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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Gift Vouchers available for Christmas presents!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Inside Crochet Interview

The lovely people at Inside Crochet have done an interview on me in this month's issue:

Tablecloth for Inside Crochet

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! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Knit Pro Crochet Hook Set

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.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Christmas Amigurumi Workshop - 7th December

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.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Lewes Bonfire

Last night went into Lewes for the Bonfire. What a fantastic atmosphere. Loved it.

Lewes Bonfire
News and more pics

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

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.

2 sessions:
Session 1: 9.30 - 12.30 - Piccalilli
Session 2: 1.00 - 4pm - Christmas Chutney

This workshop includes lunch for both morning and afternoon sessions and you can come for just one session or both. If you are booking for both, the workshop will cost £80

Thursday, 3 October 2013

New Contact Details

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:

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers is out now! You can buy on my website:

If you join my Facebook Group, you can buy for discounted price of £10 and signed: Join here:

Friday, 23 August 2013

Join my New Crafts Facebook Group

I've started a new Facebook group: Nicki Trench Crafts

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!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

10 week Patchwork course in Uckfield

I'm teaching a 10 week evening class for the Adult College for Rural East Sussex, please sign up if you're local. Here are the details:

Start date: Monday 23rd September
Fee: £89 (conc £35)
Times: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Uckfield Community College, Uckfield,
Want to know more? or book:



Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Chocolate Roses

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!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Baby Rooster Pistachio shade 409

One of my readers has run out of this wool by 2 balls and she can't finish her garment. Does anyone have any of this wool spare?

Thank you.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Radio 4 - You & Yours: Baby Blankets

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.

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)


Tuesday, 23 July 2013


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!

Nicki x

Tuesday, 9 July 2013


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:

Monday, 1 July 2013


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.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Workshop dates

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)

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!)

Beginners Crochet Workshop Saturday 20th July

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:
There are also new dates for Intermediate Crochet, Beginners Patchwork, Cake Decorating and Fairisle and Colour Knitting. Go to: to see dates and find booking information.

Friday, 21 June 2013


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?


Moving tomorrow back down to East Sussex, near Lewes. Will be running workshops in the Lewes area.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Fair isle book

I just want to say how lucky I am to have so many great people behind me working on this Fair isle book. This is a real team effort and everyone is being brilliant. Thank you!
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: 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:


35 beautiful projects using floral motifs 

Nicki Trench   

September 2013   £12.99       Paperback
Make 35 gorgeous crochet projects all incorporating beautiful floral motifs and decorations for your home, family and friends. 
Nicki Trench returns with another set of cute and easy crochet projects, this time in pretty pastel hues and all adorned with crocheted flowers.   
Divided 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.  
The 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.
For further information or a review copy, please contact Mark McGinlay
on 020 7025 2240 or email

Friday, 17 May 2013

New East Sussex venue for Crochet Workshops

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:

Sunday, 5 May 2013

The Table at The Shed Theatre

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.

Knitting with colour

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.......!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Come and Crochet

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. to book your space.

More Fair Isle Book Inspiration

Friday, 26 April 2013

Fair Isle

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.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Fair Isle Knitters Wanted

Desperately looking for some experienced Fair Isle knitters to help me on my current book. Please contact
There will be garments and some smaller items too. Payments according to size of project.

Mad for crochet?

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: 

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Crochet Living has arrived!

I now have lots of copies of Crochet Living in stock. Those who have reserved a copy please go to my website where you can buy using Paypal.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Want to learn to Crochet?

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.

Expert tuition in a friendly and comfortable environment. The workshop only costs £75 inclusive of lunch and practice materials.
See: or email to book.