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:
2019 Heart Sale: Suspended
I suspended my Hearts Sale for 2019 because of time constraints.
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).
April 17, Wednesday
Just as I hoped I was beyond all the ripping, I didn't like one of my recent decisions and I spent the day and this morning ripping.
So have I solved my problem?
After work today I will see if I can figure it out. I have four options, I'm hoping one will work.
April 16, Tuesday
I have always recommended using a doodle canvas, mainly for two reasons. The first is as a warm up if you need to practice a stitch. It helps the quality of your stitching if you practice a stitch until you are familiar with the sequence and can focus entirely on your tension.
The second reason: auditioning stitches so that you can eliminate some options without stitching and ripping on your 'real' canvas.
This works only in part. Sometimes, as I was reminded yesterday, you simply have to try a stitch in place to see if it will work. I knew what I wanted to do, did it and then realized I had to rescale the stitch. It looked good in theory and good on the doodle, but not in place on the canvas.
In addition to rescaling the stitch, I had issues of placement. I had worked the placement out on a drawing but it didn't work on the canvas.
So I am revising my thoughts a bit: a stitch/ color/ thread may look good on a doodle or on a drawing, and it is a good place to start, but sometimes you simply have to rework it on the real canvas.
You can tell from this suggestion how I spent a portion of yesterday.
April 15, Monday
Here is another lesson that I employed over and over again recently:
ripping. Ripping is a fact of life if you are an avid stitcher; for me even more so because I am a stitch-and-rip designer. I think it up, try it, think up something else and try it and so on. I can try 6 or 8 ideas and hopefully one will work out.
I never know: sometimes it takes forever to find the right idea, sometimes the idea is perfect the first time. Whatever, I rip a lot, and for me, I have found the quickest most efficient way to rip is with a Bohin seam ripper.
Seam rippers are dangerous because you can cut the canvas threads very easily, and I did my share of that in the beginning. I still do it every once in a while, but thankfully not often any longer.
The trick is to place the cutter carefully under a limited number of stitches, then tilt the cutter up slightly. Do this slowly, carefully and methodically and you shouldn't have problems. I combine a seam ripper with unpicking parts and lifting them with tweezers.
A word about tweezers. Over the years I have tried all sorts, from cheap to expensive. For years now I have used a great one that is carefully crafted and expensive, but worth every penny. I tend to cut and lift, or unpick and lift just a bit at a time.
I make it sound like a slow process, but it isn't. I can rip quite a large area fairly quickly. I should be good at it considering the miles and miles I have ripped over the years.
April 14, Sunday
Here is a lesson I learn and relearn every time I stitch a complex design and this deisgn taught me the lesson a dozen times more.
I can't just make up my mind that I am going to use a certain stitch, I have to keep an open mind and watch how the design evolves.
In this design there are a series of stripes and I had decided I would use a different stitch in each stripe and I had made a list of the stitches I wanted to use. For the better part of two days I stitched and ripped, a total of 8 times and nothing worked.
Finally at the end of two frustrating days it dawned on me that just because I wanted to do something didn't mean it would work.
The patterns created by the stitches were simply too complex and they didn't preserve the spirit of the design. I changed to a very simple repetititve choice and it was perfect.
Yet again I relearned my own lesson. Sigh.
April 13, Saturday
This morning a couple of quick stitching lessons that I have been reminding myself about.
At the top of the list: thread weight. When we are new to stitching, someone tells us an established thread weight for a certain size canvas, for example 6 ply of floss for 18 mesh canvas.
Not necessarily so. It depends on the stitch and on your tension, so that I can think of times when 3 ply is a better weight and recently an instance when 1 ply was the best choice.
Mind you, 1 ply doesn't cover the canvas, but 1 ply repeated several times is a very different effect from 6 ply used once.
My LNS has a wonderful array of threads but they won't stock one of my favorites, 100/3 which is a skinny little twisted silk on a spool. They say it takes too many strands to cover the canvas.
Too bad because there are many circumstances where 1 strand of 100/3 works just fine. Here's my favorite: stitch a base in a fatter thread, then overstitch with 100/3.
These reminders have come from my recent stitching escapades. My large project is very involved and very very definite and it has been an excellent reminder of a handful of my favorite techniques. I'll write more about them in the next few days.
April 12, Friday
As we near the half-way point of April, I have returned to working on Queen kits and some plans for selling them. I will try and finish the kits and make plans for selling them in the next couple of weeks.
I still have a series of small instructions to write and of course there is always sorting and cleaning up. So how am I doing? I would give myself a grade of C.
