to ask for a little help. I can't solve problems right now. I will be able to start solving them on December 7 bright and early. Could I ask you to hold off until then?

 

This deadline is a part of a project that is super important to me. Honestly it is why I am still working. Otherwise I would have retired long ago.

 

As a result, I am putting Queendom Website on hiatus until December 7. I will be back then and will devote myself solely to your problems, questions and general chat.

 

For now, I will say good bye till December 6. Happy Thanksgiving and I will be back  on Pearl Harbor Day (which is also Kate's birthday).

 

November 16,  Friday

Pleasure first and then a spot of business:

This morning I posted on Queendom Website's Home Page, a Lady's toy, a pink opaline (glass) egg on a nest. Inside the egg are tiny tools:

thimble, scissors, stiletto, bodkin and needle case. Made in France, these toys were popular in the 1880's and you will find them in green, blue, pink and white, as well as goldstone and mother-of-pearl.

 

A spot of business:

Right now I am at work as hard as I can be on my December 6 deadline. I predict it will take me till late in the evening on December 5 unless I get a lucky streak of easy photographs and captions.

 

As far as I know now all E-Week packages are in the mail. Please check them carefully and report any problems to me, but I will not be able to handle them until December 7 at the earliest.

 

I apologize. I simply had too much on my plate this year and all year long I was frantic for time. It is at its worst right now, so I would appreciate some help in the form of patience.

 

I will of course correct mistakes, it will just take me a while. I packed up all of E-Week to make room for my tools; as soon as they are gone, I will unpack E-Week again.

 

As I said, I simply took on too much this year and I got behind.

Next year will be different. The first sale I will have will be the Queens sometime in the summer.

 

November 14,  Wednesday

Yesterday I delivered the last invoice to Jay. I took the kit makings off our dining room table and replaced them with the needlework tools associated with my December 6 deadline.

 

This means I have formally transitioned to full-time into photography. I spend about 20% of my time with camera in hand and 80% in Photoshop. I know, I know, Arlene would tell me it should be the reverse, but Photoshop is my photography crutch. I don't know how I coped with photos before I had Photoshop.

 

Noteworthy in my life: our diningroom table spent about 20 minutes as a diningroom table, ie empty and looking nice, then it returned to its function as repository for work projects and not as center of eating.

 

Please please continue to check your packages, and please email me now with any mistakes you find. I will fix everything, I think I always have, but for the present I am working away at my huge deadline now. It may be December 7 before I can return to my E-Week Sale.

 

November 12,  Monday

I heard from a couple of you over the weekend about missing parts.

I will fix them tomorrow or Tuesday.

 

You have until January 1 to check your orders and report mistakes to me. In recent years I have had to establish a deadline for reporting mistakes because people have written to me reporting errors 5, 10, even 20 years after the class or sale. So please note your deadline is January 1.

 

Please notice that I have left the entire sale up on Queendom Website so that you can check the details of your packages. Check the supplies, check the size(s) of the canvas(es), check the number of pages in your instructions booklet(s). In short, check it all to make sure you have everything.

 

Of course, I am hoping you won't wait till the last minute. If you wish to be kind to me, you will report mistakes very soon.

 

I do have one different part this year. I have one horrendous deadline on December 6. I may likely have to wait to repair mistakes until December 7 or after because of my deadline. If you write to me now, I will put your requests in a file and tend to them soon as I can.

 

REMEMBER: please include your snail address with any requests.

 

November 10,  Saturday

I hope I did a fair job of getting through all my sales this year. In the end I ran so short of time that I wondered if I could finish everything on my list of to-do's. I have also been heartily deprived of time with my needle, a fact that makes me grumpy and short-tempered.

 

But finally I am close to finished. Yesterday DH and I sent off another 20+ packages. I know some of you were very concerned about them and I apologize, but am happy to report that they are finally on their way.

 

Besides E-Week, I have had another task that I needed to start long ago and simply put off and off until now the 11th hour is here: I have to take this year's photographs for our catalogue of my needlework before December 6.

 

I finally started yesterday, and on Queendom Website's home page is one of my first photos. I like this task (although I would be happier if

 

 

October 13, Surprise Windows this morning

It is early a.m. in California and Surprise Windows will start opening in a couple of hours. Not long to go!

 

I'm excited to see how they go. I've prompted MacSoph, told  her it is essential that she publish in a timely and accurate fashion!

 

Several years ago my little MacSoph got overly flustered and instead of opening a Surprise Window as she should have, she sent everyone to an Apple Advertisement.

 

Since that time, I've been schooling all MacSophs. Today is this MacSoph's first time (she was new to me last March).

 

After the Surprise Windows are all open, I will leave them open for the rest of the sale (till Wednesday afternoon) and you may shop for any unsold or unlimited items.

