It is unknown where the term ‘mellor’ came from and people have put forward many ideas. Wherever it came from, it is an indispensable tool for any embroiderer’s workbox. Traditionally used for metal thread and gold work, the narrow (but not sharp) tip is used for guiding metal threads, particularly tubular purl, carefully into position avoiding touching, and therefore discolouring the metal. The tapered flatter end is used for pushing and settling threads into position and for crimping threads when forming bends in couching.
I also use my mellor as a general laying tool for smoothing all types of threads, and for any prodding and tweaking where a fine but blunt-tipped tool is required. These mellors are designed and precision hand-made by my father, using finest stainless steel which prevents tarnish and therefore any discolouration of your work. It has a hole at the large end to allow you to add a keeper or hanging ribbon.
9cm length, 1.2cm at broadest point
Mellors can be engraved with your initials on request.