Saturday April 17, 2021
I have not written often about this but here goes: Whenever I sell a kit, I keep an extra one, two or three, actually up to five of them as insurance policies, in case of shipping emergencies. Sometimes I need to use them, other times I Have packed them away.
Lately in the midst of my mammoth cleanup I have unearthed them. I don't advertise them but if somebody writes asking about a specific design and I have one and know where it is, I have sold it.
In the past two weeks I sold three of these kits: two Queens and a Betsy, and we mailed them yesterday. DH, mask and gloves in place, actually carried them into the post office. It is the first time we have personally mailed something in 13 months. A sign we are beginning to venture out. VERY cautiously.
I have a small plan for these excess kits of mine. I am going to move them to the dining room table and see if I can figure out a way to offer them for sale. If I figure it out, I will likely add a new page to Queendom Website where I will list the kit, a photo, size of the finished project and the price, that would be all, and leave it till it is sold.
If I do this, I will send out a Newsletter alerting people to watch my website.
Organization, it is so hard, but I am trying.
Friday April 16, 2021
TGIF, another week gone by. I noitce now how much longer it is staying light in the evenings.
I've now worked out round one of colors on my autumn sampler in that I have the sequence of colors around my maple leaf. This should help me set up the colors for the whole sampler. I'm on my way.
Thursday April 15, 2021
Today, a noteworthy day for two reasons: we are officially now half way through April and in normal years this is tax day.
Half way through April is noteworthy because it is high spring now and Ms. Mockingbird has a nest somewhere near our bedroom window. I can hear her singing and fluttering around all day long.
Tax day noteworthy because I know never to go to the post office near tax day.
I played hooky from organization yesterday: I counted the leaf outline onto graph paper and then began stitching. It took a lot of hours to count the irregular outline from canvas to graph paper, so I had only about an hour's stitching time and I ripped out most of it this morning. Never mind, I am underway.
Ripping is constructive, for in ripping I found out what I don't like and now I have a good idea of what I will like, always a bonus. Today will give me more idea.
Returning to work today. Organization, and I owe people three kits. I've put off dealing with the kits but today is the day. I'll sort a box, get the kits under control (they're leftovers so they're made) and then back to my Maple Leaf.
Wednesday April 14, 2021
I have been dithering: what to stitch next? Amongst all my cleanup I made the decision, whacked up a sizeable piece of congress cloth and hemmed it, dug up some stretcher bars, mounted it and took the first stitches to form a border. Space defined now, I'm ready to start.
So what did I decide to do? After 12 years I thought the time had come to stitch my autmn sampler.
I've redrafted the basic drawing several times. I have a place to start but I still can't decide about parts of the design.
Here's the Soldier of Fortune in me: I decided I would wing it, stitch for a while, see how it looks and worry about the rest of the design later on.
So where am I starting? with the outline of a maple leaf holding a miniature landscape.
Where I am now is one of my least favorite spots. I'm dithering about colors, which go where etc. It's a chicken and egg situation, and the only thing I know at this point: I need to use quite a bit of gold for here is the little poem:
The Symbols of Autumn, here to behold
In scenes of silk and threads of gold.
So guess what: I have to think gold.
Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated March 2021
I have been stitching away for a year now, but I have not been keeping up with instructions.
For now my business is on hiatus and I don't know when or even if I will return. It all depends on Covid and what effect it ultimately has on supply chains, and right now the Jury's Out.
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
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.
Ready to start something new.
But what?? Now decided....