Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework


Thursday November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Outside our bedroom window we have a large bush that is a California native volunteer with pretty purple flowers; we let it grow up because it is the favorite restaurant for all our butterflies and hummingbirds, and the bees are fond of eating there too. I just saw our largest resident lady hummingbird eating Thanksgiving breakfast there.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday November 25, 2020

Approaching Turkey Day This Year

What an odd Thanksgiving this year will be! About the only turkey in our household this year will be the little embroidered turkey on the right. He's embroidered on a small linen doily -- tomorrow I will post a photo of the whole doily: there's another turkey and two pumpkins.

I plan to spend tomorrow taking up the recommendation of a friend: she suggested I binge-watch the newest series of The Crown on Netflix. DH will have none of it, so I'm guessing he'll sit in his study, reading a book and I will binge-watch The Crown on my own. Well, not quite on my own -- I will have the company of my needle. Have you discovered that sometimes the company of your needle is your best company?

I continue to think about Audrey. One of the reasons I like the photo I posted of her is that she looks so happy, sitting there, stitching away in her studio, with all that light streaming in to help her.

Looking at that photo and imagining how happy she was that she could stitch most of her days inspires me to find time to do the same, so as a legacy to Audrey, and a thought of what I'm thankful for this year, I pledge to pick up my own needle for a part of each day, no matter how much else I have to do, no matter for how short a time.

Sounds good to me. Does it sound good to you too?

Tuesday November 24, 2020

Audrey Francini

Sadly I learned last evening that the needlework world has lost Audrey, in my mind the greatest of the needlewomen in our time.

I became friends with Audrey during the years I taught at EGA Seminars. I roomed with her several times and we spent many Wednesdays (our 'free day at seminar in those years) stitching together. A humbling experience for me.

In 2005 EGA presented a one-woman show of Audrey's work and with it a booklet. I wrote the preface for it and have always kept it on my coffee table, always a good reminder of Audrey herself and her beautiful work.

I took out the booklet this morning and thumbed through it. It is a little trove of my time knowing Audrey: I have pasted in it a photo of us together,  a note from Audrey, a note from EGA and the tear sheets about the exhibit from Needle Arts.

I will miss Audrey and at first I was so sad. Then as the evening wore on, I went from sad to happy. Happy that Audrey's 103 years were well spent and happy I knew such a great needleworman and a genuinely nice, kind, gentle person.

On Queendom Website's Home Page I have written more about Audrey.

Monday November 23, 2020

Monday Monday

My time almost belongs to me again. So far I have a

handful of reports that my latest packages arrived safely (that was quick) and 2 reports of omissions. Are there more of you out in Stitcherland checking your packages?

And for those of you who are new to my instructions:

Please scroll down and click on 'Instructions' on the lower Yellow Navigation Bar. Please read why I put my instructions together the way I do: it is a legacy from my students in my travel-teaching days.

So what am I up to? First thing in the morning in these days of freedom, before the sun is up, I sort, refile, throw away, you name it. I am on a self-imposed schedule: 2 hours minimum each day. I who totally lack the Organizational Gene find this such a struggle. It almost makes me wish for Mail Jail again. Yup, that bad.

I can only take it for so long, then I bail out of sorting, shove it all aside and tuck into my stitching. It is then that I am glad Mail Jail is over.

What am I working on? Snow Maiden. As of yesterday she has a completed half-a-head of yellow-blonde curls. If I hate anything in this world, it is curly hair, and I find yellow-blonde very difficult. It often looks cartoonish to me, but this time I'm proud of myself: yellow curls that I almost like.

My favorite hair color? Auburn-red, as in my portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine. If Snow Maiden turns out well enough, then I will follow her with Flower Maiden. Joy E. wrote to me that she would like Flower Maiden to have red hair. ! So I will likely channel Eleanor's hair for Flower Maiden.

