Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated April 2019
My Four Queens
Sometime in the summer of 2019, I will 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:
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:
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?
Catherine the Great,
Eleanor of Aquitaine
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:
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).
May 21, Tuesday
After I finished stitching Elizabeth, I immediately started work on a miniature of Mary, Queen of Scots. I had seen the miniature of Mary by Nicholas Hilliard in my London years and I also had read that it had once belonged to Elizabeth. Is this true? I have no idea but it is the conceit that inspired me.
My plan back then was to stitch a miniature of Mary and one of Bess of Hardwick and to hang them to the left and right of Elizabeth in our hallway.
I had no plans to stitch more queens until several years later.
I will tell their stories starting tomorrow.
May 20, Monday
I remember why I had the idea to stitch a portrait of Elizabeth: I saw in a magazine a highly lauded portrait of Elizabeth 1, praised because it used authentic stitches. The stitches were interesting but they caused an artistic problem to my eye: the scale was all wrong and the portrait was skewed and distorted, all in the name of the authentic stitches.
I remember thinking, hmmm, it would have been better if the stitches were inauthentic but chosen to support the scale of the portrait. I wish I still had the magazine so I could see how that portrait looks to me now, but it is only a memory.
Why I decided to undertake the task, I don't remember. I do remember trying to talk Jane Zimmerman into doing it and she wasn't interested.
I suspect my interest in Tudor design was piqued by my sampler, Echoes of Elizabeth which I had stitched a year earlier (2008) to submit for EGA's seminar in San Francisco in 2010.
EGA's seminar in San Francisco was my final seminar. My website had grown and was taking more and more time, and ultimately I had to choose between travel-teaching and my website. I chose my website and after San Francisco I retired from travel-teaching. Well, almost.
Elizabeth was the first design I made to teach online. I wanted to teach her at Shining Needle. But Kate talked me into teaching her at Callaway first; then I taught her once for Pat Correz's group and that was the last class I taught in person.
Then I taught her online for Shining Needle Society.
May 19, Sunday
I was thinking about pearls for my portrait of Elizabeth 1 again this morning and how they have disappeared. I wondered how long ago I stitched her -- I guessed it was 8 years ago.
All those years ago Kate recommended to me that I take photos of her as I stitched her, so I checked the dates of the photos, from start to finish. I started work on Elizabeth's face on April 3, 2009 and I finished the portrait almost a month and a half later, on May 15, 2009.
Elizabeth is almost to the date 10 years old.
She dates a lot for me: hers were the last instructions I wrote by hand. Not long afterwards, the kids in the Apple Store taught me how to use Illustrator. So I have been drawing graphs in Illustrator for almost 10 years.
I remember when I was stitching Elizabeth that I was working almost all my hours to get her to a certain point because there was a big bead show toward the end of April and I wanted to shop for beads.
That's when I first found the tiny pearls. I went to the show on a Friday and brought home samples to try. I went back on Sunday and bought all the tiny pearls the dealer had. He was a dealer I had been buying pearls from for a long time and I remember he told me that he had just gotten them.
So it was all 10 years ago now, I wouldn't have guessed it was that long. Time does pass all too quickly.
May 17, Friday
Yesterday an interesting experience: I tried to extend the life of my portrait of Elizabeth just a bit longer: I found a source potentially for her tiny pearls. Unfortunately, the price quote was $150.00 to me, almost half my kit price for tiny round pearls. This wasn't for all the pearls on Elizabeth, just the tiny round ones,
I heard about some tiny round 'pearl beads' from India. I wrote to the source and asked about them: they aren't real pearls, but 'pearl beads'. I'm not sure what that means.
Over the years people have suggested that I convert to pearlized seed beads, but a long time ago I decided not to do that.
I do have a healthy stash of pearls, but I am at the end of my supply of tiny round pearls. This summer will mark the end of my using them.
May 16, Thursday
I spent yesterday afternoon working on my Queens Sale and here is what I have come up with:
Back in February, people wrote to me committing to the queen(s) of their choice. Yesterday I emailed everyone on my list of committed buyers. In several weeks I will sell queens to the people on that list.
I have a second list of people not committed but interested. They want to think about it and read about the Queens before they decide. I will have a general open sale sometime in July, probably toward the end of July.
May 15, Wednesday
One of those harried days yesterday, I think I ran all day long. Today no obligations, nothing on my calendar, so work it is. I will turn my attention to Queen Sale today and by the weekend hopefully will have some news about the sale.
