Monday March 1, 2021
March 1 is here. We are 2/3's of the way through the first quarter of 2021. How did that happen? Where did the time go?
I know the answer: I've been writing instructions and that always means the time goes by too quickly.
Now I am obsessed with Witches, all because of two Salem Witch thimbles and obsessions always make time go too quickly too, even faster than writing instructions.
I asked DH yesterday afternoon, how old is the concept of Witches? He said he wasn't interested in Witches and I could go and google 'Origins of Witches.' So I did and I found an interesting article. In 2014 the British Museum had an exhibit and this article is by the Art Critic for the Daily Telegraph in London.
So after I found it, I gave it to DH, it is the sort of article he would like, and yes, he was interested enough to read it but still told me he's not interested in Witches. I said to him, didn't he even like the notion of the Witch riding backwards on a goat who was the Devi;?
But he'd had his fill of Witches.
Below is the link:
Saturday February 27, 2021
The end of February is approaching: one more day after today and it will be March, and we will be 2/3s of the way through the first quarter of 2021. Doesn't seem possibile, but it never does.
I am happily working away on the Salem Witch House. I have had some struggles but now I am on my way. The essential part of these tiny landscapes is scale and all too often a stitch over 3 meshes seems just way too large.
Early-morning scale problems now behind me, I am on my way to a macabre looking house.
I am enjoying this enormously much. I have loved the Salem Witch thimbles for as long as I remember, and this seems like a small tribute to them.
On with the day. I have to do some real work today but in these morning hours (my best time) I plan to stitch.
Enjoy February's waning days.
Friday February 26, 2021
A Special Day today, Happy Birthday to DH. Birthdays in the midst of the pandemic seems so strange, but one does the best. It takes a little creativity.
DH's birthday always marks the first day of my favorite time of year, for spring is right around the corner and the days are growing longer. From today until June 21st: indeed my favorite time of year.
In spring my life should be filled with springtim flowers; instead it is filled with Witch obsessions: yes, yesterday I started my Salem Witch Sampler. Out of season indeed, but it isn't the first time, so I will carry on.
Enjoy your day! Outside I see the blue sky poking through the early morning haze, so I hope it is a bright day.
Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated February, 2021
No Sales planned for 2021. Whether I return will depend on Covid. I have been stitching away.
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.
The Newsletters are one page long, with date and time, and usually since I have at most 3 sales a year, it isn't often.
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.
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 GayAnnRogers@icloud.com
My New Year's Resolutions for 2021
Here we are, almost half way through January and I've been thinking about New Year's Resolutions. I guess half-way through January is as good a time as any to write them.
1. Take all the pent-up anxiety about perfection and redirect that energy toward creativity. Open up your minds and think of creative possibilities you can bring to your needlework, ways that will personalize it and make it distinctly yours. Here are two ways to start:
Oops you made a mistake and you face a lot of ripping.
Ask yourself, is it really a mistake or a variation?
You do have to rip if you crossed most of your crosses in one direction and suddenly you started crossing them in the other direction, yep no way around that. Why? The real reason for good technique is that it allows all your attention to focus on your design (where it should be).
You don't have to rip if you made a leaf one row bigger than the design called for. This is obsessive behavior that needs redirecting in 2021.
You do need to rip if you make something so large it is out of scale with the rest of the design; you do not have to rip if it is barely noticeable.
You do not have to rip if you mixed up colors and the design is not exactly as the designer's model. For heaven's sake, if it looks OK, stop obsessing.
You do have to rip if a color or texture is not in harmony with the rest of the design.
You do not have to throw away a design if you run out of a dye lot.
If it looks like you are headed toward thread shortage, don't use the thread to the last strand, save at least 1/4 of it. Buy some more and decide where and how to introduce the new dyelot. I actually prefer to work with multiple dyelots. If you pay attention to lights and darks etc., they can bring an added depth to your design.
2. In memory of Audrey Francini, my generation's greatest needlewoman, slow down. Needlework is not a speed contest. Audrey was the slowest stitcher I have known. She was also the best. I have a couple of great stories about Audrey and her speed, I'll tell them in the next couple of mornings.
3. Forget about the Needlepoint Police. They don't exist except in their minds. You may meet people who think they know it all. Good for them, I applaude their confidence, but I don't buy into it.
I have probably told this story a dozen times but it is worth telling again and again. Years ago a friend wrote to me and asked, will this Kreinik braid look good with this silk?
I replied, beats me, try it and see.
Friend: whadaya mean you don't know, you're the teacher.
My reply: if the Immortal Artists Of The Western World don't know without trying, how would I, one mere mortal needlework teacher? (There's a bit more to thsi story too, I'll tell the rest another time).
All this goes to say once again, there is no real right and wrong, there are problems of course. The best way to find solutions is to think creatively.
Those are my New Year's Stitching Resolutions for 2021.
Reminders for me as well as for all of you.
Webster's Salem Witch Thimble
Last Monday night at Carolyn's Auction was very exciting! Indeed, the Salem Witch thimble found a new home for $431.00. I hate to say this: it was a reasonable price, I've seen them go higher....