Archive for September, 2010

October’s Embroidery Pattern

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Death Head Pattern by Andrea Zuill


It’s the time of year when a young girls fancy turns to skulls.   You see, once upon a time, English puritans commonly used dark, bone laden imagery much like the Mexican culture.  But, alias, we are now in mellower times.  Gone are the dark clothes (goths excluded),  death heads, ascending souls and the single eye of god painted on the church pulpit.  Those where such happy times.  Sigh……

Enjoy your Death Head.

Stitched by Hand Competiton – Deadline is coming SOON!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The deadline is fast approaching (October 2nd, until midnight)! 

The catagory of Hand Embroidery has quite a few contestants. the other catagories either have one or none! You know what this means? If you enter you’ll have a bigger chance to win!!!

What’s scary to you?

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
   What one considers scary is very subjective.   


Movement viewed from the corner of your eye, quiet sounds of breathing or scratching and dark isolation is far more frightening to me than gore and power tools.

Don’t get me wrong.  I will scream at a chainsaw wielding maniac  but what really scares me to my soul is not knowing what is chasing me.  Hidden dangers.


What am I seeing?  What am I hearing?  Is it alive. 

The anticipation is sheer horror.

My store decor.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Artwork by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

   Now that I have this small retail store (at Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach, Ca) I have to decorate it.  This is hard for me.  I don’t decorate.

Artwork by Andrea Zuill at Leaping Lotus, Solana Beach, CA

   What I wound up doing is creating faux frames by designing, printing and cutting  frames out of paper to cover my already framed pieces.  I used 3M ‘s double sided sticky tape to apply everything.  The tape is low tack and comes right off when it’s time.  I tested it before I did all this work.  I have these nice frames under the paper frames and I didn’t want to ruin them with adhesive.

Hi, my name is Andrea and I am a textile-oholic.

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, OR

I am also a fabric fondler.

   Part of my recovery program is to visit various fiber places, keeping my hands in my pockets at all times.  I’d been doing well at fabric stores, yarn shops and needlework emporiums.  I just keep saying my healthy fiber mantra in my head,  “Fabric is good and important, but I don’t have to buy all that I see, or fondle it (in a creepy way), or rub it against my check with a bizarre grin on my face.”

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, OR

 I’ve  been doing well with the program.  They use the exposure method.  After much practice I’ve really gotten a handle on most fiber situations. 

 But,  then I visited the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, OR.

Weaving Room

 I handled the front entryway pretty well.  I made small talk with the lady in charge, and signed the guest book. Then I entered the weaving room.

I don’t weave.  But there where these big looms.  And all kinds of pretty, pretty fiber.  And the fiber was strung onto the big looms.  And some of the looms and pretty, pretty fiber was partly woven in to fabric.  There where Niddle Noddys, Shuttles, Beaters, Spools and oh so many wonderful things.  I went to reach and touch a loom with a yummy woven piece on it, but my Daughter grabbed my hand and pointed at a sign taped to the loom.  It read, “Please DO NOT TOUCH!  Work in progress.”   I thanked my daughter for her support, but secretly I thought, ” If you didn’t want anyone to touch it you shouldn’t have left it out for everyone to see, you stupid jerk.”

Class room and display room.

 Next was the Class and Display room.  Oh Lordy,  do you know what they keep in this room!   Vintage Stuff!  They have binders with pages and pages of vintage fiber samples, walls covered with vintage and modern quilt tops, and drawers filled with tatting samples and tobacco silks!  Yes, real unused tobacco silks.   

Tobacco Silks

 Is a tobacco silk really silky? 


Does tatting feel, um, tatty?

Unfinished Vintage Quilt Square Samples

Could a drawer full of unfinished quilt squares fit into a green purse that I bought a Target for $12.00. 

I will never know. 

I made it out the building of heavenly, fibery delights.  I was proud.  No fiber was fondled (at least in a unhealthy way),  no drooling occurred.  And,  there was only minor crying,  swearing and chasing people with the fire extinguisher.

If you have a similar problem as I do and have succeeded in conquering fabric stores and such, then take a trip to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center.  It will give you a chance to see how well your high- priced therapy sessions are working out.

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Tillamook Cheese Factory

 Ideally, while reading this post you would be listening to the song Powerhouse by Raymond Scott.  Go the YouTube (I’ll wait) so you can get the music playing.

Got it? Okay.

Now you can read. 

During my trip to Oregon I visited the Tillamook Cheese Factory.


Here at the Tillamook Cheese Factory the employees are working furiously to meet all your cheese needs.

Magical Vats.

Here are large vats that have something to do with the magical process of cheese making.  So magical……

Cheese Science

 Day and night, Cheese Scientists work at cheese science…

Cheese Awards

 to win cheese awards.

Squeaky Cheese

 I didn’t know what-in-the- heck a squirrel had to do with cheese.

Squirrel Free since 1808.

 But, after reading the sign thoroughly and tasting the curds,  I understood.  Curds squeak on your teeth when you bite into them.   NOT, to my relief,  that there was ground up squirrel in the cheese.

What is curds?  I believe it’s the cheese before cheese.  But who cares?  It’s so awsome and tasty.

A bounty of cheese.

 They had a lot of cheese at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

We only bought the curds.  I kind of got sick on curds.

I regret nothing.

A Spooky Sale!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Spooky Sale! Having trouble reading the copy? Click on the image.

Vacation Print Special!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

   You probably don’t know this, but when I go on a trip I leave my Etsy stores open.  Since ordering from my store while I’m on vacation means you’ll have to wait until I get back before I can ship it off, I offer everyone that orders a PRINT during this time ONE, FREE $20.00 print to make up for the wait .   If you order one $20.00 print during this time you get to choose one extra, free, $20.00 print with your order.  Order a Large print, you get one extra, free, $20.00 print (NOT an extra large print).  So, order any print and get  ONE, free $20.00 print of your choosing.  You can only get ONE FREE print – so if you order more than one print (Like 3 or 4 or 5 prints) during my vacation you still get only ONE,  free $20.00 print.  In other words: Only ONE FREE print per person during this specail sale period.

This sale will last from Sept. 3 thru Sept. 12, 2010.  So if you place an order for a print on any of those days, you’ll get ONE FREE $20.00 print.