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    Tutorial: Crafty tea towel projects – Coasters

    image (5) Because we know sometimes our tea towels are just too darn pretty to use we wanted to give you a couple of other options for things you could do with them! Here's our first project, lovely little coasters. Liz from our team made these for her gran recently and very well received they were to! image (1)   You will need... A tea towel (We used the teacups design, somewhat fitting we thought!) Some fabric pieces for backing each coaster wadding pins scissors a sewing machine, although you can hand sew if you're patient and have some evenings that need filling! Some cardboard to cut a template from. So, to begin - make sure you're well hydrated, we suggest a nice cup of earl grey (but this shouldn't affect your final result!) 1. Cut yourself a cardboard template approximately 4.5" x 4.5" 2. Using your template as a guide cut 4 pieces from your fabric, 4 from your wadding fabric and 4 cups from the tea towel. image (2)   3. Lay your teacup front face up on a flat surface, lay backing fabric face down on top of coaster front and lay a wadding piece on top of the backing. image (3)   4. Leaving a small gap (for turning the coaster through the right way) sew all around the edges.Once sewn, trim the corners but not too much! image (4)   5. Now turn the coaster right sides out. Stitch all the way around the edge, making sure you catch the small space where you'd left it open so that it is sewn closed. 6. Now you can quilt the coaster as shown in the picture of the finished product, or you could freehand stitch around the tea cups for an extra effect. Tah Dah! So there's some inspiration for something else to do with your tea towels, gets you out of the drying up for a bit longer! Now make some more for your friends! **If you can't wait to get going on this project we're got a lovely little special offer for you. Enter code 'making' at checkout for free delivery on our teacups tea towel until the end of November 14**

    Meet Poppy of Poppy Treffry!

    So far we've introduced you to various members of the team here at Treffry towers but we thought as it's our birthday celebrations at the moment that we should introduce you to the main man, the organ grinder, the boss lady; or Poppy as we also call her!! So we put a few questions together, made her a cup of coffee (she always works better with a coffee inside her, but just one mind!), and sat her down to answer them! Poppy Treffry 2 2012 What's the most memorable moment of the last 10 years running PT?

    I think leaving my 'proper' job (I was working for the council as an Arts Officer) to go full time with the business was a pretty special moment. Literally days later I did my first London trade show and was booked up with orders for the next 6 months so it was the right thing to do!
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    Tell us a fact about yourself that we may not know.
    I broke my back when I was 17 in a car accident and missed all my A level exams (I did them later in my spare time whilst doing my Art Foundation!)
    What do you get up to on a typical Sunday afternoon?
    If it's a good sunday then having friends round for roast dinner.....and Justin (my partner) cooks! A not so good sunday - friends round for roast and I cook!
    Apart from sewing and designing, what are you favourite past times?
    I love knitting and go to a knitting group every week. I always have a book on the go and have just finished Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel which I loved and am now reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett which is all set during a hostage situation in an unnamed South American country. I'm also mad for a bit of camping (in my van) and listening to the Archers and talking about the Archers and wondering what the Archers characters are up to...
    What part of the world would you like to visit and why?
    I love traveling and did a lot of travelling in my 20s, including living in Guatemala for 3 years. I'd love to take Justin and our daughter Biba back there for a big trip. I'd also love to go to Panama for their reverse applique textiles, mexico for all their quirky 'Day of the Dead' crafts and Peru for the knitwear.
    Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia! Travelling with Biba around her first birthday, Vietnam and Australia!
    You're shipwrecked on a deserted island - what was the one possession you rescued before the boat sank?
    This is a tricky one (don't want to say smart phone - although it would be very sensible as I could call for rescue!) but I would try and save my sketch books
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    Camping or Glamping (no van allowed!
    Love them both (not that I've glamped much!) but I think old fashioned camping would have the edge. Preferably on Troytown campsite on the Isle of Scilly, preferably with close friends and family, a glass of wine and a sunset over the sea...
    Favourite book?
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  - because it is epic!
    First ever 'proper' job?
    Working as an Art Technician at the Winchester College in Hampshire  - the oldest school in England and posher than Eton - Prince William used to come and play water polo there!
    Name the top two things on your bucket list.
    Living in New York (though Justin did not rate my idea of a family sabbatical there!)
    Going travelling with Biba....I have a hunch she'll enjoy a chicken bus.....
    Poppy Treffry in St Ives Poppy in her St Ives shop
    So.. Thanks Poppy for answering our questions! If you've got questions you'd like to put to Poppy Treffry then keep them in mind and keep an eye on our facebook page as we plan to host a live Q and A session with Poppy soon, details to follow. And join us in a rousing chorus of 'Happy Birthday to us'!! (check out the picture below for a special birthday treat!) 20%-off-Poppy-Treffry

    Bathing Beauties

    Bathing beauties tea towel Bathing beauties tea towel.

    With the new bathing beauties design added to our range for 2014 we felt it only right that we should make like a bathing beauty and have our first dip of the year. Various members of Team Treffry have been heading to the swimming pool every Wednesday lunchtime for a few lengths but with the pool being closed temporarily we decided there was nothing quite like a bracing dip in the atlantic, in April! poppy Treffry Catalogue shot of our new tea towel design

    Trouble was, the day we decided we might go for a swim the following day was warm and Spring like and when the allotted swim day arrived it was a proper cold, Cornish grey and mizzly day! A quick facebook and twitter poll decided it though, more people said we should than said we shouldn't! And after nearly chickening out we found ourselves on the prom in Penzance changing into our swimming things in the persistent drizzle, lovely! Bathing beauties make up bag Bathing beauties make up bag.

    But guess what, it was great, refreshing, rejuvenating, life affirming, and really, really cold!!! We only managed about 5 minutes and getting changed afterwards wasn't a whole heap of fun (especially as a couple of coats had found their ways into puddles!) but we all felt good afterwards and ready to do it again next week! bathing beauties bathing beauties.

    We reckon this lot might be swimming on the french riviera in summer rather than off the prom in Penzance in April, we certainly weren't looking quite this chic!! Let us know about your bathing beauty experiences!

    Our St Ives shop celebrates its 1st birthday

    Poppy Treffry in St Ives Me and my shop! Team Treffry in St Ives shop

    Us celebrating finishing the decorating of our St Ives shop[/caption] Our little St Ives fore street shop celebrates it's first birthday on Monday 5th May, a whole year already. The picture above shows the team celebrating finishing the decorating and getting it all set up, the day before opening. Inside the St Ives shop Inside the St Ives shop[/caption] We have all loved having the shop, it's so lovely to see the way people respond to our range and it has spurred on all kinds of product development, there's a lot of inspiration to be drawn from St Ives. St-Ives-landmarks-tea-towel dachshund-small-useful-purs The shops also kind of celebrating with this little feature in the May 2014 edition of Coast magazine! Poppy Treffry, Coast Coast Magazine May 2014.

    So if you find yourself in St Ives on the 5th May then do come in and wish us a Happy Birthday and if you find yourselves in St Ives any other day of the year then do come in and pay us a visit, we hope you'll love our shop as much as we do! Receipt cards in our shop Receipt cards in our shop.Poppy Treffry team Some of the shop team.

    Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday to our shop, Happy Birthday dear shop, Happy Birthday to you!