A general chat and an opportunity to contact me about anything you may find of interest.

January 2015

Exciting times, my book, 'Felt and Fibre Art' will be published in April (available to pre order from Search Press website ). I have a number of workshops planned locally.  In addition to this I am planning the initial stages of a working tour of Scotland lecturing and running workshops during March and  May 2016. (Yes that is next year)!  : ) 

Confirmed dates for Scotland 2016 as follows:-

Thursday 3rd March, Dumfries Embroiderers Guild, Lecture 'Topsy Turvy - Alice in Wonderland'

Friday 4th March, Dumfries Embroiders Guild, Workshop - Silk Papers Inspired by Gustav Klimt.

Saturday 7th May, Glasgow Embroiderers Guild, Lecture 'Anne Boleyn Collection'

Sunday 8th May, Dundee Embroiderers Guild,  Workshop - 'Silk Papers and Stitch'.

Thursday 12th May, Airdrie Embroiderers Guild , Lecture - 'Topsy Turvy Abridged'

 Saturday 14th May, Kirkintilloch Embroiderers Guild, Workshop - Silk Papers inspired by Gustav Klimt

More to come - watch this space or get in touch!

Ps.  If any groups in Scotland would like me to lecture or run a workshop either side of these dates please get in touch by emailing me on val_hughes@live.co.uk.  : )

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 My book Felt and Fibre Art is now available to order at www.searchpress.com.

 

 

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 International Craft and Hobby Fairs  ICHF

Getting ready for two major shows. 

The Stitching, Sewing and Quilting Show and Creative Stitches.

Exhibiting and Demonstrating.

1.  SECC Glasgow  5th -  8th March, 2015

2.  Excel Centre, London  26th - 29th March, 2015 

 

Other Events

  •  Needle Felting Workshops in February at Been Busy in Silsden, West Yorkshire and also at Word of Mouth at Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

For more details please check venue or contact me on val_hughes@live.co.uk

  • Hat Making Workshop in Frodsham, Cheshire on 19th June, 2015

 

Feb 2015 -  Busy creating nuno scarves to supply my internet shops and my rented space at Been Busy shop in Silsden, West Yorkshire.  Also for my forthcoming shows in Glasgow and London.

                 
  More nuno felting today.  Pretty pastel shades today!

 

 

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Love the new look, new name magazine Be Creative with Workbox.

Thank you so much to the team for including my six page spread

'The Val Hughes Collection - A Retrospective 2000 - 2014'

 

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Friday morning and taking a break.  Opened my new magazine from Be Creative with Workbox and there is my new book featured in 'Off the Shelf - our pick of the best books from the Be Creative bookshelf'.

Thank you so much Workbox!

One Big Smiley Face  : )

 

 

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 Thank you FeltMatters Journal for including me in your Personal Portrait Page.   : )

 

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 Feb 2015 - I am now taking bookings for my workshop at Word of Mouth, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

INTRODUCTION TO NUNO FELT MAKING

Saturday 11th April 2015

1pm - 4 pm

Cost £30.00 per person including use of equipment, materials and a felting mat.

Contact val_hughes@live.co.uk or Word of Mouth on 01422 648299

 April 2015

Traveling back from London after a fantastic show at Excel in London 'The Stitching, Sewing and Quilting Show', I was so sad and very much appalled at the amount of litter strewn on the embankments of the A1.

For over fifty miles there was heaps of litter and rubbish most of which was plastic carrier bags!

As such I have created these eco friendly, 100% cotton, reusable bags which  can be neatly folded and put inside your handbag ready for when you need them. They feature some of my original sketches, felt works and photographs and can be purchased from my shop 'fantasytextiles' on Etsy.com.

 

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I have had so many positive and lovely comments about  my article 'Felt and Fashion'  in Felt Matters Issue 118 - March 2015!

Just wanted to say a 'Big Thank You' to Joan, the Editor for asking me to write it and to all you lovely ladies for your super comments. : )

 

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Been Busy Craft Shop  in Silsden, West Yorkshire

Craft Taster Day 

2nd May, 2015

Come and try your hand at different crafts.

I will be there from 1.00 pm until 3.00 pm demonstrating wet felting techniques and giving you the opportunity to have a go at felt making too.

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 Thank you to the Hebden Bridge Times and Todmorden News!

