Thursday May 6, 2021
In the evening my padded bags arrived, so hopefully today I willl come close to finishing shipping from last Sunday's Sale.
My but this week has gone by so quickly as the days of May click by. Here on the San Diego coast we have May Gray, all overcast and gloomy and yesterday was a perfect example. We were all covered with fog yesterday morning. Perfect days for working, even though I prefer the sun.
As soon as I finish packing, I will decide on a theme for the May 23 sale. I have a couple of ideas and will start going through boxes. I have a couple of ideas. The fun part is always planning a sale.
Wedesday May 5, 2021
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I am waiting for the arrival of Jiffy bags and once they are here, I should finish mailing my Sunday Sale quickly.
In part these small Sunday Sales are a way to clean up our house, but in another way, they are an experiment to see if I can make them work in place of my very large sales of the past.
Last year, I spent 2 months from dawn to dusk packing and shipping E-Week. It is nice that my sale was successful but I confess, it overwhelmed me and I think I need a change.
I'm inching toward thinking maybe a smaller format would be a wise decision. Smaller and more flexible timing. Yes, there would be an E-Week, yes the designs would be new, but there would be a smaller number.
Food for thought.
I'm off to pack now; hopefully my Jiffy bags will arrive today.
Tuesday May 4, 2021
Yesterday I wrote that I would start packing on Wednesday. I expected to pick up patterns from the print shop today, but yesterday afternoon they emailed that they had copies ready to go.
So I will start packing today and with luck will send out the first packages this afternoon. I am guessing it will take me three days to pack everything, so I hope to finish on Thursday.
As I print your shipping labels, you should receive tracking numbers from the post office. Watch for them and you can follow the progress of your package to you.
I hope a number of you will start work on the big Drawn Thread Sampler. I look forward to hearing about your progress.
Well, off to work. I will post tomorrow how Mail Jail Day One has gone, and hopefully DH and I will make a trip to the post office this afternoon.
Monday May 3, 2021
Thank you to everyone who came to my Sunday Sale yesterday. I will start mailing packages on Wednesday, and it will probably take me a couple of days to do it all.
I will take a couple of weeks off from sales, mainly to catch up. Next sale will be Sunday May 23. I haven't decided yet what to feature; if you have any requests or suggestions, I will be happy to consider them.
So far I have had sales of Eleanor's Accessories and Drawn Thread patterns, both sales resulting from requests.
As your Drawn Thread Samplers arrive, I am hoping some of you will start them. I look forward to hearing what you choose to do with the pattern and how you fare with it.
For those of you who bought both the Drawn Thread Sampler pattern and one or both of the Small Ruskin Sampler patterns, you might wish to work one of the little samplers, at least the cutwork on one, before you tackle the large sampler.
As I have corresponded with some of you, Cathe Ray at Needle in a Haystack has the old linen congress cloth which would be a great ground fabric for any of these samplers. And those of you who prefer linen to congress cloth, linen of any size will work well.
If you use a count smaller than 28, you may have to change thread size.
Sunday May 2, 2021
The second of my Spring Cleaning Sunday Sales is now open. This Sunday I have posted my large and difficult Drawn Thread Sampler. I would not recommend this pattern to novice stitchers or to casual stitchers.
Along with Drawn Thread Sampler I have posted two Small Ruskin Sampler patterns suitable for someone who is interested in cutwork techniques and would like to try them.
And for those who like the look of cutwork but don't want to cut threads, I have added a heart with Imitation Cutwork and its pair. Look at the two hearts and you will see that the structure is essentially the same and the patterns are more or less interchangeable.
For those of you who would like to dabble in designing, you might find juggling these patterns an easy way to start, and almost any outcome will work.
These Sunday Sales of mine deal with cleaning out our house and catching up with your requests for my old patterns.
I have a list of requests and yes, I will try to build small Sunday Sales around them -- at least for a while longer.
Saturday May 1, 2021
Happy May Day to everybody. Hope you have some stitching with flowers and can steal a little time for it.
Here I am on May 1 still stuck in Autumn. Oh well.
Tomorrow a little Spring Cleaning Sale begins at 8:00 a.m. On offer hopefully for the last time: my big and difficult Drawn Thread Sampler, two smaller samplers which are a good introduction to Cutwork, and two hearts with no cutwork. One of the hearts has Imitation Cutwork -- it sort of looks like cutwork but doesn't take the time and skill.
I have posted everything on Queendom Website's home page and tomorrow morning I will open the sale by adding PayPal buttons.
Meanwhile, back to cleaning up! Does this organization ever end? I suspect the answer is no, it doesn't.
Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated May 2021
I plan to have a series of small Spring Cleaning Sales on Sundays throughout the spring. How many? How often? Not decided yet.
Next Sunday Sale will be May 23.
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.
Next Sunday Sale: