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Previous design: William Morris Eden

William Morris Fruit

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Fruit in Wicker Chair

William Morris designed and printed his "Fruit" or "Pomegranate" wallpaper in 1862 at Red Lion Square in London. Lemons, oranges, peaches and pomegranates would all have been seen in the conservatories of the larger Victorian houses and Rossetti painted many famous portraits of Morris' wife Janey holding a pomegranate.

Orange from the William Morris wallpaper Fruit 
Orange
Lemon 
Lemon
 
Pomegranate 
Pomegranate
Peach from The Fruit series of needlepoint kits 
Peach

Beth Russell has produced four charming needlepoint kits based on the William Morris wallpaper design. They make ideal projects for beginners or to take on holiday. Their size can make small cushions, perfect for the small of our troublesome backs - or may be inserted onto larger cushions - or mounted side by side in a bolster-shaped pillow.

The picture opposite shows just such a pillow next to some original Morris Fruit wallpaper in Standen, the house designed by Phillip Webb and now run by the National Trust.

CANVAS: 12#/in Zweigart White Mono De Luxe,
13x13" (33x33cm).
DESIGN: 8x8" (20x20cm).
WOOLS: Appleton tapestry.
STITCH: Tent/Basketweave.
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions Instructions en français

William Morris Fruit wallpaper at Standen