Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated August 2021
I decided to take a hiatus from sales through the fall. Right now I think life is just too difficult: supplies chains are difficult, delivery unreliable, trips out not a good idea.
All that said, I will finish Time Sampler kits. Yes, the Kreinik braid is now here and offer them sometime in October.
Keeping Track of My Sales:
If you sign up for my Newsletter will your inbox be flooded? No, I send out a Newsletter a few days before a sale and that's all.
My Newsletters are one page long, with date and time, of a sale and usually a listing of what is in the sale.
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 Remodeled Website
My New Year's Resolutions for 2021
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.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
I am waiting to hear from the print shop: they told me they may have a batch of patterns for me tomorrow, more on Thursday. As soon as I have them I will start packing.
When I pack your package and print the shipping label, you will receive a tracking number from the post office. That's how you will know your package is on the way.
Please remember, I am a one-woman business. I promise to work as fast as I can. The fewer email requests I receive from you, the faster I will work.
I do have good news: I made more Pumpkins on Sunday and yesterday. Today, as I wait for the patterns from the print shop, I am making more Tudor Rose beads. With any luck, nobody will have to wait till February, I will mail everything before Thanksgiving.
I am guessing I will have everything in the mail by November 19. Hopefully.
As a bit of time passes, I will write more about shipping. For now, a little
Monday, October 25, 2021
Thank you for coming to EWeek 2021. MacSoph and I had a very good time and I think Carolyn did too!
This week's EWeek was Pandemic Small, essentially E-Weekend and I must say, as I grow older, the size of this sale is much easier for me to handle.
This year I will officially start shipping packages on Monday, November 1. Depending on the schedule of the print shop, I may start before then, as soon as they print the patterns.
Midway through Friday (first day of the sale), I ran out of Tudor Roses and Pumpkin Pie Hearts. I posted that you could continue to buy both but delivery would be in February.
It didn't occur to me till midway through Sunday that I could make beads packets and kits while I am waiting for the patterns, so I will do my best to ship extra Tudor Roses and Pumpkin Pies now. I know I have the beads for Tudor Roses; how many Pumpkin Pie Hearts I can make will depend on the supplies.
Now that EWeek 2021 is behind me, all except for Mail Jail, I have some questions to ask you, my followers. I will ask them tomorrow.
Again, thank you for coming to E-Weekend 2021.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Today is the last day of E-Week 2021, it has gone by so fast, these three days! I will leave the sale in place till this evening for last minute shoppers (there are always some of you out there in Stitcherland).
Tomorrow morning I will write a wrap up of the sale and also I will lay out my plan this year for shipping.
Thank you to all of you who have come to E-Week. The sale ended up quite a bit larger than I predicted, a bit of a surprise in these often difficult times.
And last this morning: as many of you who have been coming to EWeeks all these years might notice, I downsized the sale this year. It was a tryout for me, and it is sooo much easier! Picture me happy.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
It is early on Saturday morning and in a couple of hours the Surprise Windows, always a feature of E-Week, will open.
This year because of website publishing problems, I will open all of the windows at 8:00 a.m. (or as near to 8:00 a.m. as I can. I will start trying to publish at 7:55 a.m. and hope it works well.
Many items in Surprise Windows are one or two only, others are unlimited. I will try and mark the limitied items as 'sold' as soon as I can.
If an item is sold and you try to buy it, PayPal will tell you it is sold; click quickly on the 'RETURN TO SHOPPING and PayPal will return you to the same Surprise Window.
(Yep, I just learned how to do that).
At the end of today I would like to know whether you like this format of all Surprise Windows open at once, or whether you like them to open one at a time evvery 15 minutes.
Surprise Windows have been a special feature of E-Week every year since the beginning 13 years ago.
To return to the General Sale, click on 'E-Week 2021 Sale on the yellow navigation bar. There is also a blue button on the Surprise Windows page.
Friday, October 22, 2021
EWEEK 2021 IS NOW OPEN.
Please read my Thursday post for the details of the sale, including shipping dates.
And don't forget to practice for tomorrow's Surprise Windows.
Enjoy the sale!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Tomorrow: My 13th EWeek Sale starts at 8:00 a.m. California time.
This morning on Queendom Website's home page: the photo of American Silver Thimbles Sampler surrounded by photos of the thimbles that inspired the bands on the sampler. I have labeled the bands on the sampler A, B, C, etc to correspond to the thimbles.
Carolyn has found and saved six of the landscape (scenic) thimbles ("A" on my diagram) and they will be for sale in one of the Surprise Windows on Saturday morning. Because of the handwork on each of the thimbles, they are all slightly different.
There are four new designs this year in my General Sale; you know about two of them, the sampler and Peacock Square, a geometric, but the third and fourth will be surprises.
Details about EWeek 2021
Friday morning Thumbnails of the Designs will be on my home page.
Click on any photo and you will travel to see a larger photo, descriptions and PayPal buttons.
Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 7.75%.
Early Morning Surprise Windows
This year Surprise Windows will be on Saturday, October 23, and due to my computer problems, all windows will be open at 8:00 a.m. California time and I will leave them open for the duration of the sale.
Shipping Charges and Mail Jail
There are no additional shipping charges: all shipping is included in the price of the kit or pattern.
