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    Behind the scenes of our SS16 catalogue shoot.

      It's mid march, snowing, cloudy, freezing cold......and we're about to go down to Perranuthnoe beach to shoot our Spring/Summer catalogue. Chloe, our lovely St Ives shop assistant has 'volunteered' to be the face of Poppy Treffry this year and the poor thing is dressed in summer jeans and blouse trying to look happy about the fact she's got to get out of a nice warm car to stand in the cold while Matt Jessop, our photographer tries to make her look like she's in a balmy summer's day! Thankfully the sun did come out in between the hale storms and we managed to keep Chloe warm with pocket hand warmers and thick coats while we decided the next shot. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="|"]   003Jessop copy But karma is a great thing and soon it was Poppy's turn to get cold....we needed a shot for the inside front cover and we thought it would be nice to have Poppy strolling through the warm, summer sea. So off came the socks and winter boots and warm wooly cardi and off she went. [gallery size="medium" columns="2" ids="|"] As we took our last outdoor shot, the heavens opened and we all ran back to our cars and made our way to Poppy's new home - just up the road. After coffee and biscuits to defrost ourselves, we got stuck into setting up for the indoor shots. We made ourselves at home by moving Poppy's furniture around, taking cupboards off the walls, moving pictures and generally making a mess! [gallery size="medium" ids="|"]   Catching the light was difficult with the weather being so unpredictable but Mat had his box of tricks with him and the finished images looked great. P&M with sofa LR We had some extra help with Poppy's nipper - in exchange for her being able to wear her roller skates afterwards... 252Jessop Our new Spring/Summer catalogue will be released on 25th April so if you haven't done so already, sign up for your copy here. catalogue on table3 - SS16

    Just Horsin' Around!

    We love our tea towel designs - you seem to love our tea towel designs as well! Poppy has been a very busy (sewing) bee these last few months.  She's designed lots of new gorgeous tea towels including the new 'Pony Club' especially for Anthropology UK. Pony Club tea towel by Poppy Treffry   Ponies and horses aren't the easiest subject to sketch, and this design took Poppy a little while to perfect but we all think she did a pretty good job! [gallery ids="|"] A tea towel design starts with a sketch in one of Poppy's many sketch books, then Poppy will cut the individual pieces from fabric (usually fine, vintage or found pieces she has hidden away in the studio) and then she'll sit at her trusty old Singer sewing machine and freehand machine embroider the pieces to a tea towel-sized piece of cotton.  This will then get sent away to the local screen printing company for them to print.  We think you'll agree this is another pretty, individual design from the brain of Poppy Treffry. To see all of our tea towels, pop along to our website and for our exclusive Anthropologie UK designs check out their website. TTFN, Team Treffry. x

    Choosing a sewing machine - good luck!

    One of the questions we get asked the most is 'how do I choose a sewing machine?' We don't profess to be experts on this - we use very old, very nice 1930s Singer sewing machines which do just what we want (most of the time!), but they're not high tech and weren't the result of a lot of research. There's a quote from Poppy in our little film for the Eden project where she says 'you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a good one' and that is certainly true of the way we work.  Our machines have come from car boots, the dump, charity shops and the odd sewing machine shop (oh yes and ebay).  Quite often chosen because they’re pretty! We have about 13 of them in our studio at the last count!One of our beauties in the studio we use on a daily basis - and nothing else! Deciding on what machine to go for largely depends on what you want to do with your machine.....Do you want to just do a bit of dressmaking with an array of fancy stitches?  Some serious upholstery projects?  Or just have a play with freehand machine embroidery?

    • If you're after something to see you through some really tough fabric, then a 'flatbed' machine is probably best - these are bigger, more industrial-type machines that take up more room but will serve you well when it comes to making curtains and other bigger projects.
     
    • Most modern machines will have a selection of decorative and functional stitches, some digital sewing machines will even do the sewing for you - you don't even need to put your foot on the pedal!  Modern machines are great but we have found that a few people who own a new machine have said they are very light weight, even 'throw away' quality.  We think it depends how much you will be using your machine.  If it's just for the occasional small sewing job, these would be fine.
     
    • If it's the freehand machine embroidery you want to have a go at, then most machines old and new will have the ability to do this - it just takes a little practice to get used to the technique.
    [gallery type="circle" size="medium" ids="|"] Your best bet to start with is your local sewing shop as they will have a wealth of experience on the subject, although be clear on your budget before you go in and don’t let yourself be seduced by the array of possibilities! It’s a good idea to write a list of what you want the machine to do first and then you’’ll know whether those extra features are of value to you or not. Experience says you should look for a machine that is metal rather than plastic and quite heavy and sturdy. Our machines have a little screw on the undercarriage which allows you to drop the feed dogs and then we hold our fabric stretched tight in an embroidery hoop but if you can’t find one which does this then you can purchase a metal plate that covers the feed dogs whilst you're sewing. We don’t use an embroidery foot when we’re stitching but again this is something you may have to experiment with for yourself, kissing frogs again!Our Freya who makes all our lovely badges.  Once you have your sewing machine you’ll find most bunching-up and bobbin-snarling issues are down to tension of the cloth, the machine and you! So you just need to play with it, and relax, till you get it right. We hope you don't have to kiss too many frogs!

    Our St Ives Snaps Shortlist

            We are delighted to finally announce that we have chosen our shortlist in our St Ives Snaps competition - what a job that was! So here they are... Amy Moore entry 1 Amy Moore Claire Garrett entry 2 Claire Garrett Gail Grimshaw Gail Grimshaw George Blower entry 1 George Blower james Coghill entry 1 James Coghill Lara Natalia Swain entry 1 Lara Natalia Swain So it's over to our judges, Poppy Treffry, The Day That and Sean Taylor - St Ives artist, to choose our overall winner and our 2 runners up. We'll let you know! We'd love to hear which one you love the best too...