Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

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Sales of Kits and Patterns

Updated July 2020


Sales


Updates:  Patriotic Hearts Sale is open until Sunday July 26 If the sale goes smoothly, I will have E-Week in Ocrober.


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:

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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.


GayAnnRogers@icloud.com


Queendom Website’s Own Jargon


MacSoph

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

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

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.


I used to do all my shipping, then I found Jay and he does my shipping now. He is much more efficient than I ever was and I am delighted that he is willing to do it.


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, 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

August 6, 2020 Thursday

I have been working away: I spent hours, and I do mean hours, yesterday counting silks and stapling labels. I don't mind doing this, it isn't difficult or stressful, it can be boring and my mind wanders, usually in the direction of what ideas I would like to design and stitch.

I ended up playing a fun game with my friend Jan B. She proofed all four of the Patriotica Hearts and we both want trees or garlands of patriotic ornaments. Jan already has a wonderful collection for her Christmas tree and is looking for a way to display them all year.

We were conjuring up ideas to extend my hearts and Jan came up with some of the most fun and wonderful ideas and I even came up with a few too. This comes because photo of a patriotic garland that likely had 200 maybe even more patriotic ornaments.

We thought of the obvious, Constitution Hall and the Liberty Bell at the top of the obvious list, and then Jan thought of some less obvioius but great fun, at the head of that list a Model A Ford and the Space Shuttle. How fun would that be!

All in all, my list has now grown to 20+possible Patriotic Hearts. Maybe the time will come that I will actually do some of them.

For now a great fun way to while away my hours of stapling.

So where am I? Still waiting for Planet Earth. My goal these days is to have everything counted and stapled and set to go so that I can add the Planet Earth, assemble the hearts and start shipping packages again within several days of its arrival. I will still have to cut it, count it, staple labels and add it to each heart.

As I've said all along: I can do it, it is just going to take time.


August 5, 2020 Wednesday

I have quite a bit of news this morning, regarding kits:

Patriotica Hearts Updates

I am happy to say that all my silks arrived from Access Commodities yesterday. As is our habit, DH and I leave all packages and mail unopened for a day after it arrives.

I just opened the box and saw my life's savings there: the silks are beautiful as always! I have yet to check in the inventory, and then YAY! I will return to work all day on Patriotica Hearts.

I can't complete more until the Planet Earth arrives, but I'm guessing (if the Needlework Goddesses continue to bring me good luck) it will be here by mid-August and then I will start mailing again.

Meanwhile, I should be able to finish all of the counting and stapling the Soie d'Alger.

Watch News&Views for all Patriotica Hearts updates as they happen.


Echoes Updates

In spite of my bead spill yesterday, I made great progress on Echoes kits. Because thread arrived for Patriotica Hearts, I will wind up work on Echoes this morning and set them aside while I fininsh counting the silks for Patriotica Hearts.

The good news is, I think I will have Echoes ready by early September (if my luck holds) instead of early October.

We'll see. Again, I will post any Echoes updates here in News&Views.


My Life in General

The beads are all cleaned up, that's a good thing. Other than that no personal activity other than counting and stapling silks and counting beads into little baggies. Actually I'm not grousing. The threads are beautiful, I love all my beads, and spending time with them is ot a bad occupation. Staying busy is a good thing.

So for now all is well in the Queen's Palace.


August 4, 2020 Tuesday

I'm living somewhere between Kit Hell and Bead Mania. If you are a lover of beads, you will undoubtedly know about Bead Mania: it's when you spill 10,000 tiny but necessary seed beads all over and have to get down on hands and knees and find them lurking everywhere. The only upside to the spill: the beads were red and therefore easier to recapture.

What a mess! But it is all a part, alas a too-frequent part of life with beads.

After the spill yesterday I had a spot of incredible luck: an oft-difficult-to-find pearl cotton that I was dreading asking for was -- can you believe -- there! 8 boxes of #12 and 8 boxes of #8 literally arrived minutes before I called and happily all 16 boxes should arrive on my doorstep in the next few days.

So if I had to spill 10,000 tiny red seed beads to suffer and then find that the pearl cotton was available to reward me for my suffering, I would suffer the bead spill all over again happily!

Now this is the sort of my logic that makes DH crazy.

Yes, I am in Kit Hell.  I'm hoping to finish Echoes kits before my threads for Patriotica Hearts arrive, and I am making progress. Actually as far as kitting goes, both Echoes are fun to kit because I love the overdyed red in the kit and I love the combo of threads and colors and how they combine with the beads. So I whine a lot but actually I don't mind kitting Echoes.

