This Month’s Virtual Craft Club – Meet Mr Morris!

The original Craft Club program had a session on Embroidery planned for this spring. So in line with this, our Virtual Craft Club this month is all about the British Arts and Crafts Movement, textile design and it’s most famous proponent, William Morris.

Meet the Arts and Crafts Movement

The Arts and Crafts movement developed as a reaction against the perceived decline in the decorative arts in the late 19th century and flourished in Britain around 1880 to 1920. It advocated traditional craftsmanship and folk styles of decoration, but was also active in the causes of social and economic reform. Key proponents were the architects Augustus Pugin and John Ruskin as well as the designer William Morris.

There are a lot of resources online about William Morris and his fellow designers. Here is a selection of links that may lead you to further reading on the subject:

Introducing William Morris

William Morris and the V&A

William Morris and Wallpaper Design

Closer to home, the architect Ernest Gimson was influenced by Morris and the movement. One of his projects was the design of Stoneywell Cottage in Leicestershire.

Ernest Gimson and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Leicester

Stoneywell Cottage

If you’d rather watch some video clips, you could try these to get started:

V&A: William Morris

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement


Learn new Techniques (or old ones as the case may be)

We have picked a few online videos teaching embroidery stitches for you. Try making a sampler of a range of stitches so that we can come back to the subject once we meet again in person!

Embroidery Basics and Supplies

Embroidery Sampler Pattern

More Basic Stitches

Setting up a pattern

Or if you’d rather go all out William Morris, why not try your hand at Fabric Block Printing?

Fabric Printing using Potato

Fabric Printing with Wooden Blocks

We hope this will keep you busy for a while and look forward to seeing some of your work when we meet again!

Enjoy and stay safe!


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