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