My World of Needlework
March 19, 2018 Monday
Monday morning. I actually like Mondays, one of my favorite days of the week. Everything goes back to normal after the weekend, sort of like the day after a holiday. The holiday was fun, it is true, but nice to return to normal life.
My normal life these days is so much fun! All I'm doing right now is stitching. It is what I have to do, so no guilt about what I should be doing. Nice!
I'm looking forward to Carolyn's auctions tonight. It is always such fun to see how everything does and whether I guessed right.
I'll write a little wrap up tomorrow morning.
March 18, 2018 Sunday
This morning I've posted a very pretty set of silver tools that Carolyn Meacham has for sale tomorrow night. The set has such a nice array of tools, including a tape measure and an emery.
I love Monday nights, great fun to watch how the auction plays out, to see which little tools capture people's imaginations.
I am stitching! I mounted four canvases on stretcher bars yesterday and am waiting for the ground fabric for a fifth. I shall be very very busy stitching for some time to come, very nice thought!
If I'm going to make the most of the day, I had best get busy. Picture smile on my face because I have to stitch all day long :-)
March 17, 2018 Happy St. Paddy's Day!
I'm on my way to the needlepoint shop to buy some thread: new projects start today! They're not in green, but I do have a green geometric going, so I'll stitch on it for a short while in honor of St. Paddy's Day.
Great day ahead! New designs, lots of stitching time.
Enjoy the weekend.
March 16, 2018 Friday
I don't think Julius Caesar has had as much attention in years as he did yesterday! All over social media people were making humorous photos of 'The Orange Julius Caesar.' Very funny, some of the photos. Me? I stuck an the old-fashioned bust of Julius Caesar and memories of all those Latin lessons long ago.
This morning I am back in the present. I have posted on Queendom Website's home page two of the items I love from Carolyn Meacham's auction on Monday night. Tomorrow and Sunday I'll post a couple more I will enjoy following.
It is fun to guess the surprises, both low and high prices, but I don't often do well predicting prices. Part of the fun of watching the auctions is watching for dramatic high prices and dramatic low prices and saying repreatedly, 'boy, I didn't see that one coming!'
Today is more of the same: I'm stitching, I'm writing instructions.
The good news is, I'm right on schedule, maybe even a couple of days ahead.
I have grand plans for this summer! To make my deadlines both for the summer and for E-Week in the fall, I can't rest on my laurels, I have to keep plugging away at it every day.
The Ides of March, 2018 Thursday
Beware the Ides of March! Be careful today!
In my school years the Ides of March was always a very big deal for two reasons.
My father insisted that my brother, sister and I take at least four years of Latin (actually I had 5 years of Latin), so Julius Caesar was always an important person in my young life (Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, etc etc).
And I was a literature major, so Shakespeare added another dose of Julius Caesar.
What do I remember about all of this? Latin taught me about pronouns, ie Stitcher Sally did not give new needles to Stitcher Ruthie and I, she gave new needles to Stitcher Ruthie and me. There it is, a grammar lesson for you on the Ides of March, 2018.
It was all so long ago; fast forward into the present: thank you to the people who have answered my questions about reproducing samplers.
If you have reproduced a sampler and would like to send me a photo of your reproduction, I would love post them on Queendom Website and also on facebook.
Don't worry about the quality of the photos; these days Photoshop plays much more of a role in my life than Julius Caesar.
March 14, 2018 Wednesday
I will leave Carolyn's special tools up for another day or two, then I will have some fun looking for something I like a lot on eBay and post it. Fun to do!
I am writing instructions, full force ahead; it isn't a task I mind doing, but hours and hours of it can be tedious, so I will take little breaks and surf on eBay for fun, see if there's anything that melts my heart. I'm sure there will be!
Aside from writing instructions, I've been slowly working on a graph of a very small mid-19th century sampler, and I need a bit of advice. If you have reproduced a sampler from an earlier age, would you be willing to answer a few questions?