As an aside, how did I know that Eleanor of Aquitaine had red hair and blue eyes? Remember, there is no existing portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine, so I turned to my source of such info and asked him, and when he told me, most likely red hair and blue eyes, I asked him why he said that. Heritage, he said, and we started on the marching troups of invaders across the ages.

DH loves the ads on the television for discovering your Heritage. His favorite was some time ago, the fellow who thought he was of German heritage and decked himself out in lederhosen, only to find out that he was really of Scottish heritage, out went the lederhosen and in came a kilt.

This ad makes DH laugh -- he says it doesn't work that way, and we begin a discourse on the Goths and the Visigoths and so on and so forth.

Fun and games with television ads.

I'm off now. If I were good, I would do more hours of sorting, but I think I'll work some more on the right side of Snow Maiden's blonde curls.

Hope you enjoy the day and find a little time with your needle.

Sunday November 22, 2020

On Becoming a Better Stitcher (2)

Joy E. sent this link to me, a celebration of Audrey Francini's 100th birthday. In the video Audrey answers questions about her embroidery (yes, she stitches nearly every day) and she shows several of her embroideries.

In the video, the interviewer asks Audrey in what order she stitches a design and this exchange is well worth hearing.

I hope you will listen to the video and then look at the photo of the bouquet on the right and answer these questions: where do you think Audrey started and in what order do you think she worked? What do you think were the last elements she worked and how did they help the design?

Even though Audrey was designing  as she stitched, and it is likely that you are working a piece not designed by you, these lessons are relevant. How you begin a piece and in what order you work it will help train your eye and allow you to evaluate your work more critically.

I admit, I wince at some of what I hear and the following is one of the most winceable: "you should start a design with the largest area because you have the most flexibility in choosing threads and stitches."

If you are interested in becoming a Better Stitcher, you will toss that idea where it belongs: in the local garbage can.

As Audrey has said in her video, start with the most important element in the design, the 'focal point' and work it carefully and to your satisfaction, then you work the supporting elements so that they enhance the focal point.

If you work in this fashion, you will have the chance to modify and add touches of your own that will enhance your work. Even though a designer has laid out the design for you,  even chosen the threads, colors and stitches you will use, the success of the design in your hands will depend on what you bring to it: your tension, your color and stitch preferences and so forth.

If my first suggestion is to slow down and watch what you are stitching, my second suggestion is abandon the assumpution that you rotely and thoughtlessly stitch whatever the designer tells you. Think about your stitching as you go, evaluate what you are doing and follow your own thoughts about making a piece the best you can.

Saturday November 21, 2020

On Becoming a Better Stitcher

Yesterday I wrote a bit about The Best Stitcher. The purpose of even thinking about The Best Stitcher is that her work will help us become Better Stitchers.

I know many of you today may not know The Best Stitcher or her Heir. The Best Stitcher is Audrey Francini. Audrey mastered umpteen gazillion levels of Japanese Embroidery and then took one step more: she made it her own.

Being a great technician has its demands of discipline as those of you who work on technique well know; most great technicians don't have the freedom that the artisic mind craves. And most artistic souls don't have the discipline to be wonderful technicians. Every once in a while along comes someone who does both. Audrey excels at both.

So what are the lessons we can learn from The Best Stitcher?  For this morning, here is the first one. Slow down.

When I was a travel teacher, I noticed in my class that the fastest stitcher always got a lot of attention. Fast is fine, but only if you can stitch fast and preserve great quality also. I'm a super fast stitcher and I have to remind myself constantly to slow down.

At seminars over the past years, I spent a lot of time stitching with The Best Stitcher and one time I noticed I could take 15 stitches in the time it took her to do one or two.

The difference? Hers were always perfectly done.

So today, turn over a new leaf: slow down, take time and think about what you are stitching. Step 1 of becoming a Better Stitcher.

Friday November 20, 2020

The End of Mail Jail 2020

Yesterday afternoon I waved goodbye to the last of the packages for EWeek 2020 as they departed for the post office. Remember, you have until December 19, 2020 to report any mistakes, omissions, whatever, to me. After December 19, you are on your own.

