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Monday, 26 November 2012

New Workshop Dates for 2013

Just put up some new workshop dates for crochet, sewing, knitting and cake decorating. Click on my site for details:

Friday, 16 November 2012

New Workshop Dates

I have some new workshop dates for the New Year:
Saturday 19th January 2013 (Beginner Crochet)
Saturday 2nd February 2013 (Intermediate Crochet)
Saturday 9th Feburary 2013 (Beginner's Quilting)

These will be held at a new venue just outside St Albans in Herfordshire. It's a beautiful location, deep in the country with stunning views, lots of space and a great environment for getting away for the day and learning a new skill.

The workshops will now be all day and include a delicious home-made lunch with cakes, biscuits and lots of teas and coffees to keep you going throughout the day.

Workshops will be taught by me and the lunch served by Mandy Hawes (great cook!).

Cost is £90 and is inclusive all all materials and lunch for the crochet classes, but doesn't include materials for the quilting class. Fabric can be purchased at 0.40p per 6in square. Crochet customers will receive some wool and a crochet hook to take home so you can practice.
Please email me if you'd like to book, as my website is down at the moment. Tell all your friends and family - as this makes a great gift for Christmas! (Gift Vouchers available)

Monday, 24 September 2012


A very very nice review of my recent books, thank you...

Monday, 17 September 2012

New book arrived!

My author's copy of Geek Chic has arrived in the post ...... looking good, hope you enjoy it. Not sure exactly which date it's out, but first week in October I think. If anyone would like to book some copies from me, please email and I will send you a copy as soon as it's out. Cost: £12.99, signed copy.

Wedding Flowers

My sister is a florist and I got dragged into helping her with some flowers for a wedding yesterday. Beautiful wedding. Each table had 3 vintage tea cups or vintage jugs with little flower sprays. Gorgeous:

Workshop update

I still have places on the following workshops

Saturday 22nd September (this Saturday): Crochet for Beginners & Intermediate
Saturday 29th September: Patchwork for Beginners
Saturday 6th October: Backing & Binding (Beginner's quilting, learn to back and edge your quilt top)

More details are on my website: or email more for details:

Friday, 17 August 2012

Hand Quilting Hexagons

I'm running a morning workshop on Saturday 1st September on Hand Quilting. You'll learn how to make these gorgeous little hexagons and 'paper piecing'. Very easy, very relaxing and a lovely way to spend the morning for just £35 which includes all materials. Lots of teas, coffees, homemade cake included!

All workshops are held at Loudwater Farm, Loudwater, Nr Rickmansworth, Herts.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


A preview of a new pattern book using Debbie Bliss yarns:

Friday, 3 August 2012

Damien Hirst Exhibition

I am going to the Damien Hirst Exhibition at the Tate Modern tomorrow and I can't wait!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

New Dates for Workshops

Beginner's Crochet: 9.30am till 12.30pm
Saturday 8th September
Saturday 10th November
This will cover crochet 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
Double, treble crochet, slip stitch
How to crochet in the round
Crochet a flower
Cost: £40

Intermediate Crochet: 1.30pm till 4.30pm
Saturday 8th September
Saturday 10th November
You'll further practice your knowledge of basic crochet and increase your stitches and techniques. You'll be offered instruction in:
Waves & Chevrons
Raised Flower Squares
And much more .....
If anyone from the Intermediate class has a specific technique they'd like covered, please let me know and I will schedule it in.
Cost £40
Practice wools and hooks will be provided and a chance to see some work in progress from the new crochet book I'm working on.

Hand Piecing Hexagon Workshop
Saturday 1st September (morning)
This workshop runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm
We'll cover cutting out the paper templates, fabrics and learning how to piece them together.
This is a hand sewing technique and is suitable for both beginners and intermediate sewers.
Cost £40 (includes materials)

Knitting with Colour: Fairisle & Intarsia
Saturday 3rd November (Morning Session)
This workshop runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm
For knitters who already have a basic knowledge of knitting and can already cast on, cast off, knit & purl.
Learn how to use colour, carry your work along the back neatly and learn the techniques for inserting a motif into your work.
Cost: £40

