Meet another lovely member of Team Treffry…

We’ve all been so busy here in the Poppy Treffry studio and in our shop in St Ives that time has completely run away with us and it’s the beginning of April already!

The daffs are now flowering and the sun is shining (shhh..it might disappear again at any minute!) and we all have a bit more of a spring in our step.

Mounts Bay Daffs

While we take a very quick break from bag making and sewing, we thought you would all like to meet another integral member of Team Treffry.

Say “Hello” to Gilly.

Gilly works in our St Ives shop and you will usually find her in there two or three days a week (even on a Sunday!) chatting away to our customers, dusting the shelves, folding our lovely tea towels and just generally making sure everything is in it’s place.

We asked Gilly a few questions about herself….

How long have you lived in Cornwall?

I have lived in St Ives for eleven years. It’s always been a life-long ambition since I was a small child to live here.  I think I was a fisherman’s daughter in a previous life!

How long have you worked for Poppy Treffry?

I started working for Poppy two tears ago when we had the little shop in the Drill Hall in St Ives.  We’ve now moved into our lovely new shop in Fore Street and it’s great!

What’s the best thing about working for Poppy?

Being surrounded by beautiful things and being supported by a friendly and fun team

What’s your favourite Poppy Treffry product?

I love the Big Floucy Bag – It reminds me of my youthful hippy days!

Flower Power - Big Floucy Bag

Flower Power – Big Floucy Bag

Favourite food?

Cake!! No outing is complete without cake at the end of it!  Some of my favourite local places to eat cake are: Cafe Art in St Ives, The Cook Book in St Just and The Lost & Found in Penzance.

(P.S – Courgette cake counts as 1 of your 5 a day!)

Favourite music?

I love listening to almost any music and quite often go out to a local venue here in St Ives to listen to a band. I especially love Willie and the Bandits, a British based band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk style.

Apart from listening to music, how do you relax?

I love walking, walking and walking….and sometimes talking! I prefer to go out and about rather than relaxing at home.  There are so many beautiful walks along this coast and they are all on my doorstep.  My favourite walk is a circular walk to St Just, along Cot Valley and Cape Cornwall and back to St Just….then cake in The Cook Book Cafe!

Wheal Edward Engine House

Wheal Edward Engine House

When I do get a minute to relax at home, I like making my own cards to give to family and friends.  I have knitted the odd scarf as well.

Tell us some interesting facts about you.

  • I once hitch-hiked from Liverpool to Newcastle
  • I had ten years of ballet lessons from the age of three-thirteen years old
  • I trained to be a teacher in Liverpool

Thanks Gilly. 

Make sure you say ‘Hello’ to her next time you’re in the shop!

Right…that’s enough chatting, time to get back to sewing Bags and Useful Purses.

TTFN – from Team Treffry. x

 

Introducing another key cog of Team Treffry

Sara became part of the team in 2007 and is based at the studio. This was at the time when Poppy needed some help with stitching and apparently she roped in anyone that could work a sewing machine! Sara had always been fond of sewing so was happy to give it a go and help out, although she just did straight lines-none of the fancy freehand stuff. In fact Sara holds the record for the fastest straight line stiching in the whole team. I think she deserves a medal don’t you!

Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair

Sara and Faye manning the stand at the New York Gift Fair

Since starting Sara’s role has changed and she is now in charge of all our trade customers, both in this country and abroad. This involves quite a bit of paperwork and phone calls which luckily she is very good at. Although that is not all, Sara also is in charge of supplies for the workshop, the stock and the work for our stitchers. Occasionally she is found at a sewing machine, especially when demand is needed at Christmas and on factory days to make all our lovely bags. That is when her speedy straight line stitching really comes in handy!

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Love that house coat!

Sara says the best thing about her job is the variety-no two days will ever be the same at Treffry towers. She also enjoys working with our customers and having a natter on the phone with them. Sara is in charge of sourcing new components to create new products which is exciting thinking of all the colour possibilities! Most of all Sara enjoys the people she gets to work with-they do have a lot of fun. Freya and Sara enjoy honing their whistling skills, which really annoys Poppy. Faye (Poppy’s sister) is the athletic one and is always trying to get everyone to be more active by swimming in the sea at lunchtimes in the summer. There were good intentions of carrying on through the autumn but ……………. and now it’s far too cold. 