The Best Stitcher

One morning a couple of years ago I was having breakfast with a stitching friend at the local stitchers' favorite restauant around here and we were talking about, of course, stitching.

She asked me about another stitcher we both knew; she asked if I thought she was the best stitcher ever. I answered, she is a wonderful stitcher but not the best one.

I know who is the best stitcher I've known; I know whom she appointed her heir but my friend didn't know either and it made me stop and think how to explain what makes The Best Stitcher.

Here goes: it is wonderful to be a great technician -- it is necessary in fact if you aspire to be The Best Stitcher, but in The Best Stitcher Sweepstakes, good technique isn't sufficient.

To enter those sweepstakes you have to have a measure of artistry also. I once explained this to a banquet audience: it isn't just making a great curve, it's knowing when to take that last stitch extending the perfect curve the perfect amount.

It is about understanding what makes good technique, yes, indeed, but matching that skill is developing how to choose the techniques you use.

Realistically most of us are never going to be The Best Stitcher so why do I mention it at all? Because The Best Stitcher has lessons for us.  We don't have to be The Best, but we can stretch a bit and grow into A Better Stitcher.

In the next few days I will write about lessons I learned from The Best Stitcher and her heir. I can always use a little refresher myself.

For now I am off to deal with a couple of hours of working on curly blonde hair, then on with a day of cleanup.

Thursday November 19, 2020

Happy Mail Jail Updates

This afternoon I will send off to the post office the remainder of the packages I owe people to fill EWeek orders.

Repeating yesterday's important messages:

The time has come: If you have not heard from me yet about your EWeek order, please email me now.

You have until December 19, 2020 to report any mistakes.After December 19 you are on your own.

Wednesday November 18, 2020

Happy Mail Jail Updates

Tomorrow I will send off to the post office the remainder of the packages I owe people to fill EWeek orders.

The time has come: If you have not heard from me yet about your EWeek order, please email me now.

Everything from EWeek's Sale and Surprise Windows also is still on my website. As you receive your packages, please check the contents and make sure you have everything. Email me with any problems:

You have until December 19, 2020 to report any mistakes.After December 19 you are on your own.

Life in General

I am waiting for a few more copies from the print shop and then I will pack my last packages. In the meantime I am having a leisurely morning stitching. I'm working on Snow Maiden and struggling. So far all I have done this morning is rip. I tried and ripped, tried and ripped and yet again,

but I finally got the problem solved. Sometimes the harder the battle the sweeter the victory.

Of course, I should be filing and cleaning up from the mess around here that EWeek created instead of stitching; I should also be transitioning to writing instructions. These tasks will come soon enough. For now, I'm stitching.

Tuesday November 17, 2020

Happy Mail Jail Updates

Yesterday I printed shipping labels for all but four of my remaining EWeek orders. I will pack and print the last four in the next two days (I'm waiting for xeroxes) and I will send the packages off on Thursday.

The time has come: If you have not heard from me yet about your EWeek order, please email me now.

Monday November 16, 2020


I had a favorite friend in London and she liked to stitch. One trip I took her a pattern of Theresa Wentzer's, an English looking sampler with a cottage. (I found a photo of the sampler and posted it on the right).

My friend looked at it and loved it, looked again at all the leaves and said sadly that she didn't think she would ever be able to count accurately all those leaves on the sampler.

My reply: you don't have to.  So long as your leaves occupy essentially the same density on the design, it won't make one whit of difference whether they are exactly stitch by stitch same as the leaves on the pattern.

In fact, now that I look at it, the design would work well enough if you kept the approximate density but monkeyed with the scale of the leaves. Ditto the colors of the leaves.

This is a hard sell to needleworkers. To understand, you have to reframe the way you look at a design. Instead of looking at right and wrong, think in terms of different.

