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Gay Ann Rogers Needlework


Queendom Website’s Own Jargon



MacSoph is my trusty little Apple 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 abundance of crowns and things Royal on Queendom Website.


Early Morning Sales

During special sales, Early Morning Sales happen on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings 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.


Mail Jail is its own form of torture, and during sales it dominates my life.


Somehow I missed the organizational gene and every year I struggle, make mistakes, get chastised by the Organized People of the World, make my apologies and continue to struggle.


Eventually though, for those willing to be patient, I do indeed get through it all. It just takes patience on everybody’s part.


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).

Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated May 2017


Here is a column about my Sales, essentially my attempt to answer my most frequently asked questions (FAQs)


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!



How can someone find out about my upcoming sales?


Sign up for my Newsletter.

To sign up, email me:




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.



So when do I usually sell designs?


I usually sell designs three times a year: in February, in May and in mid-October.

In May 2017, Eleanor of Aquitaine arrives. She will be for sale starting May 1.



What if you missed a pattern you want


Email me with its name.

I will try and bring back at least two oldies at each sale.

If there are other requests for the pattern you would like, chances are good I will bring it back in a future sale.



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


If there is one you have your heart set on, email me:

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 ?


I have outsourced Mail Jail (yes, it finally got to be too much)  and I need to have a very small sale of mixed patterns for training.


Echoes of Elizabeth might be one of those patterns.


I need to decide on three small and medium offerings as well.



What is the status of my Queens?


I have no plans right now to bring back Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary or Bess.






June 6, 2017 Tuesday

This morning we say good bye to Eleanor of Aquitaine and MacSoph and I leave on our hiatus. We will be gone for a while; MacSoph wants to rest her keys and I'm going to stitch.


Good bye!

One of these days we'll be back.


June 5, 2017 Monday

I will leave Annette's bags in place on Queendom Website's home page for another day, then we will say goodbye to Eleanor.

Tomorrow morning I am going on hiatus for a while. MacSoph and I need a break.


I'm planning to take some time away from work: I want to stitch, work on perennial clean up and take some photos of my needlework tools and textiles.


June 4, 2017 Sunday

I'm glad people like Annette's pretty bags and I myself find them very useful. If you would like one or two, please write to Annette not me, as Annette is handling the sales of both her cards and her bags. Most of all enjoy!


Now that I am at the end of Eleanor's Sale, I am hoping to return to stitching and my New Year's Resolution to stitch for a chunk of each day. With this in mind, I went to the needlepoint shop yesterday and had a good time shopping.


I had a plan and decided I would start it straight away. I spent most of the late afternoon doodling, and as often happens, my plan didn't work so I took off in another direction. We'll see what happens.


Hope you have some time today to stitch too.


June 3, 2017 Saturday

This morning I have re-posted Annette Navarro's pretty and very useful bags on Queendom Website's home page and also in Eleanor's Gift Shop (available only to people in Eleanor's Class).


I will leave the bags on Queendom Website's home page until Monday morning.


Today is the second day of Eleanor's Class and as Eleanor's Sale has ended and class will soon be well underway, it is time to start saying goodbye to Eleanor on Queendom Website and looking forward.


So what is next?

I will write about what's next tomorrow morning and Monday.


Enjoy the weekend!


June 2, 2017 Friday

I will do my best to send off needlepackets and the last of my Eleanor kits this afternoon; if life intrudes again today (workman never showed up yesterday) I will mail the kits on Monday.


A reminder that a second Eleanor class starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. California time. After tomorrow, I will post new lessons at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings and will hang around online for a couple of hours to answer questions.


Good luck to you, those of you who are starting Eleanor. She isn't difficult to do, just sometimes tedious.


Happy T.G.I.F.


June 1, 2017 Thursday

Thursday afternoon: I was hoping to mail needlepackets and remaining kits tomorrow, but to do so, I need to run down to the print shop and pick up supplies.


I can't escape home; I'm stuck here waiting for a workman.

The result: it will be Monday before I mail anything more.




Eleanor's Sale has ended and class begins this morning.


Before one sale finishes, people start asking me about the next sale, it is always that way..


I've had a lovely easy time with Eleanor's Sale because I outsourced the shipping. My print shop did about 99% of the work. They did a super job and seem willing to keep doing it all.


Eleanor was an easy sale to ship because there was a single kit; they packed the boxes ahead of time and shipped everything within a day or two of the orders.


E-Week in October will be a different kind of sale, with every order varying. Baptism by Fire in the shipping world. As a result, I would like to have a small (very small) sale in August to let them have the experience of multi-pattern packing before E-Week.


