FAQs

Your Cart

Close
Paper Plane Your order qualifies for free standard delivery
Subtotal £0.00
Delivery £0.00
Order Total £0
Checkout Securely

William Morris Designs

11th January 2021

Our collection of licensed William Morris designs are all beautiful and work year round to inject some colour into your home and bring some nature indoors. All of the Morris designs are inspired by nature; full of florals and leaves, they’re a stunning way to introduce that into your house.

We thought with January here, it’s a good time to redecorate and spruce up the house with the glitter of Christmas trimmings gone. So, let’s take you through a handful of our William Morris designs. Remember, you can peruse our entire collection here.

Strawberry Thief

Let’s start with one of the best known Morris designs with Strawberry Thief. We have this licensed design in both a red and a blue colour way so it will suit various colour schemes within the home. The design marked the start of his triumphs with the indigo dye technique which is what he at Merton Abbey. We’ve written many blogs on Merton Abbey, so you can take a read through those if you’re interested! It’s amazing how he took the works that had been printing textiles for years and from 1881 to 1888, housed the incredible Morris and his business, Morris & Co.

Strawberry Thief was inspired by Morris’ observations of nature at his own home, Kelmscott Manor. His daughter, May Morris, spoke about the design to tell us of the scene, “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.” Isn’t that a lovely insight into the life of Morris and his family!

 

Golden Lily

William Morris Golden Lily is an explosion of colour and floral design. Isn’t it just stunning! Each time we look at it, there’s different colours and flowers that stand out to us more. Golden Lily was designed in 1897 and remains such a stunning Morris design.

Willow Bough

Willow Bough is a beautiful naturalistic design, designed by Morris in 1887. It was first produced as a wallpaper design. May Morris, William’s daughter, had it on the walls in her bedroom. It was adapted for fabric in 1895 when it was block printed at Merton Abbey.

A common theme with Morris designs, it was inspired by a walk in the countryside. 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.”

In Willow Bough, we have a blue colour option and a green. But which is your favourite?

Trellis

Trellis is a very well known Morris design because it’s known for being inspired by the rose trellis in the garden of Red House. Red House was his home in Bexleyheath, designed by Philip Webb and commissioned by Morris, Edward Burne-Jones described Red House as ‘the beautifullest place on earth’.

Trellis was the first wallpaper Morris designed (along with both Daisy and Fruit.) They were all produced using a hand-printing process of which each colour required it’s own block. This of course was intricate and expensive – so they were put on hold to be produced until the early 1870s. It was then that Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. had enough money to finance the designs.

With many Morris designs, friend and colleague Philip Webb designed some of the elements. This also includes the birds within the Trellis design.

Eyebright

Eyebright is another beautiful Morris design, first designed in 1883. Originally designed to be a lining fabric, it’s incredible to think such a beautiful print might have been hidden! Luckily, it wasn’t just hidden in the lining and now continues to be a beloved pattern of his.

We love the intricate design of this and, just like all his designs, this timeless design remains one we put on our own tables time and time again.

Our products are both printed and manufactured in the United Kingdom. These are licensed designs by William Morris, and are printed both size and colour-wise to our own specifications. This is because we want them to best suit our products. If you’re within the UK and would like a sample of any of our fabrics, please contact us and we’d be happy to send one to you.

Any questions? Let us know, message us!

Related Articles

Post Title

A William Morris Compton Pumpkin 🎃

How fabulous is our Halloween pumpkin! We love to decorate our houses for various holidays; Easter, Christmas etc. so there's little surprise when we came...

Post Title

Walter Crane and William Morris

  Walter Crane and William Morris were friends and colleagues who shared the same artistic and political interests.  They were largely in agreement about their...

Post Title

William Morris; His Life and Work

We've written quite a few blogs about William Morris over the years. We're aware though that in the eternal filing cabinet of our blog, older...

