My name is Nicola (or Nix) as I was known growing up and I currently live and work in the north east of England. A country girl at heart, much of my free time is divided between doing crafts and looking after my dogs and horses. Whom you will meet on this site, as they are a continual source of inspiration to me.
I have been interested in crafts and making things for as many years as I can remember and was fortunate enough to be encouraged in this as I grew up. I was taught needlecrafts by my Mother around the age of four or five to keep me occupied and out of mischief. This primarily involved making dolls clothes but as my talents grew I managed an odd array of clothes for myself mainly styled out of old curtains. As I got older I became increasingly more interested in animals and my craft avenues moved more towards animal accessories, dog coats and rugs for horses. Unfortunately all my original successes were created straight from my imagination and I never considered using patterns or writing them down. Later as a student, I took to crafts again, primarily as a cheap way to get unusual presents for family and friends. This time most of my creations came from published patterns with occasional alterations as required. It was around this time that I started playing with colours and textures with some interesting results. This was the first time I had considered designing pictures and patterns to knit or stitch. A couple of years later the first decorative horse shoe was created for a friend who was getting married. I was amazed by the results and I had suddenly found a new avenue for my passion to explore, which has by a convoluted route lead me to this website.
May I take this opportunity to say a big thank you for the continued help and support of my friends, Sarah, Lesley and Joan, who have devoted hours of their own time helping me plan and create this website. They have helped to create, knit and photograph many of the projects you see in these pages. My thanks go also to Vic and Roger from Digital Trading Creative who have helped me with the design and set up of this website and have been key in shaping its direction. It is great working with you all.