Tuesday June 22, 2021
Summer Solstice 2021 has come and gone and I had a very nice time on my favorite day of the year.
Did anybody stitch along with me yesterday? I did as advertised: for most of the day I worked my way through 3 spools of Kreinik braid, one color.
So do I like what I stitched? Too early to tell. I fiddled and figeted and arrived at the decision that I like it well enough to continue for a while longer and see how it evolves. It is a matter of faith at this point and it will take me a while longer to decide.
Now I have to turn my attention to work again: beads, kits and my ornament, Gold and White for My Website, so it will be a while before I can stitch again.
And I am checking my counter again. It is ticking upward faster than I originally predicted so I don't think it will be long till Queendom Website reaches 1,000,000 hits. Just around the corner!
Monday June 21, 2021
The Summer Solstice, my favorite day of the year because it is the longest day. All those lovely bright daylight hours and I am taking advantage of them: I picked up my needle a couple of hours ago and began working on a border.
So far just the border and it will likely take me another couple of hours. The whole border? No, just a single row so it defines my space.
I'm working on a design that needs lots of outlines, so after I complete the border, I will begin the outlines. I have days ahead of a single Kreinik braid, no color for a long time. Still, I look forward to seeing how this one unfolds.
I will be here, looking forward to the next hours. I hope some of you will have a chance to join me even if for only a short while. Enjoy the day!
Sunday June 20, 2021
Happy Father's Day! Hope all the men enjoy their special day.
I don't know where my mind has been, but not on dates, that's for sure. Until right now I didn't realize that the Summer Solstice is tomorrow! I am indeed planning to stitch but I'd better get busy today and figure something out.
Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year because of the longest hours of daylight and yes, I do plan to stitch away. But time ran away from me and I guess I had better start planning something to work on today. I like to start something new.
Anybody join me? I would welcome the company!
Saturday June 19, 2021
I am starting to watch my counter, as the countdown is starting to roll forward. It's moving a bit faster than my original guess, so maybe another week and a half to go?
It turns out that Vikki Clayton is back in business dyeing threads but sadly she doesn't have the perforated paper. It was from France and evidently quite a while ago, the person who sold it went out of business. It's too bad because the 17-count perforated paper was a super product.
I think Wichelt will ship 18 count perforated paper to me on Monday and I should have it in time to look for suitable threads before my sale on July 11. My main concern: they recommend a #28 tapestry needle for working on the 18 count perforated paper and I need to find a twisted thread to fit in a #28 tapestry needle.
The alternative would be to use 14 count perforated paper and pearl cotton #12. I could try both. Wonder where I put my 14 count perforated paper....
I would love to use more perforated paper. I have loved little pieces of Victoriana stitched on perforated paper forever. New avenues for certain, always something to look forward to.
Meanwhile I see I had better start making some Heart Kits. I will see how many I have the supplies for. Good task for today.
Friday June 18, 2021
Updates this morning: yes, I will have a Sunday Sale on July 11 at 8:00 a.m. California Time. I will get busy next week making kits for Travel By Heart's Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
And once I have the new perforated paper I will try and redo Gold and White for My Website. If I can figure out new supplies, I will include as a bunus celebration the instructions for the onrament with the both hearts.
So where on the Big Countdown do I stand this morning? I just checked and Queendom Websitehas now has under 1000 hits to go.
Guess I have a lot on my plate: better get to work!.
Thursday June 17, 2021
I think I have figured out a celebration. Can I manage it? Best I can do is try.
I have two new hearts from a series I started after Anthem Hearts, this one called Travel By Heart. So far there are two:
The Golden Gate Bridge and The Statue of Liberty. Both are on Queendom Website's Home Page this morning.
If I can complete a deadline and start to make kits and if people are patient the way they were with Anthem Hearts last summer, I could have a small celebration sale.
I found out the there is 18 count perforated paper, and I ordered some yesterday. Witchelt told me they would ship it on Monday and if the post office does its job, I should have it by the end of the week.
IFF I can find suitable supplies for Gold and White for My Website and add an updated page, I will include as a small bonus the instructions for Gold and White for people who collect both Travel By Hearts.
I am starting on this too late, I like to plan way ahead, therefore if I can pull it off, I would need patience from my customers. If you agree to be patient and give me some time, I'm happy to try. Will see: I would need a bit of luck so we'll see.
Wednesday June 16, 2021
A couple of days ago I posted 'Gold and White for My Website' with the intention of including it in a celebration when Queendom Website hits 1,000,000 hits, but yesterday I looked at the pattern supplies list and discovered all are extinct now: Vicky Clayton was my source for the 17-count perforated paper as well as the silk pearl.
Vicky Clayton is, as foar as I know, long out of business and I could never learn the source for the 17-count perforated paper. And obviously, the Vicky Clayton silk pearl is also long gone.
The instructions will still work, but I would need to restitch the ornament on 14 count perforated paper, but I hesitate for this reason. Word has it that there will soon be an 18-count perforated paper.
I love perforated paper! I think it is a delightful and largely unexplored part of needlework's history and I would love to do more small designs for it. But I would like to wait and see if indeed an 18-count perforated paper does make it onto the market.
So for now, a bit of a disappointment, 'Gold and White for My Website will go unrevived. But maybe a new plan.
I asked Jana K. one day what design I could do that would excite her and she replied 'a design incorporating my logo (the crown, heart, thimble, scissors and Smyrna Cross that I designed long ago and has always been on my banner.
Maybe on the day that Queendom Website's counter rolls over to its 1,000,000 hit marker, I will start a design incorporating my logo. A nod to the past and a glance to the future.
Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated May 2021
Three small Sunday Sales so far. Another? I haven't decided.
I still have a stash of lots of old kits and patterns to sell, but I also have many new designs. Maybe it is time to work on them.
I will sort it out as I continue clean up.
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.
Countdown is on. As of today,
326 hits more to 1,000,000