Just finished this lovely crochet tablecloth for Inside Crochet. It has taken me ages to work out the pattern and make it. Gorgeous colours using Rowan Cotton Glace and lots of double trebles and triple trebles. For the February issue where you'll see a much better image!
I've just put these up on my website to sell. Really good quality crochet hooks from Knit Pro with colourful handles and great aluminium hook tips. They come in sets of 9 hooks, sizes: 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm. My new favourite and recommended hooks. They make great gifts. £22 for the whole set with the case.
Available in pink or green case. Click on Here to be taken to my website.
I'm running a really good workshop for Christmas on the 7th December on how to make Crochet Toys (Amigurumi). They make really great little Christmas gifts or decorations. Come along! Mince pies too!! This is for all levels, you just need to know how to make a double crochet.
This image is from my latest book: Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers but it gives you the idea for my latest workshop:
Christmas Piccalilli & Chutney Making Cost: £45 each session (includes all ingredients and lunch) - £80 for both sessions.A great opportunity to come and learn how to make Piccalilli and Chutneys just in time to give as gifts for Christmas. This workshop is also being taught by Helen Hadfield (Piccalilli and Chutney expert!). We'll work from a tried and tested delicious homemade recipe and supply all the ingredients, jars and labels and you'll make a batch of jars to take home with you.
I've just created an App. It's a really great way of giving all my contact details, details of my workshops, books and news. If you send this link to your phone and then open it up on your home screen you can scroll through and see everything. It works best on a phone rather than the web as it's designed for a smart phone. Let me know what you think:
This is aimed at my craft community, those who are interested in my books, articles, designs and workshops and who would like to join other like-minded people. I'd like this to be a real community of people sharing tips, patterns, photos and just general chat and support for anything to do with crafts and cooking of course!. I'll be posting up some free patterns, recipes, news, photos and competitions. This is also a great place for people who come on my workshops to stay in touch with the friends you make and share. So please come and join in - it'll be fun!
Here are some chocolate roses I made with my friend Besh the other night. These are for her friend's 40th birthday cake. She's going to cover the cake in an ganache and then pour white chocolate over the top and decorate with these roses. It's going to look gorgeous.
Did you know that I run workshops on how to make these roses? I usually teach how to make them using sugarpaste, but you can also make them with this modelling chocolate. The roses workshop also covers how to sugarpaste/fondant ice your cake. It really is a great skill and a lot of fun.
Can't wait to see the final cake - will post up a photo when she's finished. Perhaps I'll also give instructions on how to do it, or make an app!
Had very brief but fun morning when I had to go to the BBC studio in Brighton to record a comment about baby blankets for You & Yours for Radio 4. Have a listen again, if you get the chance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qps9
Of course you'll all have to find a new baby so you can make a baby blanket now! See my most recent design in Simply Crochet, or if you don't crochet, come along to one of my crochet or knitting courses to learn how to make one!
More of some my previous blanket designs:
Not a blanket design, but couldn't resist this one - don't you think the Royal baby would look cute in this? (from Cute & Easy Crochet Baby Clothes)
Have just reduced price of workshops. I'm lucky that I can hold the workshops in my new home, so that reduces my costs, so I'm able to pass this on to my customers! So now the knitting, crochet, patchwork workshops are £60 instead of £75, basic sewing classes are £75 (they include all fabric costs), and the cake decorating classes are £80 (including all costs of fondant icing and materials to make roses and leaves).
I'm also offering a special discount to knitting & crochet groups (or any groups!). If you can get a group of 6 people together or more, the workshop will cost £50 per person (knitting, crochet, patchwork).
So come along and book. Classes are small so you'll have lots of individual attention and the food's good too!
It's been really hard to blog recently, I'm working on a new Fair Isle book for Cico Publishing, designing for Simply Crochet, working on a new project for a publisher who produces some lovely childrens books: Make Believe Ideas, working with a new exciting company who run online classes called The Amazings, getting the workshops up and running at the new venue and moving house! So forgive me for lack of news.