The sale closes on Sunday, October 24.
I will begin shipping a week later, on November 1.
Each day I will post a note about my progress here in News&Views. I will work as fast as I can but please remember, I am one person and I am not Amazon. I will mail your packages as fast as I can.
I will write more about shipping on Monday, October 25, after the sale has closed.
Shipping Outside the U.S.
I no longer ship packages outside the U.S. but I can help with a couple of solutions.
There is Shipitto.com.
Please email me any questions:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Today and tomorrow and then E-Week.
Today on Queendom Website's home page you will find a photo of my big project for E-Week, American Silver Thimbles Sampler.
My own personal favorite project from the pandemic, th sampler is all about adapting designs from thimbles.
Each of the bands on the sampler came from an American Silver Thimble, for example the center band came from a Simons Landscape Thimble, the border from a Webster thimble, the roses from a Ketcham & McDougall Wild Rose Thimble, and so forth.
Along with the sampler today I have posted a photo of the Simons Landscape Thimble that inspired the center band on the sampler, and here's a bit of good news: Carolyn has found six of these thimbles and they will be for sale in the Surprise Windows on Saturday.
On Thursday, the day before the sale, I will post a diagram showing all of the thimbles around the sampler with a key to which thimble inspired which band. I hope you will return to see it.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
I have posted the Practice Surprise Windows. I am hoping people will try them because my Surprise Windows Sale is different this year.
On Saturday, October 23, all of the windows will be open and you will be able to choose where to go instead of my opening Surprise Windows every 15 minutes.
Why did I make this change? Because I am having some computer trouble publishing my website and I cannot be sure it will publish immediately. I can't trust that my website will publish on time every 15 minutes.
Rather than struggle for two hours with publishing issues, I decided to have the battle a single time and open all the windows at once.
For both sales, on Friday morning as well as Saturday morning, I hope the site will publish right on time. If it doesn't, please be patient and it will open soon thereafter.
For those of you planning to come to the Surprise Windows, please click on the Practice Windows so that you will be familiar with this year's format.
Monday October 18, 2021
At the same time I found Elizabeth Portait kit and a baggie with supplies, I found three complete Elizabeth Heart Kits.
I have posted Heart of Elizabeth on Queendom Website's home page and I'm wondering if I should put the three kits on offer in the Surprise Window with Elizabeth.
In the next few days I will post more about the sale on Queendom Website's home page and mid-week look for a Newsletter about the general sale and Surprise Windows.
And yes, I will reveal which large sampler will be in the sale. Will there be many secrets left? A few, including a new heart in the general sale.
A few busy days ahead. With luck and no computer problems, I should finish with a bit of time to spare. I am not a wonderful 'last minute' person so happily I am on schedule.
Sunday October 17, 2021
This morning I've posted a photo of my Elizabeth 1 Portrait, likely for the last time. As I was on my cleanup spree a year ago, I came across one complete kit and a baggie of supplies.
I decided to put my complete kit in a Surprise Window and see if there is someone who would like the kit. And I left a sign up sheet in case my baggie of supplies will yield one or two more (honestly, I would guess not, but I won't know for certain till I try).
The end of an era for me, stitching all those Queens. I enjoyed the whole experience that began 12 years ago on a lark to see if I could indeed stitch a needlepoint portrait.
Today, back to work on the Surprise Windows: I have to make decisions what to include in two more windows. I am happy to report that I finished work on the general sale.
So what is my big project this year? More about it in a day or so.
Saturday October 16, 2021
A week from today, on October 23 Surprise Windows will start opening every 15 minutes, the first one at 8:00 a.m. California time.
Right now I am busy filling the windows and this year: a combination of limited goodies (some limited to one each) and unlimited. I have made decisions about all but two and today's task is to decide what goes in those two.
I will leave the little bruised thimbles up on Queendom Website's home page through the weekend.
Busy times these days, but it looks to me now like I will finish in time, the general sale will open on schedule on Friday and indeed the Surprise Windows will be in place for Saturday morning.
I have my eye on one of the little bruised thimbles. Wonder if someone else has her eye on it too. time will tell!
Friday October 15, 2021
A week from today, on October 22, E-Week will open at 8:00 a.m. California time.
A day later, on Saturday, October 23, Surprise Windows will start opening at 8:00 a.m., one every 15 minutes, until all 8 are open.
This year I am doing something unusual: On Queendom Website's home page I have posted the contents of one of the windows. The little thimbles in this Surprise Window are all unusual because they are all bruised.
Most collectors are looking for perfection in antique needlework tools -- condition is an important part of the collector mentality -- but early on in my collecting life I changed away from this: I decided as a needlewoman first and a collector second, I valued the used tools of needlewomen past. The fact that they are used is a part of their history.
On this morning's home page you will find 8 little bruised thimbles that I convinced Carolyn to sell this year. Mind you, I have no financial interest in Carolyn's business (other than I buy too much from her), but I do love old needlework tools and she always has the best ones.
Enjoy looking through them and reading my short essay on a relatively new passion of mine. I hope it will convince you to have a look at the little bruised thimbles in Carolyn's presentation for Surprise Windows.
EWeek Sale 2021
is Now Closed. Thank you for coming.