January 19, 2011

Introducing textile designer, Poppy Treffry…

I met the lovely Poppy Treffry at the Country Living Fair last November in London.  Her stand immediately drew me in…and upon talking to her, I found out that she comes from my part of the world, the southwest of England…in particular Cornwall.  (I’m from the neighbouring county of Devon.)

I adore her quirky embroidered textile designs and thought you may also like to see some of her creations which have a floral theme.

Gardeners Tea Time – Medium Tea Cosy in Vintage Floral

Special Day – Greetings Card

Flower Power – Large Flouncy Shoulder Bag in Burnt Grey with Vintage Fabrics

Flowers – Embroidered Cushion in Pale Pink

Bus – Little Bag in Blue

Whilst at Poppy’s stand at the fair, I made a couple of purchases including a beautiful small gadget cosy for my iPhone. I’d been looking for a cover for a little while and didn’t want something too ‘businessy’.

The cute one I bought certainly brightens up my day..oh, and it protects my phone too!  It’s made out of high quality textured fabric, padded and lined with soft floral baby cord.

Poppy started her company seven years ago.  She initially sketches her designs and then they are transformed into tea cosies, coffee cosies, egg cosies, cards, stitched pictures, handbags, purses, cushions and tea towels.

This all takes place in her harbour-side studio in Newlyn, near Penzance in Cornwall, (apart from the ceramic mugs and teapots, which are made in Stoke-on-Trent).

Poppy and her ‘gang’ use freehand machine embroidery to create the cute designs and all the work is done on 1930s Singer sewing machines, using a mixture of vintage and modern fabrics.

For UK readers, you may have seen an episode of Kirstie’s Homemade Home on Channel 4 television in November last year, when Kirstie fell in love with machine embroidery?

Poppy’s products are available to purchase online through her own website and www.notonthehighstreet.com. She also has a shop in St. Ives, Cornwall and supplies other shops and art galleries in the UK and further afield.

If you’re feeling inspired after reading this post and fancy trying to create some of your own designs, you may like to know that she’s published a book,  called Free and Easy Stitch Style.

Also, I noticed on Poppy’s website that she’s running two day workshops at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Cornwall on 25th–27th March 2011 & 18th–20th November 2011, where you can learn about freehand machine embroidery.  Click here for more details. What a fantastic opportunity!

Do let me know what you think of Poppy’s designs…

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