News & Views: Eleanor Arrives

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 18, 17


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.






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:




Click here for Part 1 of DH's very short history of Eleanor