Nicki 05Nicki has a long list of published books, is a regular contributor as a designer and freelance writer to craft magazines and a busy schedule of craft workshops that are run from her own home near Lewes, East Sussex.

Her background is in journalism and teaching and she was a freelance sub-editor for several magazines, including Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, The Telegraph Magazine, Chat, Belle and Tatler.

She has taught TEFL in the UK, Spain, Italy and Turkey.

Nick is the founder of Laughing Hens, one of the UK’s largest online craft websites and also started the luxury yarn company Rooster Yarns (both companies have now been sold on).

Her main publisher is Cico Books and she also produces booklets for Designer Yarns and has written and designed for Collins & Brown and Parragon. She has also edited a set of craft books for Octopus Publishing and her designs feature in many national magazines and published compilation books.

Most ProlificFreelance Designer/Writer
Nicki is a regular contributor and has many designs featured magazines including: Simply Crochet, Inside Crochet, The Simple Things, Mollie Makes, Woman’s Weekly, Prima, Love Patchwork, Modern Quilting and children’s book publishers: Make Believe Ideas. 

Nicki is regularly requested to give interviews for magazines. Interviews can be found in Simply Crochet, Inside Crochet, Handmade for the Home, Craftseller, Crafts Beautiful and The Wealden Times.

Lifestyle & Home
Nicki has also produced other lifestyle books and taught workshops in vegetable growing, hen keeping and cooking.

Clubs & Facebook Craft Group
Nicki has a thriving Facebook Craft Group and has set up subscription Knitting and Crochet Clubs, where subscribers sign up for monthly knitting, crochet and other home/lifestyle patterns and worksheets and join a wide community of craftspeople.

A regular speaker for a variety of organisations, her most recent role was for BBC You & Yours.

Consultant and Adviser for craft businesses
Nicki now acts as consultant and adviser for small craft businesses in the UK. 

Personal info
When taking time out of her busy work schedule she loves to walk on the South Downs or on the beach with her Golden Retriever, Poppy, near her home in East Sussex. She is also learning to dance Argentine Tango. “Because I’m constantly working at designing or writing, I need to take a break from the computer. Learning to dance is a really good thing for me – I switch off from work and concentrate on the music and what my feet and body are doing, rather than my hands and brain!”

Contact info
Nicki Trench Facebook Craft Group: