Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

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Updated May 2024

Sales for 2024

Yes, in June a Patriotica Sale which will include Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

My theme for E-Week 2024: Revisiting Tudor England.

I plan to spend my early 2024 months solidly with my needle in my hand.

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July 9, 2019 Tuesday

The First Day of My Remodeled Website

Permanent 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.







UPDATED May 2024

Updates on Sales

Yes, in June I will have a Patriotica Sale: Betsy Ross, Betsy's Sewing Case (only two), Anthem Hearts, Golden Gate Bridge and Statue of Liberty Hearts, and for the first time, ECS and Susan B.

Group Activities

I will continue to refurbish my For Groups page on Queendom Website..

Time to Stitch

In 2024, once I have mailed Matryoshkas, I plan to pick up my needle solidly every day.

Future Sales

I will take time in June to have a Patriotica Sale. Hopefully most Patriotic Hearts will be there.

In the fall the theme will be Revisiting Tudor England.

May 20, 2024, Monday                

A departure from Crowns this morning as I post a bit of Happy News for my ECS and Susan B. Anthony Sampler.

Every other year in LA is a needlework show put on by lots of people willing to work hard. As it is almost local (I live in San Diego) I always try to support it.

This year I gave my friend Val her choice of my recent work and she chose Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Sampler.

And look, it won its division, a nice surprise and treat I learned about over the weekend.

I hope  the show was a big success for all of those who put in much time and labor to produce it. As those of you who know, many many hours of work.

Soon as I publish my website, I have two hours for my Crown Project and then a very very busy day ahead.

Hope some of you will join me for a Monday Morning Stitch in to begin a new week.

May 19, 2024, Sunday                

Of my four queens, Eleanor was the only one without any known image, so I made up my idea of Eleanor.

I designed her from tiny paintings not related to her but from the correct time period. I also looked at lots of illustrations of Eleanor through the ages to see what other people thought of her.

For example, I made up  her Crown from the image on Queendom Website's Home Page this morning.

Over the weekend I had a very nice surprise to do with stitching. I will share my surprise with you by posting a photo tomorrow morning.

Enjoy this Sunday, see if you have time for stitching today. If so, plan to join me this afternoon. Meantime I am scurrying this morning. No needle in my hand yet.

May 18, 2024, Saturday                

It is indeed early today but already light. As soon as I write this and post my website, it will be time to stitch for an hour and a half. Nice early starting time.

This morning I posted what I think was my second crown. This one doesn't exist, except as the Crown that looks like one my Queen would have worn.

Do you know whose Crown it is?

Well, on with the day, hopefully two stitching sessions today. A lot of kitting inbetween.

May 17, 2024, Friday               

Early morning stitching now, a busy day ahead and then hopefully another hour in early evening. It makes me so happy to have a needle in my hand again.

This morning, yes, a photo of Catherine the Great's Crown was the first Crown I stitched, and since then 5 more  that I can think of off hand. I should go and find them all and check to see if I've forgotten one.

And now a new one.

I am happy to have a small glitzy project in my hand now but can't forget about my schedule: life seems to grow busier the older I get. Sigh....

Onward and upward for this Friday.

May 16, 2024, Thursday               

I stitched for two hours yesterday and my little crown is beginning to take shape. I spent a rigorous hour in the early morning getting the crown set up, then in the late afternoon I put my feet up, turned on the news and stitched for another hour.

So how is it going? Well, I'm happy to say. I never know for sure how something will turn out until I stitch more, so I am working on faith and a prayer right now.

As I stitch a new crown, I thought I would re-trace my history with crown ornaments. This morning I have posted my first crown on Queendom Website's Home  Page. I made it 10 years ago and since then I have a life populated with crowns.

Do I like crowns? I like stitching them because of all the jewels. It is great fun to stitch something so over the top.

Would I ever want to wear a crown? Noo, too cumbersome, but then I suspect all of royal life can be cumbersome. More fun to stitch it, I suspect, than be it.

