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William Morris Strawberry Thief Red

Strawberry Thief is another of our licensed William Morris design that was first produced in 1883. It marked a triumph for Morris as it was produced as he perfected the indigo-discharge technique of printing at Merton Abbey. We also have Strawberry Thief Blue within our collection.

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The design was inspired by William Morris's observation of the thrushes under the strawberry nets at Kelmscott Manor. May Morris conjured up this scene when speaking of the design, "You can imagine my Father going out in the early morning and watching the rascally thrushes at work on the fruit beds and telling the fanned who growls ‘I'd like to wring their necks!' that no bird in the garden must be touched. There were certainly more birds than strawberries in spite of attempts at protection. And the walls of the little dining-room are hung with this note of the June garden and the little lords of it." What a lovely insight into the Morris family life!

Today, we print and manufacture all our products in the United Kingdom. Back when Morris was producing his designs, it was a long process taking three days to prepare. It had to be really accurate.

First the cloth was dyed all over in an indigo vat, for a uniform blue colour to be washed all over the fabric, it was then printed with a bleaching reagent- this would then reduce the colour as much as required to achieve the desired base colour. Mordants are applied onto the bleached parts and the cloth was then completely immersed in madder vat in order to give the proper tint. The excess colour is then cleaned off and, to set the fabric so it won't run, the colours are set at boiling point by passing the fabric through soap. The cloth was then laid outside with the printed side face up so the white of the design can be purified- as you can tell, a laborious job! Today, as mentioned, we use a modern flat bed printing technique; though like Morris, still print in the United Kingdom.

Our products are both printed and manufactured in the United Kingdom, and are licensed designs by William Morris, printed both size and colour-wise to our own specifications to best suit our products.

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William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Cotton Drill Floral Apron
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Cotton Drill Floral Apron
£15.99
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 100% Cotton Floral Tea Towel
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 100% Cotton Floral Tea Towel
£8.99
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Floral Oven Glove
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Floral Oven Glove
£15.50
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Pack Of 4 Cotton Napkins
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Pack Of 4 Cotton Napkins
£16.99
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Quilted Cotton Pack of 4 Placemats
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief Quilted Cotton Pack of 4 Placemats
£33.99
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 147cm Round Floral Cotton Tablecloth
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 147cm Round Floral Cotton Tablecloth
£28.50
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 132 x 229 Cotton Floral Tablecloth
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 132 x 229 Cotton Floral Tablecloth
£35.99
Licensed William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 100% Cotton Fabric By The Half Metre
Licensed William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 100% Cotton Fabric By The Half Metre
From: £8.00
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 100%  Heavy Cotton Floral Fabric By The Half Metre
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 100% Heavy Cotton Floral Fabric By The Half Metre
From: £9.00
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 37mm Flat Floral Bias Binding By The Metre.
William Morris Red Strawberry Thief 37mm Flat Floral Bias Binding By The Metre.
From: £3.00
It’s all in the details 🌼 We love Daisy so much, did you know it was the first design William Morris produced in 1864 🌿
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Pimpernel Cream is back in stock! ✨  First produced in 1876, the design is named after the small pimpernel flowers rather than the large poppies that dominate it ✨ William Morris Pimpernel can be seen in the Billiard Room at the beautiful @wightwickmanornt 🤍
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🌟 We’re going on holiday! Please note we’ll be closed from the 16th Jan and back open on the 2nd of Feb (posting all orders made in the meantime on the 2nd) so if you’ll need anything whilst we’re closed, please make sure to order this weekend so we can get it out to you! ☺️💫
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Our William Morris range of licensed fabrics includes a lot of his best known designs, including these three beautiful red toned designs; Brother Rabbit, Mallow Wine and the iconic Strawberry Thief 🍓 Which is your fave? ✨
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Absolutely loving Brother Rabbit red at this time of year 🎄 Have you seen our competition with the wonderful @shouldhavebeenvictorian to win a range of our William Morris tea towels - make sure you enter! 🤍
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Deciding on the perfect Christmas gift? 🎁 Have you seen our gift sets? 🎄 Perfect for bakers, cooks and those that love a little floral magic to throw over the cooker to decorate ✨
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✨ Did you know we gift wrap? ✨ From secret Santa messages to a note to a loved one this Christmas, we’ve been loving wrapping all your gifts ready to go under the tree 🎄 Of course you can send gifts straight to the recipient if you put their shipping address to make gifting even easier! 🎁 We offer this only on our website and it’s an option at checkout- remember to get your prezzies bought soon so you don’t miss the post! 📮 (please remember when you tick gift wrapping to write a note so we can put it on a tag for you so they know who it’s from!) 🎁
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Oh Golden Lily how we love you! 🌿 One of the most recognisable William Morris designs, we love how timeless it is, first designed in 1897, it’s such a beautiful pattern year round 🤍 If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a loved one or secret Santa, we have a range of products in many William Morris licensed designs to suit various price points ✨ Our fabric is a great gift for quilters, sewers and crafters- you could even make them a bundle of different fabrics tied up with a bow so they can discover different designs! 🎁
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The table is all set for a festive weekend dinner party 🎄 We used our William Morris Mallow design, doesn’t it look so perfect this time of year ✨ Featuring our latest floral arrangement 🌿✨
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If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift that will be used year-round, our kitchen sets of tea towels, aprons and ovengloves are sure to be a winner! 🌿
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Have you had any festive table set ups yet? 🎄 This was our table last year for Christmas Day and our Strawberry Thief in Red has seen a lot of use throughout the year too at many a celebration 🌿 Isn’t it amazing how many events happen around the dining table- we may as well make it as pretty as possible! 🤍
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A pink and white Christmas theme on the table today with Charlotte Rose 🌹 It matches perfectly with our Nutcracker theme flower arrangement 🤍🩰
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Did you know we offer a gift wrap service? 🎁 If you’ve got a loved one you’d like to send a floral gift to this year, you can send it straight to their door all wrapped with a note written by the Laura’s Beau elves 🎄🤶🏻 It’s an option on our website only and you can check the gift wrap box at checkout to write your gift tag that we will hand write for you (we also won’t include a reciept or anything of course, but will email it to you instead ✨) Are you giving any William Morris floral goodies to your friends and family this year? 🤍
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Anyone else started on the mince pies this weekend? 🥧 We’ve been feeling rather festive the last week or so, are you all in the festive spirit yet or waiting until December? 🎄 
📸 features our William Morris Brother Rabbit blue design 🤍
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To brighten up the kitchen with florals, we love hanging our William Morris tea towels on hooks, over the oven door or kitchen sink 🌿 An easy way to add a pop of colour or design ✨ They’re a great Christmas gift this year and come in a whole range of Morris designs to suit everyone’s kitchens 🎁 
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Use Code: BF15 for 15% at checkout until Monday 27th at midnight 🌛 Happy Shopping ✨ (valid on our website only; www.laurasbeau.co.uk 🌿
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🎄 A Christmas table set up using our Red Strawberry Thief licensed William Morris design ✨ We love how perfect it is dressed up for Christmas but can be used all year round accessorised for all the seasons 🌿
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