Julie Bull textile artist

pathwaysAward-winning textile artist Julie Bull creates hand stitched illustrations with recycled cotton fabric.
Working from her home studio in Heptonstall, Julie is inspired by nature, folklore, myths and legend

She is available for commissions and teaches. As an embroidery designer Julie has had projects published in several needlecraft magazines and also sells patterns online.

Julie said: “I see each piece I create as a precious little gem with its jewel like colours achieved by hand dying cotton fabrics and thread. Measuring just 8 inches square or less each illustration is a labour of love interjected with emotion.

“My hands on approach of connecting with the fabric through hand stitching follows the Kantha tradition of “feeling” the materials while creating a talisman of love to protect and comfort my loved ones 

julie bull 2“Kanthas originate in West Bengal. Indian where mothers stitch together layers of old saris with running stitch to create quilts then embroider them with story images. The Hindu religion includes a belief that old rags protect loved ones from evil spirits and hundreds of these rags can be seen hanging outside temples and shrines.
“A mother will often create a Kantha as a gift for a grown up child who has to leave home. The soft comforting softness and smell of the old clothes it is created from evoke memories of home, family and a mother’s embrace”

You can see more of her work, including designs produced as giclee prints and cards,  here.

Studio address : 6, Smithwell Lane, Heptonstall, HX7 7NX
Tel: 01422 844111

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Open Studios Event

grant-alison-imageHeptonstall artists are taking part in the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event between 5 and 7 July.

Nicola Wheeler, of Weavers’ Square, Mike Pemsel, of Northgate, and Alison Grant, of Northfield, are opening their Heptonstall studios, while Debs Paine will be exhibiting work in Northlight, Hebden Bridge.

Mike Pemsel works in linocuts and mixed media, Nicola Wheeler is a costumier, textile and watercolour artist, and Debs Paine explores the natural world using ceramic and oil paint.

Alison Grant’s studio will host  a joint family exhibition including life drawings, felt and textile works from Alison; oils, mixed media and line drawings from Bill Grant, and craftwork from Isla, open on Saturday and Sunday with refreshments available.

Ron Mitchell, watercolourist

Lumb Bank

Artist painting mainly landscapes in watercolour, many of which are inspired by the local Pennine area. Ron occasionally exhibits as part of the Hebden Bridge wide Open Studios tour.

Address : 1, Waterloo House,

Slack Top,


Hebden Bridge.


Telephone: 01422 844097

Hebble Hole

Shoreline Trees

Rowena Beaty: Sculptures in Stone

I work from my garden studio, and carve figurative sculptures in stone, mostly inspired by the human form. I use a variety of types of stone, usually local gritstone, or Lincolnshire limestones.

Address : Waterloo House, Slack Top, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge.   HX7 7HA

Email: rowenabeaty@googlemail.com

Telephone: 01422 842853

All pictures courtesy of Rowena Beaty.

Nicola Wheeler, costumier

Wedding dress by Nicola Wheeler

Nicola Wheeler specialises in creating vintage inspired outfits for all occasions, including weddings, handfastings and civil ceremonies.

She was wardrobe mistress for Glyndebourne Opera, and has produced historically accurate costumes for many film companies and museums including the dresses worn by actresses at Shibden Hall, Halifax.

You can see more of her designs at her website at www.vintagewedding.org.uk

She works from her studio at the Mechanics Institute, 7 Church Street,
Heptonstall, which features in the annual Open Studios event.

Telephone: 01422 843407

Fax: 01422 845070

Email: nicola@vintagewedding.org.uk