May 15, 2024, Wednesday               

I had personal chores for a big part of the day, but by mid afternoon I called it quits for the day, fetched four spools of Kreinik braid, a piece of congress cloth and stretcher bars and I started my crown.

FIRST time I've had my needle in my hand for a long time and I stitched the rest of the afternoon; in the evening I graphed what I stitched.

This morning soon as I finish webchores, I am taking 2 hours and seeing if I can make more headway.

My plan is to try and stitch for an hour in the early morning and at least an hour in the late afternoon. It is such a lovely time of year with all the daylight hours. Shame not to take time to enjoy them.

Anybody wish to join me?

May 14, 2024, Tuesday               

I am happy to say I made some progress yesterday on mounting my Patrotica Sale. I still have a long way to go, but the essentials are blocked in place and my sale will start as planned on June 20.

I am not so happy to say that I have not picked up a needle in so long. I have about a week's rigorous work to do, then I need to make some long overdue Echoes kits -- and then some stitching time.

So what is next? A long-overdue Crown. I have the beads, I have most of the threads, I have a drawing, I just need to start. I need to carve out a day and simply use the time to start.

The time is coming.

Meanwhile on with the day's work ahead.

May 13, 2024, Monday               

The beginning of a new week, here we are on Monday, with a whole new hopefully productive week ahead....

DH is philosophical about my collecting: he said it was always inevitable, since my mother and BOTH of my grandmothers were avid collectors.

When I was so young I remember my mother and my  paternal grandmother putting their heads together and deciding that I should collect needlework tools. They decided, I didn't, and on my following birthday each found little silver and gold tools for me.

I took to it like a duck to water and it has been a passion ever since.

So, as you might have gathered, I can get started and go on and on and on about it.

Recently I had a long talk with my collecting buddies, Carolyn and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is visiting Carolyn and they were on their way to Brimfield. This is a yearly occasion and a yearly conversation.  Both are dealers, but good as they are at dealing, the passion for both is collecting.

I was excited about talking to both and we wallowed in collecting. I loved every second of the conversation!

So that's one of the reasons I am carrying on about thimbles right now. OK, if you think enough is enough, I will carry on only for a limited time more. And then it will be back to stitching.

Meanwhile here is a teaser: At  Patriotica Sale in June, Carolyn will have some Aerican Silver Thimbles, likely the ones I used to design the bands on my Thimbles Sampler. Ok, enough now!

May 12, 2024, Sunday               

Happy Mother's Day!  I was hoping for a nice bright sunny day but I'm guessing we will continue our cold and gray days.

May Gray followed by June Gloom here along the California coast.

I had a very productive day yesterday: I began the webwork for my sale on June 20 and in doing so, I vowed to clean up Queendom Website. For too long I have had scrambled pages, missing photos and now recently loss of my fonts.

Time to deal with poor distressed Queendom Website. Nearly as distressed as my new thimbles. Yes, I waited for most of the day to see if someone loved the two little thimbles, then near the time the auction was to close, I bought them.

Let's see what they look like after a day of pampering in the Thimble Spa. I will post a photo of them on down the line.

Meanwhile on with more website cleanup.

May 11, 2024, Saturday               

A couple of days ago I compiled a list of thimbles currently for sale on eBay that I liked. Right at the head of the list were the two shown this morning on Queendom Website's Home Page and on the right.

My favorite of the two, the poor little distressed thimble on the left, the one in terrible condition. That little thimble is worth no money because of its condition; if the dealers don't sell it, it will be melted  down for the value of the silver.

This is exactly the sort of thimble I have written about. Imagine the hours a needlewoman worked with her little thimble on her finger to pu that many holes and dents in the little thimble.

Don't you wonder what she stitched? Of course we will never know, but it is fun to imagine.

May 10, 2024, Friday               

This morning my third argument for collecting thimbles:  Their History.

In you have ever watched Antiques Roadshow you will know that the condition of an item is hugely important in the value of the item.

