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Gay Ann Rogers Needlework



October 17, 2017 Tuesday

It is Monday night; for the tonight, tomorrow night and Wednesday night (E-Week Eve), I will post evening comments.

So tonight, you can read all about the needlework tools that I posted last night.


Tomorrow night: you will see why this collection of needlework tools gained a bit of unexpected recognition.


And Wednesday night, a small peek at the way this relates to E-Week. Yes, late in the evening, you will see how my needlework tools, their surprise fame AND E-Week come together this year.


October 16, 2017 Monday

Nostalgia is no more, at least not for the present, as MacSoph and I catch up on the present. Here it is, almost time for E-Week so we are turning our attentions to some hints and teases about our upcoming sale.


I wanted to start with a story that I have loved for a long time. It has to do with a bunch of my needlework tools. Now, I don't know this for certain, but I have some pretty good evidence that my theory is right.


Let's test for a day or two and see if anybody knows the answer.

Do you know what is special about the tools on Queendom Website's home page this morning?


And yes, this isn't just idle talk: it is related to E-Week, at least in one way. Guess this morning and I will tell you more tomorrow morning as we do indeed wind up to E-Week 2017.


October 15, 2017 Sunday

Well, how do I say tactfully that DH wasn't impressed with Queendom Website's home page yesterday. I showed it to him and asked if he knew who the Kardashians were. He said no except that I had mentioned them.


I said to him 'don't you think it is funny?' he replied no which marked the end of the conversation. He went back to reading the news on his iPad.


I will leave Kim Kardashian on my home page for one more day, then we will begin to look toward E-Week. Not long to go now.


October 14, 2017 Saturday

Thankfully Friday-the-13th passed uneventfully in our household.  (I purposely didn't watch the news yesterday).


Since 2009 when I first learned about Birkin bags, I have used them over and over again on Queendom Website, in recent years as the handbag of choice for my avatar.


In our household life can be interesting. DH is almost totally ignorant about popular culture. Some years back we went out to dinner with a needlework friend of mine and her husband who are what I would call 'Ageing Trendies'. When my friend mentioned some popular songstress in a familiar tone as if she knew her personally, clueless DH asked politely about her friend.


My friend was embarrassed for DH and looked at me as if to say, 'poor you for having such a husband!'


So I say to DH, one of us has to know something about popular culture, and that's why I read my favorite English tabloid.


Every once in a while I ask DH if he knows who this person or that person is, and most of the time he is indeed clueless.


I say 'most of the time' because there is an exception. If popular figures show up in financial news, then DH will likely recognize the name -- but beyond financial implications reported in the sources he reads, he usually hasn't a clue.


Now that I am posting about Kim Kardashian on Queendom Website this morning, I have to remember  to ask DH if he knows who the Kardashians are.


If he doesn't, I say more power to him. Sometimes ignorance is indeed bliss.



October, 2017  Friday the 13th

Are you superstitious? I am -- absolutely!

DH laughs at this and says 'you'd better not get out of bed today, just stay there with the covers up over your head.


Do you think he's right?

If you are superstitious, will you pick up your stitching today?



I will get up today, I have too much to do, but I will definitely postpone any decisions till tomorrow.


Tomorrow will be interesting in a trivial sort of way, as I will show you what has happened to Birkin bags in the last years.




Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated September, 2017


Here is a column about my Sales, essentially 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 or June and in mid-October.

This past year I had a special Summer Sale but I don't have summer sales all that often.



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 ?


Probably Echoes of Elizabeth some time, Flowers, Hearts and a Peacock, and my geometric called 'Queen's Room'.



What is the status of my Queens?


I have no plans right now to bring back Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary or Bess or Eleanor, but there will be 'The Last Queen'.


Who is the Last Queen?

A surprise for later on.





E-Week 2017

starts on Thursday, October 19

at 8:00 a.m. California time



Queendom Website’s Own Jargon



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 abundance 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'.


Early Morning Sales

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

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.


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).