Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated January 2019
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:
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:
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).
February 17, Sunday
I had a lovely time yesterday!
Today: back to work, but that's OK. It was nice to have most of a day off. Back to writing instructions today. Two more days of it, I'm guessing, and I can go back to work on my website.
I will continue my Parade of Hearts for a short while longer.
Enjoy your Sunday! Try to stitch a bit. Wish I could.
February 16, Saturday
I have company coming, company that I am greatly looking forward to seeing. It's just for the afternoon.
Here's the rub. My house is a mess. I think it is always a mess, and I'm getting to the point where I think, oh well, will they really mind?
And if they do, can it be that's just the way it is?
Meanwhile it is ever so much more fun to look at photos of hearts than put away stuff, so I'm doing that instead of picking up. The results, this morning I posted Malachite and Pearls Hearts, both dark and light. I discontinued them a very long time ago because I ran out of the big beads. I mean, I think it has been years and years since I sold them.
Wouldn't you know, I found more of the beads. My pearls dealer had the malachite beads, another dealer had the large montees.
Does this mean I will bring them back? Maybe. I don't know how many of the threads are still in production, and if they aren't, are there feasible substitutions? We'll see. These days I'm not committing to anything.
I have committed (sort of) to seeing if I can make a handful of Hearts of Elizabeth yet again (as a result of posting Heart of Elizabeth for Valentine's Day). I have sold it so often I didn't think there was anybody left who might want it. As I am bringing back my Elizabeth Portrait it is probably wise. Heart of a Elizabeth is a good way to practice the techniques on the portrait. We'll see.
February 15, Friday
The chocolate-covered strawberries were delicious!
I love Valentine's Day, very nice day yesterday in spite of our torrential rainstorm.
Originally I had planned to end my Parade of Hearts with Valentine's Day, but I decided I would continue for a while longer. I still have some photos and will post another one tomorrow.
February 14, Happy Valentine's Day!
This morning to say Happy Valentine's Day I have posted
my most popular heart, Heart of Elizabeth.
As near as I can remember, I stitched it 8 or 9 years ago when I was working on my portrait of Elizabeth 1. Natalie suggested I make it as a Doodle Heart so that people could practice the techniques on the portrait.
I thought I would finish my Parade of Hearts today, but as I have a few more photos, I will continue for a short while longer.
Enjoy the day! Try to find some time to do two things: stitch a bit and eat some chocolate! I have chocolate strawberries for DH and me (trying to be good).
February 13, Wednesday
The day before Valentine's Day arrives on Queendom Website with a tease: look for a single heart tomorrow. I decided to post only one heart tomorrow, important because it is hands down my single most popular heart ever. Can you guess which it is?
I made so many of them! I got so sick of counting out the beads and pearls for it! And I've seen many many finished ones over the years. The idea for it wasn't mine, it was Natalie's, so of course it makes me think of Natalie. Nice memories.
My question is, shall I end my Hearts Series tomorrow or continue it a while longer. Maybe a while longer.
February 13 is, yes, the day before Valentine's Day but it is also important to me for another reason: it was my MIL's birthday. Contrary to most people's feelings about MILs, I loved mine. She was wonderful to me all through her life.
So each year I stop for a while on February 13 and remember her with great fondness.
February 12, Tuesday
For years and years I have dabbled in adapting whitework to canvas.
For all of my teaching years, my 'bosses' said, 'don't do whitework designs, nobody will sign up for the classes.' For all of my webyears, people said 'whitework has no punch, doesn't photograph easily and people won't want it.'
My experience flies in the face of this advice. In my teaching years, whitework was always one of my most successful genres, and in the years I offered my whitework samplers, they were my most popular offerings.
This morning here is a collection of some of my Whitework and what I call 'Almost Whitework' Hearts. Some of them aren't very conventional whitework, but it doesn't take too much imagination to see their roots in the whitework I have collected for years.
I love every minute I spend with my whitework and lace treasures and they always inspire me!
I'll write more on whitework tomorrow morning.
February 11, Monday
A new week as we approach mid-February. I am happy to report that I am making progress, albeit slow progress. Re website: I have to rethink my design. I have a design I like, but maintenance will take too long.
The beauty of my present software is that it was simple to use but had a ton of bells and whistles. My new software is very basic, and the design I made will simply take too long for daily maintenance.
I started to say, in today's computer world one has to think of clever workarounds to dodge problems, but I remind myself that this has always been true. It is do-able but I have to think up some good workarounds, that's all.
What I would like to do is stitch. My head is full of design ideas, including five large projects that I am dying to start. Alas, not yet.
Meanwhile I will keep posting Hearts for Valentine's Day, One thing I have done in my life is make a LOT of Hearts. As I look at all of them, I think, not a bad thing.
