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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Crochet Workshop this Friday at Lotti's

This Friday evening I will be teaching a crochet workshop at Lotti's in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. There are still a couple of spaces if you'd like to come.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Back in the room

Just got back from a wonderful 10 days of tango dancing in South Devon.



So all a bit quiet recently on the craft front, but I'm now back and busy writing my two columns for 'Homemaker' and 'Inside Crochet' magazines and getting ready to launch my new Knit Club. If you're interested in joining please email me and I will send you details as soon as we're ready to launch. nicki@nickitrench.com

Have you also seen that I'm going with a tour to Iceland in October to teach Fair isle knitting? This is a fantastic break away and a great opportunity to discover the textile trends in Iceland, and have a lovely holiday too of course.  Check this link to find out details if you're interested in joining me. Arena Travel

I'll also be teaching on another tour in the Spring to the Shetland Islands.







Thursday, 3 July 2014

Anyone for Strawberries?

This week I've been knitting and crocheting like mad. I've finished two projects, one is for our August's Crochet Club project - a seasonal bowl of strawberries! For this project I'll be giving a step by step guide on how to bead and make this lovely strawberries. The pattern comes with lots of photographs and charts with step by step instructions.



I've also just finished a project for my column in Homemaker magazine. It's for the September issue (out in August) and the theme is Back to School. For this I've made a colouring pencil knitted roll. I really love this. I've made it using a Swiss Check stitch and found some really pretty fabric and made little pockets where you can keep colouring pencils.

I use colouring pencils a lot when I'm designing and I'm definitely keeping them in here from now on. They usually get left all over the house and I'm always losing them - not anymore!
(excuse bad quality photos - have sent this off to Homemaker now for their photography and my photos are not too good)




Monday, 30 June 2014

Pop Up Crochet Workshop

Pop Up Crochet Workshop: Saturday 12th July from 10 till 1pm (lunch included).
£30 (£25 for Crochet Club Members). 

A half day crochet workshop to cover any techniques that you'd like to work on. This is a really good refresher workshop or for those who can already make the basic stitches (doubles, trebles, chains). If you'd like to practice your stitches ready for holiday crocheting then this is the workshop for you.



Book here for Crochet Club Members

Book here for non-members

Friday, 30 May 2014

Deramores

Lovely interview today on Deramores blog: http://www.deramores.com/blog/an-interview-with-nicki-trench/


Sunday, 25 May 2014

My column in Inside Crochet this month...

See my first month's column in Inside Crochet in this month's issue. Here's what they say:

Also new this month, writer and designer Nicki Trench has found time in her busy schedule to write a regular column for us. Excitingly, she will be sharing her tips and tricks for professional crocheting as well as one of her own patterns each month, and this issue there’s also a great prize for you to win! 
Here's what Nicki had to say:
"I’m delighted to have joined the team at Inside Crochet as their new columnist. I’m always busy designing and producing new books and writing for Inside Crochet every month gives me a great opportunity to connect with my readers. Each issue I’ll be writing about what I’ve been up to in my crochet world, telling you any amusing and interesting stories I have and passing on any tips and general advice. Inside Crochet is a fabulous magazine and I’m honoured to be part of it."


Competition: 1 Years Free Digital Subscription to Inside Crochet

Win a digitIn conjunction with Inside Crochet magazine, I'm running a competition for my Facebook Group, Blog and Website readers to win 1 year's FREE digital subscription to Inside Crochet. The competition is now here which is: How many crochet flowers in my crochet jar? Please send your entries to my email address: nicki@nickitrench.com with the subject: Inside Crochet Competition. Good luck!


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Knitting


I have been knitting! I've been working on so many crochet commissions recently that I'd forgotten just how enjoyable knitting is!

Crochet Club News

Some good news. Due to the popularity of the Club, the subscription is now just £3.50 per month.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Thanks Knit Now

Thank you Knit Now for a lovely interview on me this month:



Thursday, 1 May 2014

Fair Isle & Nordic Knits

Very excited. Very pleased with this book. I even want to make all the projects again... Have just put it up on my website if you'd like to buy: Fairisle & Nordic Knits is out now. Have just put it on my website. http://nickitrench.com/shop/fairisle-nordic-knits/







Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Knitting Club

Am thinking of starting a Knitting Club. Along the same lines as the Crochet Club which has proved really popular. Just doing some research for ideas and came across these. I love the simplicity and the colours. Got me thinking of some good ideas for the first few projects. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send through some more info soon.




Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Today's Projects

Besides going to the vet with Poppy to look at her stitches following the removal of her tumour, it's been a crochet/knitting day today.

I received my copy of Fairisle & Nordic Knits, a book I wrote a few months ago now and had almost forgotten about. It's my favourite knitting book that I've done so far. I love Fairisle and this one was a lot of fun to design. I particularly love the yoked jumpers and the Vintage Cardigan in here. It'll be in the shops next week and I'll also be selling it from my website.

I was also invited as a guest to visit Jane's Crochet Group in Lewes. It was amazing to see just how much her students have achieved. A really great group and I like to think there's a group like this in every town!

So now it's time for me to sit and finish my project for the Crochet Club. This is a summer project for July and I want to make a Beach Bag, so I've chosen a Long Wave Stitch, which I thought appropriate for that time of year. Am really enjoying the bright colours and I'm using Debbie Bliss Rialto DK. Here is a photo of it in progress. Next.... finding the right fabric for the lining! Suggestions would be good...



Friday, 25 April 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Crochet Workshop

Next Beginner's Crochet Workshop: Saturday 3rd May. Book here.
Come and learn from the absolute beginning! Learn how to hold the hook, the yarn, make chains, double crochet, trebles and circles. Have a lovely day crocheting with homemade lunch and all materials included.
Tea cosy is from Nicki's Crochet Club June project. See more info and join here.

Friday, 18 April 2014

In progress...

Next Crochet Club project in progress:


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Next Crochet Club project

Just finished my May Crochet Club project...

If you’re like me, you love to drag a cushion out in the garden when the weather is good. But not just any old cushion! This gorgeous cushion uses just simple traditional granny squares and I’ve tried to use some bright vintage colours framed by the black outline. I love seeing old blankets like this, so I’ve replicated it by using a beautiful contemporary soft yarn in a cushion instead. The yarn used is Debbie Bliss’s Rialto DK and Rooster Almerino DK, which I have chosen for the shades I like. This will be released at the beginning of May for my Crochet Club members.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Photo Shoot at my house yesterday

Yesterday my house was used as a location for Rooster Yarns who are bringing out a new collection of knitting patterns. I'm acting as Creative Director on this project which is really interesting and we're at the stage now where the photos will be put into a page layout and then got ready for print. The book is due out on the 1st May. The photographer for this project is David Merewether who has done a brilliant job and Camilla Perkins is the stylist. More pics later to show you of the garments, which were designed by Sian Brown

I thought I'd just show you a few pics that came in yesterday...




Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Beginner's Crochet Workshop

I'll be running a Beginner's Crochet workshop on Saturday 3rd May. This is for those who have never crocheted before and would like to learn from scratch:

You'll learn:
This will cover crochet techniques from the very beginning and is suitable for total beginners or those wanting to practice the basic stitches. You’ll learn:
  • How to hold the hook and yarn
  • Doubles, treble crochet, slip stitch
  • Joining new colour
  • How to crochet in the round
  • A simple flower
  • How to read a pattern
The workshop will be held in my home which is a lovely open barn based near Lewes in East Sussex. This is a great and relaxing day out. I will make a lunch, some homemade cakes and biscuits and I'll be able to show you some of the current projects I'm working on too.

The cost for the whole day including lunch, practice materials and tuition is £60.

If you're a member of my Crochet Club the workshop is £50.

Click on the link to my website to book and if you have any questions at all, just email me on nicki@nickitrench.com





Fair isle Workshop

I'll be running a workshop on Saturday 12th April on how to do Fairisle Knitting.
This is for knitters who already have a basic knowledge of knitting and can already cast on, cast off, make a knit and purl stitch.
You'll learn:
Fairisle weaving and twisting
  • Intarsia
  • Reading from a chart
  • Sewing in ends
The workshop will be held in my home which is a lovely open barn based near Lewes in East Sussex. This is a great and relaxing day out. I will make a lunch, some homemade cakes and biscuits and I'll be able to show you some of the current projects I'm working on too.

The cost for the whole day including lunch, practice materials and tuition is £60.

If you're a member of my Crochet Club the workshop is £50.

