What can you make out of Laura’s Beau fabric?

8th July 2016

Every few weeks, we like to post a blog filled with the lovely things our customers make out of our fabric, to both provide inspiration for everyone and to showcase our beautiful fabric- both licensed William Morris and French floral fabrics from our 1800-early 1900 French archive.

We always love an upcycling projects, and this one is amazing from Jim and Sue, taking these two chairs and covering them with our Pimpernel fabric. The re-covering of these have really given the chairs a new lease of life, we can’t believe what a difference it makes! Jim sent us a lovely email along with the photos, “The cloth was a delight to work with and fell very naturally in the folds around the buttoning and where folds were needed around curves.”

Pimpernel was first produced in 1876, the design is named after the small pimpernel flowers within the design rather than the large poppies that dominate it.  This pattern can be seen in the Billiard Room at Wightwick Manor which is incredibly beautiful. We sell this fabric in both Pimpernel cream and Pimpernel green.


pimp chairs

If you have a large or small table, our PVC fabric, sold by the half metre, is a great solution to trying to find a tablecloth to fit! It doesn’t fray, and so you can take it straight out of the packet and onto the table. Katy, who lives in Los Angeles bought our Compton design, which was designed in 1896. Compton was originally commissioned for Compton Hall, Wolverhampton in which William Morris was redesigning the interior. This was the last print Morris saw designed before his death that same year; his physician gave his cause of death of, “simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men.”

compton table

We love this revamped desk that Jasmine sent us! Golden Lily looks perfect colour-wise sitting against the wood on this beautiful desk! Golden Lily was designed by John Henry Dearle in 1897, following Morris’ death in 1896, after he took over Morris’ company; Morris & Co. becoming Art Designer of the company. Golden Lily remains one of our best selling licensed William Morris designs, it is beautiful with intertwining tulips, lilies and leaves.

golden table

Sitting in a rainy England, we were very jealous to see this wonderfully sunny French garden from Cecily- featuring our Pimpernel fabric! We always love the designs out in the sunshine on a patio; you’re really able to see the colours and the patterns to their full potential!

pimp french

Julie sent us this photo of her Strawberry Thief blue tunic! She is very talented to have created from our fabric; she informed us the pattern is Merchant & Mills Top 64, from Liberty, so if anyone else is inspired as much as we are, you can make one just like it! Recently you might have noticed designers such as Marc Jacobs featuring Morris’ fabric in his collections, it’s amazing to see them still being worn and loved so many years after being designed. This licensed William Morris design was first produced in 1883. The design was a triumph for Morris as it marked the perfecting of the indigo-discharge technique of printing at Merton Abbey.

strawb tunic

Thank you to everyone who sent us photos of their projects- we really love to see them and share them with other blog readers!

If you’ve created any projects you’d like to send to us, please send them to sales@laurasbeau.co.uk