May 13, Monday
It is time for me to start thinking about my Queens Sale, but I am behind schedule right now. I'm hoping to catch up this week, and sometime soon work out the details about the Queens Sale.
I have been working on the Queens and I have quite a few kits made, but currently I am receiving more and more requests for them.
All I can say at this point is, I will do my best. I know a number of you wrote way back last February to confirm your orders for certain queens.
I will sell to those of you first, then open the sale to the general interest list.
I will send an email clarifying all this as soon as I have a chance.
May 12, Sunday
Happy Mother's Day to my friends and followers! Hope you each have a chance to kick back and enjoy a little time with your needles, even if just a few minutes.
Of my six queens, only one wasn't a mother. Do you know which?
One was the mother of three kings. Do you know which?
One was the mother of nine children. Do you know which?
May 11, Saturday
For now I am pleased to write, my large project is officially set aside: I finished the instructions and sent them to Carol for proofing yesterday, and I even ordered supplies. Now I will wait for Carol's corrections and way on down the line, the arrival of the supplies. Whew! Finished and crossed off my 'to do' list for now.
Oh yes, and yesterday I made proofingcorrections to Victoria's Heart. It too is finished.
I have stitched and written Catherine's Heart, all finished except for the beading. As soon as I sew on the beads and write the instructions for the beading, I will send it off for proofing. I don't know why I have delayed this one for so long.
I also have a handful of small sets of instructions to do for E-Week this year. I would like to get them to the proofers. I plan to work on them in the mornings (my best writing time) and on Queen kits in the afternoon.
And my new website? Yes, there is that task also.
If there were just a few more hours in each day.
May 10, Friday
On my way to the post office this morning and then I turn my attention back to the Queens. I have forgotten where I am in Queen production but I will catch up over the weekend and then march forward. Here it is approaching the middle of May and time to make up my mind when to sell the queens.
May 9, Thursday
I had a very productive day yesterday, and I spent 3 hours this morning proofing (best I can) my new instructions.
I have some last minute bits and then off they go to Carol, hopefully tomorrow. HoooRAY!
As soon as I have them (plus a book I owe to Pat R.) in the mail, I will return to work on the Queens.
May 8, Wednesday
I did it! I should be able to start transitioning back to other obligations either tomorrow (hopefully) or Friday. I know I have some mailing to do and I will try and do it on Friday, latest Monday.
I feel a great deal of relief to have this monkey almost off my back.
Speaking of which... a friend gave me a needle minder magnet, favorite one I've ever had. On it: 'not my circus, not my monkeys'
How much of life does that cover? Way too much!
On with the day, hopefully a productive one for me and for you too.
May 7, Tuesday
I am switching gears today for a day: I am spending the day adjusting the Oversize Graphs, adding finishing touches, moving some strokes into alignment and labeling the graphs. It may take me a few days, then I will send the graphs to be printed. Once I have hard copies of the Oversize Graphs, I will check them and go back to work on the instructions.
This is my usual work flow and a nice sign that I am making progress.
May 6, Monday
Long long hours and a single-minded pursuit show what happens to one's thoughts: till this morning I didn't remember than yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. Without even thinking of it, we had enchiladas for dinner last night, with a robust spicey salsa. Yum! Dense me.
So Happy Cinco de Mayo a day late. The enchiladas by the way were delicious. As I said, dense me. Or maybe just an immersed me.
Other things I forgot. I usually watch the Kentucky Derby and I didn't think of it till it was past and all the news about it errupted.
On the bright side, I was super focused on writing instructions and again, I made some headway and suddenly last night I realized, not far to go.
As soon as I finish, I will order supplies and then I can move on.
Back to Queens, back to website building and an eye cast toward
E-Week in October (I have a few more short instructions to write and get to proofers). As I said, extra busy times.
May 5, Sunday
Long long hours in Illustrator but the hours have been productive ones, and more of the same today. I spent most of yesterday working on tidying up the Oversize Graphs. I still have a few hours of tidying left and Iwill work away on them again today.
I asked DH: should I work all the way through this and finish or set it aside and get on with chores I should be doing? He said, definitely finish and he's right. I'm afraid I will forget what I did.
Yesterday I had reinforcement for finishing: I had stitched a tiny but complex spool, no more than 1/2 inch tall and at the time I stitched it, I had carefully graphed it. I knew there was no way I would remember its convolutions, no way I could reconstruct it. But yesterday I couldn't find the graph anywhere. It was as if MacSoph had swallowed it.
I finally found it and I copied it into its place on an Oversize Graph and thought, it really IS a good thing I am finishing these instructions.
So on with the day's work!