If so, will you email me? Thanks for the help!GayAnnRogers@me.com
March 13, 2018 Tuesday
The highlight of my day yesterday was watching Carolyn''s auctions on eBay. She had some beautiful things on sale, some went for substantial prices; others were at bargain prices. I've listed my favorite on Queendom Website's home page, along with some reflections on the auction.
Very spirited auction, the result of some great things for sale, always fun to watch and wonder who has a new treasure out there in stitcherland.
March 12, 2018 Monday
If you have been following Queendom Website in recent days, you will know that I've been posting Guilloche Enamel needlework tools and bits and pieces in the same style. You will also know that I have a favorite Guilloche thimble and I featured it for a couple of days.
A few days ago I found a David Andersen thimble on Carolyn's eBay auction site and because it was different and the color is beautiful I posted it.
Now I noticed that Carolyn has a couple of outstanding sets coming up tonight for sale and I decided they were worth calling your attention to. You will find them plus links to read more about them on Queendom Website's home page.
I'm greatly looking forward to following along and watching the auctions for Carolyn's things tonight. Hope to 'see you' there ;-)
March 11, 2018 Sunday
Yesterday, on a break from drawing graphs, I checked Carolyn Meacham's site to see what she was selling tomorrow night and I found a David Andersen guilloche thimble on offer. What a beautiful color!
I just posted it on Queendom Website's home page and look forward to seeing how it does.
Finally (Finally indeed!) Day 10 of working on my little heart was the magical day: I got its issues all worked out and now I will relegate it to the easy-to-finish pile and move on to making a pair of ornaments.
What are all these for? Later in the summer. I can't wait to finish and get started on my special event, but it will be a while.
March 10, 2018 Saturday
By the end of the weekend I will have taken photos, this I promise.
I've been too distracted and when the light is good for photos, I seem off on some other tangent and I forget. Sorry!
So what have I been up to? I'm stitching a heart. Usually it takes me 3 evenings plus a bit to stitch a heart. Today is the 10th day I've worked on this heart -- 10 days stitching a heart! Admittedly, I haven't been working all day long on the heart, but 10 days!
So where am I? One design decision to go and then it should be easy. I hope....
I plan to stitch and write instructions for most of the day today, so it will be a nice day. As I said yesterday, I want to watch a serious documentary today and tomorrow. I'll watch half today, half tomorrow. A good time to work on backgrounds.
Enjoy your Saturday. Hope you have some time with your needle.
March 9, 2018 Friday
TGIF and not too soon! I have a bit of work to do today, then come the weekend, it is time to stitch!
I have a documentary I would like to watch, a rather serious one and I want to pay attention to it, what better time is there to fill in a rather routine background, and that is what I will do. Can't wait!
But a bit of work first....
March 8, 2018 Thursday
This morning I posted a second American Guilloche thimble currently for sale on eBay, same dealer as yesterday's green-bordered Guilloche thimble.
I didn't do photographs yesterday, I sent off two packages and stitched instead. I'm happy to announce I am down to two packages. Both transactions are still not completed, my fault rather than my customers' faults. Hopefully I will get them straightened out and I will finish by next week.
Remember to check your packages and report any mistakes or shortages to me. Remember you have until April 15 to do so, but you would be a much kinder soul if you would do it earlier than later.
March 7, 2018 Wednesday
I'm watching the days of March marching on. Here we are, already the first week of March is gone. I keep watching for more signs of spring, but then the news says that the country is mired in winter-like storms. Hang in there, there will be signs of spring soon.
Huddled at home with the heat on high? Here's one thing you can do: make sure you have everything from Hearts Sale 2018. Just a reminder to check your packages.
Ahh, yes, Guilloche and my promise to post my pretty bargain Guilloche thimble. I will try and do it today. What has been distracting me these days? I've been sneaking in so much stitching when I shouldn't be. I've got a deadline in about two weeks, I get all caught up in it and I don't finish my work.
