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Monday, 28 January 2013

Menu for this Saturday's Workshop

Morning:  Afghan Biscuits

Lunch: Pea & Mint Soup with fresh homemade rolls
           Bread & Butter Pudding

Tea:    Lemon Drizzle Cake

Photos to follow.......

Friday, 25 January 2013

Fee reduction for Crochet, Sewing & Knitting Workshops

I'm delighted to announce that we've managed to reduce our sewing, crochet and knitting workshop costs, so we can therefore reduce the fees. Instead of £90, we will now be offering our workshops for £75. This is a great bargain. We hold the workshops in a really beautiful environment, the classes are small, friendly and full of learning techniques, practice, free practice wool, a ball of wool and a crochet hook to take home to practice with.

On top of all that there is a homecooked lunch and homemade cakes, biscuits etc - what more could you want for!! Come on and join up... we have some lovely Beginner's Crochet, Intermediate Crochet, Beginner's Patchwork, Hand Quilting, Cake Decorating and Knitting classes coming up. Toasty and warm in the winter and under the trees with beautiful views in the summer.....

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Geek Chic Scarves

Have you seen this scarf? It's a perfect scarf for this weather...

Or how about this one....

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Handmade Living magazine

This is a new magazine that I'm definitely going to subscribe to. In their February issue they have a really nice interview with me and have a few designs from Geek Chic Crochet too.

Crochet Living - nearly here....

Here's another preview from Crochet Living. A really nice and easy project to make and easy to wear too. It fits like a shrug around the back and there's no shaping.

 Look out for this book, I haven't had my copy yet, but I'm sure it will be available in the next couple of weeks. I will also have some copies to sell, so if you're interested please email me and I'll put you on the list and send it as soon as it comes.

Monday, 21 January 2013

New Evening Classes Announcement

We will be running two evening classes:

Introduction to Crochet - 5th March
Introduction to Sewing - 4th March

Both start week commencing 4th March and runs for 6 weeks. Both teach the craft right from the very beginning and there will  be some exciting projects for you to make and take home.

Please check for further details on the website: or email:
Classes will be small, so you'll have lots of individual attention.
Times: 7pm till 9pm and cost £150 for all 6 classes.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Crochet Pattern book released this month

I have a new pattern book of 11 patterns coming out this month that I designed for Designer Yarns last year using Debbie Bliss wool. It's mainly a home leaflet with some throws, cushions and other items... here is a little preview and I'll let you know when the patterns are released...

Saturday, 5 January 2013

New Year workshop special offers

To launch our first workshop of the year we are offering a special New Year discount on our Beginners Crochet Workshop on Saturday 19th January.

Instead of the usual cost of £90, we are offering this workshop for £80.  We are also offering a further discount if you bring a friend or family member of £5. So it will only cost you £75 for the whole day.

This workshop is aimed at people with no crochet experience.  You will learn how to hold the hook and yarn, make a double crochet, trebles, to read a pattern, make circles, a simple edging and a granny square.  We will also give you a complimentary ball of wool and crochet hook.  A signed copy of Nicki's Cute and Easy crochet book will be available to purchase at a discounted price of £10 so you can get started immediately.

In addition, you will have a great fun day, in fabulous rural surroundings.  Easy access via public transport - mainline station St albans City 2 miles ( pick up possible by prior arrangement) M25 J22  7 miles 3.4 miles from J4 A1M , 8 miles from M1 J9 and 10 miles from Luton airport.

You will also enjoy morning teas, coffees with homemade biscuits and lunch and numerous other culinary delights.

To book, contact Nicki or Mandy on or phone 01727 847474

This Special Offer only lasts until Wednesday 16th January, so book today!!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Sneak preview of project for new crochet book

A little peek of some daffodils I've been sampling today. I've just made 16 of these which has taken me about 2 days. Not really difficult, just very fiddly. I've just blocked them out and pressed them. I managed to starch half of them so that they'll hold their shape for photography, but I've run out of starch!!

Exciting new development

I'm delighted to introduce Mandy - she is going to be looking after me as my new PA and business partner.

Mandy is brilliant at crochet and has been helping me with my new crochet book. She is a left-handed crocheter - so please email any questions to Mandy at my normal email address: and she'll be delighted to answer any queries. Mandy will also be running the workshop with me from this month. Our first one will be Saturday 19th January - Beginners Crochet. Workshops now include a two-course homemade lunch, as well as the usual delicious homemade cakes and biscuits.