Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated June 2020
I am working on a plan to reactivate my business. With the turmoil in the country, I don't think it is possible right now, but I will keep working on a plan.
Meanwhile I am very busy stitching and some day I hope to be back.
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:
click on the button above and email me.
Will your email inbox 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.
Requesting Old Patterns
If you wish to request an old design of mine, please email me with your request. I will do my best to bring back your requests in future sale.
Queendom Website’s Own Jargon
MacSoph is my trusty little Apple MacBook computer.
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
DH is my 'Dear Husband' who helps me with Mail Jail. He does some of my bookkeeping and he and I drive together to the post office because of parking.
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 Surprise Windows happen on Saturday morning at 8:00 sharp California Time.
Surprise Windows 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 do all my shipping, then I found Jay and he does my shipping now. He is much more efficient than I ever was 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 in my life.
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 Consort (DH) who helps with bookkeeping and is an occasional staff writer (when I can talk him into it).
and Queendom Website's Faithful Subject, MacSoph (my trusty little MacBook computer).
July 9, 2019 Tuesday
The First Day of My New Website
You will find a different look, but in reality much the same website as before:
Home Page, News&Views, For Sale, Gallery, Lessons, For Groups and My Book Shelf.
A week ago I started over again on new software. I had planned to spend all of July and August and then I would move toward the end of August.
Life had different plans: I woke up on July 7 and started work. My computer went all wonky from new downloads and when the dust finally cleared, I could no longer publish my existing website.
Immediately I called Apple and a sweet young thing told me 'sorry, no longer possible.' I won't go into the details, but it is finished.
I moved my domain name, www.GayAnnRogers.com and it now opens this site. From now on, this is the only website I will be able to update: I can no longer do anything with my other sites.
This move at this time was totally unexpected, so my website is barely started. I hope you will stay with me and watch as it grows. Eventually everything will be here.
If you have any suggestions for me, do write to me:
If you wish to contact me: click on my name here:
Carolyn's Thimble Corner
A thimble from my current favorite genre of design.
To see Carolyn's listing, click on the photo above.
July 12, 2020, Sunday
Since early a.m. this morning I have been writing instructions and it occurred to me that I have never explained why I often start at the bottom of the canvas and work up, rather than top down.
Here is why: when someone first starts a new project I think it is reassuring to hold a canvas right side up (ie with the top at the top).
If I hold my canvas in this position, I find it easier to start at the bottom and work up. To work from top down, I often rotate the canvas so that the top becomes the bottom and in the early stages of a design the rotation doesn't allow me to watch as carefully what is going on as I stitch.
Whenever I write instructions for geometrics, for example, I write the details for the lower left quadrant of a four-way design, then ask you to rotate the canvas for the next three quadrants. In my instructions for geometrics, I find it more natural to work at the bottom of the design, from left to right, and that's why I choose the lower left quadrant.
I just reread this. Not the most elegant blurb I've ever written but I hope it makes sense.
Back to writing instructions now. I'm writing instructions the first half of today, kitting the second half. Yes, back at work. I miss my days of leisurely stitching for hours on end.
If I get to a certain point today, maybe I will ditch work and stitch. Ditch and Stitch. Sounds good to me! Enjoy your Sunday.
July 11, 2020, Saturday
More computer hassles this morning, so I am late in posting. Saturday morning and I am posting a thimble of Carolyn's, this time an ornate gold banded silver thimble.
In my early thimble collecting days, actually until this year this was the sort of thimble I ignored. I did what most thimble collectors did: I chased after the commemorative thimbles and overlooked thimbles like this.
Now I hunt almost exclusively for these sorts of thimbles, ones with decorative bands that I can adapt to needlepoint. I have found some remarkable ones and am just crazy nuts for these elaborate bands.
This one has some interest, but is still at a reasonable price. Who knows where it will end up, but I am excited about following it. I think these are the underappreciated gems of the thimble world, and as you may well see in days to come, what I have done with mine.
DH is all interested in this collection of mine because he thinks it is related to the Austrian Secession Movement which is his current craze. I do think he is right, that the designs for thimbles like this one are influenced by that movement. All very interesting!
July 10, 2020, Friday
I am back to work, full steam ahead. We have 12 days to go until my Patriotic Hearts Sale starts. I am waiting for supplies, but they should arrive in a timely fashion and I should have a good number of hearts for the sale.
