Sunday, 21 October 2012

Merchant and Mills - Draper, England

A couple of months back, whilst I was flicking through one of my sister's copies of 'Country Living', I came across an article about Carolyn Denham and her haberdashery and patterns company 'Merchant and Mills' (now in Rye, East Sussex)- very near me, actually.

Her dress patterns aren't to my taste, but if you like the simple, artist with palette-in-hand look, go and see!!
Merchant and Mills

Their patterns are on card, are sent in a tube, and look fabulous!! The website is a little overlapped, and could do with a bit of a tidy, but everything has a wonderful, old style to it, and I have to admit to spending quite a bit of time ooohing and aaahing over it all a week ago, and ended up buying the following:

The Bamboo point turner is a real find- I couldn't seem to get one anywhere for love or money, and the same is true for the needle threader- the last few I have had have come out of Christmas crackers, and I have had a fair few 'yow!!' moments, when the fine wire has come out of its slot, and found its way into my finger.

They also have some fabulous stationery and workroom accessories. I would love this mug one day:

Merchant & Mills have stockists in Japan, Europe and the US, so keep your eyes peeled.
The fabric collection is full of muted colours, but the quality looks excellent, pricey, but worth it- linens, organic, cottons and muslins.

British Linen

There were a few teething problems with the website, but I think that it have all been rectified. I would also love this in my workroom:

Happy sewing!