Saturday, 26 September 2015

Stitching Quotes

Shisha Mirror Tutorial

The shisha stitch is in 2 parts, the foundation stitches which hold the mirror in place as you work and the actual stitch which is worked over the foundation

Please Note: I have used a circle of paper and two different colours of thicker thread in the photographs and I recommend that you practice using this method on some spare fabric

Take Care: The mirrors are made of glass and can sometimes have sharp and ragged edges They can be filed smooth with a nail file

A (Step 1)
Foundation Stitches
Work 4 sets of double long stitches from one edge of the mirror to the other until you have a star shape

A + B (Step 2)
Shisha Stitch
Bring the thread up at the edge of the mirror, then through the centre of the star stitches and pull through
Please Note: the thread passes under the stitches NOT through the fabric
Make a tiny backstitch at the edge of the mirror as shown in the photo

C (Step 3)
Repeat step 2 working from right to left

D (Step 4)
Continue around the mirror being sure to pass the thread through the centre of the star each time
The stitches will start to form a larger hole in the centre and the edge will look a bit like a blanket stitch

I have added a row of chain stitch around the completed mirror

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Normal Service

Sorry its been so long :)
After a big house move and loads of work to catch up on I can finally make time for my little blog 

Its normal service but not as we know it since things are a changing here at Hand Stitched Stories HQ
More about that later

Today I would like to share a new pattern from my Etsy shop

After listening to feedback from more experienced embroidery customers who say they would like a pattern without all the instructions and diagrams I have starting working on some designs which can also be used as colouring sheets, for quilting, papercrafting or whatever you choose

Would love to hear what you think :)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A little Blog break

Apologies for the lack of  posts this week
I am taking a little break from blogging to clear a backlog of work
Normal service will be resumed shortly!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Weekend Project Idea Mothers Day Cushion

With Mothers Day fast approaching here in the UK you will just have time to stitch your Mum this pretty little cushion

Available as an instant download you can start right away and complete it in a weekend
A great way to use up fabric from your stash too!

Hexagon Cushion Pattern
Stitched By Julie Bull

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Embroidered Bird Cushion (Part 2)

What's In My Hoop
Remember the bird cushion I started last Tuesday ?

Well, I have been happily stitching away at this and am quite pleased with the result

I tried using split stitch for the black outlines and decided that although I like the finished effect, it takes too long to work and doesn't flow as well as stem and back stitch

I wanted a mix of bright colours and bare outlines so used satin stitch for the leaves and worked the birds and clouds with tiny french knots

This gives a lovely shaded effect almost like paint daubs
Work the knots close together for a denser block of colour or farther apart as I have done on the clouds for a lighter more airy look

I added 3 rows of coloured fabric around the design finished with a border of linen

The next stage will be some crazy quilting style embroidery around the strips and maybe a beaded edging

Look out for the finished cushion next Tuesday

Monday, 23 February 2015

SS Embroidery Fashion Trends 2015

This week I have been taking a look at the trends for Sping/ Summer 2015 from an embroidery and crochet point of view and I can tell you I am excited by what I found!

My aim this week is to inspire you with all things 70's!
The biggest trend of the season it includes an eclectic mix of vintage fabrics in unexpected combinations of prints and textures, retro tailoring, tons of embroidery and denim - a lot of denim
Not forgetting patchwork including patchworked denim
But best of all in my humble opinion  - flares are back!

Today we take a look at the embroidered and crocheted lovliness sent down the runway by Emilio Pucci
Floral embroidery and beading on white and crocheted lace
Emilio Pucci

White fringed poncho with embroidery and beads 
Emilio Pucci

Fitted blazers and flares
Emilio Pucci

Embroidered bodices, fringed jackets and trousers

Emilio Pucci

And check out those dungarees!
Emilio Pucci
Emilio Pucci

LOVE this thread crochet trouser suit and waistcoat
Emilio Pucci
Emilio Pucci
These thread crochet dresses sparkle with beads
Emilio Pucci
Emilio Pucci

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Embroidered Birds Cushion

In My Hoop this week:
Continuing this weeks bird theme I am working on some birdy designs 

I normally use back or stem stitch for outlines but thought I would experiment with something different
So I am trying out split stitch

My findings so far:
Split stitch takes more concentration than back stitch 

I feel it doesn't flow as well around curved lines as stem stitch

It produces a nice slightly raised line which is finer than chain stitch and which I think will look good with filling stitches

I will carry on with this and show you my progress next week

Monday, 16 February 2015

Spring Interiors Embroidered Birds

The weekend weather here on the Fylde Coast was cold but bright and sunny and definately Spring like so me and Mr Bull headed out on a bracing walk 

Watching the birds busy about their business nest building my thoughts turned to spring cleaning and freshening up my humble abode with new bedding and cushions 

Our little feathered friends seem to have inspired designers for this years Spring and Summer trends and much to my delight many of them are also embroidered!

Buy John Lewis Country Bird Collection Cushion Online at
John Lewis

 Embroidered Bird And Teacup Cushion (43cmx 43cm)
Buy John Lewis Tweet Birds Cushion Online at
John Lewis



Laura Ashley

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Kissing Bees

'What's In My Hoop' 
To continue the Valentine theme this week we have kissing bees stitched on vintage linen in a reverse applique heart

Monday, 9 February 2015

Stitchy Love Hearts

This week will be all about LOVE here at HSS as I bring you lots of Valentine stitchiness 
So to kick off the week here is my selection of some of the lovliest heart themed embroidery from blogland and beyond




Hens Teeth


Friday, 6 February 2015

'Timepieces' Exhibition

Today I will be helping to set up 'Timepieces' the 21st Anniversary Exhibition for Textilia 3 
This exciting touring exhibition starts tomorrow Saturday 7th February until the 18th February at The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire

I am delighted to be part of this talented group of textile artists
This is one of my new pieces for the exhibition

'Wind Of Change'
Julie Bull Textile Artist