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Our William Morris Collection

29th August 2020

Fancy taking a closer look at some of our William Morris designs? Then we’re so glad you’re here! There’s a lot of Morris designs within our collection so we’d invite you to take a look through them all to pick your favourite, but we thought we’d highlight a few in this blog.

You can see our swing tickets on each photo. It’s how we label each William Morris fabric order we send out and features a little information on each design. You can always find more information on each product category page if you wanted to read more about the design. It’s what’s nice about William Morris designs isn’t it, that they all have such a rich past and story.

Golden Lily

Golden Lily was designed in 1897, one of our best loved designs by William Morris. Isn’t it so beautiful with intertwining tulips, lilies and leaves.  Adding a pop of colour to your home, we love Golden Lily for brightening up spaces. Just by adding a tablecloth or kitchen accessory, it can really change how bright a room feels!

Brother Rabbit

Brother Rabbit we have in both Red and Blue colour ways so that you can enjoy them in your favourite colour. First produced at Merton Abbey by Morris, it was inspired by a book Morris used to read to his daughters, Jenny and May. There was a character it was named after in, “Uncle Remus, His song and His Sayings” (1881) by J.C. Harris. It’s also known as Brer Rabbit.

Inspired by nature, as many of Morris’ designs were, the birds and rabbits within were drawn by Philip Webb, his lifelong friend and colleague.

Compton

This is Compton, commissioned for Mr Lawrence Hodson’s Compton Hall in Wolverhampton. Morris was redesigning the interior for Compton Hall and we’re so glad that we get to share that commission! Compton was actually the last design Morris designed before his death that same year. His cause of death given by his physician of, “simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men.”

Compton originally required two sets of wood blocks to print all 28 colours due to the large vertical repeating patterns. It’s since been scaled down and adapted for a wider audience.

Pimpernel

Pimpernel is another design we have in multiple colour ways, in both green and in cream. The design was first produced in 1876 and named after the small flowers within the design rather than the large poppies which dominate it.

Pimpernel can be seen in the Billiard Room at Wightwick Manor and is incredibly beautiful there if you ever get the chance to visit.

Strawberry Thief

One of William Morris’ most popular designs, we have Strawberry Thief in both red and blue colour ways. First produced in 1883, it was a triumph for Morris as it marked the perfecting of the indigo-discharge technique of printing at Merton Abbey. We have lots of blogs about the Indigo-Dye method of printing if you’d like to learn more!

Strawberry Thief was inspired by Morris’s observations of the thrushes stealing the strawberries from under the fruit nets at Kelmscott Manor. His daughter May Morris spoke about 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!

Willow Bough

Willow Bough is another design we have in multiple colours; blue and green. It’s one of our favourites, it really feels like you’re bringing nature indoors doesn’t it. May Morris used Willow Bough to decorate her bedroom as her wallpaper. It was then adapted for fabric in 1895, block printed in Merton Abbey.

May wrote about the design, “We were walking one day by our little stream that runs into the Thames and my father pointed out the detail and soon after the paper was done.”

 

We print and manufacture all our products within the United Kingdom. All our William Morris designs are licensed designs and are printed both size and colour wise to our own specifications. Within the UK and would like to see our fabric before you buy? Let us know and we can send you a sample swatch 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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In January when the Christmas sparkles come down, we’ve got to bring out even more Morris florals to make sure the house still feels sparkly and beautiful ✨ if you’re also looking to revamp any of the home and looking for a licensed William Morris design for a pop of colour, get in touch for any samples so you can choose which works in your home 🤍
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Our blue Strawberry Thief oven gloves are back in stock, just in time for Christmas! 🎄 will you be gifting some Morris floral magic this year? Or hope to be receiving some! 🎁 Our matching sets of kitchenware and tableware are very popular this time of year, remember if you’re sending direct to your loved one, you can select for the items to be gift wrapped at checkout on our website! 🌟
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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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Dreaming of the sunshine 💭 This is our smallest size of tote bag, in our licensed William Morris Strawberry Thief, on this bike ride we were pretty happy that it was filled to the brim with snacks to eat on the beach ☀️ On Wintery nights we love to look back on the sunshine! ☁️
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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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