After a few interesting years (including the SAS storming
the embassy next door), Beth decided to branch out on her
own. She formed Designers Forum
(now over 20 years ago) and has built an international reputation
for her interpretations of William Morris designs.
Beth's adaptations differ from the Morris originals in that
they are to be stitched in needlepoint, whereas Morris'
were meant for a myriad of different purposes - wallpapers,
fabrics, embroidery, tapestry, tiles and book decoration.
However, in every other way she tries to be essentially
true to the great man. The designs are first sketched or
painted and then each part is worked many times on canvas
before the final shapes and colours are decided.
Beth hopes that her needlepoint kits and books might provide
a means by which people can exercise their talents and find
the contentment that Morris
preached is the right of each and every one of us.
Russell is also the author of three best-selling books:
Victorian Needlepoint, Traditional Needlepoint
and William Morris Needlepoint; the first two of which
are now in paperback, the other sadly out of print at the
moment. Each book is a mixture of history, charts, needlework
tips and lavish photography and each contains some designs
not available as kits.