 April, 2015

 

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 Just confirmed....................Lecture - 'Water, Snow and Ice'

for the Warrington Craft Guild

on Saturday 16th January 2016

 

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 Very excited to be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham

6th - 9th August, 2015

Stand Number QIA32

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Just confirmed:-

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts  - ICHF Events

London Excel

7 - 9th April 2016

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June 20th, 2015

Frodsham Friday Felters in Cheshire - just back from leafy Cheshire having led a felting workshop making hats.  Some super results were created by all participants a few of which can be seen below.   Check  out my facebook page Val Hughes Artist for more images of the day. It was nice to catch up with old friends and to make new ones too!

I look forward to my return very soon - a great group!

 

 
  Beginners Felt Making Workshop

I will be teaching a beginners felt making workshop at

Been Busy,  Silsden

Friday 21st August, 2015

6.30 pm - 9.30 pm

See www.beenbusysilsden.com for more details.

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   September 2015

Following a very successful show last month at the Festival of Quilts, it's back in the studio now to develop my Alice in Wonderland Collection - 'Topsy Turvy'.

 

 

  'Down the Rabbit Hole' - felting techniques, screen print, free machine and hand embroidery.

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 Be Creative with Workbox Magazine - Issue 151 September/October 2015

Thank you to Be Creative with Workbox Magazine for including my article 'Landscape Landmarks' about the creation of 'A Textile Tale' wall hanging.

 

 

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2016/17 Diary Dates at a Glance

January 16th -  Warrington Craft Guild -  Water, Snow and Ice - Lecture

February 4th - 6th - ICHF Stitching and Sewing Show at Manchester Events City.

March 3rd and 4th - Dumfries Embroiderers Guild - 'Topsy Turvy'- Lecture and 'Klimt Papers - Workshop'

March 12th - Been Busy, Silsden - 'Needle Felted Spring Flower Brooch' - Workshop

March 19th - Bradford Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers - 'Needle Felted Brooch' - Workshop

April 7th, 8th, 9th - Exhibiting and Demonstrating ICHF Stitching and Sewing Show, London Excel

April 16th - Been Busy, Silsden - 'Taster Day - Feltmaking' - Workshop

May 7th - Glasgow Embroiderers Guild - 'Anne Boleyn Lecture' - Lecture

May 8th - Dundee Embroiderers Guild - 'Silk Papers and Stitch' - Workshop

May 12th - Airdrie Embroiderers Guild - 'Topsy Turvy Abridged' - Lecture

May 14th - Kirkintilloch Embroiderers Guild - 'Silk Papers inspired by Klimt' - Workshop

 May 20th - Frodsham Friday Feltmakers - 'Printing on Felt' - Workshop

June 10th - 17th - Running Workshops 'Felt and Fibre Art' in Limoges, France

August 11th - 14th - Exhibiting and Demonstrating at the Festival of Quilts Show - Birmingham NEC

September 10th - Border Textile Group - 'Topsy Turvy' - Lecture

November 12th - East Yorkshire Embroidery Society - 'Topsy Turvy'

2017..............May 8th - Huddersfield Embroiderers Guild - 'Topsy Turvy' - Lecture

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 Back to 2015................................I will be exhibiting and running a felt making workshop at Silsden

Christmas Craft Fayre in collaboration with Been Busy, on 14th November, 2015

and will be exhibiting at Crafts in the Pen, Skipton on 21st and 22nd November, 2015.

In addition to the above events, I was delighted to be able to take part in the Artists in Action Section of the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate International Conference Centre at the end of November, 2015.

A big thank you to Viv and Kevin from ArtVanGo and to all the interesting and lovely people who stopped by to enquire about my work.  I had a fabulous response, both to my new body of work based on cave art entitled 'Les Animaux' and to my book 'Felt and Fibre Art' which continues to sell well.  I received several commissions and lots of interest in my workshops and lectures as a result.

Finally, for now anyway, thanks to FeltMatters, the official journal of the International Felt Makers Association for the double  page spread of my new work 'Les Animaux', and Sheila Smith's super review of my book.

 

 Also in Issue 121 of FeltMatters is an article (see below) about 'Crafty Retreats' who hold residential textile courses in rural France.  I am so looking forward to my weeks teaching there in June 2016. See www.craftyretreats.com for further information.

 

 

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 NEWS UPDATE -  19th January, 2016

Thrilled to have just been able to accept an invitation to exhibit and demonstrate my work at ICHF Stitching and Sewing Show at Manchester Events City

4th - 6th February 2016.

ALSO

So excited to be at the Festival of Quilts again this year 

August 11th - 14th

at the

NEC Birmingham - Stand Number QIA32.  

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