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Our William Morris Collection Pt.2

27th August 2018

Following on from our previous blog, we have too many beautiful William Morris designs to fit them into one blog! With our ever growing collection of William Morris designs, we wanted to show them all together with the stories behind them too. Each William Morris design and fabric has a story behind it; the naturalistic and family inspirations, the dates produced and the days of love and care that went into printing them.

Brother Rabbit

William Morris Brother Rabbit was first produced in 1882. It was one of the first designs to be designed and created using the indigo-discharge method of printing. The printing process in total took around three days to complete. The process went that the cloth was dyed all over in an indigo vat which allowed a blue colour to dye the fabric all over in a uniform manner before being printed with a bleaching reagent. That would reduce the colour as much as was required for the colour of the desired design – of course this process is as much trial and error as you can imagine. The mordants were then applied to the bleached parts of the cloth and then immersed in a madder vat to give it a proper tint. Following this, the excess colour was cleaned off and then, to set the colour so that it wouldn’t run, the colours were set at boiling point by passing the fabric through soap. The cloth was then laid outside with the printed side facing upwards which allowed the design to be purified. The whole process over a three day period was a time consuming job!

We also produce William Morris Brother Rabbit in a red colourway – we love it in both colours too much to pick our favourites!

 

Golden Lily

Golden Lily is one of our favourite William Morris designs, beautiful intertwining tulips, lilies and leaves within the design. With a similar name to Lily, don’t be confused – they’re two separate designs. Our licensed Morris designs are printed colour and size wise to our own specifications which best suit our products.

 

Compton

The last design William Morris created before his death, Compton was commissioned for Mr Lawrence Hodson’s Compton Hall in Wolverhampton. The cause of death by Morris? His physician gave the cause, “simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men.” The original design actually required two sets of wooden blocks which were required to print all 28 colours.

A beautiful design that we love in the Autumn/Winter months in particular, the warm oranges giving it a comforting feel within the home.

Lily

Designed by William Morris in 1874, Lily is a beautiful design, incorporating a willow background design with lilies and wild flowers. The colours within the design are stunning and really brighten up a room, adding colour into a room and complimenting many different colour schemes due to the fact there’s so many colours within the design.

Morris himself must have really loved the design, it was the wallpaper he used to decorate his bedroom at Kelmscott Manor – his home in Lechlade, Gloucestershire.

Merton

Merton, in both blue and white and green and cream, was first produced in 1888. The design was named after their premises that Morris’ company, Morris & Co. moved to – Merton Abbey in Surrey in 1881. It was the first design that the company printed on rotary screens.

Sweet Briar

Sweet Briar was designed in 1912 as a wallpaper before being used as a fabric later on. The Sweet Briar design is a soft, almost romantic one, made up by a soft cream background with climbing rose stems throughout, in both green and soft brown. The pink Sweet Briar Roses are prominent throughout the design in an almost whimsical design.

Our products are both printed and manufactured in the United Kingdom, are licensed designs by William Morris, and are printed both size and colour-wise to our own specifications to best suit our products. If you’d like a sample of any of our fabrics to see them in more detail, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to send one to you!

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A William Morris fabric stack 😍 What would you make from our licensed William Morris floral fabrics? 🪡🧵
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We hope you’re having a lovely Easter 🐣 Choccy treats galore with some beautiful Morris florals, what more could we want! 🌷🤍
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Morris fan? There’s 15% off our entire collection of licensed William Morris fabrics and products, this Easter weekend only! 🐣 Use code: EASTER15 at checkout, on our website only, until Monday at midnight 🌙 Enjoy this Easter treat from us! 🤍
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We love all the beautiful spring florals this time of year 🌷 We’ve also not been able to resist starting early on the Easter treats! 🐣
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Introducing Daisy, our latest William Morris licensed design 🌿 Daisy was the second wallpaper William Morris designed, but the first to be produced in 1864, so it remains a special design to every Morris fan ✨ It must have been a favourite of Morris himself, as embroideries of Daisy were used to decorate at the stunning Red House, Morris's home in Bexleyheath. 
We hope you love Daisy as much as we do! Available now on our website, in a limited range of products, fabric is coming soon! ☺️
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A fabric stack of William Morris floral dreams 🤍
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Spring floral ready with our William Morris Willow Bough table setting 🌿 Do your weekend plans also revolve around tea/coffee and baked goods? 🤍
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Monday done right, laying the table with our beautiful licensed William Morris Willow Bough green tablecloth, completed with a @bettys treat 🥰 
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A little fabric stack of our William Morris florals, waiting to be crafted into a project 🪡 Can you name them all from the little peak? 🌿 
All our fabrics are printed in the UK and are licensed William Morris designs, printed both size and colour wise to our own specification ✨ If you’d like a sample, just send us a message 📬
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Showcasing our licensed William Morris Lily fabric, it’s so light and bright it’s making us excited for Spring! 🌿
Designed by William Morris in 1874, it incorporates the willow background with lilies and wild flowers ✨ The design must have been well loved by Morris himself- it was the wallpaper he used to decorate his bedroom at Kelmscott Manor, his home in Lechlade, Gloucestershire 🌿
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Thrilled with our reupholstered chair, brought back to life with our heavyweight William Morris Willow Bough Green 🌿 It’s amazing what a pop of colour and a floral will do to a room 🤍 If you fancy learning how we did this upcycle, we’ll write a blog on it ☺️ 
& if you’re in the UK and would like a sample of any of our fabrics, please let us know 📮
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The different weights of fabric 🧵 We have four weights of fabrics; cotton, heavyweight, drill and pvc, all work well for different projects. For a free sample, please feel free to message us and we’ll get them sent out to you 📮
✨ For our 100% cotton, it’s great for quilting, dress making and more, our lightest weight of cotton
✨ Our heavyweight cotton is perfect for curtains and light upholstery, a heavier fabric than our 100% cotton 
✨ Our drill cotton fabric is our heaviest weave fabric, suitable for light upholstery 
✨ Our PVC is our pvc/oilcloth coated cotton fabric, brilliant as a table covering, it’s sold by the half metre and as it won’t fray, is great to put straight on the table 🌿

The cotton, heavyweight and drill cotton are all 152cm wide and the pvc fabric is 140cm wide. All are sold by the half metre 📏
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Our Black Friday sale is now live! 🥂 On our website only, use code, BLACKFRIDAY10 all weekend for 10% off your order ☺️ Ends Sunday at midnight 🌙
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We're so thrilled our new website is now live! 🌿Just in time for Christmas shopping, it's much easier to use, and still full of beautiful licensed William Morris designs on every page! We hope you like the change, especially where lots of you are featured on the new 'inspiration' page! 🌟 We absolutely love that it showcases everyones tablescapes and craft projects, just click on them to see the design and who posted the photo so you can see more of their content ☺️ If you're happy for us to use your photos, just send us a message, we'd love it to be a page we can keep adding to throughout the seasons 🪴
Special thank you to @adigi_agency for creating our website, we love it! 🤍
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