The new house is just fantastic. It's a converted barn just outside Lewes in East Sussex and it's SO good to be back in East Sussex and near Lewes - I just love it here. I'm having some new photos done by a lovely young photographer on Friday, so I should have some new photos of the barn soon.
Sadly Monty, our lovely 17 year old Border Collie didn't make it to the new house and he is very much missed, but Poppy, our Golden Retriever and Cocoa the grumpy cat have settled in well. Cocoa even caught a rabbit and dragged it through the cat flap, so he must be happy!
Don't forget the next workshop on Saturday 20th July. It's a Beginner's Crochet class, so please come and see the new place and have a lovely day here learning how to crochet. Let me know if you'd like to join.
New book by Cico, Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers is due out in September and here is a little preview:
I'm offering a discount for the new venue workshops... if you book two workshops they will only cost £60 each instead of the usual £75. Let me know if you'd like to take up the offer and which workshops you'd like to book on and I'll set up the payment link for you.
Here are my new workshop dates: Crochet Workshops (Beginners & Intermediate)Saturday 20th July (Beginners) Saturday 31st August (Beginners) Saturday 14th September (Intermediate) Saturday 12th October (Beginners) Saturday 2nd November (Intermediate)
Patchwork & Sewing Saturday 27th July - Beginners Patchwork (Quilt Top) Saturday 26th October - Beginners Patchwork (Quilt Top)
Knitting Saturday 28th September - Fairisle & Intarsia, Knitting with colour Saturday 16th November - Beginners Knitting - Learn to Knit
Cake Decorating Saturday 17th August - Sugarpaste Roses & Fondant Icing your cake Saturday 23rd November - Sugarpaste Roses & Fondant Icing your cake (get ready for Christmas!)
New venue near Ringmer, East Sussex.
Learn how to crochet from the very beginning: chains, double crochet, trebles. Come and spend the day in a relaxed and friendly environment. I have all the materials here, no need to bring anything. Price also includes lunch, homemade cakes and biscuits. Cost £75 for whole day, 10am till 4pm.
Go to: http://www.nickitrench.com/catalog/c22_p1.html
There are also new dates for Intermediate Crochet, Beginners Patchwork, Cake Decorating and Fairisle and Colour Knitting. Go to: http://www.nickitrench.com/id4.html to see dates and find booking information.
Our gorgeous Border Collie, Monty died yesterday aged 17. We are all very sad and will miss him loads. I've packed up my external hard drive with all my photos of him. If anyone I know has any of him, could you email one to me so I can post a pic of him?
Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers will be released in September. I will be getting some copies to sell. If you'd like to pre order, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will order them for you.
Here is an image of the front cover and some information about the book from Cico Books below. My personal feelings are that this is the best book I've done so far. I'm delighted with all the projects in the book and can't wait for you to see it:
& EASY CROCHET WITH FLOWERS
beautiful projects using floral motifs
Make 35 gorgeous crochet projects all
incorporating beautiful floral motifs and decorations for your home, family and
Trench returns with another set of cute and easy crochet projects, this time in
pretty pastel hues and all adorned with crocheted flowers.
into three chapters, the book begins with Starting Out, where you will find an
easy purse, a Kindle cover and an adorable baby beanie hat, which are all
perfect for first-time stitchers. Next, move on to Practice Makes Perfect,
where you can develop your crochet skills to make beautiful cushion covers and
other designs made from luxurious yarns to decorate your home, from shelf
edging to placemats. Finally, more experienced crafters will love the projects
in Confident Crocheting – from a floral bag to a delicate lacy scarf, as well
as the stunning Gypsy Queen throw that will stay in the family for generations.
The Crochet Know-How section will guide novice crocheters and experts alike
along their way, with stitches and techniques included. Crochet away!