Back to work. Long day of counting beads into little baggies lies ahead.


August 3, 2020 Monday

August will undoubtedly gallop by. It is such an odd sensation that time both seems to drag and gallop by, how can that be?

I am on hiatus from Patriotica Hearts. I am caught up and can't go any farther until my thread arrives. I hope it will be here within a week, at most two weeks. We'll see.

Meanwhile I have turned to making kits for Echoes 1 and Echoes II. Given that I have sold both within the last two years, I can't believe I have more orders for Echoes. Surely this will be the end of Echoes.

I have closed down the Echoes Wait Lists: I am maxed out on the number of Echoes I can make. I have to sneak them in while I am waiting  for Patriotica Hearts threads, otherwise I will have to put them off. I wonder how I got myself into this. Oh well, onward and upward.

What comes after I send out all Patriotica Hearts? Why, more Patriotica Hearts of course. I have a growing list for more, but I have also accessed the importance of the word 'Patience'. It will be a while because I have to plan this year's E-Week.

On with the day, a day full of threads and beads. Fortunately they are all threads and beads I love.

Monday morning, time to go to work. Enjoy your day.


August 2, 2020 Sunday

The second day of August is already here and I cast an eye toward my pile of stitching projects and my drawing tablets, but I am well-focused and working on kits.

I am happy to say I have gone as far as I can go with Patriotica Heart Kits until thread arrives on my doorstep. Given the state of shipping these days, I expect it will be at least another week or two before my threads will arrive.

So I have jumped the fence from Patriotica Hearts over to Echoes. I have taken a Wait List for both Echoes 1 and Echoes 2 with a note that I will try and deliver kits in early October.

I should know what I can do sometime in the next few days. I will stay working on Echoes until I can return to work on Patriotica Hearts.


A note on shipping packages in today's world: I don't know how much to believe about the upheaval in the post office. The latest I have heard is that the postmaster is telling deliverers to slow down delivery of all packages.

Is this true? If so it will affect the arrival both of my thread and the Patriotica Hearts I just mailed. Each of your packages has a tracking number; I suggest you follow it carefully and watch for your package. I hear stories of packages heaved into bushes instead of being placed at front doors and so forth.

It is sad that along with much else in our lives, essential services and protections are becoming so politicized. It means we have to be doubly diligent.

On with the day. For DH and me the upcoming week will start our 21st week of sequestration. Will the world ever be normal again? If I look at normality in one sense, as long as I have lots of stitching supplies I won't worry about it.


August 1, 2020 Saturday

Round 2 for Patriotic Hearts

I had not intended to start a Wait List for Hearts while I am still in the process of sending Hearts from my recent sale, but yesterday  people started writing me asking if I would please start a list for future delivery.

When would delivery of a second round of Patriotica Hearts be?

I don't know. I need to get to the end of this sale first, but if you wish, I will start a list and we will work out the details when I finish this sale.


More Requests for Echoes

Along with requests for a Wait List for Patriotica Hearts I am receiving once again requests for Echoes I and Echoes II. I have a full list of requests for both, but if you would like to be added to that list, I will -- with no promises -- add you.


E-Week 2020

E-Week has been for 12 years now my big extravaganza sale each year in mid-October. Will I have E-Week this year and if so what will it be like?

I hope to have E-Week this year but given the constraints of the pandemic, I don't know how big it will be. Supplies are difficult, now reports of mail delivery are sounding dicey, I am still quarantined and DH seems to think we will be quarantined until next March. Who knows.

The key to all this is patience, on my part as well as yours. I find, if people will work with me, I can do most anything but I'm just not Amazon.

For those of you who have followed my stories over the year, I assume you have a picture of DH, so maybe this will ring true. When I had a somewhat abrupt email calling me to task about slow delivery of my hearts, DH said to me:  if your customers insist on Amazon delivery times, tell them to go order their needlework designs from Amazon.

More of this tomorrow.


July 31, 2020 Friday

This morning's updates: Spools of Kreinik braid arrived in yesterday's mail. I can't finish many more kits until I have the Planet Earth 'sky' and more Soie d'Alger but I am happy to have the Kreinik braid here safely.


Continuing on with a discussion of Full Kits vs. Instructions only, I read with interest the comments in my Shining Needle Society iougroups room and on facebook as well as privale emails. Thanks to everyone who voiced her thoughts.

