Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Weekend Stitch In

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody out there in Stitcherland.

Tomorrow we in my classroom at Shining Needle Society are celebrating Thanksgiving Weekend by having a Stitch In. I hope you will join us.

Just stitch for at least half an hour sometime on Sunday and then report about your progress to my Shining Needle Society classroom. I have asked people to work on Mystery in a Corner or on Challenge Ornament in hopes that many will come close to finishing one or the other.

To join Shining Needle Society contract Kate Gaunt ( Membership is free.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Gay Ann

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The First Shining Needle Society Certificates Awarded

In my classroom at Shining Needle Society I have awarded the first two certificates for completing the 2008 term. Congratulations to Jen Kaplan and Shay Lywitzki.

To earn the certificate each stitched Challenge Ornament and answered a series of questions about choices for the ornament.
To see a copy of the certificate, visit my website and click on "SNS Certificate."

I know that more people are working diligently on Challenge Ornament, so I hope to be awarding more certificates soon.

To join Shining Needle Society, an enthusiastic group of 2000+ members, write to Kate Gaunt

Gay Ann

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A New Page on My Website

Now that my website is nearly 5 months old, I thought it time to ask for feedback.
If you have comments or suggestions for me, would you email them to

and I will post them on a new page on my website for Emails to the Queen (that's me -- I am Queen of my Website).

I look forward to hearing from you.
Gay Ann

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Information about My Instructions

As many of you are opening packages from E-Week filled with my instructions, I thought I should write a bit about them, particularly for those of you who are new to the way I write instructions. They are not like cross stitch patterns, and I hope I do a credible job of describing why and how they are different.

I just finished posting the information on my website. Look for "My Instructions" on the navigation bar.

On Saturday the StitchAlong for Hollyhock House begins with Ann Blalock as leader. She proofed Hollyhock House when it was new, so my guess is she will be a great help to everyone. In synch with the StitchAlong, I will start writing about the history of Hollyhock House also on Saturday.

Gay Ann

Monday, November 03, 2008

Hollyhock House and a Year-Long StitchAlong

In a short while Shining Needle Society will start a year-long StitchAlong for Hollyhock House. Anybody who has the pattern, whether from the classes I taught or from the sale on my website is invited to participate. If you would like to take part, contact Kate Gaunt (

The StitchAlong will be led by my chief proofer, Ann Blalock. She stitched the piece when it was new and sent me all the corrections she found. Ann is very funny and the StitchAlong should be a lot of fun.

To go along with the StitchAlong, I plan to tell the story of Hollyhock House, ie why and how I designed the piece, the journey stitching it and a running commentary about it on my website,, and click on Hollyhock House Story on my navigation bar. I plan to tell the story in a series of 'chapters' starting Nov 4.

Gay Ann

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happy Birthday, Shining Needle Society

Today is Shining Needle Society's First Birthday. A year ago today Kate Gaunt and Marie-Therese Baker opened Shining Needle Society's first classroom and invited 200 people from my Yahoo chatroom to join. In the last year Shining Needle Society has grown to 2000 stitcher-members and daily it continues to grow.

Today in honor of Shining Needle Society's birthday we are having a Cyber-Stitch-In. Everybody who would like to participate stitches for at least half an hour and then writes about her progress. Several friends and I will spend the day stitching at Needle Point of La Jolla in celebration.

If you would like to join Shining Needle Society, contact Kate Gaunt,

For Shining Needle Society celebrations, visit my website,
There I have posted my own recollections of the past year on my Magic Carpet (home page and click on the photos).

So once again, Happy Birthday, Shining Needle Society and many happy returns!
Gay Ann