Nicki Trench is a leading figure in the revival and promotion of
home crafts. The founder of the UK’s leading online yarn store, Laughing Hens,
Nicki also lectures on knitting, crochet, sewing, cake decorating and hen
keeping. Nicki’s most recent books include Geek
Chic Crochet, Cute & Easy Crochet, Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes
and A Passion for Quilting.
author is based in Sussex.
Editorial and Marketing info:
Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers by Nicki Trench is published by CICO Books at £12.99,
and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.
further information or a review copy, please contact Mark McGinlay
I have a really beautiful venue for two Crochet workshop dates: 31st August (Beginners) and 14th September (Intermediate). It's just outside one of the prettiest villages in East Sussex, Mayfield. Rolling hills, woodland, gorgeous views - and crochet - what more could you want. Workshops cost £75 inclusive of a homemade lunch, cakes etc and all materials included. To book, just go to my website: www.nickitrench.com
I went to see The Table at The Shed, the National Theatre on the Southbank yesterday afternoon. What a brilliant surprise. I loved this play and urge your to go and see it. The best thing I've seen for ages. The cast brilliant, fantastic script in an intimate little theatre so you feel you're really connected.
It's a story about 115 years of family life where the table is at the centre of all that goes on. Go and see it. It's only on until the 18th May.
I'm running a workshop on Saturday 1st June on Knitting With Colour - Fairisle and Intarsia Knitting. Even if you have the most basic knitting skills you'll be able to learn to knit with colour. This is a really lovely workshop and we have lots of colours and charts for you to learn to follow and I'll teach you some simple Fair Isle techniques to get you started. We will serve you a lovely homemade lunch, teas, coffees, cakes and everything is inclusive. Cost £75. Nr St Albans, Herts. This will be the last knitting workshop in Hertfordshire. The next ones will be in Lewes, East Sussex later in the year.
Please let me know if you'd like to come and learn to knit something like this.......!
We still have some places on our two upcoming Crochet Workshops:
Beginners: Saturday 18th May
Intermediate & Flowers: Saturday 11th May
They are both getting booked up, so if you'd like to come, please get in touch soon to reserve your space.
Workshops start 10am, end approx 4pm. Includes homemade lunch, cakes, biscuits and lots of tuition in a warm and friendly atmosphere. £75 inclusive. Come and join us and have fun with like-minded people, near St Albans, Herts.
These are some of my last workshops in Hertfordshire until I move to East Sussex over the summer.
I've been rubbish at updating my blog. Mainly because I've been working flat out on designing some Fair isle for the knitting book I'm working on. I now have lots of knitters, so thank you all so much for passing on the word.
I thought you might like to see my inspiration for the project of the day which is a Baby Blanket. I plan to use Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for this. There is a great range of colours that's needed for Fair isle. Some of you know that I usually use Rooster and I still love it of course, but I have to use a much wider range of colours for this book, though there will still be a couple of projects where I will use it.
Desperately looking for some experienced Fair Isle knitters to help me on my current book. Please contact email@example.com
There will be garments and some smaller items too. Payments according to size of project.
Can you crochet a little bit? Have you mastered doubles and trebles and would like to take it further?
Come along to our Intermediate Crochet Workshop this Saturday (13th April). It doesn't matter what level you are, we have techniques and practice for all. On top of that we'll provide you with a lovely day out with like-minded people in a rural location near St Albans, Hertfordshire. Delicious home-cooked lunch, cakes, teas etc. Only £75. No need to bring anything. We have all practice yarns and hooks available. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to learn to crochet something like this?
We are running a Beginner's Crochet Workshop on Saturday 30th March near St Albans, Hertfordshire.
You'll learn to crochet like this. We start from the very beginning, learning simple stitches such as chains, double crochet and trebles. The workshop lasts from 10am till 4pm and we also make you a delicious homemade lunch and lots of cakes, biscuits and teas throughout the day.
Get away for the day over the Easter weekend. If you are chocolated out and would like a lovely day away learning with other like-minded people in a small group, this is the perfect workshop for you. You don't need to bring anything. We have plenty of crochet hooks and yarn for you to practice on and see lots of samples from my crochet books.