I have three packages to go. I'll mail one today, am still waiting for details on another, and the last one will take a ton of checking on my part. I just have to put down my needle and spend an hour checking everything thoroughly.
So bottom line: hopefully I will come close to finishing everything I've promised today.
March 6, 2018 Tuesday
I didn't finish yesterday in time for the good light, so I didn't have a chance to photograph my pretty Guilloche thimble that was a great bargain in London many years ago.
But I did happen upon a pretty American silver thimble with a Guilloche band of roses and forget-me-nots for sale on eBay. Yes, we made pretty silver thimbles with enamel bands. The Germans weren't the only ones.
All these Guilloche trifles make my fingers itch to start work on my Guilloche sampler, but no such luck. One of these days.... Meanwhile, a bit of time to enjoy looking at these little trifles.
March 5, 2018 Monday
If I finish my work this morning, my plan is to take a photo of the Guilloche thimble I found in an English flea market years ago for £5-00 (about $7.00).
As soon as I take the photo, be it today or tomorrow, I will post it and then you will be able to see how a bit of confusion sorting out blue enamel with pink roses resorted in my good fortune.
Nowadays, this is less likely to happen because somebody is likely to recognize the quality of a thimble online and once two people recognize it, then the bidding can go high, even if the original dealer doesn't recognize the thimble for what it is.
Conversely, the less-than-wonderful Guilloche thimbles tend to fetch more than I think they are worth, often starting at $100.00 or more.
Mind you, I love shopping for bits of Guilloche that long ago was the stuff of dime-store jewelry. Even at its most primitive, little Guilloche pins were handpainted and enameled and some have a great deal of charm.
Since I started this series, a couple of people have written to me asking how do I decide? I don't, I try to learn a little about a technique and then I shop for what appeals to me, be it my beautiful Guilloche thimble, a handful of Guilloch montees, or some dime-store jewelry with little bits of Guilloche on it. I seem to like it all.
March 4, 2018 Sunday
This morning I have posted the photo of a Guilloche thimble currently for sale on eBay. It has been listed as a 'Buy It Now' (ie no bids, just s set price) for quite a while.
It is a pretty thimble reminiscent of my nice Guilloche thimble and a good exercise in comparison, both with my best quality one and for the poorer quality one.
I am in the final stages of Mail Jail and hope to make some progress today. Yesterday I got caught up in stitching a heart and whiled away the whole day working out its issues.
I now have five projects in progress; four of them have all their design issues sorted out so the two big tasks that remain are (1) finding the time to finish them and (2) not losing their baggies of threads.
And I went to a bead show. I needed some more little baggies for beads and threads as I have made a severe dent in my 5000 little 2 x 2, 3 x 3 and 4 x 6 sizes.
I told myself: ONLY going to the bead show to see the baggie man whose baggies I particularly like, NOT allowed to shop for any beads.
So how did I do? Fairly well. Not perfect but better than usual. I bought 2000 more little baggies (baggie man was out of one size I needed) -- and I succumbed to some malachite beads I couldn't resist.
I bought them for a new heart but now wonder if they belong to a new geometric. Among the great questions of life, this one is certainly of pressing concern.
Enjoy your Sunday. Happy Birthday, Arlene! Enjoy your day.
March 2, 2018 Friday
TGIF. I did indeed send off the last of the packages yesterday, so everything except special handling orders is in the mail. I will try to finish by next week.
Some of you have checked your orders and reported to me, thank you! I do make mistakes -- with all the kitting I do, some mistakes are inevitable (I try to be perfect, alas it never seems to work) -- but I will do what I can to fix the mistakes, you just need to report them to me.
You have until April 15 to report mistakes to me. After that, you are on your own.
March 1, 2018 Thursday
Good bye February, March is here, and by the end of March a quarter of 2018 will be gone. Amazing! Seems to me I write about how fast the time goes with the passage of every month.
Spring is just around the corner, and have you noticed that the days are growing longer? My favorite time of year.
This morning I wrote a bit about my beautiful Guilloche thimble and how it came to me. Among the way too many thimbles I own, I think this is the prettiest one.