Click on the link to my website to book and if you have any questions at all, just email me on nicki@nickitrench.com



Homemaker magazine

I'm really exciting to be writing a monthly column for Homemaker Magazine. This will be a few words and then a knitting project. Am busy designing a Father's Day project at the moment. This will be a knitting project. I thought I'd show you the lovely yarn I'm using. This box of goodies just came through the post yesterday from DMC. This is a cotton called Natura Just Cotton. The colour range is really beautiful. I'll be using a gorgeous French blue.



Monday, 24 March 2014

Easter Crochet Club

Here is a little taster of the April Crochet Club project in progress. I'm writing an Easter Bunting pattern for the next pattern for Club members, so if you're not already a member, please join soon to receive this pattern - coming soon!


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Blanket for Simply Crochet Magazine

I've been working on this blanket for ages. I've had to do it in between the working on my new book for Cico and I've had very little time, but yesterday I finished it! Just need to work out if it needs blocking and pressing or not...

It will be in Simply Crochet Magazine in the next couple of months:


Monday, 17 March 2014

Inspired by vintage colours

I had a lovely day shopping for vintage clothes and dresses yesterday in Brighton with my daughter. We had such a lovely time. I bought two new dresses! A rare occurrence!

I'm often asked in interviews what inspires me and I find it hard to answer. But just walking through the streets of somewhere like Brighton or London is inspirational.

Look at these two colours together, I found them on a rail outside a vintage shop in Sydney Street. They work perfectly - light blue and pale orange - I'm definitely using that colour combination for my next design!


My two new dresses! Excited. The yellow one was irresistible, I love the colour. It's from Cos and a really good practical everyday dress. The other one was from a shop in the Laines somewhere in Brighton, I'm afraid I have no idea of what it's called! Can't wait to wear them.


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Crochet Club

Nicki’s Crochet Club Offer 

I just want to let you know about another exciting offer this month. If you introduce a friend to our Crochet Club I will send you a free copy of my new crochet pattern book just released: Hooked on Noro, which is worth £7.95. 

All you have to do it ask your friend to join up and then tell them to email me your name. Once they have signed up, you’ll receive your free copy in the post. 
Here is the link to Club membership: http://nickitrench.com/nickis-crochet-club/

Love Nicki x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Hooked on Noro now out!

My new book is out now! This is a smaller pattern book that I designed for Noro and Designer Yarns. There are 13 crochet patterns with a range of projects for all levels: cushions, throws, scarves and even an iPad cover. You can buy it now from my online shop for £7.95. I'm expecting the first copies in stock today or tomorrow and they will be posted at the end of the week. If you'd like a signed copy, please email me with the inscription when you order.http://nickitrench.com/shop/hooked-on-noro-by-nicki-trench/


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Crochet Club

I've had a few queries about whether you can join the Crochet Club if you live outside of the UK. The answer is a big fat YES. Of course. I will send the patterns by email, so that is fine. The only thing that isn't possible are the offers on any yarns or free offers that come up, as it would be too expensive to post. But the patterns are still available and of course all the advice or support you need that comes with it. So please go ahead and join, we'd love to have some overseas members in our Club.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Nicki's Crochet Club News

Crochet Club News

I’m making something lovely for March's Club project. Perfect for Spring! These little brooches are very cheery. All members of the Club will receive the materials free for this project to make one brooch, which includes a variety of lengths of coloured strands of yarn for 3 blossoms and 3 leaves, beads, brooch pin, felt backing.


The pattern will be emailed to all members this Friday (14th) and the free pack will be sent at the beginning of next week. To those who thought I was going to do a hat this month, I hope you're not disappointed... but the weather has changed into Spring and I'll keep the hat for the next cold spell.  If you know anyone who would like to join the club or if you're not already a member, pass the word round and get them to join now in time for the free offer!




Friday, 14 February 2014

Miss Kiki Salon

Last night I went to Miss Kiki Salon's Private View at a gallery in Soho, London. Here is a collection of 8 silk enchanting dresses. I absolutely love this. All the dresses individually designed, made to perfection and I wanted to buy them all! Please have a look at the link to read all about them and if you're in London over the next few days, please go and have a look:

These are my favourites:



Thursday, 13 February 2014

Fairisle & Nordic Knits

Like The Bridge or The Killing? Seen the jumpers?

Inspired by the wave of Nordic crime dramas - here's my new book on Fairisle knitting: due out in the Spring:



Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Crochet Club

A little taster of next month's pattern from Nicki's Crochet Club: