The Linen Core Collection is our first venture in curating a collection of cloth specifically suited to our paper pattern collection. Sixteen painterly colours to peruse.
Enzyme washed for a soft distressed finish. The linens will continue to soften and distress over time.
A brand new edition with more challenging projects. Packed tight with 6 full size patterns (& variations), fabulous drawings, beautiful photography and comprehensive instructions.
Our patterns are developed by Carolyn Denham over several months and go through many tweaks and changes before being deemed fit for your consumption. You will find very few fastenings and no unnecessary difficulty when working from our patterns which start life with an idea and a domestic sewing machine.
In our experience, the classic, simple designs that Carolyn favours, place emphasis on the cut and silhouette whilst intentionally avoiding detailing and fastenings which can make even the best dress look homemade.
Scissors are the most wondrous invention and we take our hats off to the anonymous early inventor of such a cunning tool. There are so many scissors on the market, so many choices and a lot of confusion. We have, over the years, tried many of them.
When it came to putting together a range of scissors for Merchant & Mills we decided to go back to the city most associated with quality cutting tools: Sheffield. We went to a factory that supplies Savile Row – our great street of British Tailors, and chose some tools that will last a lifetime. Our philosophy is: buy once – quality will be remembered long after the price is forgotten.
SEW – A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD
For those just starting out, we present the bare minimum of equipment, all in one set to get you on your way. Features 8″ Tailor’s Shears, 25 Finest Needles, Bamboo Point Turner, Tape Measure, Seam Ripper, Tailor’s Chalk, Dressmaking Pins and the fabulous black Wide Bow Scissors.
VIVA THE REVOLUTION
Dressmaking has always been popular but never deemed cool. Photography, graphic design, even dry stone walling are creative activities that hold a certain kudos yet the complex, ancient art of joining together pieces of fabric is overlooked or worse still, derided. We are here to urge intelligent, independent women to buy traditional patterns and dress well by their own hand. And there are kits and tools for men. Nobody escapes the revolution.
Our customers are people of all ages who understand how they can make a clear statement of individuality and experience the satisfaction that comes from making clothes that compete in style and quality with top end retail, paid for in time more than hard cash.
THE GUIDING PRINCIPALS
Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field are Merchant & Mills. The company was formed in 2010 to elevate sewing to its proper place in the creative world, respecting the craftsmanship it entails. They produce a range of card patterns and really useful kits and in profound contrast to the pretty, flowery image of the average haberdasher, they present superb and unusual sewing of notions in stark, utilitarian packaging.
Carolyn has a degree in fashion and has lived and worked in Italy and New York. She spent several years in Interior Design. Roderick is an established photographer and writer with works in the National Portrait Gallery. He is responsible for the company’s visual style and is currently designing artwork for a wide variety of contemporary merchandise.
Merchant & Mills products are stocked by Liberty, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Selvedge as well as independent retailers all over the world.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
& DO IT WELL
There is no greater satisfaction than making; it is the very essence of creativity. We want you to enjoy the fruits of your labour just as much as the making process and so we have scoured the known Earth to find you the best sewing notions and most useful tools; to free ideas and make them physical, we are all encouraged by having the right equipment.
WHERE WE ARE AT
14A Tower Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7AT. We are open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 10 – 5.30pm on Saturdays. Contact us using the CONTACT FORM or on 01797 227789.