Mail Jail Report
It took me all day yesterday to finish the kits I was working on, so Jay didn't finish packing everything and I didn't go to the post office. Everything will be packed today, I will go to the post office this afternoon and you should have your packages by the first part of next week.
Does this mean I am finished? No, I still have some packages to send. If you had any special requests such as address changes, modifications on your order and so forth, I haven't sent your order yet and I probably will not send it till next week.
People often express surprise at the way I send my instructions: no finished and spiral-bound tidy booklet, just loose pages.
There is a reason -- it was the long-time recommendation of my students from my travel-teaching days.
To read about my instructions, why I present them the way I do and how to use them, please go to my home page, scroll down and click on 'Instructions' on the lower yellow navigation bar.
February 28, 2018 Wednesday
This morning I've posted a photo of my beautiful thimble along with a Guilloche thimble from the 1970's. Can you see the differences? In the differences lie the story of my thimble. Soon as I get additional kits to Jay, I will write the story.
Mail Jail Report
The last day of February and I am working working to keep up with kitting.
Even with all the little heart kits I've made since my sale closed about 10 days ago (it is all I have done in these days), I am still short of kits.
Jay is waiting for me. Today he will finish and I will make a run to the post office to mail the end of it today.
I say this, and finishing depends on whether I can finish making the kits. I'll try, but guess it will run over into tomorrow or even Friday.
It just takes time to count little beads into baggies and count and staple tags on threads.
I have one more category that isn't finished: I haven't started dealing yet with special requests. If you changed your address or changed your order or I still haven't received payment from you, I probably won't be able to deal with the requests until next week at the earliest.
February 27, 2018 Tuesday
As you check your packages from me, some of you have reported missing beads.
Of course I will replace them, but in doing so, I need some help from you.
Will you please include YOUR SNAIL ADDRESS with ALL correspondence. It is a big help for me to have all information in a single email.
The same goes for any orders. Some of you have sent me checks but with no record of what the check is for.
It is such a big help if you include all information in an email: your name, your email, your snail address and a complete list of what you ordered/what needs replacement/what is the subject of the email, and so forth.
Why do I ask this? A newbie said to me recently that she thought I would know what is in her PayPal cart and what she ordered or was considering ordering.
If she were one of ten customers, or even 50 or 100, I would have a better chance of reading her mind, but that's not the case, so my mind-reading capacities are incapacitated by sheer volume.
February 26, 2018 Monday
I got it together yesterday afternoon and took a photo of my most wonderful thimble.
The thimble has a story and it has some lessons too. For now I will write a short bit about it. Later on, when I have a chance to start work on my Guilloche Sampler, I will write more about this form of enamel.
February 25, 2018 Sunday
All together about 130 packages are in the mail and many of you should be receiving them shortly.
Several of you have begun writing to ask when you will receive your packages. The specific answer is, I don't know because the print shop has all the invoices and I won't know until the end of the process.
The general answer is, the print should finish all but a few by the end of the upcoming week.
The sale was a large one and it just takes a while. If I had been doing it on my own, it would have taken me at least another month. Today is the end of a week since I closed the sale; the print shop is certainly doing the process much faster than I used to.
The trouble is, in a world of Amazon's overnight or sometimes same-day delivery, we can't keep up. We aren't Amazon.
February 24, 2018 Saturday
I had one of those trouble-shooting days yesterday and before I knew it, the day had evaporated and I had not taken a photo of my prized trifle of Guilloche. I have another super busy day today -- I sold too many hearts and I have too many kits to make a coordinate.
I will see if I can remember to take the photo today and will post it tomorrow morning.
Jay finished another 30+ packages yesterday and I will take them to the post office this morning.
Here's my favorite topic, one I will mention over and over again:
for many of you your packages will start arriving soon. I have had a couple of reports that they have indeed made the journey.
