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    Poppy's News - June/July 2017

    What a difference a week makes! From sea swimming last week to wellies and waders this week, the British Summer Time seems to be throwing everything it has at us! My camping trip seems a distant memory - though I feel pretty lucky we went when we did! highertown farm campsite top campsites cornwall by Poppy Treffry We had a weeks camping across Cornwall whilst our house was let out on AirbnB, and we managed to explore from Cadgwith to Polperro, bootiful! Highlights were after dinner walks down to Porthcurno, cooking apple crumble on the camp stove (I know, my talents know no bounds!) and a lovely visit to the Potager garden. Our planned visit to the lovely Talland Bay Cafe was thwarted by the beginnings of the howling storms - and a hasty retreat for home! We had such a lovely week though and hopefully, if you're planning a trip to Cornwall, you might find our blog on the five best campsites useful, happy to road test more for you of course! I have been in the studio too, honest! I've been busy stitching personalised pictures for you lovely lot, they're proving really popular. I've also been busy working on things for, dare I say it, Christmas!! At the moment the collection has plenty of nostalgia, and a sprinkling of morris travellers!! Can't wait to share a sneaky peek with you all! cosy home personalised picture by poppy treffry As ever thanks for reading and supporting what we do, it means a lot to me when you comment on our posts on social media, open our newsletters and visit the blog, so thank you all. Poppy x

    Celebrating Mother's all over the world

      We often think of our mother’s day in the UK as being celebrated on the third Sunday before Easter, which this year is Sunday 26th March. But did you know it is celebrated worldwide and there are many different traditions across the globe? In Samoa, mother's day is celebrated on the second Monday in May, and is always an annual public holiday with elaborate song and dance performances throughout the country. They celebrate the contributions made to Samoan society by mothers. mothers day card for number 1 mum by poppy treffry freehand machine embroidery card Celebrated on the second Sunday of May, Mother´s Day is a big day in Ethiopia. Festivities include large family gatherings and feasts. Traditionally, daughters bring vegetables and cheese to their mums and sons bring the meat. mothers day celebrations in ethiopia on poppy treffry blog In Korea, Parents Day on 8th May is a celebration of both Mother's day and Father's day, to commemorate the efforts of both parents in raising their family. It is a (somewhat controversial) tradition to wash their mother's feet in appreciation of the hard work mothers do for their offspring! There also is a Children’s Day, which is a national holiday, whereas Parents’ Day is a working day. That doesn’t seem very fair to us! mothers day traditions in china for the poppy treffry blog In Serbia, Materice is celebrated on the second Sunday before Christmas. It is tradition for children to creep into their mother’s bedroom and tie her feet together with ribbon or string. To negotiate her release, the mother gives her children small gifts, they could be on to something here!   materice mothers day tradition for poppy treffry blog   In the US, Canada and Australia, traditions include wearing a coloured coronation if the mother is alive or a white one if the mother is no longer with us. As with the UK, one of the popular treats for Mums is breakfast in bed. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. mothers day tea cosy by poppy treffry   So, whatever you’re doing this Mother's day, we hope you have a great day and get well and truly spoilt. We’re on our way to plan a Team Treffry feet washing session, watch this space! Find a range of gifts for a No 1 Mum over in the Mother's day department on the website. shop now button for poppy treffry Sources. List 25 - 25 Ways Mother’s Day Is Celebrated Throughout The World - Found here China Daily - Korean students wash mother's feet in gratitude - Found here Serenata Flowers - 7 Weirdest Mother’s Day traditions around the world - Found here

    Buttercup, buttercup…better do the drying up!

      The lovely new flowers tea towel with beautiful buttercup design takes inspiration from the fact that every summer I am so overjoyed by the wild flowers and grasses that burst forth from our Cornish hedges. The roads become narrower as they fight for space with campions, buttercups, herb Robert, plantains, primroses and so much more. freehand machine embroidering flowers by poppy treffry It was only a matter of time before these beautiful colours, shapes and names made their way into my work. It was so absorbing to first sketch and then stitch the different flowers. The only tricky part was selecting which ones to use! flowers tea towel by poppy treffry I think these motifs will find their way onto all sorts of products now and this summer I hope to be wowed by a wild flower display of my own as I spent October sowing wild flower seed around my house…not long to wait now! flowers tea towel by poppy treffryYou can shop the lovely new flowers tea towel on our website here.  

    My trip to sew in Devon

    About 18 months ago I received an exciting email – would I like to come and teach a freehand embroidery course in Italy….? Ask a silly question! But after much tooing and froing we realized that getting ten ancient Singer sewing machines, not to mention tubs of fabric, lamps, scissors, thread, hoops and inspiration to Italy might be a bit too much of a challenge – even for me! middle coombe farm the sewing course venue So we settled on something a little closer to home and last month, just before the clocks changed and as the sun was setting over misty autumn trees, I found myself with a heavily loaded van, turning into a lane with grass growing up through the middle in deepest, darkest Devon. ladies on poppy treffry sewing course Middle Coombe Farm was a beautiful setting for a stitching retreat. The machines were set up in the old thatched cider barn, hung with Tibetan prayer flags and the participants stayed in various ancient rooms through the farm and the grand old farmhouse. stitching students made on poppy treffry sewing course We spent the whole weekend together, stitching, chatting, cosying up by the fire in the oak paneled sitting room, eating wonderful food that was all cooked and prepared for us in the farmhouse kitchen and setting the world to rights. It was an honor to hang out with such wonderful ladies for the weekend and I was so proud of their finished products. embroidery hoop on poppy treffry sewing course And of course we mustn’t forget the indefatigable Mari from Made on Holiday who arranged the whole thing (and convinced me to do it!). She is the most wonderful warm, Italian, non cooking, non sewing mama, she looked after us so well, if anyone could convince me to do it again she could….but we’ll see! freehand machine embroidery examples