The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Wouldn’t You Though?

6 Nov 2015

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Even if you’re not a sewing person — and I’m definitely not — you can’t help but love the exquisitely vintage look of these stunning bits and bobs from Merchant & Mills.

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Actually, they’re not ‘bits and bobs.’  I came across them at Fabric HQ, who have just started stocking them, and they’re ‘notions’ — which sounds much fancier and neatly old-fashioned at the same time.

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Aren’t they gorgeous, though?  And if you’ve got crafty folk to buy for this Christmas, they would make brilliant gifts.  The packaging, the quality, the lot — they’re beautiful to look at and (so I’m told…) lovely to use.

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I just love the styling, and the fact they’re practical too is just the icing on the cake.  Why have some scrappy leatherette sewing kit (like I have tucked away somewhere for emergencies) when you can have a funky little tin with a ‘Rapid Repair Kit’ that looks this good?

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The photos are great, but you really have to see them for real to appreciate what little works of art they are.  Their ‘Entymology Pins’ — super-fine pins that beg you to ‘spare the butterflies’ — look almost too delicate to use but are as strong as anything.

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Only thing is, last time I checked at FabriqHQ they were selling like hot flippin’ cakes.  If you fancy something, you can always email them to check — or get them to save something for you.  (They’re oh-so-friendly and obliging there.)

Merchant_and_Mills-Baby_Bow_Scissors-2009MAMYou know, these are almost lovely enough to get me sewing.  Almost, but… well, maybe I could just look at them instead?

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