We predict Father Christmas will be bringing a record number of sewing machines this year. If sewing is on your to-do list for 2014, be inspired by the beautiful fabrics and oh-so-simple patterns from Merchant and Mills. Enjoy this mini-film of their work by weareshuffle. Click here to view You can read the interview with seamstress Carolyn Denham in our Christmas holiday issue (no 18 - on sale now).
Here's a taste of what she has to say on the subject of sewing:
'What really gets Carolyn worked up is how little regarded sewing is as a craft. She believes that because women do it is seen as domestic, like housework. “Seamstresses were never looked up to like tailors, who were mainly men. But all 'haute couture' means is high sewing, there's no difference in terms of craftsmanship in these professions.” And don't even get her started when it comes to revered woodworking skills such as joinery and carpentry and cabinetmaking. “Think how much more difficult sewing is – wood stays still, while material wobbles, frays and slips but because everyone – every woman did it at home it was devalued.” Where cabinetmakers and blokes generally have got it right is that they are more happy to spend money on kit while women tend to be naturally thrifty. There's a certain pleasure in that but it is a false economy. My motto would always be, buy one and buy well.'