In the days when I travel-taught, I had students who would say to me 'but if it's not the same as yours it will be wrong.' They somehow worried that someone would notice changes and say 'why did you do it wrong?' There is one answer to that question with no answer back, it is this: 'I did it this way because I like it better than the original.'

Business: My Mail Jail Report

Most of my missing thread arrived, I have packed many of the packages. In the next three days hopefully the rest will arrive and I will print shipping labels and send off the packages on Thursday.

The time is not quiite here for you to write to me if you haven't heard from me, but it is approaching.

Sunday November 15, 2020

Time and Creativity Samplers

Thanks for your notes about both samplers. I don't know when if ever I will sell them. I started writing the instructions for Creativity Sampler years ago but I never finished, and I don't know whether I can do it now.

How can I reconstruct a large sampler years later and make it magnifiying-glass perfectly like mine? Answer, I don't think I can. Can I make it approximate mine? Of course, but not stitch-by-stitch perfectly like mine.

Let me tell you a story. Years ago when I used to count the outlines of a design and mark the canvas, I had a little design for a sampler that I taught at a nearby guild. I was mostly accurate in my markings but I sometimes made mistakes, and one day I received a telephone call from a person who was hopping mad at me. I had mismarked her canvas.

I said to her I was sorry but not all was lost, I could figure out something else for her. It wouldn't be exactly like my model, true, but who knew, it might be better. (That's how I design and stitch, it's always different from my orignal expectations).


I remember the screaming (who would forget it); I remember apologizing repeatedly for my imperfections, but I don't remember how we resolved the issue.

I'm not excusing my imperfections by saying what I am about to say: I have struggled with the concept of total reproduction. I can't see why it is so important, probably because I see so many different ways to do something, one not better or worse than the other, mostly just different.

So why do I choose what I choose? Mostly whim, I figure out what to try, I try it and it seems to look OK so I move on. There is no historical precedent for anything I do, none of it fixed in cement, and if I were to do it again, I would likely do it differently. Such is life.

But most of my customers aren't like that, they want paint-by-perfect-number results of the sort I describe in the screaming episode.

I can't promise I could write Creativity Sampler that way. So likely I won't even try.  I am perfectly happy just keeping it for myself, as I have all these years. It hangs in the hallway and I like saying hello to it whenever I walk past it.

Saturday November 14, 2020

Computer Problems and Anxiety Emails

It is the early a.m. and I am yet again plagued by computer problems. This morning my computer crashed and took with the crash some important files on my desk top.

So I am sitting here on hold, waiting for computer help and cleaning up my emails. I currently have 1400+ to sort, file, delete, answer, whatever is appropriate.

Sprinkled among the 1400 emails are a liberal number of Anxiety Emails about orders from my sale, in fact no fewer than six emails yesterday from one person: the first two were blank, the next four jumbled requests.

Not one of these emails written in clear straightforward sentences so it took me a while to unravel the mysteries of what she was trying to say to me.

Reviewing One More Time

Here goes, one more time:

• I update this site every day with my Mail Jail progress.

• Writing Anxiety Emails to me simply slows me down.

• I am still within my projected deadlines

     (see column on left side of this page.)

• Yes, I know your friend might already have her package

         from me and you have not yet heard from me.

• Yes, I make mistakes but I will do my best to fix them.

If you can hold off writing to me now, I promise there will come a time when I ask you to write to me. Depending on how fast the threads I have ordered arrive, that time is not far off.

Mail Jail Progress This Morning

When I discovered that I probably would not receive my missing thread from Kreinik, I phoned around the country looking for a few spools here, a few spools there. I ordered all I found, including a number of extras. I should have enough to cover all the kits I owe people, with a few extras to cover my mistakes.

The threads (four spools from one shop, six from another, etc., a lucky 29 from yet another) are beginning to arrive. As they arrive, I will send the kits. As I wrote yesterday, you are not the only person: there are about 100 of you.

Looking Ahead

I have learned my lesson: NO MORE sales until we have some semblance of order return to our lives. When will that be? Likely sometime between mid 2021 and the end of 2024, from all I read.