And so it is with thimbles too: condition plays a huge role in thimble valuation.

My third argument for collecting thimbles flies in the face of the argument for condition because I deliberately chased after poor little disfitured and worn out thimbles.

Why would I do this? Imagine how long it took for a needlewoman of the past to wear holes and put dents in that little thimble. Hours and hours and hours it sat loyally on her finger, the dear little silver thimble.

Even though the thimble and its owner will remain anonymous, giving the thimble a home and keeping it out of the melting pot becomes a sentimental nod to the history of needlework.

My Third Argument: History.

May 9, 2024, Thursday               

This morning I left my Thimbles Chart on Queendom Website's Home Page and added the makers' marks to the listing. Most American Silver Thimbles have tiny marks telling us who made the thimble.

One of the parts I like about the marks: many of the makers made their versions of the same design. Each thimble maker had a style and often the basic design is the same but the details and style can be quite different.

Yesterday I spent all day long counting silk and stapling on labels and late in the afternoon I said to myself: enough of this and I went surfing for thimbles.

And would you know, I found an interesting one for a reasonable price. I already have too many Wild Rose Thimbles (see Thimble G on my chart on Queendom Website's home page).

Why was I excited about another? The detailing on the cartouche is different, reflective of the 1880's style for KMD's most over-the-top designs and the shape was more prouncedly  bell-like, also a sign of the 1880's patent shape. And the design part of the thimble appears higher (less knurling).

Of course I take a chance: all of this could just be an illusion from the angle of the photograph. I won't know till I see it in person.

Now I have four Wild Rose Thimbles: two from KMD, one from Waite Thresher and one from Webster. I'm missing the Stern, heaven forbid.

Now you know my follies:  Four thimbles of the same design. New words to describe myself:  Thimble Geek.  For sure

May 8, 2024, Wednesday               

This morning a second reason to collect thimbles: a library of miniature designs.

I spend so much of my time looking for ways to portray designs in small ways and on many occasions I have looked to my thimbles for inspiration. In the most obvious example I used a series of thimbles as inspirations for each of the bands on my American Silver Thimbles Sampler.

On Queendom Website's home page this morning, I have photos of the thimbles that were the inspirations. I have labeled them 'A' and 'B' and 'C' etc. and I have also labeled the bands on the sampler.

In addition, last night I trolled through the thimbles currently for sale on eBay and made a list of ones I found interesting for a variety of reasons.

If you would like me to forward the list to you, click on the blue button above.  Please note I have no financial interest in these thimbles, I was just looking for ones I thought might interest fledgling thimble collectors.

May 7, 2024, Tuesday               

If you haven't guessed already, I love thimbles! I love to collect them and at the end of a collecting spree I haven't added much to the clutter in my life, for my whole thimble collection fits very neatly in a few tiny boxes!

I discovered this when I was travel-teaching. I taught some very tedious techniques and to relieve the tedium in class, I started carrying a tiny box of thimbles in my purse. I would break the tedium by encouraging people to take a small break and come and learn a tiny bit about a tiny collectable. I enjoyed talking about thimble collecting and my students told me they enjoyed it too.

Thimbles are an odd collectable, in that value is not entirely in the metal. Most everywhere, gold is 10x the value of silver, but not necessarily in the thimble world where a silver thimble of a certain sort can cost 10x the cost of some gold thimbles.

And in those days (now long ago) my most valuable thimble was a brass thimble.

There's a lot to study and that is half the fun!  Note please, I am not finished on the topic.

May 6, 2024, Monday               

My favorite day of the week again: a new week starts and hopefully it will be a productive one. I worked yesterday all day on American Silver Thimble Sampler kits and the day turned out well. I am indeed making progress.

As a result of working on my sampler kits, I spent much of yesterday thinking about thimbles and why they make a good collection. I have three reasons -- and just this morning thought of a fourth.

I am beginning with the first reason: SPACE.

In a world where we all hope to declutter our spaces (me without much success), thimbles are a perfect collector's item as I hope my display this morning and tomorrow morning will show.

