We are super excited to be back exhibiting at Top Drawer, London from Sunday 11th to the 13th September 2016. You can find Poppy and Sara manning our stand, M20 and we'd love it if you stopped by to see our new product ranges, we've been pretty busy coming up with lots of newness! For more information about the show and to register for free visit www.topdrawer.co.uk or you can contact us for details of VIP buyer nomination.
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="|"] 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. We had some extra help with Poppy's nipper - in exchange for her being able to wear her roller skates afterwards... 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.
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. 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
The striking red-billed chough is a member of the crow family and has been associated with Cornwall for hundreds of years - even appearing on the Cornish coat of arms. It is distinguished by its glossy black plumage, red legs and curved bill. Our Cornish Chough design came out of a lovely day's sketching at Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary, just up the road in Hayle. He first appeared on his own as an embroidered picture... But Mr Chough was crying out for a higher profile so the design was refined into a repeating pattern and made into a printed fabric... Our back to school selection of Cornish Chough pencil cases and big useful purses is available online now. The full range of printed fabric products will launch this September. "Once widespread in Britain, this mainly coastal species had always been associated with Cornwall but declined severely, then died out altogether in 1973. In 2001 up to five birds arrived in Cornwall, first seen near Newquay. Three of these birds settled in South West Cornwall ... and now around twenty of their offspring have formed a pioneer population. "Operation Chough is a conservation project established at Paradise Park, in Hayle, Cornwall in 1987. Our initial aim was to see the chough back and living once again on the cliffs of Cornwall. We are now working to ensure that its return is permanent and sustainable, and that the small group in Cornwall is able to maintain a healthy population into the future." Find out more about Operation Chough at Paradise Park Browse Poppy Treffry Cornish Chough designs
We've just launched our new "Top Cats" tea towel - with a little help from our Facebook friends! Follow the tea towel design taking shape here... It all started with an appeal for inspiration! 5 May 2015 "Soooooo....today I am working on drawing cats for a potential cat tea towel!!! So if you have a marvellous moggie who you think should be featured just post a picture here! (as some of you may know drawing cats is something I find very, very hard - so your inspiration will be very well received!)" Here are just a few of the many, many beautiful cats posted by our fantastic Facebook friends in response... From Facebook to sketchbook... Can you spot your cat in there? And from sketchbook to workbench... Cutting out the fabric pieces and testing layouts... Embroidering the details... Final embroidered design ready for the screen printer.... And the finished printed tea towel... We hope you like it! Buy online