Beginner's Patchwork
Saturday 18th August 2012 (Beginner's Patchwork top)
Saturday 29th September 2012 (Beginner's Patchwork top)
Patchwork Top workshop runs from 10am to 4.30pm
Learn to make a simple patchwork top. Learn to cut using a rotary cutter and board, how to piece simple squares together, choose your design, sew it together and pressing techniques. Suitable for beginner's who know how to thread up a sewing machine. Bring your own machine (if you don't have one, contact Nicki)
Cost: £75 for the whole day. (cost £80 from September 2012)
Fabrics are available to buy at a cost of 40p per 6in square from the 'scraps' basket or fat quarters at between £2.60 and £3.90 per piece. Approx 6 squares per fat quarter. Fat quarters are cut from the fabrics for sale on the Laughing Hens website:
(Please bring your own lunch)

Backing & Binding your Patchwork top
Saturday 6th October 2012 (Morning Session)
An opportunity to completely finish your patchwork quilt. Learn how to use backing, quilt 'in the ditch' and make a simple binding.
Cost: £40

Make Your Own Christmas Patchwork Stocking
Saturday 24th November
This workshop runs from 10am to approx 2-3pm (depending on skill)
Learn to make your own unique Christmas Stocking that will last a lifetime. It makes a beautiful gift and you'll learn crazy patchwork techniques and it gives you a great chance to practice your sewing skills. This is a great opportunity for beginners and intermediates alike in a beautiful friendly environment.
Bring your own machine (if you don't have one, contact Nicki)
Costs £60, which includes all materials.(Please bring your own lunch)

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

New Crochet Designs

I've designed two crochet projects for DMC which have just been released. You can find more information about where to buy the patterns from this website:

I hope you'll like them. I particularly love the throw. I used Catherine Wheel stitch, which is one of my current favourites and really quite easy once you get the hang of it. The colours in this throw are really gorgeous, they're current trend colours and made using DMC's Natura cotton thread. You can't crochet really quickly with a cotton thread, but the look is really very stunning.

Let me know what you think.....

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Breaking News ....

I'm fed up of hearing about Barclays Bank being 'breaking news'. This is much more exciting..... I've found a new venue to hold my Quilting, Crochet and Knitting Workshops:

I'm moving this week to Loudwater, Nr Rickmansworth, Herts and I've been looking for a new venue and this is just round the corner from where I will be living and it's gorgeous!

The Loudwater Farm, Subud House, Loudwater Lane, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 4HG. website:

Set in the beautiful valley of the River Chess, just 30 minutes from central London and just half a mile from Junction 18 of the M25, with plenty of parking. The rooms are really beautiful with lots of space and beautiful, peaceful views. This is an ideal getaway for the day.

There is also Bed & Breakfast available at the farm for those who would like a weekend treat.

I have just been and booked some dates:

Crochet Workshops (Beginners & Intermediate)

Saturday 28th July 2012
Saturday 8th September 2012

Sewing Workshops
Saturday 18th August 2012 (Beginner's Patchwork Blanket)
Saturday 1st September 2012 (Hand Quilting - Paper Piecing Hexagons)
Saturday 29th September 2012 (Beginner's Patchwork Blanket)

There is detailed information on my website: on each class with timings and costs, where you can also book your place.

Do come and visit at the new location, you'll love it!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Crochet class

I'm holding a crochet workshop this Saturday and still have places left. The workshops are split into two sessions: Beginners from 9.30 till 12.30 and Intermediate from 1.30 till 4.30. Cost £35 per session. If you'd like to book, let me know asap.

Thursday, 24 May 2012


It is so long since I've gardened properly. I've been living in a rented house and although it has had a veggie patch, I just couldn't really get into it. I'm moving again though soon and will have a lovely veg patch, which I've just started. Getting excited again and planted loads last weekend. No greenhouse, but planted seeds straight into the ground, so fingers crossed this lovely weather stays.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Lovely review from Connecting Threads

Review of: A Passion For Quilting

(More Reviews by This Staff Quilter) A coworker spotted the book A Passion For Quilting by Nicki Trench and thought it reminded her of me and that I would like it. She was right. It's quite a cute book with a lot of simple, yet fun projects that I can definitely see myself doing. As with many other books I like, I really am drawn to the overall look and feel--the photography and how it's styled. That seemed to lock me in. Then, when I read through the book, I became even more excited. First off, I love how in the introduction of the book, Nicki makes a comment that states quilts aren't supposed to be perfect. I thought that was great, because often times quilts can seem daunting because of the precision needed. However, her point is that you’re making it and any little mishaps here or there can actually give the quilt or project charm. And I fully agree.