So guess this morning: how many thimbles wiill fit in my little box? 6? 8? More?

May 5, 2024, Happy Cinco de Mayo               

Mexican food today!

I continue deciding on projects for my Patriotica Sale today. I had two Betsys; I will have a few more. I have a handful of American Silver Thimbles Sampler and I may have a few more.

I haven't started deciding on Hearts yet. I will start on them today.

My American Silver Thimbles Sampler has made me nostalgic for thimbles and I have been following lots of thimble sales recently.  One of the reasons I love thimbles: the tiny tiny designs on their bands inspire me. I am so interested in ways to design for small spaces.

Miniaturization is always fascinating: how much can a few lines convey? No doubt one reason I like thimbles but there are other reasons.

Watch my ideas unfold in the next few days

May 4, 2024, Saturday               

By yesterday afternoon I was  surrounded by every strand of Soie d'Alger I own! I was trying to see if I had enough thread to make a few more Betsys and maybe a couple more Thimble Samplers.

What a mess! But by evening I had been counting strands and stapling on labels. Betsy has 22 different colors of Soie d'Alger, some skeins of floss and quite a few spools of Kreinik braid.

I will find out today if I have the Kreinik braid. Since Kreinik is moving to a new owner and likely won't be available for a while, I will need a bit of luck. I'll see today.

Meanwhile, I have enjoyed revisiting my American Silver Thimbles Sampler and alll the little designs taken from the tiny bands of thimbles.

I have always liked thimbles, but when I discovered one special  aspect of thimble collecting, I turned into an avid thimble collector. This aspect of a thimble collection makes them a modern collector's dream.

More about this tomorrow.

May 3, 2024, Friday               

This morning on Queendom Website a second view of the Simons Scenic thimble from which I adapted the center band for my American Silver Thimbles Sampler and on the right, another thimble, one of my favorites, with pink enamel roses on a blue enamel ground.

Whereas the Simons scenic thimble is relatively easy to find, this enamel thimble is much scarcer.

I had a super  productive day yesterday: I spent the day looking for threads and in the end even finished making a handful of Lady Liberty kits. So for sure my Statue of Liberty Heart will be in the sale.

On with another day today. Let's hope we all have productive days today.

May 2, 2024, Thursday               

Yesterday on May Day I transitioned to work on my Patriotica Sale.

I spent yesterday making some decisions about the designs  to include in my Patriotica Sale. As I have a handful of the kits for my Thimbles Sampler, I will include it in the sale as well as Betsy and her Sewing Case.

How many Betsys? How many Sewing Case? It will depend on  supplies and of course on time it takes me to make the kits.

Today I will have a look at red, white and blue hearts and make some preliminary decisions.  I will see what supplies I have and if there is any possibility of ordering more.  As many of you know, needlework supplies are frequently not available inside a month or two months time.

For the umpteenth time I say this: I wish I had been born with the organization gene. Alas I wasn't, so it will take a while. Fortunately I have a little less than a month and a half to pull it all together.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

May 1, 2024, Wednesday               

Welcome to May on Queendom Website, and on this May Day I have posted my final Patriotica Project, this a tribute to American Silver Thimbles.  In my cleanup I discovered a small cache of the kits for the sampler and now seems like a good time to sell them.

In addition Carolyn has a handful of thimbles from which I adapted the bands and she willl offer them for sale too.

You have to look carefully at the sampler to see that I adapted each band from the decoration on an American thimble. In the next couple of mornings I will post the thimbles, the most pronounced the decorative band from an American scene on a Simons thimble.

These little scenes on the bands of thimbles are a unique contribution by American thimble makers and each of the well known thimblemakers made them. The Simons thimble from which I adapated the band is one of the most common and therefore happily not a big ticket item. I am guessing Carolyn will have a couple of them.

I am transitioning today to starting to choose the designs I will sell in my sale. A month and 20 days to go. I'd best apply myself today and start choosing.  I hope you will help me.


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