Sales of Kits and Patterns
Updated December 2022
EWeek 2022 is now past
and I won't have another sale until the new year. I will stay busy making kits for Dowager in the Evening and Salem Witch Sampler for pre-ordered kits at EWeek.
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.
The First Day of My Remodeled Website
Resolutions for Stitchers
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.
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, still good for 2022
Reminders for me as well as for all of you.
If you bought Sapphire Heart Rounded from me at EWeek, please email me..
You should have your packages from EWeek in hand by now. I have shipped all packages.
Deadline for reporting mistakes for EWeek 2022 is DECEMBER 13, 2022.
After that you are on your own.
Updates on Sale.
I have a list of people who have made deposits on Dowager in the Evening and on Salem Witch Sampler.
I am waiting for supplies for both. As soon as they arrive I will begin work on those kits.
In January: shipping Dowager in the Evening.
In February: shipping Salem Witch Samplers..
Beginning to plan Stitchalong for Pride and Prejudice Needle Book.
Time to Stitch
I have to pick up from EWeek.
Then it will be time to stitch.
December 1, 2022, Thursday
Welcome to December on Queendom Website.
December catches me down a Rabbit Hole: I am in the midst of an obsession about Point de Gaze lace, so I have taken some photos of various pieces and decided to try and explain how to identify the handmade and machine-made samples.
Years and years ago when I first became interested in lace, it was Point de Gaze lace that first taught me tell-tale signs of maching-made lace.
I knew how to do Buttohole Stitch and I could see the patterns on the roses made of Buttonhole variations. When I looked at a machine-made piece of Point de Gaze, I couldn't see the Buttonhole. Where there should have been Buttonhole, I saw a loosely woven stitch instead.
If you look at the two roses on Queendom Website's Home Page this morning, you can see the difference in the petals.
A lesson for December 1, 2022.
November 30, 2022, Wednesday
For the last day of November 2022, a second piece of Point de Gaze on Queendom Website's Home Page. There's an important difference between the two pieces.
Can you see what the important difference is?
I will try to show you tomorrow morning.
November 29, 2022, Tuesday
Most of us stitchers have worked Buttohole Stitch at one time or another. Now can you see the rows of Buttohole Stitch on the enlarged rose on Queendom Website's Home Page?
The easiest place to see Buttonhole is on the loopy. Point de Gaze netting. On the rose itself, the Buttonhole Stitch is worked over a foundation length of padding thread. The same is true for the tiny Buttonhole rings: the Buttonhole is worked over padding threads.
Tomorrow morning I will post a piece of machine-made Point de Gaze and try to describe the difference.
YOU HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 13 to report EWeek 2022 mistakes. When the clock rolls over to December 14, you are on your own.
Two Point de Gaze Roses, the top one is handmade, the second is machine-made.