May 4, Saturday
I had one of those moments yesterday, a creative breakthrough, the sort of thing that keeps me going. It always happens when I am short of time and working hard to meet a deadline.
Here's how it happened this time.
Early in writing the instructions for my large project, I had decided to divide the instructions into two parts and yesterday in the late morning I finished Part 1. In working on Part II, I had a lot of boring copying and pasting to do in Illustrator; MacSoph was super busy and my hands were going fast, but my mind was wandering and I was thinking about future projects.
Last year at some point my pearls dealer had come across some wonderful pearls and I, in a weak moment, bought them all. Mind you, I think I have the world's supply of small pearls. Not tiny ones (they're impossible to find) but small and since I brought them home, I have been trying to think what I want to do with them.
About the same time that I bought the pearls, Montserrat Caballé, the great Spanish soprano died and tributes to her started flooding the internet.If you aren't an opera fan, Montserrat was the person who could turn you into one.
Opera: what is more lavish and over the top than opera, and that's just what I was looking for. I started thinking about it but I couldn't figure out what to do with it. All these months it has been on my mind but I haven't been able to figure it out.
That's what happened yesterday in the middle of my very boring copy/pasting in Illustrator: it came to me how to do it. Just like that, late in the afternoon, the idea was there. A gift indeed!
May 3, Friday
A long day again of writing instructions, a long time with MacSoph on my lap and Illustrator open. I am making some progress; I have the last of a tedious bit to describe today and if I can finish the tedious parts this morning, I will be over a hump. Wish me luck.
I am going to close Queendom Website, re-open Illustrator and see how it goes.
Enjoy the day!
May 2, Thursday
I got so caught up in writing instructions yesterday, that I forgot Queendom Website. Wednesdays around here are often hectic and this Wednesday all the more hectic because I was trying to tuck hours into instructions before the havoc started.
So here is a belated Happy May Day. When I was a child I loved May Day with its paper baskets of flowers on every door knob. Way back when I was in elementary school we still had May Poles and we danced around them.
Now it seems that May Day has morphed less into the passage of a rite of spring and into a celebration of labor, a springtime Labor Day. That's fine, but I miss the old May Day celebrations.
Still, Labor it is as I wish you a happy May 2, close down Queendom Website and open Illustrator for the day.
April 30, Tuesday
The final day of April 2019 is here and I plan to spend the major part of the day working on graphs. The days are long but I am making progress. I am eager to see where I am by the end of the day today.
April 29, Monday
This morning, I deleted a month of this diary and I realized how long I have been at work on this project of mine, almost a month and a half.
I worked nearly 12 hours yesterday on Oversize Graphs and then I shut down Illustrator and stitched for about an hour.
I am very close to finished, The white congress cloth has all but disappeared (the design is very densely stitched), I have just one white patch of canvas and some very fiddly compensation to do.
I can see now if the dimension works and whether I guessed right about the colors and patterns. I am happy to say, after all that ripping and guessing and ripping more and more, that I like the way it turned out.
So what is this project? I will tell you a bit: it is relatively large (the congress cloth is 14" x 16"), uniquely American and a part of my Patriotica Plans for next year.
April 28, Sunday
Success yesterday, a long day but a fruitful one. At the end of the day I drew what will likely be my most difficult drawing and it came out well. I haven't done the technique for a while and am relieved I could remember how to do it.
More of the same today. The clock is ticking away for April: today and two more days and then it is hello to May. I am eager to see how far I can make it in these three days.
It is early in the a.m. this morning, the best time to start.
Enjoy your Sunday!
April 27, Saturday
I am falling behind again and struggling to catch up to my goals for the end of April. As a result I am going to postpone writing about compensation. I will do it on down the line, but for now I am simply out of time.
I am graphing in Illustrator. Illustrator is my favorite app and I feel at home in it -- in the last six or seven years I have done all my graph work in Illustrator -- but this project has soo many details that the graphs are very time-consuming to draw.
My plan is to work all day long on graphs till the end of April, then divide my days: writing instructions in the morning, working on website in the afternoon, and hopefully some early evening graph work. We'll see. Unfortunately DH and I have some obligations in early May, so I will need to work around them.
This project is not for this year, it is for next, so why don't I put it off for 6 months? Because of supplies. If I plan to sell it next year, I HAVE to order the supplies within the next couple of weeks. I am already behind schedule. Oh for the good old days when it took 3 weeks to get the supplies I needed for kits.
To Contact Me:
If you would like to follow my journey into the land of lavish, here is where you might start.
Listen to the first video in this article and let Montserrat weave you into her world.