This time, if I run out of the initial number of hearts, I will stop and send them, then make more and send them in a second Wave a month later.
I have built in time for two Waves of Mail Jail if I need it, so patience is the order of the day this sale. I will try and have a healthy supply on hand so there won't be disappointment, but given my life right now I need to build in a generous amount of time.
Althought I am quarantined and will be for what looks to be a good deal of time into the future, life feels more normal now than it has for a long time. I am doing normal activities like making kits, planning a sale, ordering supplies and writing instructions, and of course trying to eke out stitching time.
Life for me is always about trying to eke out stitching time.
Indeed my style of normality.
July 9, 2020, Thursday
When Heather McKinnon posted her photo of her newly-finished Echoes II: Tudor Rose Sampler, I began receiving emails asking for the kit.
Last October I sold Echoes II kits and several people ordered them through my finance program and then welched on the sale, leaving me with a few left-over kits.
Meanwhile I have had requests for Echoes 1 all over again.
I had planned to sell the kits quietly to people who requested them, but I didn't get it done. Now I've received additional requests and I've made an executive decision: I will bring them back either at E-Week or as a Pre-Week request.
If you are sorry you missed Echoes 1 or Echoes II and you would like one, please email me and I will try to have one for you in mid-October, either at my E-Week Sale or Pre-Week.
For those of you yawning because you already have Echoes from years ago, Tudor lives on my needlework life: upcoming probably next year: Dressing Elizabeth and Dressing Henry. And there are other royal and official designs: Fabergé Geometric and Fabergé Eagle one of these days.
In my future. But for now, it is all about Patriotica.
July 8, 2020, Wednesday
Exciting day today on several fronts.
First off, good chance that I will finish my Thimbles Sampler today. I thought I would finish it several days ago, but it went on and on and on. Yesterday I had some late-stage ripping and changes, so that put me back a little. But the changes are now in place, the hard parts all finished, and I just have repetition of the easy parts. Nice!
Second: I have heard from suppliers, with the best news: the silks I wanted are all in stock and should be on their way to me shortly. The best part of this: I should have everything to sustain kitting for a good while into the future. For me, this is the best possible news.
So I look forward to a pleasant day of stitching, wrapping up what has been a longer project than I expected it to be. If I finish early in the day, I will return to working on Queendom Website in preparation for my Hearts Sale, and I will do some kitting. Toggling between tasks sometimes gives on a feeling of less tedium.
So all is well here in our cloistered atmosphere. I find if I stay busy, I spend less time worrying about the world around me.
DH found a cartoon in the New Yorker that the cartoonist wrote just for me: WORRY FARM
Unsettled issues, Jitters, Existential Dread, Heirloom Guilt,
Old-Growth Phobias, Small Nagging Fears, Free-Floating Anxiety, Fantods, Perennial Doubts
Yup they're there, but my needlework goes a very long way to holding them at bey. Bye for now, back to my needles.
July 7, 2020, Tuesday: More Sale News
Did any of you watch Carolyn's thimble auction last night? I watched some of it but missed a part of it. The two little thimbles on the right sold for a high price which is nice, I like both of them very much.
These days I am hunting for thimbles with patterns I can adapt for sampler bands and in both of these thimbles I see very pretty band possibilities.
Gary has written to me that he has recorded his next show -- I'm not sure when he will post it, but he said he and his guest talked about my heart kits for 20 minutes! Oh my, I will have to listen to what they said.
It's exciting to be back in my little business.
I am busy making kits, waiting for more supplies, and planning my sale. It is going to be interesting. The print shop is on a skeleton staff and I will be doing all my own shipping for the first time in several years.
I have a plan for shipping and I have written about it in my sale preview (see Patriotic Heart Sale Preview on the yellow navigation bar. I anticipate shipping will take me a long time and patience is in order here. Even Amazon is struggling these days.
I will do my best.
July 6, 2020, Monday: Sale News
In one big hurry I made a decision about my Patriotic Hearts Sale. It will start on Wednesday, July 22 at 8:00 a.m. California time.
Why did I decide so quickly? I had a very nice note from Gary Parr saying that he and his host wanted to talk about my Patriotic Hearts on their next podcast and could I send him details.
So I sat down and made decisions and sent them to him.
This morning I have made a quick prveiw. If you click on any of the photos on Queendom Website's home page, you will travel to the Preview. In the next few days I will add more information, this is just a start.