The Jubilee Pool, Penzance

The Jubilee Pool, Penzance

On Sara’s last day off she went horse riding on the Penwith Moors. It was a bit wet, but that’s all part of the fun! In fact Sara is not a novice in the saddle, last year she went to Spain for 2 weeks for a riding holiday. Generally on her days off she likes to spend time outdoors walking, cycling, riding or in or near the sea.

Sara and her bike on their travels!

Sara and her bike on their travels!

Sara’s favourite Poppy Treffry product is the bicycle tote bag – it actually has her very own bicycle on it! Poppy wanted to create a bike design so Sara cycled her bike to the studio so it could be a model for the day. It has been used on both the bicycle tea towel and the pedal power fabric; her’s is the one with the drop handle bars.

Sara's bike and one of the designs it features on

Sara’s bike and one of the designs it features on

Sara's favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

Sara’s favourite bicycle Long rock tote bag

 

Spot the dog COMPETITION!!

It’s nearly Christmas and we have another, new and very special film to bring you – again made by the talented Carl Wakfer.

COMPETITION!!!

Once you’ve enjoyed our little film why not play our little Christmas game of Spot the dog – you could win a Best in show tea cosy and tea towel, just in time for Christmas!

The 'Best in show' prize

The ‘Best in show’ prize

Somewhere on our website (maybe on one of our doggy design products, perhaps!!) you’ll find a little Christmas dog is hiding! Browse our website and find the fella then comment below and tell us what breed you think he is and where you found him. We’ll choose a winner next Wednesday 18th December.

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Have fun and we hope you enjoyed our new little film! If you did then do check out our You Tube channel for more, including our ‘meet the team behind the cosies’ film which we are particularly proud of!

 

Our new studio assistant

This week we were very pleased to welcome our new girl Tamsin to the team. Tamsin has joined us as our studio assistant taking charge of sending out orders, sewing a bit and cutting some things out (and probably all sorts of other things besides, such is the nature of the beast!)

Tamsin at work

Tamsin at work

So, as we thought you might like to get to know Tamsin a bit better, we dragged her away from her to do list for a minute and asked her a few questions for you!

Fave food?……a weakness for chocolate pralines!

How long have you lived in Cornwall?…….born in Penzance, I lived here until attending Uni in Manchester, then lived and worked in Manchester, London and Midlands for 11 years in total until the sea beckoned me back home again.

Favourite crafting activity?….Up cycling goodies found at auction and car boot sales, however I’m never happier than when sat at Bernie (my sewing machine).

How do you relax?……Gardening and cooking, I’m trying to think of interesting ways to use rhubarb at the moment as I can’t keep up with the supply.

Fave Poppy Treffry product?…..I am loving the iPad cosies, I don’t even have an iPad, but am almost tempted to buy one just so I can get a gorgeous cosy to go on it.

How do you feel about joining team Treffry?…I am really happy to be working with such fab ladies, in such an inspiring environment with lots of interesting bits and bobs around the studio.  I am also really enjoying listening to Radio 4, the coffee and biscuits have been pretty good, and I love the Teddy display in the bathroom!

And lastly, an interesting fact you might like to share?!…..I have quite a large collection of buttons (mainly old ones) which are stored by shade in kilner jars!?

Thanks Tamsin and welcome to the team x

Cool ladies – cool bags!

crazy ladies!

crazy ladies!

 

We’ve just been flicking through some of the shots from our last catalogue shoot and decided this is one of our favourites. Biba is a very good model we think! And the Oyster Catcher messenger bag is the perfect bag to take you through the Spring/Summer 2013 season.

 

 

A mini forage

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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!
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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….

Oil and Vinegar

Squabbling Gulls on Wherry Town beach

I only took one photo of Biba - honest!

The workshop wall

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.

Packing up and shipping out!

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!

First job: Building the cutting table

And the stock shelves go up.

Web designer extraordinaire Neil and daughter Tilly visit

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.

We built a small box to keep Poppy in!

Biba turns up for work in the new office

Faye hangs some fairies to watch over proceedings!

Sara summarises the joy of being nearly finished, or trips over - you decide!

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!

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