Sewing at Bedruthan Steps Hotel

Sara and I are back from Bedruthan Steps Hotel tired but happy! We’ve had a wonderful weekend teaching 12 lovely people (some who’d tried it before, most who hadn’t) the fine art of freehand machine embroidery.

The hotel run a series of weekend breaks of which stitching with Poppy Treffry is just one. You stay for two nights have all your meals, a beautiful view over the Cornish Coast, time to relax in the gorgeous Ocean Spa and two days learning a new skill or craft! They offer everything from baby yoga to shoemaking!

So all our old Singer sewing machines made the journey from Penzance in one piece along with a few suitcases of fabric and we had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend sewing. Everyone managed to complete a project from start to finish, working from their own inspiration to make tea cosies, bags and cushions and, in some cases, coming up with their own new products (like a Fulham Football Club camera bag and a Dalek MP3 case!)

The images below show just a few of the amazing things the group put together in only 2 days. It never ceases to surprise me when I see what other people come up with…enjoy! (and tell us what you think in the comments – didn’t they do well?)

To find out more about breaks at Bedruthan click here. To find out more about our day stitching courses (and our first residential course at Trereife House) visit our website




Our shop has had a little re-vamp

It was all hands on deck on Friday as we got the shop spick and span for our little party. We’ve been busy over the last few weeks painting the picture wall a gorgeous dark grey ( or is it brown?!) and painting our lovely haberdashery dresser a nice clotted cream colour.

I’ve also been working on some one off pieces based on my drawings of St Ives. I picked them up from the framers just hours before the ‘opening!’ but with the help of some lovely customers who advised on spacing we got them hung in time and I’m really pleased with them. It’s nice to finally have the time to work on these more in depth pieces and nice to have somewhere to display them too.

I’m really pleased with how the shop is looking after its little revamp. The new cushions, both printed and stitched look amazing and we have lots of lovely vintage bits in at the moment. We have some gorgeous ribbons that I found in the states and our fab new bicycle tea towels.

The images below are just a few quick shots of the shop in all it’s it’s glory! Do come and visit soon…







Just a little trip to Paris

I’m writing this from Germany where we’re visiting my brother in law. But unfortunately the quickest way to get to his house was via Paris…. What a shame!

So once we’d navigated our way out of Charles de Gaulle airport – no mean feat with three suitcases a pushchair and a toddler! – we found our little apartment on Rue des Martyrs and went out for steak, chips and a well earned beer.

Rue des Martyrs and the streets around are full of quirky boutiques, fine food shops, patisseries, dark cafes and tabacs (with crowds of people smoking outside) merry go rounds and fancy restaurants. Needless to say the new camera was working overtime.

As it was Justin’s first trip and Biba’s too we did the touristy thing, visited the Pompidou centre, paid too much for coffee, tried to talk French, climbed the Ifle tower (which Biba did almost all of by herself!) went the wrong way on the metro, pretended to be statues outside Sacre Coeur, ate late and spent a lot of time on street corners head in map.

The photos are just some nice bits and bobs really. We weren’t there long enough for me to come up with a theme and as we were just bimbling I didn’t really note the names of shops or areas but maybe my theme was colour as it was very grey everywhere so I tried to capture a bit of colour where I could…enjoy and any top tips for our next trip do share!

(the padlocks are something I’d heard about on a world service podcast about a bridge in Rome. Young couples fix the padlock to the bridge and throw the key into the river and that means their love will last forever…..Bless!)







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