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Tips for Working with Waxed Cotton

Find out the essentials for constructing garments and accessories with oiled canvas.

Sep 20, 2019
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When I visited the Merchant & Mills store in Rye, England, last fall, I knew from the moment I walked through the door I could spend a lot of time there. I was about to send my son and husband, who were with me, off to the local pub for a pint, but by the time I found them they had already picked out several projects of their own. It was so much fun to have them as excited about the place as I was. We piled up meter after meter of gorgeous waxed cotton canvas with visions of lovely tailored Barbour-inspired coats dancing in our heads.

Merchant & Mills store interior

Merchant & Mills store offerings

Thank goodness store staff was able to ship our purchases to the States. Otherwise, we would have needed another suitcase to get the incredibly weighty fabric, plus the other supplies, home.

When the package arrived in my sewing room a few weeks later,…

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