Bertie’s been loving Bridgerton and thought he’d pose with the wisteria wearing his Daisy cravat 😉
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisdesign #daisy #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #fabrics #williammorristextiles #preraphaelite #preraphaelitebrotherhood #fabricstore #bridgerton
When the audio accurately sums up how you feel about a design 🫶🏻 Beautiful Sweet Briar was first designed in 1912, we love the sweet little pink flowers in the climbing rose stems 🌹 This licensed Morris design is now back in stock, let us know if you’d like a sample! ✨
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #fabricstash #ukfabric #ukprinting #floralfabric #preraphaelite #floraldesign #floraldesigner
Our William Morris Willow Bough green placemats are now back in stock! ✨ They’re a beautiful addition to the table for every meal time 🫶🏻
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisdesign #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #placemats #tablescape #floraltable #preraphaelite #floralhome
🌷 William Morris month day 30 🌷 As we come near the end of Morris month, we’re celebrating with a fabric stack, full of beautiful licensed designs, which is your fave? 🌿 “Remember that a pattern is either right or wrong. It cannot be forgiven for blundering, as a picture may be which has otherwise great qualities in it. It is with a pattern as with a fortress, it is no stronger than its weakest point.”- William Morris 🤍 
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisdesign #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #floralfabric #floralfabrics #fabricstack #fabricstash #fabricstore #onlinefabrics #ukfabricsonline #independantbusiness
🐭 William Morris month day 29 🐭 We’ve been loving William Morris month to celebrate Morris’s birthday month, spreading his floral magic by posting everyday - have you discovered a new favourite design of his this month? 🌿 We absolutely love these little mice and the banner by @mini_and_bob - aren’t they so lovely! 🐭🤍
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisdesign #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #fabriccrafts #craftersgonnacraft #crafting #williammorrisprint #strawberrythief #willowbough #shopsmall #independantbusiness #ukbusiness
🌷William Morris Month Day 28🌷 Happy Easter weekend everyone! 🐥 We hope everyone has a lovely long bank holiday 🌿 We’re already planning some beautiful William Morris tablescapes, nothing too complex, all you need is some Morris florals, some flowers and lots of chocolate! 🐰
•
•
•
#wiliammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #fabrics #eastertable #eastertable #easterstyling #preraphaelite #preraphaelites #floraltable #preraphaelitebrotherhood #victoriandesign
🌷 William Morris Month Day 26 🌷 Absolutely loving a spring time floral on the table right now, especially when paired with an Easter craft or two! 🤍
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisfabrics #williammorrisfabric #morris #fabric #fabriccraft #fabrics #crafting #independantbusiness #indiebusiness #preraphaelite
🌿 William Morris Month Day 25 🌿 Florals on florals on florals; all of the William Morris florals just look so beautiful together and, as Morris said himself, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” 🌷
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisdesign #williammorrisfabrics #williammorrisfabric #morrisdesign #quoteoftheday #florals #modernflorals #teatowels #preraphaelitebrotherhood #preraphaelites
🐥 William Morris Month Day 23 🐥 Loving the sunshine this week for springtime 🌿 We absolutely love Willow Bough on the table in the sunshine paired with spring blooms 🌷
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrismonth #williammorrisdesign #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #willowbough #easter #eastertables
🌷 William Morris Month Day 22🌷 A themed table is always our favourite, we’ve been loving setting the table lately with an Easter theme- especially when it means we can eat the eggs after! 🐣✨ 
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrismonth #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #preraphaelite #eastertables #eastereggs #eastertablescape #springflorals
🌿 William Morris Day 20 🌿 William Morris fact of the day; did you know he founded the Kelmscott Press? 🖋️ He wrote of the venture – “Here is a new craft to conquer and to perfect.” Printing began at the press in Spring 1891 🪴 He designed multiple fonts including “Golden” Roman typeface and “Troy” Gothic type along with “Chaucer” and he worked to create beautiful books in regards to their designs which took into account their type, image and decorative elements – you can see beautiful examples of what he achieved today if you do a quick search on the Kelmscott Press- it’s well worth a Google! 🌷
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisfabric #preraphaelite #preraphaelites #kelmscottpress #morris #williammorrismonth #williammorrisdesign #victorian #victorianart #victorians
🌷 William Morris Month Day 19🌷 Happy first day of spring everyone! 🪴 We celebrated in our favourite way; coffee and cake of course! 🍰 Now we love florals all year round of course, but especially love adding in even more this time of year to reflect the blooms in the garden 🌷 What’s your favourite Morris design this time of year? 🌿
•
•
•
#williammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #williammorrismonth #spring #spring2024 #preraphaelite #florals #floralfabric #springflorals #springflowers
📝 William Morris Month Day 18 📝 Did you know that as well as being an incredible designer, William Morris was also a brilliant writer and poet; have you read any of his writing? What’s your favourite quote? 🌷🌿
•
•
•
#williammorrismonth #williammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #morris #strawberrythief #quotesaboutlife #quotestoliveby #quotes
☀️ William Morris Month Day 17 ☀️ The sunshine today has made us feel so excited for spring, it’s almost officially here! 🪴 This William Morris bunting is the dreamiest backdrop to all the spring summer days in the garden, it’s by @ellejoycreations - isn’t it fabulous!🌷
•
•
•
#spring #williammorrismonth #williammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #fabric #fabricstash #smallbusinessuk #printedintheuk #etsyshop
🐰 William Morris Month Day 16 🐰 A Sunday spent Easter decorating, these cute little bunnies were a craft a few years back and they are always a firm favourite to bring out this time of year to hang on our Easter tree 🐥 Have you started decorating or eating eggs yet? 🐣
•
•
•
#williammorrismonth #williammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #williammorrisprint #easter #easterdecor #eastercrafts #eastercrafting #fabriccraft #greatfabricdestashuk
🍓 William Morris Month Day 15 🍓 Absolutely can’t wait for the summer months to get our Strawberry Thief picnic basket and blanket back out- if you missed this craft we have a DIY on our website blog, along with a lot of other craft ideas and how-to blogs ☺️
•
•
•
#williammorrismonth #williammorris #williammorrisfabric #williammorrisfabrics #picnicbasket #craftideas #craftidea #fabriccraft #fabricstore #fabricshoppingonline #fabricstash