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    A mini forage

    20121007-140124.jpg Inspired by the lovely 'the Simple Things' magazine Biba and I went for a mini forage in the beautiful Morrab Gardens this morning. The gardens are just behind our house and are stuffed with a jungle mish mash of sub tropical and exotic plants, shrubs and trees. You'll find palms, bamboo, magnolias, a fernery and (rumour has it) stick insects! There was a man practising juggling clubs on the bandstand today as we set off into the bushes, me photographing and Biba playing house,chatting away to herself and finding bits and bobs for our 'collection' A very pleasant hour! (and we only brought a few things home with us! 20121007-134401.jpg 20121007-134541.jpg20121007-134725.jpg20121007-134831.jpg20121007-134932.jpg20121007-135038.jpg20121007-135146.jpg

    A crafty day at my new job!

    Hello, it’s Sarah. I have been working in the Poppy Treffry shop in St. Ives for nearly 2 months now and I thought it was about time I tried out some of this freehand machine embroidery! I attended one of Poppy’s courses last Friday and had such a great time. I am used to a sewing machine so that was a bonus but there were a few on the course that hadn’t even sewn before and everyone still completed their piece by the end of the day. Poppy was really friendly and helpful and explained everything in a simple step by step way so that it wasn’t too taxing! The course took place at the studio at Penzance, it was nice to see the environment that all the products are made in. It was a sunny day and Poppy had the doors flung open to let the summer sunshine & breezes flood in. It is such a lovely place to make and create, I’m very jealous as I would love a studio for making and crafting; I’ll have to put up with the tiny spare room office at home for now!

    the stichers at work

    So the day started off with a meet and greet with Poppy and my fellow stitchers for the day. Of course there was immediately a cup of tea served in Poppy Treffry mugs. I had the boat one! Poppy demonstrated how to stretch the fabric tightly in the embroidery hoop, this is the basis of freehand embroidery and is very important as it doesn’t work properly if your fabric is too loose. Once this was done we could start having a go at sewing. We each had a singer sewing machine and sat down to start stitching away. The first hour or two was spent having a play and getting to know the techniques and getting used to the machine with a few Poppy demonstrations for appliqué in between. I seemed to stitch variations of flowers and leaves, so it was clear that this would feature in my final design. I had quite a scribbly style which was handy as if it didn’t go quite inside the lines, I could say I was meant to do that! Others were more precise and neat; the lady next to me was a teacher and she was amazing at freehand embroidery writing. It was good as everyone had a unique style! When we got to a point that we were happy, we could start thinking about the design we wanted to create in the afternoon. Once it got to 1 o clock it was time for lunch so we walked across the road to the beautiful Trereife House where we all had lunch together in their café and a little walk round the garden. The food was lovely and it was the first time I had tried potted stilton and frosted grape - find something similar here

    my design laid out ready to stitch

    After lunch and some sunshine it was back to the studio to get started on our pieces. You can either make a bag, cushion, tea cosy, egg cosy or a purse. I chose a cushion with of course a floral design. I sketched out what I wanted it to look like on paper and selected and cut out my appliqué pieces, took a deep breath and made a start. At first I thought it was going to take forever but as you get going you get quicker and before I knew it, it was 3 o clock and time for more tea and biscuits. Then it was just some finishing off, some ironing and then to actually sew the cushion and, tadah, it was complete! We put everyone’s creations together on the sofa and stood back to admire with a sigh and a sense of achievement. We even got a little goody bag to take home with us.

    Our finished pieces or art! Cue smug faces!

    I was so pleased with what I had produced in a day, I met a lot of nice people and it was great to work with Poppy in her inspiring studio. Now I can tell everyone that comes into the shop how amazing the course is and that everyone should have a go at freehand embroidery as it really is very fun, and quite addictive!

    My lovely cushion in it's new home!

    My NEW CAMERA arrived!

    So it was my belated new years resolution to finally keep the Poppy Treffry blog up to date! In my head I will be putting pen to paper – fingers to keyboard – every Sunday but we’ll see how it goes! The most exciting thing that happened this week was…My NEW CAMERA arrived! I have been excited ever since I ordered it 2 weeks ago, it took it’s time to get across the pond to me but it was well worth the wait…. It’s technically so that I can get back to taking lovely lifestyle shots of our products (when Justin and I divided up our workshops he got the camera and I got the charger! So I’ve had no camera since May) But I had to get testing it the minute the battery was charged and here are some of the early results…. [caption id="attachment_491" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="Oil and Vinegar"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_492" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="Squabbling Gulls on Wherry Town beach"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_497" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="I only took one photo of Biba - honest!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_498" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="The workshop wall"][/caption]

    Moving day (or week/month/year!)

    SO.... Team Treffry have moved. Goodbye view of St Michaels, goodbye lovely wooden floor, Goodbye Justin Duance jewellery neighbours, Goodbye terribly steep steps, Goodbye pungent aroma of fish, goodbye freezing cold temperatures. [caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Packing up and shipping out!"][/caption] It was with a heady mixture of joy and sorrow that Poppy and the team, and some keen helpers (such as Mummy Treffry), finally carted the accumulations of 6 years of making tea cosies and the likes down those terribly steep steps which many of you will have seen in previous posts and off to pastures new, or Trereife Business park as it's otherwise known! [caption id="attachment_257" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="First job: Building the cutting table"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="And the stock shelves go up."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_259" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Web designer extraordinaire Neil and daughter Tilly visit"][/caption] All in all, apart from the oversight of not having a kettle at the new digs on Wednesday, the move went pretty well - although the unpacking and erecting and general debris sorting may continue for a while! We even welcomed our first visitors, our web designer Neil and his daughter, on Thursday afternoon. [caption id="attachment_261" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="We built a small box to keep Poppy in!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Biba turns up for work in the new office"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_263" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Faye hangs some fairies to watch over proceedings!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_264" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Sara summarises the joy of being nearly finished, or trips over - you decide!"][/caption] So that's it, we're in - let proceedings commence - just as soon as BT manage to get someone out to sort our phoneline and internet connection! What do you think? x

    Hidden Art Cornwall Design Fair

    I’m exhibiting at the Hidden Art Cornwall Design fair this weekend. It’s at http://www.trereifepark.co.uk House just outside Penzance, a beautiful rambling Georgian manor house with ramshackle walled gardens, horses peering out of shady stables and lots of great designer makers in a marquee! I’m next to http://www.emilynixon.com Emily Nixon whose gleaming stand is packed with her earthy, chunky bangles, rings and necklaces moulded first in wax and then lost wax cast from silver and gold. Opposite and in complete contrast is httpFoundlings Jewellery a little stand packed with kitsch necklaces, earrings, hair-clips and bracelets made from bright plastics and dripping with tiny plastic shoes, cats, dogs, my little ponies and other pop ephemera. (Biba made a beeline for the lot when she came to the private view!) Round the corner is Sue Dove a textile artist who I have heard lots about over the years and never met until now. She very seldom does shows so it was really exciting to see her stand. She makes rich hand embroideries that are like paintings with yarn instead of paint and feature peculiar creatures and enigmatic titles. The creatures at some point left the embroidery hoop and became three dimensional textile sculptures, some huge, some tiny all embellished with stitch, driftwood limbs or noses (I’m very excited about the little collage I’ve bought from her) There’s so much more but I haven’t had a chance to escape my stand yet so will try to report later. There’s also some great food (so I’m told – I didn’t get to eat any yesterday and survived on a lifesaving tuna sandwich from a fellow exhibitors mum!) and there’s a shiny air stream wagon selling good coffee so lets hope it’s another successful day and see you there!