Tuesday, November 2, 2010

William Morris

As you may have noticed, I quite love William Morris. My blog banner shows his Acanthus design, and I placed a favorite quote from him under my title:

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, of believe to be beautiful."

Well put, Mr. Morris.

William Morris was a textile designer (among many, many other things) in the 1800's.

His designs are now used for fabrics, wallpapers, tapestries, and I'm sure many other things.

I first fell in love with his designs, when I visited a shop in Victoria, many years ago, Charles Rupert Designs . It was brimming with craftsman flavored treasures, and many Morris designs. In fact, my mother bought this bench there for one of my wedding presents.

While I wouldn't necessarily define my style as craftsman, I do love this style of home and furnishings. I was particularly drawn to the romantic style that Morris offered.

I am currently working (by current, I mean for the past several years....that's how projects go around these parts) a needlepoint designed by Beth Russel. Beth Russel Needlepoint bases her beautiful work on Morris designs. I hope to make a seat cushion for my daughters bench one day. Perhaps when she's a little older than 3. I can just see those sticky fingers on something that took many, many, many hours to create....yah, maybe when she's 20.

I love what Sarah Richardson did in her dining room of her farm house, and am hoping that I can incorporate something similar, using Morris paper, in my new home.

Go check out some Morris designs, and get lost in the romantic appeal!


christine {bijouandboheme} said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks for the introduction- loving the third one with the pink:) I'm off to see more!

Never Enough Thyme Creations said...[Reply to comment]

His work is unbelieveable!! Check out my blog next week. I will feature a William Morris design I have painted!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

Just beautiful designs and that saying is great for sure. How fantastic to make needlepoint as heirlooms! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

tales from an oc cottage said...[Reply to comment]

So very classy and elegant!

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freckled laundry said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous fabric designs!!! Thanks for sharing them at air your laundry Friday!