I love how there are a variety of projects in this book and each one is described quite simply and with illustrated diagrams to help you along the way. Overall the book touches on quilted projects, anything from quilts to bags to laptop covers. I was really drawn to the California Bag, a really cute bag made from paper pieced hexagons. I've only done paper piecing once before, but I can see myself doing this as my second endeavor. I also really liked the quilted laptop cover, it's just so fun and colorful and such an easy way to protect your laptop.

I think this book is a really good read and definitely worth adding to anyone's library collection. There is something in it for everyone!

Monday, 30 April 2012

Pantone Cookies

Aren't these gorgeous:

Learn how to make these on:!.html 

New Workshop Dates

I've just added some workshop dates:

16th June - Beginners Patchwork
30th June - Crochet (Beginner's and Intermediate)
14th July - Knitting (Fairisle, Intarsia & Colourwork)
21st July - Hexagon hand quilting

Please see my website: for more details and to book.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Beginners Patchwork Workshop

I'm holding a Beginner's Patchwork Class on Saturday 9th June.

This is by popular demand and we'll learn how to make a very simple patchwork top inspired from the 'Camilla's Quilt' project in my latest book 'A Passion For Quilting'.

The class will be small and I only have room for a maximum of 4 people, so book early. You can bring your own machine, but if you haven't got one, let me know and I will provide one for you.

Come and learn to make your own patchwork quilt using either your own fabrics or you can buy from a range of fabrics that I have for sale. You can view them on the Laughing Hens website:

I will provide cutters and cutting boards. The class will start at 10am and finish at 4pm and will cost only £70 for the whole day. Please bring a packed lunch. Cakes, biscuits, teas and coffees will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to learn in a small class in a friendly and relaxed environment. You can book on my website: and please email me with any queries:

New Sewing Kit

Pinafore Dress

I have produced a new sewing kit on the Laughing Hens website. It's a really beautiful, yet easy child's pinafore dress in sizes 2 to 6. The kit can be made up of any of the Laughing Hens fabrics. At the moment it's on the website in this really pretty yellow with a green daisy pocket and interfacing. Only £22.50 for the whole kit which includes fabrics, buttons, pattern and instructions:

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Landscape Magazine

I've just received a copy of this through my letter box this morning and was very pleasantly surprised. This is the launch issue and it's really gorgeous and I'm sure will be very successful. It's very glossy, is based around the growing seasons and 'will celebrate the joy of the garden, simple seasonal kitch food, traditonal British crafts and the wonder of nature and the countryside' - just up my street and I can't wait.

Editor Sheena Harvey believes Landscape will be a "a haven from the pressures of modern living, a chance to slow down and a reminder of the good things in life." She says: "It is a truly unique offering".

I've designed a little crochet project for this first issue, but I'm not just biased because of that. The whole launch has been very hush hush, so I hadn't seen the rest of the magazine. It launches on the 18th April - get it!

There will be a website:

Super Scary Crochet

A great review from Amazon from Super Scary Crochet:

This review is from: Super Scary Crochet (Paperback)

This book was a gift from my dear sister. Being a novice & only knowing 4 basic stitches,along with no knowledge of abbreviations or in fact how to read any crochet pattern & that includes a granny square. I would repeatedly cast on & off trying to make a granny square myself (thats how novice i was)
I'm proud to say after my first attempt of the pocket Ghost. I've crochet nearly all of the scaries within a year. I found Batty Bat wings the hardest to do, but with the help of other sources I've cracked that tiny problem & Batty Bat does fly.
I've used the patterns and produced other fantasy creatures, as you learn, practise & become more confident along with the helpful stitches guide at the back - For example the horns on the devil i crochet one horn to make a nose for a witch.
This book has traught me how to read & understand patterns while making super scary crochet creatures & given me confidence with many crochet projects.

