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Embroidered Cushion cover, ca. 1890, Morris & Co., May Morris, designer

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May Morris, 1862-1938, British, designer
Dame Alice Mary Godman, d. 1944, English, embroiderer
Morris & Co., 1875 - 1940, English
Cushion cover
ca. 1890
Linen plain weave with silk embroidery
Length: 67.3 cm (26 1/2 inches)
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Museum, Farago Art Fund

From the RISD website:
Evolution Revolution
February 22 - June 15, 2008
Needlework was to the 19th century what knitting has become in the do-it-yourself craft movement of today. In the mid 1800s, embroidery was reassessed by the design reformers as an important applied art, and many needlework schools were established, sometimes with the help of William Morris.

Morris & Co. produced and sold needle-worked objects as well as embroidery kits complete with patterns and silk floss threads, making it even easier for the amateur to do-it-herself at home. Vast numbers of Morris-style embroideries were made to decorate the home and church. This is a typical example from that era."
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Interesting you would say that about the over-use of these colors...I hadn't noticed, but they ARE soothing, subtle and elegant at the same time, so I am not surprised :-)


Thanks for commenting, Eleanor! I love this, too. Although variations of this color palette have been overused in recent decades (in my opinion) in film and television decor, I can't blame the designers. It is, in my view, the most pleasing. And I agree that William Morris created such wonderful designs and patterns that it's hard to imagine life without them.


I love William Morris design, and this one is gorgeous! Thanks, Carol :-)


I'd like also, carolsmc :)


I'm glad you like it, @sijonas and appreciate your comment. I wouldn't mind having a chair seat or pillow cover of this pattern, would you?



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