I will continue making full kits for the reasons I wrote yesterday, but I also am taking another look at expanding the kinds of designs where Instructions Only are appropriate.

I can think of several, the first being Geometrics where the stitcher chooses her own colors and threads. One of my most enduring of these designs is Santa Fe Square. The design is now about 30 years old and was the first geometric I ever made. Simple, straight forward and a nice place to start with choosing an overdyed thread, several supporting pearl cottons and some Kreinik braid. These can be square or with uneven edges. One popular size is a five or six-inch square that becomes a box top.

Second, more complex Geometrics, maybe with the addition of flowers or houses or all sorts of design elements. In these sorts of Geometrics, choices of colors, because of shadows and highlights, foregrounds and backgrounds become a little more challenging. One such Geometric from my past is Queen's Room.

Third, a different category, a Geometric Mystery where I design different options and the stitcher chooses which she stitches. Each Mystery Geometric ends up being so different.

In  the future I will try and make more of these designs and offer them as 'Instructions Only' so that stitchers can choose threads hopefully from their stashes.

The Cost Issue

When I compute costs for a kit, I don't count stitching time -- it is my pleasure to stitch. I start counting costs when I write the instructions.

My main consideration is this: It takes as long to write a set of instructions as it takes to stitch a piece, sometimes longer. In the case of large and detailed projects, it can sometimes take twice as long to write the instructions as it took me to stitch the piece. While I don't mind writing instructions, it isn't nearly as much fun as stitching the piece.

The reality is, the more detailed the project, the more difficult and longer to write the instructions,  the higher the cost, so that Santa Fe Square instructions cost less than Queen's Room and both cost less than a Mystery with its many options.

Reality Sometimes Sets In

As I have posted throughout the pandemic, my best coping tool has been stitching and until my Patriotica Hearts Sale, I stitched away most days. In this time I have stitched some very complex pieces. I learned the more complex and difficult the piece, the more it distracted me from the reality around me.

So what will I do with these pieces? I don't know. Right now I am woefully behind in writing instructions, so much so that I think it would take me a year of nothing but writing instructions to catch up.

So making some simple Geometrics where I can sell the Instructions only at a relatively small cost to the consumer has its appealing aspects.

What will I do? I don't know right now. I haven't made up my mind.


July 30, 2020 Thursday

The morning's updates: I heard from Tracy Robinson, Planet Earth, that my thread should arrive from Germany some time next week and she will send it along to me.

I will find out more about Kreinik braid this morning.

Meanwhile, the first packages are on their way to the post office later this morning.


I wrote yesterday that I would address the reasons I don't sell the instructions only for many designs like my little Patrioitic Hearts.

One reason is the difficulty in obtaining the threads if there are too many people shopping for a set of the same colors at once. On several occasions in the past I have run the country out of certain colors and people have written to me, both customers and shopkeepers, complaining that I didn't give everybody advance notice so they could prepare for the onslaught.

One reason I cut up thread is of course is to save money, but that isn't the primary reason: the primary reason is conserving thread so that I can make the thread last through the whole run of the kits. If I had bought mini skeins for the hearts this time, they would have come close to doubling the price and even more disappointing for many, I would have been out of kits much sooner.

I can see selling instructions for designs where the stitcher chooses her own colors and threads, such as geometric designs on 18 mesh canvas. I can't see doing it where the colors are set colors and 90% of the people who stitch the design want to stitch it in the same colors and threads I used.

The latter is true of the Patriotic Hearts and I offer as proof how many people were relieved I had 'original colors' instead of substitutions for the whole design run. Even if the substitutions woule have been ones I would happily stitch with.

An email from Anne mentioned the expense of the kits. She told me the silk drove up the price of the kits and she rarely used silk for that reason. I particularly wished to address this.

I am not a silk snob. To the contrary, I love cotton, both floss and  pearl cotton and use both liberally. Let me mention a handful fo the designs where I have liberally used pearl cotton and floss: my Queen have faces and hair of floss, many of my samplers such as both Echoes use pearl cotton very liberally. During the pandemic I have stitched a difficult and complex design where the most difficult parts are in pearl cotton.

I am not biased for one or the other. I choose threads I think will best accomplish my vision of a design. For my Patriotic Hearts I used mostly Soie d'Alger both for color and for the weight of the thread. For the sky in each I chose a Planet Earth because of the color.