April 10, Wednesday
Yesterday I did some legitimate work -- and then in the p.m. I went back to work in my project. The happy news is, I have gotten beyond my problems with Part 1 and it is just busy work for a while. I've made some notes and will stop now. There is Part 2 whiich goes back to all sorts of problem solving, but I am saving that for another day.
A good stopping point always works and will send me back to my legitimate work.
A number of you have written to me saying that you see stitching as a legitimate part of my work and you are right of course, but it is the bestest part of work and I need to save it as a reward for doing other stuff.
April 9, Tuesday
Happily I solved my stitching problems last night and early this morning. I don't know how you are about mistakes, but I can't set them aside. I want to rip rip rip straightaway and then I am obsessed with finding a solution.
Happily, as I said, I am back on track, so my project is going back in hiding and hopefully, I will return to the chores I should be doing.
So am I disciplined enough to leave the project alone or will I take it out again and stitch till I finish?
Time will tell.
April 8, Monday
So I ended up cheating all day long yesterday and I paid the piper:
I made a ton of progress (that's why I kept going) only to discover by the afternoon that it all looked terrible, and I employed my seam rippers into the evening and early this morning.
Serves me right for cheating.
April 7, Sunday
I slept in this morning, then I whiled away two hours on my large project. Now it is 9:30 and time to go for walk, coffee and back to real work. One more instructions booklet to correct, then balance of the day is sorting and pickup.
I know I am cheating by stitching, but I had a great two hours and am excited and encouraged about my project. Hard to put it away, but put it away I will do.
Enjoy your Sunday!
April 6, Saturday
I cheated yesterday. I have two sets of proofed instructions to correct. I did the corrections for the first one (the long one), I cleaned up the dining room table (ie I moved the completed Queen Kits), and then I pulled out my large project and stitched.
I didn't stitch a long time, just a short while, but long enough to find I had a major adjustment to make. Sigh....
The adjustment wasn't really a stitching adjustment, it was an adjustment in the width along the right side. Mostly it had to do with my graphs. I think I have said before that I draw the Oversize Graphs at the same time that I stitch the piece, otherwise I would never be able to detect what I did. Too many layers.
Back on track.
My project is getting to the fun stage. I have enough of it finished now that I know it will work, but I also have many more decision to make, so I still have to pay attention.
It is so hard to show some discipline and set it aside again today, so that I can deal with tasks at hand.
April 5, Friday
So am I making progress? Some, but not as much as I had hoped.
Real life, as in appointments and important errands seem to get in the way. So yes, I am trying, but it just takes so long. I think it is called 'old age' when time just flies by all too fast.
Today I am correcting instructions masters. If I don't do it when I receive the corrections from my proofers, I have a way of losing the all important corrections.
Then I will try and divide the rest of the day between a couple of hours of writing instructions and some more time sorting and organizing.
And so go the days. I wish I had something more exciting to write about. I guess there is one good way of looking at lack of excitement: it is better than hours in the ER, isn't it. I can't complain.
April 3, Wednesday
More of the same today -- and for the next month or so. I guess I could call it Spring Cleaning.
So am I doing well? Not particularly. I sort something and then get distracted, sort some more and get distracted again. To say that I am not good at this is an understatement. And I keep peeking at supplies for kits that I need to make.
Bottom line: I'll see how I do today.
April 2, Tuesday
My stitching holiday is over. I am at a point where I can stop, so I have caught up my notes and files and I have put my complex project away.
It is back to the drudgery of sorting and straightening. Even MacSoph is out of control. I went searching for a photo of an Eleanor in progress that I wanted to post, alas it is buried somewhere. Email files on MacSoph are totally out of control. In real life I have wads of threads and drawings scattered everywhere, I have boxes stacked up, probably 50 of them occupying every horizontal surface.
And I avoid working on my new website.
It is all tedious and boring and well, there are only so many hours in a day and who wants to spend those hours doing boring tedious work.
But the time has come. The Walrus said it to those oysters all those years ago. I feel that I too may be eaten alive by all my stuff....
April 1, Monday
Since DH's and my middle of the night scramble last week, I have taken a small hiatus from pressure and I've been stitching. As I wrote yesterday morning, I have to start a whole host of other activities, such as sorting and picking up, but for a short while longer, I'm claiming a bit more stitching time.
I am working on a large project that has so many components and I'm playing a bit of a guessing game with each step, something like this:
I'll fill in this area and that area and then figure out where I am and what comes next.
So is it working? I think so, but not without a lot of ripping. In short I have three little Bohin seamrippers here beside me, my faithful little companions.
Here's the good part: these large complex projects take all my concentration, and like meditation, they force me to live in the here and now: time belongs to each thread I pick up and each stitch I work.
