Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nearing the End of Selling My Needlepoint Portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Hard to believe that almost a month has gone by since I first posted a photograph of my Eleanor of Aquitaine on my website. The time is dwindling, the kits are dwindling.

I am supposed to keep the sale open through May 31, but I think I will have to end it early. How many days from now? I should know in the next day or two.

I am looking forward to class at Shining Needle Society; class begins bright and early on June 1.

To see my needlepoint portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine and read about her, visit my website:

Gay Ann

Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Needlepoint Portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Seven years ago I stitched a portrait of Elizabeth 1, and three years ago Catherine the Great; tomorrow morning my third portrait in my series of powerful women arrives on my website. This one is of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the medieval world's most well known queen.

All week long on my website and also on Facebook, I have been posting photos of the details of my portrait of Eleanor, but so far the portrait of Eleanor has been a secret.

All that changes tomorrow morning: Eleanor will arrive on my website on May 1 at 8:00 a.m. California time.

Spring is here and with it the increasingly long hours of daylight. Perfect for stitching!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Needlepoint Hearts etc. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017

Tomorrow morning a sale on my website starts at 8:00 a.m. California time.

It is my traditional Hearts Sale (there are five hearts: four new ones and one returning) but with a new twist: the sale also offers a small cache of accouterments preparing for the arrival of my portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine on May 1. These are small preparations for stitching Eleanor.

In addition Carolyn Meacham is selling a handful of antique needlework tools in my sale, including a small number of antique stilettos which we modern stitchers use as laying tools. There are a couple of gorgeous ones!

My sale is a small one; E-Week last October dragged on and on over a series of months and it actually finished finally (FINALLY!) at the end of January this year. So I am very happy my Hearts Sale is a small one. My goal is to finish the sale, Mail Jail and all,  by March 1.

If I can finish by March 1 and pack everything away, I will have two months of stitching time before Eleanor arrives. I am happy to say that the kits for Eleanor are finished and ready to go, so the time between my Hearts Sale and Eleanor will indeed belong to me. Two months stitching time! Makes me very happy to think about it.

So what do I plan to stitch? Two large samplers and also a secret project. It is secret because it is very ambitious and I have to see if I can actually do it. Both samplers are ambitious too, adaptations from an antique sampler I bought last year, but I have been working on the sampler patterns and I can see my way to doing them.

Meanwhile, back to work. I have a busy day today checking everything and making sure it is ready to go for tomorrow morning.

Gay Ann

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The End of the Stitching Year, The Beginning of the New

It doesn't seem possible to me that 2016 ends tonight. Where did the time go?
Wherever, it is gone, and it is a reminder that 2017, so full of promise now as I look ahead, will vanish almost as quickly.

I ended this year working on a couple of holiday hearts; I will begin next year finishing a set of instructions and working on some small kits for my February Sale. But these tasks won't take too long and when I finish them, my time will belong to me.

My big event in 2017 will be the arrival of my portrait of Eleanor of Aquitaine on May 2, 2017.
The good news is that Eleanor is finished and proofed and the kits are almost finished. All I have to do is print the instructions and check the kits.

In addition I have a great start on E-Week 2017 which is still 10 months away.

All this means I will have time to stitch. I should have at least 3 months stitching time this spring.
So what do I plan to do?
Stitch two samplers, maybe even a third one.
And I plan to keep at my followers to stitch along with me.

To begin the New Year, I've written TWO sets of New Years Resolutions for Stitchers.
I will post them on my website near midnight tonight and we will start the year right, with our needles in our hands. Bright and early tomorrow morning.

Happy New Year! Here's hoping the New Year is indeed filled with time in the company of our needles.

Gay Ann

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Jolly Holiday: Making Time for Stitching!

I can't believe where the last months have gone.
I keep turning around to see if they are really behind me. Truth: they are!