Could somebody use floss to save money? Yes, of course, but I who love floss thought silk, expressly Soie d'Alger, was a better choice for these hearts. Therefore I chose it.

If I have to choose between my vision and the cost, I will always choose my vision. In the times I have buckled to cost and let it determine my choices, the designs have not been as successful. In this case I don't mean successful in terms of sales, I mean successful in terms of satisfaction to me.


July 29, 2020 Wednesday

I have been waiting to hear about the status of the Soie d'Alger I have on order, ie how much of each original color I will have. My luck has held and I had very good news this morning.

I will have all the original colors of Soie d'Alger for all the hearts, except for two colors, white and a pale gray, and the substitutes for both are hardly noticeable. It was a substantial bit of good luck and I am delighted!

I now have everything on order  and I know that sooner or later it will arrive. I should be able to finish and send the majority of hearts within the next 2-3 weeks.

About 2/3's of the Kreinik braid I need is now in transit and should be here at the beginning of next week. The balance of the Kreinik braid won't arrive until the end of August or beginning of September.

Lsst note I heard about Planet Earth: some of it was drying from the dyeing process, more needed to be dyed. I'm not sure exactly what that means.


So summing up where I stand now:

About 20% of the hearts will go to the post office tomorrow morning and be on their ways.

I will have another 60% ready to mail within the next 2-3 weeks, depending on the arrivial of the Planet Earth.

The last 20% will likely go sometime in early September, depending totally on when Kreinik can deliver the last part of my order for Kreinik braid.

As I have said all along, it will just take patience on everybody's part, my own included.


I have increasing requests to sell my instructions only. I'll write tomorrow morning about why as a general rule I don't, and on which occasions I do.


July 22, 2020, Wednesday

Welcome to my Patriotic Hearts Sale

Thank you for coming. My Hearts Sale is now open and will stay open until Sunday, July 26 or until I can't promise any more hearts.


Where is the Hearts Sale?

Click on Hearts Sale on the on the yellow navigation bar.

Or click on Amber Waves of Grain Heart photo on the right. Or click on the four hearts on Queendom Website's Home Page.


If you wish to buy a heart, you will have three options:

Click on the PayPal Button. Even if you do not have a PayPal account, PayPal will allow you to pay by your credit card. It's very easy.

If you would like to pay by personal check, please email me for an invoice.

If you would like to buy all four hearts and wish to finance your hearts, go to the sale and click on the button called 'My Finance Program'


Taxes: for people ordering from a California address, PayPal will automatically add 7.75%. If you are paying by check, please let me know you live in California.


Notes about Kit Limitations and Mail Jail

I am trying something new: I am back to doing my own shipping which is wretchedly time consuming. And given the pandemic, even more so.

I will send out the first wave of kits before or by August 12.

I will stop then and work on sending more kits by September 7. If I still need more time, I will negotiate it then.

So I will try and keep the sale open as long as the number of kits is feasible. It comes down to this: I will try and have hearts for everyone who wishes them, but it may take a long time.

If it is too long or I am mired too much in Heart Production Shipping, I will close the sale and say 'enough'.

I know that many of you have written to me saying you want these hearts very badly, the stand in a way for hope and redemption and I agree. I will try my best.

As long as you are willing to wait, I will try my best.


Shipping: WHERE ARE YOU in the Shipping Queue

If you look at your invoice from PayPal, you will see a time and a date of your order. I will post by time and date approximately when I will ship your order, whether it will be before or on August 12, or before or on Setpember 7.

I will likely ship orders for four hearts paid by PayPal first, single orders paid by PayPal next.

Orders paid by personal check and by Drip come later because of the exchanges of invoices and travel time for checks.

It is going to take cooperation on everybody's part to make this work. Please refrain from writing me and asking about your order. I don't blame you at all for this impulse, but every email I have to answer slows down my time for packing and shipping.

There will come a time when I will ask you to write to me if you haven't heard from me. I will post that notice here in News&Views. At that point, please write to me.


Shipping Outside the U.S.

I can't imagine this will be a concern for this sale, since these are American Patriotica.

But in case...

I no longer ship packages outside the U.S. but I can help with a couple of solutions.

There is Shipitto.com.


Questions

Please email me any questions:

GayAnnRogers@me.

Link to Echoes II

Back to work full time on Patriotica Hearts Still waiting for Planet Earth.

Early this a.m. I finished counting and stapling threads for Amber Waves. Set to go as soon as I can add Planet Earth and assemble them. Today? Purple Mountains Day.