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72. an audience with Poppy Treffry

Poppy Treffry's workshop
Poppy Treffry's workshop

Last week my Mum and I had the pleasure of spending the day at Poppy Treffry’s studio, just outside Penzance, on one of her freehand machine embroidery courses. We had a ball.

Vintage suitcase filled with lovely fabric
Vintage suitcase filled with lovely fabric

I had done some freehand machine embroidery before whilst studying Textiles at college and have dabbled in bits and pieces since, but I was very rusty; my beloved 1951 Singer sewing machine has not seen the light of day since Little My was born. My Mum on the other hand, is a fantastic sewer but had never tried freehand machine embroidery before. Poppy is a brilliant teacher though, so it does not matter if you have little sewing experience.

Experimenting with shapes
Experimenting with shapes
Experimenting with applique
Experimenting with applique
Practising writing - Lilly, Lilly, Lilly, Tilly!
Practising writing - Lilly, Lilly, Lilly, Tilly!
Italy? Nope, Trereife House, Penzance
Italy? Nope, Trereife House, Penzance
A chance for a nice chat over lunch
A chance for a nice chat over lunch

We started the day with a brew followed by some play-time on Poppy’s beautiful old Singer sewing machines. There was plenty of time to experiment and trouble-shoot under Poppy’s expert guidance before a delicious lunch in the sunshine at Trereife House.

Biba's tractor
Biba's tractor

After lunch, it was back to the studio and time to start on our chosen projects. Poppy provided patterns for a variety of different projects including a bag, cushion and tea cosy, that could be made-up with your own machine embroidery design. I had already decided that I wanted to do an ‘a b c’ picture for Little My’s room (our wee house is bursting at the seams but we still have plenty of wall space to fill).

Experimenting with back ground colours
Experimenting with background colours
My machine for the day
My machine for the day
My Mum was working on this lovely old Singer
My Mum was working on this lovely old Singer

We spent some time selecting fabrics from Poppy’s stash, cutting and arranging before the nerve-wracking moment when we had to start the machine embroidery.

Doing the machine embroidery
Doing the machine embroidery
Re-working the clouds
Re-working the clouds

I was very rusty indeed and I don’t think I will be posing a threat to the Poppy Treffry empire, however, I’m quite pleased with my attempt, especially if I sprint past it and give it a fleeting glance! But as they say, it’s the taking part that counts and we really did have a fantastic day. Thank you Poppy! www.poppytreffry.co.uk

The end result
The end result
A good day's work
A good day's work
A goody bag to take home too!
A goody bag to take home too!
My 'a b c' wall hanging in situ
My 'a b c' wall hanging in situ
Looks ok from a distance and the little one is pleased with the new addition
Looks ok from a distance and the little one is pleased with the new addition

 

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