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

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