Looking on the bright side of things: that's a lot of stitching time. I was about to add this, 'IFF we can get supplies' but most of us, at least the most of us I know, have enough stash to last until 2124 if not beyond.

On that note, have a good day.

Friday the Thirteenth

Stay Safe today! Stay inside and huddle safely for today is Friday the Thirteenth, and given that this is an unlucky 2020, I would be doubly careful!

I am superstitious! DH just rolls his eyes. So be it.

I was lucky yesterday: the first spools of the Kreinik braid I need arrived. To find them I ordered spools from all over the place, so they will arrive in dribbles. For example, now I can finish one more Betsy, one more Sewing Case and a handful of US UK Hearts.

The first spools arrived fairly fast and I'm hoping the others won't be far behind. Everything is all set to go, I just have to add the missing spools and I can send the kits off. Depending on when the rest of the spools arrive, I will mail kits again next Thursday, skip (obviously) Thanksgiving Day and mail hopefully the last of the kits on December 3.

As I said, it all depends on how long it takes the spools to arrive here.

I am still well within the time limits I specified for Mailing EWeek (first wave before or on November 19, second wave before or on December 19). With any luck, I will finish far ahead of December 19 deadline.

If you have not heard from me yet, hold off a while longer and see if you are one of the 100 people whose kits I still have to mail. If after December 3, you have not heard from me, then I will ask you to email me.

Maybe Friday the Thirteenth wasn't the best day to write about needing good luck. I probably should have left this till tomorrow.

November 12, 2020 Thursday

A Bit of Excitement

Such excitement yesterday because I found a treasure  on eBay, an Appenzell (whitework) handkerchief case, and with it came a path forward for the fourth in my series of samplers celebrating different lace and whitework techniques.

So far I have stitched a sampler using tiny machine-made strips of Valenciennes lace and a sampler where I (loosely) adapted Ayrshire flower designs from panels of baby dresses.  

For quite a while  I have had an idea for a Honiton Sampler and as soon as I finish EWeek's Mail Jail I will start it. And now a fourth idea for adapting my newly-found piece of Appenzell.

I will save the little handkerchief case once it arrives in the mail, and open it on Christmas morning. And along with it I have more Honiton bobbins from Carolyn that I haven't opened.

This lot is the second set of Honiton bobbins that Carolyn has found for me. A couple of years ago she found Honiton bobbins for me and I saved them to open on Christmas morning. I was so excited to see them in person that it was like I was six years old again and not being able to sleep on Christmas Eve.

So this Christmas morning will bring  exciting little treats also,  not only more bobbins but the little unexpected Appenzell handkerchief case as well. And maybe with luck we will also have an even bigger treat, perhaps more good news about vaccines?

Mail Jail Updates     

I thought I would suspend mailing until after Thanksgiving but I managed to put together a few orders and Peter will take them to the post office this afternoon. Not a very productive Mail Jail week, but even a few packages out the door is better than none.

I am waiting for Kreinik braid. As soon as it arrives

I will start packing again. If you are feeling forlornly like you are the last one, you shouldn't feel that way for you have lots of company: there are about 100 of you still waiting.

November 11, 2020 Wednesday

I changed Queendom Website's Home Page today and posted two old designs of mine: the top one is Creativity Sampler, the bottom one The Passage of Time (Time Sampler).

The Facebook group, Counted Needlepoint Nation, uses a slice of Creativity Sampler as its banner and people confuse it with my Time Sampler.  I decided to post both to clear up the confusion.

Will I ever sell the kits for the two again? Probably at some point I may sell the Time Sampler. For me to sell Creativity Sampler, I would have to finish the instructions and talk Carol into proofing it, and then the question would be when.

All throughout the pandemic, I have been stitching. Add to 2020's designs the projects I stitched in 2019 and I would have ahead a daily grind of writing instructions for at least a year. Will I spend every day all day long for the next year writing instructions? Honestly, no.