 

AS they said in Ancient Rome, 'Let the Games Begin'. Soon, very soon.

 

October 11, Thursday E-Week is Here!

Let News&Views be your guide to E-Week 2018.

To enter the sale, click on the Gate on the right, or on E-Week 2018 on the yellow navigation bar.

 

Navigating through E-Week's Sale This Year

Helpful Hints and Tips for the week.

 

To find the designs for E-Week click on 'EWeek SALE' on the yellow navigation bar. Then click on any of the thumbnails to travel to descriptions of the projects and PayPal buttons.

 

To travel quickly through the sale from beginning to end:

start with Iron Wrought in Silk,  then click on the 'Next' tab on each page. You may also use the 'back' tab to return to the last design and the 'Return to Directory' tab to return to the Thumbnails of all designs.

 

If you wish to buy something, you have three options:

click on the PayPal Button. Even if you do not have a PayPal account, PayPal will allow you to pay by your credit card. It's very easy.

 

If you would like to pay by personal check, please email me for an invoice.

 

If you would like some help with finances, please check out my 'Paying on the Drip.'  Scroll down and you will find out more about help with financing.

 

Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 7.75%.

If you wish to pay by personal check, please alert me that you are from California before I process your invoice.

 

 

Early Morning Surprise Windows

A tradition since the first E-Week, Surprise Windows continue this year.

This year, I think we have some extraordinary things in Surprise Windows. So I hope you will save time for them.

 

On Saturday Morning, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. sharp, California time, the first of 8 windows will open. A window will open every 15 minutes until they're all open.

 

There is also a 9th window about 2019 on Queendom Website and an offer to sign an interest sheet for a queen you would like to have to complete your series.

 

This year in Surprise Windows, I will feature a collection of Honiton lace.

To read about the Honiton ahead of time, see Surprise Windows on the yellow navigation bar.

 

And for newbies: I have posted Surprise Window Practice so that you have a chance to hone your Surprise Window skills  LOL.

 

 

Notes about Limitations on Designs This Year

This year I struggled with the availability of supplies. Oh my. As a result I have some kits for each design, but the number of kits is uneven and I predict I will run out of some kits very quickly, whereashopefully others will last the duration of the sale.

 

If I run out of a design, it doesn't necessarily mean it is the most popular, sought after project. More likely I didn't have the supplies to make as many as I might have wished.

 

So this year I will emphasize:  If you have your heart set on a certain design in the sale, don't dally too long.

 

As I near the end of the number of kits for a design, I will post a sign on the design warning that it is close to gone.

 

Need Help with Financing? Payments up to 10 Months

In the last few years I've helped with a payment plan extending up to 10 months.

 

Here's how it works: add up your purchases, divide the total number of months (for example, 10),  then send me post-dated checks, one for each month.

 

Date the first one, November 1, 2016. I will file your checks and cash one each month.

 

If you are interested in my novel financing plan, please email me: GayAnnRogers@me.com and we will work out.a payment plan for you. I've had many people opt for this plan and so far it has worked very well.

 

 

This year's Shipping Charges and Mail Jail

Shipping Charges for the General Sale and Surprise Windows

This year all shipping charges are included in the price of the pattern or kit. There are no additional shipping charges inside the U.S.

 

Shipping Outside the U.S.

If you wish to buy a kit or pattern and you live outside the U.S., you must find an 'inside the U.S.' address, either a friend or you can try 'Shipitto.com'. They will fix you up with a forwarding company. This means I send the package inside the U.S. and they forward it the rest of the way.

 

I also have a friend Arliss Link who has undertaken helping people with shipping outside the U.S. I send your package to her and she repacks it and ships it to you. She charges $16.00 for the time and effort, in addition to shipping priority insured.

 

If you are interested, write to me and I will 'officially' introduce you to Arliss.

 

 

Mail Jail

What is Mail Jail? The shipping department of Queendom Website.

 

Mail Jail has changed for me.

I no longer do my shipping, Jay who owns my print shop does it for me now.

 

With Jay at the helm, I'm guessing he will finish mailing everything in about 2 weeks.

 

The upsides of Jay's shipping are these: I stay sane and you get your packages much more quickly.

 

The downside is cost: my cheapest package, a little 1 oz. padded bag, now costs a minimum of $11.00  (actual postage, the cost of the padded bag, PayPal charges and what Jay charges me).

 

Questions

Please email me any questions:

GayAnnRogers@me.com

 

 

To Contact Me:

GayAnnRogers@icloud.com

Important Deadline, Please Note. Deadline for reporting errors in E-Week 2018: January 1, 2019. Up until January 1, 2019 I will try my best to fix mistakes (missing beads, missing threads, missing instructions, etc. After January 1, 2019, you are on your own.