I hope there will be more on down the line.
February 10, Sunday
This morning Red and White Hearts from over the years. I love making red and white, for a long time one of my favorite things to stitch, then I drifted away. Maybe I'll return one of these days, it all has to do with time.
February 9, Saturday
More hearts tomorrow, as Valentine's Day grows closer. I have also been posting the hearts on my Facebook Business Page.
As I am working on my new website, I realize my space will be more limited. I'm hoping eventually as the software matures that it will grow in capacity. In the meantime I plan to use my Facebook Business Page for galleries.
In the beginning I was very wary of Facebook because of all the talk about lack of privacy and so forth. I had the wise advice of a geek friend who set up my first Facebook page for me: use only the very basic information required, no more, and a bit of fantasy about some of that information also helps.
I have had my pages there for a few years now and as far as I know, I have had no problems. Of course, I recognize that there is very little privacy these days, something I think we just have to learn to live with.
In every endeavor there are upsides and downsides. For the most part, I have enjoyed very much the resources of the internet.
February 8, Friday
Valentine's Day is only a handful of days away. So what do I want to do for Valentine's Day? What about eating some chocolate hearts, doesn't that sound like a good idea?
Meanwhile this morning, I've just posted my Hearts with Roses. It always seems to me that Hearts and Roses and Chocolate go hand in hand. I've made the Hearts and Roses; I leave making chocolates to Jane Ellen. Have you ever seen her little ribbon chocolates? They are one of my favorite needlework goodies.
February 7, Thursday
If I had time, here are a few of the things I would like to do: obvioiusly stitch more. I would also write a new series of lessons and as is always true of my life, I need to work harder on organization.
Isn't it odd that we always think of all the things we would like to do if we had time expressly when we don't have time. Stitching and writing are on my wishlist, but soon, organization will become a necessity.
February 6, Wednesday
This morning on Queendom Website: three Patriotic Hearts, a hint of things to come in 2020 IFF I have the time to stitch quite a lot. I am greatly looking forward to the time when stitching most of each day becomes a prerequisite for my little business.
That time isn't here yet, and it won't be for quite a while still, but daydreams are always a good way to get through the chores of today.
February 5, Tuesday
I have been receiving some interesting requests: people have been asking about my Mysteries, the ones where I give options and you can choose which way you would like to stitch the design. In addition to asking about my old Mysteries (yes, still requests for Mystery in a Corner), people have been asking if I ever consider doing another one instead of a 'fixed' design where everybody's piece looks the same.
So my mind has turned to building in some options. The upside of course is that options give you a chance to tailor the design to your likes, the downside is, the extra time it takes me to write the instructions, and the extra thread in kits. Both of these tend to raise the prices, both of the instructions and of the kit.
I would be interested if you have any thoughts for me.
February 4, Monday
A new work week begins with a pair of Heart-and-Home Hearts one with a Georgian House and the other a Thatched Roof Cottage. I have always planned to continue the series but plans fell by the wayside in favor of some other hearts. Hopefully one day I will return to make some more little houses.
Yesterday afternoon I took down Christmas 2018 and posted my portfolio once again. The portfolio is only a few of my designs -- there simply isn't room for everything. The good thing for those of you who have asked for photos of them: my Queens are gathered there.
February 3, Sunday
Happy Sunday. I have decided I can have a bit of time to stitch today and I'm looking forward to it. I am currently working on a geometric.
My progress is slow, but at least there is a little progress.
I am writing a set on instructions and I should finish today. Tomorrow I return to work on my website. Midweek I will return to working on kits for the Queens. And so my work will go through the next few months.
Meanwhile, look for more Hearts tomorrow morning as I continue my Parade of Hearts in place of a Hearts Sale.
February 2, Saturday
Yesterday I forgot to post in News&Views, but I did post the beginning of my Parade of Hearts. I began with my 'Couples' Hearts.
This morning I added a photo of the backs of the Sweet Tooth Hearts so that you could see the tiny scissors. The Hearts were named for a project that Kate and I did several years ago with a Sees Candy Box.
It was an old Victorian tradition to use a pretty candy box as a sewing box once all the candy was gone, so we posted a Sees Valentine Tuxedo Heart Box and all the goodies that went along with it. I stitched little things and Kate made little things and by the end I think there were 20 or 30 little pieces that people collected. Sweet Tooth Hearts are from that set.
This is fun, a real trot down memory lane.
About every other morning I will post more hearts from my past as we head toward Valentine's Day.
To Contact Me:
Important Deadline Has Come and Gone:
Deadline for reporting errors in E-Week 2018 was January 1, 2019. Up until January 1, 2019 I promised to fix mistakes (missing beads, missing threads, missing instructions, etc. After January 1, 2019, you are on your own.