So what to do? The answer is easy enough: put off the decisions for now and pick up my needle.

On with the day.

October 20, 2020 Tuesday

All About Mail Jail: PLEASE READ!

EWeek 2020 has closed and once again I would like to thank you for coming to my sale.

This EWeek was an experiment on my part: I wanted tto see if I could hold a sale where I actually kept the sale open for the whole time, ie I didn't say 'Sold Out' and shut the sale down after 6 hours, or a day or even two days. To help me deal with the extra patterns and kits this might mean, I extended my shipping time to two months and perhaps three.

Shipping during the pandemic presents some very big challenges, but I should be able to do it. I did it in July, admittedly a smaller sale, but with patience on your part and on my own as well, I should be able to do it.

I will mail packages each Thursday or Friday, depending on when Peter is free to ferry them to the post office. Peter shops for DH and me and he will take all my packages to the post office.

I have divided my sale into three parts and I plan to ship orders as follows:

(1) All orders that include Betsy Ross on her own or combined with other patterns, including those from Surprise Windows. (I am starting with Betsy Ross because we have a Stitchalong Class at Shining Needle Society.)

(2) All orders that include an Anthem heart, on its own or combined with other patterns, including those from the Surprise Windows.

(3) All orders from the General Sale: Betsy's Sewing Case, Cap and Mittens, Fireworks, each on its own or combined with patterns from the Surprise Windows.

(4) All orders only from the Surprise Windows (Orders that do not include a pattern from the General Sale.

I ask you please not to email me wondering where your order is. It's not that I mind answering, but it takes time away from my packing. Instead, consult this column: I will  post my progress in general here.

Important: there will come a time when I will post here and ask you to write to me if you have not heard from me, but it won't happen for a while.

How long will this take me? I have set up Mail Jail in Waves. I hope to mail the First Wave before or on November 19, the Second Wave before or on December 19, and if necessary a Third Wave before or on January 19.

Yes, I will make mistakes along the way. I try to be perfect but so far I've never pulled it off. Mistakes, yes, but to my knowledge, in my 12 years of Queendom Website, I don't think there has been a time I haven't fixed my mistakes. I will fix any I make on your kits, but it will just take time.

It is a daunting job and people kindly ask me what they can do to help me. There are two things:

(1) Don't write me emails asking 'Where's my stuff' until I ask you to.

(2) Check your packages as they arrive and report any mistakes.

Can I do this? I think so. With time and patience on all our parts.

Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated November,  2020


Updates: E-Week, my big fall sale,  began on Thursday, October 15

E-Week's Surprise Windows opened  Saturday October 17 a

The sale is closed now.

Carolyn will have a Christmas Special, hopefully offering more stilettos and thimbles and other goodies.

Otherwise, I will have no more sales until the pandemic is over.  

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.

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'.

Surprise Windows

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

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.

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 in my life.

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 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).

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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, 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


Mail Jail Schedule for EWeek 2020

This year, in a large part because of the pandemic, I am doing my own shipping.

I am planning the following schedule: I plan to ship packages in Waves.

Wave ONE shipping will be before or on November 19;  

Wave TWO shipping will be before or on December 19.

If I need more time, I will extend shipping to Wave THREE: before or on January 19.  

Please know that I will work as fast as I can and chances are good I will finish sooner than later, but in case I need the time, I will take it.  

My plan is to ship packages each Thursday or Friday until I finish. As I print your shipping labels, you should receive a tracking number from the post office.

In these early stages, please don't write to me, it just takes time away from my work. There will come a time when I will ask you to write to me, please wait to do so until then. Thanks!

Enter Text

Goodbye, Mail Jail 2020!


Please report omissions or mistakes with your EWEEK 2020 designs. The deadline for reporting them is

December 19, 2020.

After December 19, you are on your own

Happy Thanksgiving! Below is the detail from a 1920's Appenzell doily, a wonderful embroidered Turkey to celebrate the holiday.