Poppy Treffry the company (as opposed to the person!) was founded in 2003 when it was just Poppy and one cranky Singer sewing machine that her granddad had found on a dump! Poppy put together a small collection of bags, cushions and tea cosies which were quickly snapped up by galleries and boutiques locally and across the UK.
We now produce a much larger range of gifts and homewares all featuring Poppy’s quirky designs and a sense of humour! Our products are either handmade in England or sourced from UK manufacturers and we have tea towels printed in Cornwall, ceramics made in Stoke on Trent and printed cushions from Lincolnshire.
But the cranky Singer sewing machines are still very much at the heart of what we do. We have trained a team of lovely outworkers who stitch all our beautiful embroidered products and they all work on the old Singers (some of them might have more than one! Naming no names…Briony!) Each stitcher gets a box of carefully cut pieces which they then embroider and stitch up and bring back to us all done. We can just about tell who has stitched what but we are consistently amazed at how good they are at what they do!
The Singers also come into their own for Poppy’s freehand embroidery courses which she runs from her studio in Penzance as well as at a few select locations in the south west. Each participant gets to work on one of the lovely beasts to create a start to finish embroidered product in a day!
Poppy Treffry products grace the shelves of some very fine stores across the UK, USA and Japan. You can see our bespoke collections in Fortnum and Mason, Bettys tea rooms and Anthropologie and it’s a real honour to work with these big boys! But we also sell to some gorgeous galleries and boutiques who are real partners in selling the Poppy Treffry dream of high quality hand made and UK made products that make you smile!
Poppy has written two books on freehand machine embroidery and opened her first shop in St Ives in 2010. She’s very much involved in the day to day running of the company and designs all our new products (when she’s not procrastinating!)