On Saturday the 29th of March, I trevelled to Lewes (which is just outside Brighton), for an intermediate crochet workshop with crochet designer, Nicki Trench.
I only knew about Nicki Trench when I first bought her Crochet Living book, and I saw her Stripy Wave blanket which I later did make for my mum. I had also discovered that my mum owned a few Nicki Trench books!
The workshop started at 10am till 4pm and about 7 people came to the workshop. We were served lovely tea and biscuits, then we introduce ourselves before starting practising our crochet techniques!
Here is my space on the table. I got attached to Mr. Humpty Dumpty who was my crochet friend throughout the workshop.
Nicki Trench showing the beading technique to a few other crocheters!
Some techniques we were given to practise were the ripple stitch, Catherine Wheel stitch, intarsia with hearts, beading and raised flowers. Nicki shared techniques on crochet hooks, how to hold the yarn, types of yarn and many other tips. She also taught everyone how to read crochet charts. Everyone was at a different level, so we were to work at our own pace and we could choose what we wanted to work on…it was all very relaxed!
Practising the bobble stitch which I have never done in my life but found its texture very interesting.
Beaded on crochet for the first time!
Everyone busy at work.
Here’s the sofa with THE blankets you see in books.
I wanted to make the black granny square blanket on the left with flowers for my mum before. This is from her Crochet Living / Debbie Bliss book.
We stopped for an hour for lunch, where her daughter made some lovely homemade vegetable soup and bread, and fruit and yoghurt for dessert.
The final thing I did was to practise the raised stitch flower technique. I was a bit confused at first but Nicki helped point stitches out and made me see where the yarn should have gone when doing this technique. I made this and I think I want to make it into my own personal granny square blanket! I really like the colours too, it’s very ‘tudor’-like. I’d have to edit the pattern and design it a little differently! But I was super inspired after this.
At the end I really, really had a lot of fun and would like to go again! Also, it’s quite nice to crochet with people rather than learning on your own sometimes, which I think helps you progress even more.
Of course, I did not leave without adding to my yarn stash! He, he…
Here are a few links you might be interested in:
1. Nicki Trench’s website – Nickitrench.com
2. Her workshops – Workshop page
3. Her crochet club – Membership page