I would like to choose three or four of designs I've sold before and wish to enlist your help in choosing them. If there are patterns you have missed and wish I would bring back, please email me with your requests:


Thanks for the help.


May 31, 2017 Wednesday

Today we say good bye to May. How fast this month went by!


After today we say goodbye to Eleanor and tomorrow our Eleanor class starts.


So what is next?

Some questions: I need some help.

And lace. Yes, lace. More coming soon.


May 30, 2017 Tuesday

Today and tomorrow and May is finished!


This morning I posted a treat from Annette Navarro: a Journal for stitching Eleanor and an Eleanor Greeting Card. Both are so pretty!


If you look at the photos of Annette's cards, you might think that they are single pictures, but they aren't. They are paper collages and they're wonderful!


Thanks to Annette for making them.


May 29, 2017 Memorial Day

The unofficial beginning of summer is today, so we are on the cusp of Spring into Summer, and the official start to summer is June 21, my favorite day of the year.


Tomorrow morning I will try and finish mailing. I have to take more kits to the print shop and I will take them to the post office as soon as they finish preparing them.


Now that Eleanor's Sale has finished, I am looking forward to her class. June 1, the first day of class, is on a Thursday. I will post the first lesson then, but afterwards I will post lessons at 8:00 a.m. California time on Saturdays.


May 28, 2017 Sunday

Good bye to Eleanor.

I will leave her WAIT LISTED for the last few days of May, just to complete the sale as I advertised.


I'm looking forward to the class! Won't be many days now.



Almost a month has gone by and here we are, at the last day of Eleanor's Sale.


I will end the sale tonight and hopefully have all last minute orders in the mail on Tuesday.


Don't forget to register for class as directed in your 'Dear Needlefriend' letter included in Eleanor's kit.


May 27, 2017 Saturday

Today and tomorrow, all that is left of Eleanor's Sale. I will close the sale down tomorrow night and mail the last of the kits on Tuesday or Wednesday, after the holiday weekend.


May 26, 2017 Friday

Here we are, heading into the Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial beginning of Summer. My least favorite season following on the heels of my most favorite season. But we are less than a month away now from my favorite day of the year. I'm hoping to plan a special day for June 21.


Eleanor is in her last days: just today, tomorrow and Sunday and then Eleanor is gone.


I will mail again next Tuesday and class starts on June 1.


May 25, 2017 Thursday

The days left in Eleanor's Sale are growing shorter. I have 3 days to go: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will close down the sale on Sunday night.


For last-minute shoppers, I will get together the last of the kits on Monday and hopefully the print shop will send them on Tuesday morning.


May 24, 2017 Wednesday

As promised. I have posted Part II of DH's very short history of Eleanor this morning.


Eleanor's Sale for the month of May is drawing to a close and I am guessing that it will finish a few days early, likely on Sunday. If this is indeed the last day, I will convert the sale to 'Wait List' only for the remaining days.


Class will start on June 1 as promised but for those who are already in the classroom, there are several pre-class lessons to help you prepare for class.


May 23, 2017 Tuesday

Yesterday I posted Part 1 of DH's very brief history of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Tomorrow morning I will post Part II with its relation to the U.S.


I enjoyed reading about a link between a Medieval Queen who lived some 500+ years before the birth of the U.S. and a part of an important institution in the U.S.  I hope you will also.


May 22, 2017 Monday

A treat this morning for Eleanor fans: a very brief history of Eleanor of Aquitaine from DH. This is Part 1; I will post Part II on Wednesday. I love Part II because it has a link to an important part of the U.S.


At the end of today I will try to figure out how long I think I will keep Eleanor's Sale up.


If you are on the fence about Eleanor, it is coming close to the time you will have to decide.


May 21, 2017 Sunday

It looks like I will cut short the sale by a few days. I will know more in the next couple of days.


So far way fewer than half of you have joined the class. I hope you will do so by writing to Kate (


For those of you joining the class, please use the link to find Eleanor's Secret Classroom. I have posted a number of pre-class lessons there.


Several of you have asked how long the lessons will stay posted. My answer: for as long as the room is open. Class is 2 months long, then we will convert to a Stitchalong Room and the Stitchalong Room will stay open for as long as there is interest or until I retire, whichever comes first.


Geek Stuff

How can I leave the lessons posted for so long? They are posted not on Queendom Website per se but on an Annex site solely used for class lessons. it was a clever idea of one of my young Geek friends.


Will you have trouble finding the lessons? No; only the eagle-eyed among you will notice the transition. It is almost seamless.


May 20, 2017 Saturday

As I begin to wind down Eleanor's sale, I saved some of the best for last: I will post DH's history of Eleanor on Monday morning. We have only a little over a week to go.


Where has spring gone? Here we are, almost to the beginning of summer, with Memorial Day just around the corner.


May 19, 2017 Friday

The weekend is almost here which will be a relief at our house. People are remodeling houses on both sides of us, plus there is roadwork all up and down our streets, and the construction noise gets tiresome after a while. I think everybody looks forward to the quiet that the weekends bring, I know we certainly do.


I still have a couple of Eleanor treats coming in the next week, as Eleanor's sale begins to wind down: DH's history and pretty Eleanor cards from Annette.


May 17, 2017 Wednesday

On thread amounts in Eleanor's kit: I know several of you are afraid of making a mistake, having to rip and then not having enough thread to finish. You don't have to worry.


The thread amounts are generous and you should have at least 20% more than you need. As a rule, the larger the kit and the more involved the project, the more thread I give you.


But let's say you have a royal mistake and you have to rip and rip, it isn't a catastrophe: you can always get more thread.*  What about dye lots? So the dye lot changes: there are ways to introduce new dye lots and actually make your project better. I rarely pay attention to dye lots (one of my favorite of my projects must have had at least 5 or 6 different dye lots; what I do pay attention to: where I introduce the new dye lot.


I will do a lesson on this in Eleanor's classroom. I have a fairly funny story about dye lot changes and being shunned for the suggestion years ago in my local needlework shop.


*The one exception to getting more thread is the spool of gilt passing thread. It is super difficult to get; the result: I've given you the whole spool which is many times the amount you need.


May 16, 2017 Tuesday

Today marks the half-way point through May and Eleanor's Sale. Two weeks to go.


Still to come: DH's brief history of Eleanor of Aquitaine. I will post it as soon as I have a chance. Meanwhile, do look at Elegant Eleanor. Hope you will enjoy the beautiful handkerchief and DH's very brief comments about the Fleur de Lis.


Kate opened Eleanor's classroom yesterday; if you have your Eleanor kit, please read the 'Dear Needlefriend' letter for class information.


May 1, 2017 Happy May Day

On this quintessential spring day, with flowers and birdies and pretty young maids dancing around maypoles, and just in time for the lengthening daylight hours therefore lots of stitching time, Queendom Website welcomes Eleanor of Aquitaine.


Eleanor of Aquitaine has indeed arrived

After our long wait, Eleanor has finally arrived on Queendom Website's Home Page. In addition you will find 'Eleanor' on the yellow navigation bar. I have saved the page of inspirations there and throughout the month I will add information about Eleanor.


How long will Eleanor remain for sale?

Throughout the month of May or until I run out of kits.


How many kits do I have?

 I have a hefty number of Eleanor kits and they should last for a while. There is no need to panic about them; that said, if you have your heart set on Eleanor, don't dally too long; I have no idea how long the kits will last and they aren't infinite.


What Eleanor includes

On Eleanor's page I have described in detail what Eleanor includes, but very briefly, here are the descriptions:

Eleanor's kit includes everything you will need to make her except needles, stretcher bars and thumb tacks.

Eleanor also includes a class at Shining Needle Society.


How to buy Eleanor

There are three ways to buy Eleanor: by PayPal, by personal check and on my finance plan, called 'Paying on the Drip.


If you decide to pay by PayPal, click on the yellow button next to Eleanor's photograph.


If you wish to pay by personal check, please email me:


If you wish to take part in my finance plan, click on the button for details. Essentially you may have up to 10 months to pay for Eleanor.


Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 8%. If you are ordering by personal check or by my finance plan, please let me know that you are in California. The guv'nor wants to know this.


Is Eleanor difficult to stitch?

No, for an intermediate level student with good counting skills, she shouldn't be difficult at all. That said, she can be tedious at times and you have to pay attention to your tension (but when don't you have to pay attention to your tension).


How hard is Eleanor's face?

It isn't difficult at all. You do not have to trace or paint Eleanor's face, it is fully graphed. You just have to count accurately.


Mail Jail (or how soon you will receive Eleanor)

E-Week in October last year finally made me realize I can't do Mail Jail alone any longer and I have outsourced Mail Jail for Eleanor.

I am guessing she will be in the mail by priority to you within a week, maybe even faster. I will, as usual, keep you informed in News&Views.


Shipping is included int he price of Eleanor.



Shipping Outside the U.S.

Shipping outside the U.S. is just way too difficult and stressful and after my last episodes of infinite paperwork and long lines in the post office because of minor mistakes in kits, I decided NEVER again.


Have I reconsidered? Maybe. I do sympathize with people who have collected my queens so far. In short, I have some new rules and if you agree to them, I will try once again.


 If you are outside the U.S., please email me first:




Please email me any questions: