Helen Stubbings

Helen Stubbings

Helen hails from Hobart, at the very bottom of Tasmania, which is an Island state at the very bottom of Australia. Growing up on a farm near a very small country town, Helen learned to entertain herself from a young age. Learning to use her hands to achieve her ideas was a necessity. Hence, with a dressmaker and embroiderer for a Grandmother, a mother as a pianist and florist, and a father who could make anything from wood or metal, it was nearly pre-determined that she was going to be creative!

Her first career path saw her artistic talents emerge as a professional musician – a career path that she pursued for many years. During this time, she used the many hours spent on tour buses to perfect her skills as an embroiderer and stitcher. Moving around the country, often with her husband (also a musician), her business developed into the internationally known business of today – Hugs' n Kisses. Self-publishing over 200 patterns, four books and many products, Helen has been featured in many internationally well known craft, quilt and embroidery magazines – including American Patchwork and Quilting, Quilters Home, Australian Quilters Companion and Quiltmania to name a few. She has also developed the Colourqué® technique – as published by AQS in the book Faux Appliqué – and a glue stick appliqué technique which she has taught across Australia, USA and Europe. Helen has won several awards for her exhibition quilts including Best Machine Workmanship at Paducah in 2007 in collaboration with her sister – a master quilter. In 2013, their collaboration quilt Cornelian won Best of Show Tasmania, and is toured the country in the Best of Australia exhibition along with several awards in the USA.

Her latest book, Simply Appliqué, based on her gluestick appliqué technique and her own branded appliqué paper is available now.

Helen also began and administered the charity Quiltaid™ program around the world along with a Snugglybug program in her home state.

Today, Helen lives with her three beautiful daughters and husband. She works from her home studio at the bottom of the world, travelling to teach and share her love of all things stitching. Her newest venture is fabric design that completes her dream of making beautiful things from beautiful fabrics for all to enjoy. Her next adventure is the opening of a shop front and café in Hobart in 2016.

Visit www.hugsnkisses.net to see all Hugs' n Kisses products, www.hugsnkisses.typepad.com to share in her daily happenings or www.patternpress.com.au to access her patterns wholesale.

We look forward to sharing these classes with you:

From stone to cloth – design from architecture to all things stitchable.
3 hrs Drawing & Design

Suitable for all

Learn how Helen takes elements of design from stone, metal and wood – found in architectural features around the world, traces, flips, separates, combines and plays until a design is formed. Use these basic design skills to design for embroidery, applique, colourque® or wholecloth quilting. During class we will do an approximate 20” design suited to colourque® or quilting. However the techniques learned can be adapted to any form of stitching.

This is a drawing and design class – you will finish with the knowledge of how to start, extensive ideas and never-ending enthusiasm to design your own quilts, embroideries and more… on paper.. then go home and transfer them to your favourite technique.

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Perfect needleturn applique by machine – the Hugs ‘n Kisses way
4hrs Hands on Domestic

Suitable for all

Learn the Hugs ‘n Kisses method of easy needleturn applique by machine and start to make this lovely cushion (or you could make it into a different project after class) You will only complete part of this project during the short class time but will have learnt all steps to master and finish this project at home. We will discuss choosing and adapting a machine stitch on your machine, preparing, gluing, positioning and stitching down your applique design. 


Belconnen Beauty – Colourque and iron on hexies
4hrs Colouring, EPP & embroidery

Learn the art of coloured pencil applique on fabric – Colourque ® whilst making this simple but attractive wallhanging to feature your work. Also thrown in is the latest and easiest method of iron on hexies – English Paper pieced hexagons, which are used to complement the coloured design and to give you the experience of two new methods to try in the one class.
You will begin both techniques in class and although every step of the technique will be demonstrated and started in class you will not expect to finish your project during class time.
But you will have a fun and portable and very addictive project to finish in your hotel room or on the plane home. 

Belconnen beauty