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The Bristol 2 Litre Engine, free machine embroidery, 2014

Julie Heaton Artist

Textile Artist

Bristol, Avon


Drawing with thread, free machine embroidery


With a love for drawing, but inhibited by preconceived ideas, I use my sewing machine to stitch with meticulous attention to detail. Threads are worked obsessively; colours are changed and tensions altered throughout. Dissolvable fabric forms the base, but in the final stage, this is washed away. And it is here that intense effort to control the making can become lost; nothing is guaranteed as the works take its own direction, and it is this that excites and encourages me to make my art.


'Hand and Lock, the Prize, 2019'

21 Nov 2019
I am very proud to announce that I won 'Third Place' for the Textile Open category, 2019. The prize rewards excelence in textile design. The winners work and bios can be seen here https://handembroidery.com/2019-finalists-and-winners/

250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

12 Jun 2018
My free machine embroidered drawing titled 'The Bristol 2 Litre Engine' is on show at the Royal Academy in Grayson Perry's yellow room until 19th August 2018.

Available for commissions


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