For me this holiday season so far has been all about food! Sweet food, which I find impossible to resist. I have my English grandmother's terrible sweet tooth, and this year I have Marcia and Ferris to thank for a huge box of my favorite candy, Judy A to thank for a delicious tin of home-made Christmas cookies, Dave and Clyde to thank for wonderful Baklava, and too many other goodies that I have all too happily devoured. And it isn't even over yet.

I am still (yes STILL) waiting for the last of the things I owe people to arrive, namely scissors and needles. I keep calling the distributor and asking and they keep telling me it will only be a couple of days more. A couple of days has morphed into 2 months. Hopefully it will all end early in the New Year.

If they had come now, I would have had to abandon the season and pack packages, so I guess there is always a bit of silver lining, in that I can enjoy the season and also have some time for stitching.
I am stitching early in the mornings, and again in the late afternoons, nice way to begin what will be a busy day, and nice way to end it too, and yesterday I am happy to write that I just finished a jeweled sewing case, a pretty one if I do say so. It was so satisfying to take the last stitch. In this case the last stitch was sewing on a pretty little pearl.

The holidays are such a fun time to stitch and this afternoon I started a Christmas design. Even though I won't finish it in time for Christmas, it is such fun to work on something season-appropriate. So what am I working on? A heart that is a Christmas Dress, all in red and green. I wanted to make it plaid, but even the smallest plaid is too bold for the small scale. Then happily I came across a stitch that looks a bit like a plaid but is more delicate. I am anxious to see if it works.

I always write on my website at this time of year: I know everybody is so busy, but it is both helpful and healthy to take a few deep breaths and take a few stitches. Kick back and pick up your needle and relax and lose yourself in a handful pretty threads and colors. I am absolutely convinced that stitching is a form of meditation. Relaxation is necessary even in the busiest of times.

Gay Ann

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Two Days: my biggest needlepoint sale of the year. October 20, 2016

The last post I wrote was almost 2 weeks ago, when I was working overtime to prepare for my biggest needlepoint sale of the year.

This year is special because it marks the return of perhaps my most popular design: my portrait of Elizabeth 1. It is the first time I have sold the kit in 5 or 6 years (I can't remember exactly.

Along with Elizabeth, I have designed some new Elizabeth-inspired designs and I will be selling them also, along with an elaborate sewing case and two new heart designs.

I hope you will stop by my website on Thursday morning, October 20. The sale opens at 8:00 a.m. California time and remains open until Wednesday evening, October 26, hence the sale's name:
E-Week (E-Merchandise Week coined because of Merchandise Night at EGA Seminars and eventually shortened to E-Week.

This is my 9th year of having a big fall sale. Where did the time go?

Gay Ann

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Preparing for My Biggest Sale of the Year: E-Week 2016

Last August in Mid-Summer Sale I sold designs I have offered before. Featured in that sale were my miniatures of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Bess of Hardwick. My portraits are by far my most frequently requested designs, and my kits for Mary and Bess were gone in a short number of hours.

Now I am preparing for my largest sale of the year, marked this time by the return of my portrait of Elizabeth. I have a good number of the kits but the number is held in check by the availability of the tiny pearls it takes to work the design.

So Elizabeth is set to go. She will be available at on Thursday, October 20 at 8:00 a.m. California time and I will leave her for sale for a week or as long as my supply of kits lasts.

Fine, said my friend Natalie, but what are you going to offer for your followers who already have Elizabeth?

So I began last year stitching a series of new designs related to Elizabeth.

Fine, said my friend Natalie, but what are you going to offer for your followers who have Catherine?
She was referring to my portrait of Catherine the Great.

So I have a new offering for Catherine's fans, quite a significant one, if I do say so. It is the most elaborate and jeweled one of its type that I have undertaken. It is splashy, that's for sure, and I hope people will think it is pretty as well.

Although much of my sale revolves around the return of Elizabeth, there are several other designs also and the return of my Surprise Windows on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 a.m. California time.
More about Surprise Windows in my next post.

Gay Ann

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