You can buy this on my website: If you can't crochet why not come along on one of my workshops. Next one Saturday 12th May.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Making Hexagons: Workshop

I'm holding a really lovely workshop next Saturday 14th April. We'll be hand sewing hexagons using paper piecing. It's from 9.30 to 12.30 and only costs £35, held in Radlett, Hertfordshire, UK. Just a small class, using lots of gorgeous fabrics. All practice materials will be supplied and there will be lots of fabrics for anyone who'd like to buy on the day. T

This is a good opportunity to spend a few relaxing hours hand sewing and learning a really basic technique from the California Bag project from my new book: A Passion For Quilting.

Let me know if you'd like to book as there are still spaces.

Sunday, 1 April 2012


After taking a break to write books over the past few years, I'm now selling bespoke wedding and special occasion cakes

If you'd like a quote, let me know and we'll set up either an email or face to face consultation. Many of my wedding cakes have been featured in magazines such as: Cosmopolitan Bride, You & Your Wedding, Bride Magazine. Cakes can be made using fruit, carrot cake, madeira, chocolate, coffee & walnut, lemon or any flavour of your choice. Flowers are colour matched to your wedding or special occasion.

Crochet Workshop

I still have some spaces on the Beginner's crochet workshop this coming Saturday 7th April.

I know it's Easter Saturday, but it's only for the morning and only costs £35 for some great tips, advice and a really good start to learning crochet. This is for complete beginner's. The intermediate class is in the afternoon.

Amazon review

Great Amazon review for Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes:

By Mandymoo - This review is from: Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes (Paperback)

I have to say I was a bit skeptical at first about ordering this book as I wasn't that fond of the projects on the front cover. I decided to buy it anyway as I bought Nikki's previous book 'cute and easy crochet' and loved it. I received it today and upon flicking through the patterns I am very impressed! The patterns are modern and practical. A few of my favourites are: baby shell cardigan, pocket trim cardigan, baby mittens, lilac booties, and the flower cot blanket is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to get crocheting. This book is a MUST buy for anyone wanting to crochet cute baby clothes.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes

Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes now available to buy from my website:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Last call for Knitting Workshop this Saturday

This Saturday (24th March) I'm holding a Colour Knitting Workshop in Radlett. We'll cover Fairisle, Intarsia, stripes and slip stitch colour work.

If you'd like to spend a lovely morning knitting and surrounded by wool! Please let me know. The morning is from 9.30 till 12.30 and only costs £35. If you book a two or more places then you BOTH get a £5 discount, so it'll only cost £30.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Quilting Book out tomorrow

My latest book: Passion For Quilting & Patchwork is out tomorrow. I really hope you all enjoy it. I had such a lovely time writing this book. The fabrics are gorgeous and the projects are lovely. If you buy it, please let me know what you think. I'd love your feedback... If anyone would like a copy, just email me. I will be putting it up on my website soon. I'm being whisked off for a lovely holiday tomorrow for 10 days, but will get back to any queries on my return.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New Dates For Crochet Workshops

New dates as follows:

2nd June - Beginner's/Intermediate Crochet
12th May - Beginner's/Intermediate Crochet

Details on website:

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


CrossStitcher mentions Cute & Easy Crochet this month. It goes on sale on the 22nd February and is available in most WH Smith's in the UK. They have several competitions this month, take a look at: 

Thursday, 9 February 2012

New: Moda Fabrics up on site today

New Moda fabrics arrived yesterday: Urban Cowgirls. Fabrics can be purchased on the Laughing Hens website: It's a really lovely range and I can't wait to make a quilt with it. I think I'm going to do a log cabin quilt. If anyone wants a pattern for it, just email me and I'll send you one.

Monday, 6 February 2012


It's so difficult to find beads. I highly recommend Debbie Abrahams beads. You can buy them online and they're perfect for crochet and knitting.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Moda Fabrics

New Moda fabrics have arrived! Going up on the Laughing Hens website, will be ready to purchase tomorrow... Please see the following link to our Laughing Hens Facebook page to view all the fabrics: