Wednesday, October 31, 2018

My Needlepoint Queens in the New Year: One Last Time

In August I sold my last needlepoint queen. I am essentially out of the queen business now.

But no sooner than I had sold my last queen, than people started asking me to bring back the queens so they could fill in the series.

One last time I will bring them back, likely next summer.
If you are missing one or two and would like to fill in the series, best to email me about being on my interest list.

My Needlepoint Queens are:
Elizabeth 1
Catherine the Great
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Queen Victoria.

I will enter names onto a interest list and will offer what kits I can make on a first come first serve basis for as long as they last.

I will offer them to people on the interest list first, then sell on the open market any that might be left over.

Saying 'good bye, Queens' for one last time next summer.

Gay Ann

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

One Last Needlepoint Queen and Then I am Finished

I like things in fours. I know the artistic world prefers things in threes, but I like fours.
I was trying to figure out why and I decided it has to do with the four seasons.

So until now I stitched four powerful women: Elizabeth 1, Catherine the Great and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Three is fine, but in keeping with my love of fours, I decided on a fourth and Last Queen.

Who is she? it is a secret until Friday, August 10.

This week, I have packed my e-jet and taken my followers on a trip to meet the Last Queen.
It is on my website each day.

Tomorrow (Wednesday August 8) we come closer to knowing her identity, and then Thursday, August 9 even closer.

It is my Last Queen and so I am partying on Thursday night with a stitch in into the wee hours.
You are welcome to join me -- I will be stitching away and posting notes in my Shining Needle Society Rooms -- and sometime around midnight New York time I will post one last playful page on my website, and then in the morning we will meet my Last Queen.

If you would like to play along visit my website:

Gay Ann

Friday, June 01, 2018

June 1, 2018: Queendom Website's Tenth Anniversary

Today Queendom Website is 10 years old! It doesn't seem possible, but it is so: Queendom Website went live 10 years ago to the wonder and amazement of everybody around Cody and me. Cody did all the nameserver and CPanel stuff and soon '' was pointing to my little iWeb website.

It took a while. Cody kept testing it. We waited, watching the screen, watching watching, and then suddenly there it was and I went skipping around the store as friends clicked through it on various computers around me.

I was so excited! I thought that day, my world really belongs to me now.

And not long afterwards a friend said to me, 'Gay Ann, that website is just like your own personal little kingdom' and I replied, 'yes indeedy, but it isn't a kingdom, it's a queendom'. And that's how Queendom Website got its name.

Queendom Website is all mine! I've told people, I'm Queen. It's not a democracy, it's an autocracy, and  sometimes run on whim. It's why I've always had an abundance of crowns everywhere, and likely always will.

It has been a great 10 years, without doubt my best and favorite years!

Now I face a very big challenge to keep going. I've promised myself I'll try, and I will stay another year or two for sure. I will know by the spring of 2020 if I can continue.

But that's ahead and now is now, and today I celebrate by picking up my needle for the whole day. I hope you will join me and help celebrate by stitching along with me.

My small celebration sale will start June 2 bright and early at 8:00 a.m. California time.  For today we kick back and rejoice with our Needles in our hands.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Celebrating My Website's 10th Anniversary: 10 Years of Online Needlepoint Designs

On June 1  I will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Queendom Website. It doesn't seem possible that these 10 years have flown by.

I began with this blog in 2006. My computer skills back then were all but non-existant and Laura Zickus set up this blog and taught me how to post on it.

I remember the first time I figured out how to post a photo on this blog. I had spent the day clicking around and trying to figure out how to post a photo and I clicked the right button and bingo, there was the photo on my blog.

The problem was, I had not a clue what I had done, so I had to click around some more to try and figure it out all over again.

From there I transitioned to my website.

For the rest of May I will retrace some of my steps from blog to website.
If you would like to follow along and see some of the first designs I sold,
travel to Queendom Website:

And on June 1 I will have a special small sale to commemorate the date.
So what will I sell?

A surprise I made especially with Queendom Website's history in mind.

Thank you to all of those of you who have followed this blog and my website all these years.

Gay Ann

Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Needlepoint Sale now in Progress, till Tuesday afternoon

My traditional fall sale of new needlepoint designs is in progress from now until next Tuesday evening, a little over 2 days still to go.

To see the sale, travel to

While you are there, be sure to stop and see antique needlework tools that notes antiques dealer Carolyn Meacham sold yesterday: a beautiful array of antique stilettos that we modern stitchers have re-purposed into laying tools, and a second grouping of general antique tools: some small antique scissors, a beautiful needle book and an extraordinary pincushion from 1820.

And stop and see my sewing case celebrating Eleanor of Aquitaine among other project I've designed.

Hope you enjoy it all!
Gay Ann

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Some Antique Needlework Tools on my Website and a Little Tale about Them

This very evening I posted a photo of some antique needlework tools on my website.

For some years now I have thought they were a slightly famous collection of needlework tools and I've asked my followers if anybody recognizes why I say this.

Now, I don't know for sure but I have some good evidence about them and I wish to present my story and let my followers be the jury.

To see the needlework tools and follow along in the next few days:

When I've laid out my case, I'll be back to ask for a verdict:

Gay Ann

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Photoshop and Needlework

In the spring of 2008 I started the transition from computer-illiteracy to learning a bit about the e-world via my trusty little MacBook which I named MacSoph. I began this journey by signing up for the One-to-One program at Apple and I went to classes in my local Apple Store from March 2008 until last year when Apple discontinued the program.

Along the way the Creatives at Apple (what Apple calls their tutors) introduced me to a whole new experience including the world of Adobe's software. I started learning Photoshop about 6 or 7 months after my first computer lesson and by the summer of 2009 I was up and rolling although on wobbly legs.

In August of 2009 I concocted a private jet with a needlepoint shop inside and took my followers on a month-long trip flying to destinations where we sight-saw and stitched. Each day new material for the trip forced me to use my very wobbly Photoshop skills and by the end of the month of travel on Queendom Website, I had grown better at it.

This month on Queendom Website I am reminiscing about the journey: I've been looking for and posting my early Photoshop images on my home page.

If you would like to follow along:

Tomorrow I am taking 2 days off from reminiscing about my fantasy trip and posting two images from my past. The two images show the before and after versions of a favorite photo of mine. From time to time people have asked me if Photoshop has helped me with needlework. I decided these two images give the answer better than anything I could write.

The images arrive tomorrow. Meanwhile today, if you visit Queendom Website, you will see a number of photos of Photoshopped Carole Lake over the years.

Gay Ann