As they arrive please check the contents. Check the number of pages in the instructions booklets (copy machines can skip pages), check the list of threads and the number of strands, and check the bead baggies. Make sure you have all beads. A note of caution: bead caps have a way of sticking to one another, so you need to empty the baggie and check.
Please report all shortages to me by April 15, that's a month plus from now. If I have made mistakes, omissions, whatever, please write to me before April 15. Until April 15 I will send you whatever is missing, deformed, etc. After April 15 you are on your own.
Why am I so strict about this? I will write about it all tomorrow morning. For now, suffice it to say: please check everything.
February 23, 2018 Friday
92 packages are in the mail as of yesterday afternoon.
I will mail some more tomorrow morning.
I don't know how Jay does it so quickly!
I have made quite a few of the extra kits I sold, in fact I should finish over the weekend, with two exceptions: I am waiting for a small number of threads and can't finish till I have them.
I am taking kits to Jay first thing this morning. I will have a chance over the weekend to assess how many kits will be affected and I will post about my findings.
For now Mail Jail is going very well and many of you should receive tracking information from the post office.
Time to stitch yet? Not yet, I'm guessing it will take another week.
The good news is, once I finish with Hearts Sale 2018, I have to stitch. I have to be very serious about stitching and writing instructions almost through the summer. Hard life ahead, having to stitch <g> Boy do I look forward to it!
February 22, 2018 Thursday
I have a soft spot for enamel anything and it grew even softer when, a few years ago I had a chance to buy the best quality piece of Guilloche I've seen. It is pictured among the collection on my home page and I'm wondering if you can see which it is.
There is a story, and with the story comes a small description of good Guilloche enamel. Personally, I love it all, but in particular this one. I'll see if I can take a photo of it that displays its quality well.
Mail Jail is coming along quite well. I picked up 40 packages yesterday from Jay and I see that he has another bunch ready to go today.
I am busy making kits. I finished the extra Hearts of Eleanor and just have to cut more congress cloth for them. I ran out of Kreinik braid for the Echoes Hearts but I don't think I will have to wait too long. Today I will start work on more Vintage Roses Hearts. I guess that is why my Guilloche trifles are on my mind these days.
I love this time of year. DH was a February baby, a good Pisces indeed, and his birthday is next week. I always notice that by the time of his birthday, the days are starting to grow longer and there is ever so faintly a whiff of spring in the air.
I saw a pair of Mockingbirds sitting on the telephone wires yesterday, and I thought, yes, spring is right around the corner and we will soon have baby birdies. And not long now before Mr. and Mrs. Oriole will return and make a nest in our palm tree which we call the condo complex for all the nests in there each year.
February 14, 2018 Wednesday
Happy Valentine's Day and Welcome to
My Annual Hearts Sale
This is the biggest Hearts Sale I've had in a long time.
In addition to my four new hearts, I kept receiving requests for past hearts, I kept looking for supplies and I added them, many as I could.
A warning note: some of the requests are very limited in number
(either I ran out of supplies or out of time -- or both).
Navigating through My Hearts Sale
Helpful Hints and Tips for the week.
To find the designs click on Hearts Sale 2018 on the yellow navigation bar. Then click on any of the photos to travel to descriptions of the Designs and PayPal buttons.
To travel quickly through the Designs from beginning to end:
start with Heart of Eleanor, then click on the 'Next' tab at the top of each page. You may also use the 'back' tab to return to the last design and the 'return to directory'. It is the easiest and quickest way to navigate the sale.
If you wish to buy something, you have two options:
click on the PayPal Button. Even if you don't 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. See below the deadline for mailing checks
Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 7.75%.
Limitations on Many of the Kits
Woman-power (or lack thereof) and threads/beads (or lack thereof) I have limited numbers of many of the kits. For example, I have only six pairs of my Original Tuxedo and Wedding Dress Hearts, only four each of the Queens' Hearts, and two each of two of the special Requests. Sorry they are so limited.
