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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Knit 1 TV

I've been on TV! Ok, don't get too excited, it's only a knitting channel. I did all my swearing before they filmed me to try and get it out of my system and besides nearly seeing my knickers the interview doesn't look too bad:

I think you can see a preview for free, or subscribe to the knitting channel for £2.50. Just type 'Nicki Trench' into the search and the programme comes up.

Watch this space, as they've asked me to go back - tips most welcome....

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Kelly Swallow Chairs

Up early and doing some research and came across these fabulous chairs. Any fan of quilting will love these big comfortable chairs that are full of colour and unique pieces of art. I think an eye catching and brave way of upholstering. Even though she uses vintage pieces of fabric for upholstering this furniture looks contemporary and fun. - based near Hertford.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Life can be so exciting!

I went around the Brick Lane area of East London at the weekend - it's easy to get stuck in your own small existence and I had such a great time soaking up all the energy of this place. I only had my iphone so the pictures aren't that good but I thought I'd give you a little taster. The best shop by far was called The Shop in Cheshire Street, E2 6ED. A vintage shop with so many textiles and fantastic things - I could have spent all day in there. The lady who runs it has been there fore 16 years and is a former window dresser and you can really tell - she has displayed everything perfectly. It's worth visiting this area just for this shop alone, but there are dozens like it. Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sunday 9.30am to 5pm. 0207 7395631.

Here are a few pics of my afternoon...

Fixie Bikes...I want one!

Old maps were everywhere, seem very popular ...
Lovely fabrics and styling ...
Vintage aprons...
Vintage everything else...

My poor friends waiting patiently for me to come out of yet another shop!
Happy, drinking a Moroccan coffee ...

Turbans seem everywhere ...

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Fabric For Sale

I'm having an Open Afternoon this Saturday from 1.30 till 4.30pm in Radlett, Herts, to sell fabric that's on sale on the Laughing Hens website. We have Feedsacks, Amy Butler, Tanya Whelan, Kaffe Fassett. If you'd like to come and have a browse, let me know and I'll send you the address.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Trying to get some inspiration for exciting new book project and coming across some great fashion websites. Here's a pic I like... Candy floss hair... Lu Flux designs. See for more details.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Bonfire Night Toffee Apples

They may look a little odd, but I've tried to make bite size toffee apples so we can take them to a firework display tonight. If you pop one of these in your mouth you can't talk for 10 minutes and they pull all your fillings out. 

Friday, 4 November 2011

Made a visit to the Hunterian Museum yesterday. It has a massive collection of specimens from tiny insects to huge giants, includes elephants, crocodiles, extinct species and humans.

It's full of huge labelled jars over two floors. Interesting, loved it.....

Painting of a soldier hand piecing a quilt while recovering:

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Front Covers

The new front covers have arrived....

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A little taster ...

I know it's not coming out until the Spring, but I can't resist giving you a little taster of my new quilting book.....

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Thinking of Christmas yet?

Free pattern up on the Laughing Hens website today, click here to download pattern:

Friday, 28 October 2011

My Mother Stole My Artichoke

This is so typical! I have spent months growing 6 artichoke plants in my front garden and only one artichoke grew. I have been watching it grow daily and was about to pick and cook it this weekend. I had a lovely recipe ready to show it how much I appreciated it. Then my mother comes along and stole it - without telling me! She just snapped it off and walked out with it!

RIP my artichoke....

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Lovely recipes

Want to see some delicious recipes from  my book Sweet Temptation:

Free Quilt Pattern

I've just made a beautiful quilt out of fat quarters with the Laughing Hens fabrics. I wanted to see how easy it was and also to make something with big blocks rather than small ones, which is what I tend to do. The result is stunning. The fabrics are so beautiful. I have this pattern on a pdf if anyone would like it. Please email me on or it will be on the Laughing Hens website later today and you'll be able to download it from there and buy the fabrics I used.

Monday, 24 October 2011


I'm having an Open Afternoon on Saturday 12th November from 1.30pm to 4.30pm

This is a great opportunity to pop along and buy the fabrics that are now for sale on the Laughing Hens website.

There are Rowan Fabrics, Bluehill Feedsacks and a 30s retro range: Antique Treasures. There are florals, dots, abstracts and all sorts!

I really hope you can come, please could you rsvp and let me know if you're thinking of coming:

Saturday, 22 October 2011


Just finished loading the fabrics onto the Laughing Hens website:

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Outsider Art

Getting introduced to Outside Art through my daughter who is studying it at university. This image is by Ian Pyper and I just thought how great this would be on fabric.


Mini Moderns Wallpapers

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Review Super Scary Crochet

Inside Crochet this month have a review and a free pattern from Super Scary Crochet:

Friday, 14 October 2011

Free Shawl Pattern

On the Laughing Hens website it has a nice big sticker on this pic saying 'Free'.

This is my daughter Camilla modelling this gorgeous shawl. Nice to know she is 'free'.

She's not really, but the pattern for this shawl is.... click here: Bluefaced Lace Shawl