So it's decided. Above all else, I am delighted that people have liked my little hearts and I am game to try a sale, but I must say up front: I hope for patience! Times are difficult and different, I am indeed quarantined and I will need more time for shipping than is usual.
I will write more about my plan in the next few days.
Whew!! On with kit making!
July 5, 2020, Sunday: Sale News
I am in full sale mode: I am working away at making kits.
I am expecting missing Kreinik braids within a week or so: I actually talked to Doug Kreinik who was the only person in his office last Friday.
I am game to try selling my four little Patriotic Hearts, but I will need some patience on my customers' part: I will set up the sale and conduct it likely week after next, then ask for a month's delivery time, due to coordinating everything.
I will send out all the details in a Newsletter as soon as I know them.
For now I am very busy counting threads and stapling labels on them. It is endless, but there you have it, it is a necessity.
On with the day. Inevitably I will work hard for as long as I can stand it and then ditch it and stitch instead.
Yes, preparation for my sale is in high gear.
Happy 4th of July!
I love the 4th of July! Yes, I know we are in trying times but I am happy to be an American, all these patriotic feelings on full display today.
I have just posted my 4th heart on Queendom Website's Home Page, my personal favorite. Why? It was a challenge to design a dominant flag with all that lettering in such a small space.
And I like the gender twist: I went to a hugely progressive high school and I remember singing America the Beautiful with this twist, inspired if I remember correctly, by a radical civics teacher who was a man. He carried on and on about his thoughts that God had to be a woman.
Now I have to tell you an aside: I came from an extremely conservative family who lived in an extremely conservative area, but the area to a person wholehearthedly supported our high school which was full of radical teachers kicked out of everywhere else in the state.
Why would they do this? Easy answer: successful college placement. Best record in the state.
So as I designed this heart, I remembered my high school years with a smile.
Enough for today. Tomorrow I will write about designing the four hearts.
July 3, 2020 Friday
This morning I have posted the third heart in my series of Patriotic Hearts. And crowned thy good with brotherhood From Sea to Shining Sea. This one is 'From Sea to Shining Sea.'
Tomorrow, the fourth a flag with a slight twist that I have heard since I was a child.
For all of you who have asked, thank you and yes, I will try to hold a sale of the little heart kits in late July or early August, but I will ask for a bit of patience.
I am game and willing to try. If it works, I will be on schedule to hold E-Week in October. This little sale will be a good indication.
Friday before the holiday and I'm off to work. I have proofing results and now can start to make the kits, but first a little stitching. I am near the end of my Thimble Sampler and it is hard to put it down: I am eager to see its final form, always a fun time in any project.
July 2, 2020 Thursday
Picture me very happy with the reception of my Amber Waves Heart yesterday! Thank you for all its compliments!
This morning I have posted on Queendom Website's home page the second patriotic heart in my series of four: this one is 'Purple Mountains Majesty".
I am also posting it in facebook, on my own facebook business page and in Counted Needlepoint Nation.
Yesterday people asked me when I will sell these little patriotic hearts. Happily Jan has proofed them all (thanks, Jan!) and they are almost set to go.
A couple of weeks ago Kim Young wrote to me asking me to have a sale. I was flattered both that she would follow my progress and take the time to write to me. Thanks, Kim, for the encouragement.
She is right, and I will try to have a sale sometime toward the end of July or in early August. Given that DH and I are quarantined, it will take patience all the way around, but it is worth a try.
So today? I bet if you have followed my posts of late, you can guess that I will be stitching. Hope you will join me for a while.
July 1, 2020 Wednesday
On the last day of June, I looked backward over the first half of 2020; now it is July 1 and I am looking forward and hoping that the second half of 2020 will produce some help for us all.
It is the first day of week 16 that DH and I have been quarantined and I admit, we have fallen into an isolated routine. We both stay busy and that is a very good thing. Do we do what we should be doing, like sorting, cleaning and organizing? Of course not.
DH reads, I stitch, simple as that. This morning on Queendom Website I am celebrating the new half of 2020, a more positive attitude of looking forward, a bit of Patriotica, for, whatever problems we have, I have always been so happy to be an American!
With this in mind, this morning I have posted my first of four new Patriotica Hearts, this one...
O Beautiful for spacious skies, for Amber Waves of Grain...
This heart is my Amber Waves of Grain.
Enjoy this day, enjoy looking ahead and above all else, take time to say 'hello, needle'. I am off now to do just that.