Even with the other hearts, quantities are limited, so if you have your heart set (no pun intended) on one, do not dally too long. Of course I cannot predict how long the supply of anything lasts -- sometimes it goes immediately, in the first hour, sometimes I have a handful left at the end of the sale
Need Help with Financing? Payments up to 6 Months
In the last few years I've tried to help with a payment plan called 'Paying on the Drip'.
Here's how it works: add up your purchases, divide the total number of months (for example, 6), then send me post-dated checks, one for each month.
Date the first one February15, 2016. I will cash the first one after February 15, then send you your designs. I will file your checks and cash one each month.
Due to the time bookkeeping takes, my minimum payment per month is $30.00.
If you are interested in my finance 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 (with a few hiccups) it has worked very well.
Deadline for Payment by Check
In recent sales, people paying by check have put off mailing checks to me, sometimes for as long as a month after the sale closes. This puts off my being able to finish a sale for ever so long, so this time I am going to attach a deadline:
Checks must be postmarked no later than February 19.
How Long Will the Sale Stay Open?
The sale opens Thursday, February 11 and will close at the end of the day on Sunday, February 18.
This Year's Shipping Charges and Mail Jail
This year all prices include shipping, so no additional shipping charges.
Shipping will be by first class in padded envelope and/or by priority.
Shipping Outside the U.S.
This sale Arliss Link and I are trying an experiment: you may contact her and she may be willing to ship packages to you outside the U.S. This is just an experiment to see how it works.
If you live outside the U.S. and would like help from Arliss, please contact her: email@example.com
What is Mail Jail? The shipping department of Queendom Website.
Mail Jail has changed: I no longer ship everything, my print shop does it for me.
It has caused my prices to increase (hence the base price of $34.50 for a pattern because I have to take into account postage prices, shipping materials, labor and last but not least, increased PayPal fees) but what price is sanity? At E-Week 2016, I was shipping packages from October to February and that's when I decided I couldn't do it all any longer.
Jay will start to ship on Monday, February 19, and I'm guessing it will take him a week to complete the shipping.
Please email me any questions:
Cheerio, we're off and running!!
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 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 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'.
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 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.
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.
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 staff includes:
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).
Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated February, 2018
Here is a column about my Sales, essentially to answer my most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
How can someone find out about my upcoming sales?
Sign up for my Newsletter.
To sign up, email me: GayAnnRogers@me.com.
Will your email inbox be flooded with Newsletters?
No, that I promise. Essentially I send a Newsletter right before a sale starts and again right after the sale starts. That's it.
Why don't I have everything for sale all the time?
Because I'd be in Mail Jail forever and have no time to stitch. I like to stitch as much as you do, maybe even more!
So when do I usually sell designs?
I usually sell designs three times a year: in February, in May or June and in mid-October.
In 2017 I had a special Summer Sale but I don't have summer sales all that often.
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.
Which old patterns am I considering bringing back ?
Probably the original Echoes of Elizabeth. I discontinued the pattern because I was out of one of the beads. Happily I found a suitable substitute.
What is the status of my Queens?
I have no plans right now to bring back Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary or Bess or Eleanor, but there will be 'The Last Queen'.
Who is The Last Queen?
A surprise for later on.
Important: Checking Your Packages
As your packages arrive, please check the contents to make certain you have everything you ordered.
Check the instructions to make certain you have all the pages. Copy machines have a way of skipping pages, so look through your instructions booklets.
Check the kit contents: count strands of thread and make sure you have the spools specified.
Check the beads. Check to see that you have all baggies and then count the beads in each baggie to make certain you have what you need.
A caution: in Heart of Eleanor's beads, the bead caps stick together, sometimes up underneath one another.
You have until April 15 to report any shortages, but if you wish to be kind to a somewhat weary designer (me), you will check your packages sooner than later.
I will adjust, replace, redo any orders until April 15; after April 15, you are on your own. Why am I strict about this? Because people write to me a year, two years, five years, as much as 20 years afterwards asking me for missing parts. I used to try and do it but it is too difficult, so I have imposed a deadline.