Thursday, 29 January 2015

Stitching Cats

Meet my little kitten Willow - she has quite a following over at my facebook page

Now 9 months old and full of mischief she has made herself right at home and has us all well trained here at Castle Bull


Here she is indulging her water obsession!


















So for all you fellow cat mummies out there here are some cute kitty embroidery patterns



Knitty Kitty hand embroidery pattern with iron on transfer - printed
Penguin & Fish
Sketchy Cats Embroidery Pattern
Speckless
 

Hand Embroidery PDF Pattern Me and Kitty Love Dancing
stitchedbyjuliebull
Cat Embroidery Pattern Kitty Digital Downloadable PDF Hand Embroidery
TeenyTinyHappyThings






























The Flower Quilt





Introducing another new feature for 2015 here at HandStitchedStories
For some time now I have wanted to make an embroidered quilt for my bed and never seem to get around to it
So I would like to share my progress with you all and you are very welcome to join me by making your own quilt


The Flower Quilt
I love fllowers so my quilt will comprise of embroidered blocks with a floral design and patchworked blocks in between
I'm aiming at a King size quilt
As I'm using fabrics from my stash this will very much be a case of making it up as I go along rather than starting with a definate quilt design!

The blocks can be used to make any size quilt, throw, pillows or use a single block as a cushion front


These are the fabrics and threads I have chosen
















Fabrics 
All cotton quilting fabrics from my stash

Threads
Hope you can see the green, I need to buy some more!
They are Anchor stranded threads colour numbers from l to r 265, 23, 185, 13, 128, 11

Blocks
The plain pink fabric will be used for the centre of my blocks, this will be the embroidered bit
I will be using a log cabin block with a centre square of 8.5ins  (8ins finished size)
Here is a sneaky peek at the first block
The completed block will be posted next Thursday then I will be posting a new block on the first Thursday of each month 







Tuesday, 27 January 2015

What's In My Hoop

This is the first in a new series of posts which will be every Tuesday entitled 'What's In My Hoop'

Each week I will share what I am currently stitching with a tutorial, project idea or a use for one of my patterns
So, this weeks post is about stitching a pillow case

Don't know about you but I love pillow cases especially ones I have made myself :)
I think there is something so special about laying your head on a beautiful cotton case made from some pretty fabric and embroidered to make it personal and unique

I especially like the 'housewife' style pillow case as it has that lovely extra pocket to tuck in your pillow neatly and keep it nice and clean


Housewife Pillowcase

  1. Cut cotton quilting weight fabric to the following measurements
      Please Note I have included a 3.5 in strip of plain fabric for my embroidery on the front of           the case. You can back this strip with stabaliser to prevent the thread showing through or             as I have done with another strip of the same fabric





























2. Transfer your chosen embroidery design to the 3.5 ins strip of plain fabric using a cold water      soluble pen. I used some of the sprigs and floral motifs from my Easter Egg-stravaganza            pattern
     Next, stitch the 3 pieces together to form the front of the pillowcase.
     Hem the top edge
     I find it easier to work the embroidery at this stage rather than trying to work with a narrow            strip so hoop up the fabric then stitch the design with 3 strands of embroidery thread





































3. When the embroidery is complete rinse away the pen in cold water and press with a hot iron       to dry 
































4. The next job is to construct the pillow case
     Hem one short edge of the back then fold over and press 8ins to the inside to form a flap
     Tack this in place then place front and back R/S together with the folded piece at the top
     Stitch down each side and across the bottom, either overlocking or neatening the seams





























5. Give everything a good press then turn right side out, insert your pillow and admire your                work. You may want to make lots more, you have been warned!


Monday, 26 January 2015

5 Signs Spring is Approaching

Today is cold and grey again here on the Fylde Coast but I am encouraged that Spring is on its way


 1. There are buds on the Camelias





















2. The first spring bulbs are poking through the soil
























3. The catkins are starting to appear
















4. There are lambs in the fields























5. My lovely hubby bought me my first flowers of the year!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

New Year New Brand




Hope you are all settled happily into 2015
Sorry the blog has been quiet lately but I have been busy doing a spot of re-branding


My pattern business is now 'Hand Stitched by Julie Bull'


You can still find my patterns at my Etsy and Craftsy stores







What better way to pass the cold windy evenings than curled up somewhere warm with a pretty stitching project

The Fresh Florals pattern may be just the thing to help you dream of summer flowers and warmer days

AND
When you buy this pattern you will also receive my FREE pdf 'Hand Embroidery Basics' making it the complete embroidery beginners 101 



Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Time to Take Stock

As 2014 draws to a close its time to take stock (literally) and make plans for the New Year
I'm off to a good start as I have moved my studio downstairs to free up my spare bedroom for my son

The old room with the fitted cupboards and wardrobes meant that I could hide everything away but now I have moved it all it's obvious that I have to have a clearout and I've been filling bin liners for days now!



The Christmas fairs reduced my stock by quite a bit but there are still several items left so I'm starting with a closing down sale for one of my Etsy shops
These are all original handmade items and samples I have made for magazine projects, patterns and classes all at silly prices!!
The sale ends and the shop will close on Jan 1st so be quick!