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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.....