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