Pleased to announce a schedule of upcoming workshops plus a new venue in London: Cecil Sharp House. This is a great venue which is the English Folk Dance and Song Society HQ. Easy to get to from either Camden Town or Chalk Farm tube stations and it's a great place to hold the workshops.
If you're nearer to East Sussex we still have workshops at Laughton, deep in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
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Sun 17th May: Beginner’s Crochet: Cecil Sharp House, London
Sat 27th June:Intermediate Crochet: Laughton Lodge, East Sussex
Sat 4th July:Beginner’s Crochet: Laughton Lodge, East Sussex
Sat 11th July:Intermediate Crochet: Cecil Sharp House, London
Sat 5th Sept:Intermediate Crochet: Laughton Lodge, East Sussex
Sat 19th Sept:Learn to Sew – Tote Bag: Laughton Lodge, East Sussex
Sat 24th Oct:Beginner’s Crochet: Laughton Lodge, East Sussex
Come and make the pretty tea cosy from ‘Cute & Easy Crochet’ at a masterclass at Gilliangladrag. You need to have knowledge of some basic crochet stitches, and we will go through the crochet pattern to learn to make the cosy and the flowers.
For £75, all course materials are provided, drinks and biscuits, afternoon tea and cake. You will also be entitled to a 10% discount in the shop on the day. Please visit the Gilliangladrag website to book direct:
Come and learn on a Beginner's Crochet workshop. Saturday 14th March 2015 From 10am till 4pm
Delicious homemade lunch included and all practice materials
Learn how to hold the hook, read a pattern, make chains, double crochet, trebles, circles and squares.
All in the beautiful environment of Laughton Lodge, near Lewes in East Sussex. Plenty of parking. Learn in a friendly, warm environment and spend the day learning a new hobby! Go to my website for further details and to book...
Cost: £50 (Crochet Club members) £60 (non members) http://nickitrench.com/crochet-workshops/
New Intermediate Crochet Workshop date: Saturday 28th February At Laughton Lodge, nr Lewes, East Sussex. 10am till 4pm. Come and improve your stitch techniques: Waves, bobbles, hexagons, squares and anything else you'd like to learn. A homemade lunch and all materials for the day will be provided. In the beautiful setting and warm, friendly environment. The price is £60 all inclusive (£50 for Crochet Club members). Book early as there are limited spaces for this one-off workshop. To book, go to:http://nickitrench.com/workshops/
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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)
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.
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."
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: email@example.com with the subject: Inside Crochet Competition. Good luck!
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/
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.
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...