I think this is stitching's greatest gift: at its best it is a form of meditation and I am convinced one of the main reasons we do it.
There, how is that for a thought for the new month --and no fooling.
March 31, Sunday
The final day of March is here, also the final day of the first quarter of 2019. Wasn't it just New Year's Day a short while ago?
The final day of March finds me sorting things, a perpetual task.
Sorting and filing, organizing and finding a place for everything is always my worst task. Every year I say I am going to improve and then I never do. I work for a while, then I get bored and say I will take a short break and stitch by only for a little while.
Then soon the afternoon is gone. Of course I have had a good time stitching, but the mess still surrounds me.
And so it is today. Maybe I will do better tomorrow.
Likely I will revisit the same themes at the end of the next quarter.
March 30, Saturday
I have been away from my website for two days and during that time, DH and I had a Uniquely American Experience: we both spent most of one night in the ER. Neither of us in our long lives has ever been in the ER before, and there we were, both ensconsed in rooms about half a hallway apart.
I have to say, we were wide-eyed for most of the experience. The closest I've ever come to any of this experience is a combination of tv and a former student regailing us with all kinds of stories at a seminar long ago, and there we were, experiencing first hand.
We are home now and I'm happy to report, both fine. We slept off the all-nighter for most of the day yesterday and then slept through last night too.
That's why I was away from Queendom Website.
March 27, Wednesday
In proofing my new large project, Jan Box made a couple of super recommendations and here's one. I mention it this morning because it applies not only to the project she proofed but to many more of my designs as well.
I use Cross Stitch over 1 Mesh fairly frequently to outline areas. Jan suggests working half of the Cross around the area to make sure the count is correct, then going back and completing the Cross. Said she, if you have to rip because of a counting error, it is much much easier to rip half a Cross instead of the complete Cross.
How right you are, Jan! Thank you for the suggestion.
March 26, Tuesday
I returned to work by correcting the master for a design that Jan Box had proofed for me. I now have the instructions for my big project for E-Week this year all set to go for October.
Not much time yesterday for stitching, but I did steal a bit. I worked on my current project. I filled in an easy bit of Tent Stitch -- that was all.
And my missing thread for the Queens arrived yesterday. Tomorrow I will start work on kits again.
In short: back to my normal life.
March 25, Monday
I ran into a very dicey ripping adventure early this morning, the kind where I hold my breath and hope I can pick out stitch by stitch a very delicate area.
What saved the day: I had carefully divided the tiny areas by beginnging and ending threads as I described yesterday. If I hadn't done that I would have had to rip out a whole big very difficult-to-stitch area along with the tiny area.
Whew! Job completed and tiny area readjusted and in place.
And I reinforced a version of my own lesson: when I am stitching very difficult-to-do areas, begin with away waste knots and then end off the threads carefully within the area, no matter how small, that I just completed. And a reminder to use a sharp needle for the task, particularly behind small tent stitches in tiny areas.
As I said, Whew!
March 24, Sunday
This morning: one of the stitching rules I always aspire to following.
Reinforced by my stitching in the last few days, I am definitely a stitch-and-rip designer. I stitch an area, look at it and decide it needs refining, rip it, try again,
decide I need to do B instead of A and rip it again.
Because I stitch and rip so much, I have discovered an important lesson that makes my life easier:
Begin and end threads whenever possible inside a specific area.
Here’s an example: I have stitched Area A, am happy with it and move on to an adjacent Area B.
My impulse is to begin by anchoring the new thread under Area A, then stitching Area B.
Don’t do this.
Begin Area B with a waste knot thread, stitch the area, then anchor the waste knot thread under Area B.
In short keep beginning and ending threads under their own stitched areas, so that each area is isolated.
Here’s why this works so well:
I’ve stitched Areas A and B, and when I stitch Area C, I change my mind about Area A and I want to rip it out.
If I have kept each area isolated, I can rip out Area A without disturbing Area B.
March 23, Saturday
It's late today because I stitched the morning away. What a pleasant time I've had.
So am I making progress? Yes, but it is slow going. Large project, lots of decisions -- largest project I have stitched for a while, and a ton of detail and I fuss over every bit of detail.
I have put my stitching away for the day and I am working for the balance of the day. I have to put the pearls on Catherine's Heart and write the beading instructions, then I can send off a proofing copy. I have to make a kit too, but I think I have everything. I plan to spread it out over the next 3 days -- and hope it will take me only 2.
As I have been ripping a lot recently and I am reminded of a trick not for ripping, but for stitching in a certain fashion so that if I have to rip,
it isn't as difficult. It just takes a little bit extra work.
I will write about it tomorrow morning.
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