Chair seats & stool tops

Needlepoint kits for chair seats and stool tops, taken from classic designs of the Arts & Crafts movement.
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Acanthus Leaves, William Morris' classic design extended to fit a stool top. The complexity of his dense, layered, subtly shaded wallpaper required 30 printing blocks and 15 colours, causing each roll to cost 16 shillings (80p sterling) - rather expensive in 1875 ! The original watercolour design is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Acanthus Leaves, William Morris' classic design extended to fit a stool top. The complexity of his dense, layered, subtly shaded wallpaper required 30 printing blocks and 15 colours, causing each roll to cost 16 shillings (80p sterling) - rather expensive in 1875 ! The original watercolour design is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Artichoke - this superb design was originally produced by William Morris as an embroidery kit. It could be purchased as an outline on fabric with some of the stitching partially done if required.

Artichoke - this superb design was originally produced by William Morris as an embroidery kit. It could be purchased as an outline on fabric with some of the stitching partially done if required.

Daffodils, designed after the style of GP & J Baker, leading designers of the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 1800s.

Daffodils, designed after the style of GP & J Baker, leading designers of the Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 1800s.

Georgian Stool Top. One of the classic Georgian designs from our archives, where the complexity and intricacy is in the outline of each shape. Also available with a dark brown background.

One of the classic Georgian designs from our archives, where the complexity and intricacy is in the outline of each shape. Also available with a dark brown background.

Strawberry Thief 1 - Inspired by William Morris' much loved Strawberry Thief fabric Beth Russell has produced four complementary designs for cushions or chairs.

Strawberry Thief 1 - Inspired by William Morris' much loved Strawberry Thief fabric Beth Russell has produced four complementary designs for cushions or chairs.

Honeysuckle Border (blue background). Beth Russell has adapted Honeysuckle so that it can be made into a comfortable cushion, a stool top or, if turned upright, into a firescreen.  A chart is provided for initials to be stitched in the central area

Needlepoint kit for Honeysuckle Border cushion or stool top. Adapted by Beth Russell of Designers Forum, from a William Morris design.

Compton Chair Seat and Rug - a classic Henry Dearle design interpreted by Beth Russell

Compton Chair Seat and Rug - a classic Henry Dearle design interpreted by Beth Russell

Artichoke 2

Artichoke 2

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