Needlepoint kits based on William Morris designs from Beth Russell Needlepoint. Rugs, needlepoint pillow firescreen tapestry wall hanging needlework cushion miniature

Beth Russell has been producing needlepoint kits based on the designs of William Morris, William De Morgan, Henry Dearle and others from the Arts and Crafts movement of 19th century Victorian England for over 20 years now. The Designers Forum range of needlepoint kits includes needlepoint rugs, tapestry wall hangings and fire screens, needlework miniatures as well as cushions, pillows bellpulls and chairseats.

Needlepoint pillow Come and see our range of needlepoint cushions and pillows

Tapestry wall hanging and firescreen We have many kits that are suitable for wall hanging or for making into a fire screen

Needlepoint chair seat A selection of tapestry kits that have enough canvas to be made into chair seat as well as into a cushion or pillow

Beth Russell left the Royal School of Needlework where she had worked for many years, and founded Designers Forum with her husband Peter. The company has grown and now employs both of her sons as well as some old friends from the Royal School. William Morris believed strongly in the quality of materials as well in good design. We have tried to continue this by using the best Zweigart needlepoint canvas in our kits and we provide Appleton wools. Appleton have a huge range of shades that allow Beth to match the subtleties of the original designs and are a company as old as William Morris himself.

Needlepoint pillow cushion rug firescreen bellpull William Morris tapestry kit miniature Needlepoint kits wall hanging needlework

Many of the designs for the needlepoint kits come from William Morris wallpaper or fabric. Some, like Woodpecker, which makes an excellent firesceen, come from Morris tapesty wall hangings or in the case of Artichoke, from an embroidery kit. The Animals range is inspired by the ceramic tiles of William De Morgan, the Greenery by the tapestry designed by henry Dearle for Morris and Co. Beth has designed a couple of bellpulls, one from the Acanthus set and one also taken from the original Woodpecker border. There are also many miniature kits that are taken from larger designs such as Strawberry Thief. The Peacock also makes an excellent fire screen or needlepoit pillow and is part of the Forest range based on the original Morris tapestry wall hanging.

William Morris 1834 - 1896

"He was our best man. We cannot spare him; we cannot replace him. In all England there lives no braver, kinder, honester, cleverer, heartier man than William Morris. He is dead, and we cannot help feeling for a while that nothing else matters."
The Clarion Oct. 1896

Morris' decorating style was revolutionary because it was natural, one could almost say organic, in an age that was just embracing
mass-production and lower standards of quality and design. An ardent socialist, he believed in art for the people.
He was a perfectionist when it came to colour and he researched various dyeing techniques including the discharge method.
His hands were often dyed blue for weeks after working in the vats. He taught himself embroidery by unpicking canvas and actually sold
embroidery kits.

Beth Russell has worked hard with needlepoint kits to be as faithful as possible to the original William Morris designs. Luckily for us all, the
wealth of material that he produced: wallpaper, tapestry, fabric, typefaces, poetry, embroidery and books gives us a nearly endless supply
of inspiration. She has adapted some of Morris' poetry and writings into needlework samplers and his other designs into needlepoint pillows, cushions,
miniature kits and rugs (not to mention the odd fire-screen and wall-hanging).


See our range of needlepoint rugs by clicking on this link.

"My work is the embodiment of dreams." William Morris

Beth Russell Needlepoint homepage
How To Order
Thumbnail Menu
Latest Kits
Royal Baby
What's in a Kit
 Rug & Cushion
Acanthus Leaves
Acanthus & Vine
Æsop's Fables
 Hare & Tortoise
 Quack Doctor
African Marigold
 Rug & Cushion
Animal Alphabet
DeMorgan Animals
 Frog & Stork
 Little Birds
 Rabbits Rug
 Orange Border
 Flower Border
 Spring Flowers
 Summer Flowers
Flower Border
 Forest Trio
 Fox & Pheasant
 Greenery Trio
Holland Park Rug
Honeysuckle Border
Jackfield Rose
Kazak Rug
 Quack Doctor
 Strawberry Thief
Morris Rugs
Orange Border
Pomegranate Rug
Rose Garden
 William Morris
 Love is Enough
Strawberry Thief
Tulip & Rose
W Morris Cushion
W Morris Panel
W Morris Tulip
Cross Stitch Kits
 Little Birds
Trade Enquiries
Terms & Conditions
Contact Us

Needlepoint Kits

Needlepoint pillows, cushions and stooltops
Needlepoint pillow and needlepoint chairseats
Needlepoint Rug Kits
Woodpecker miniature needlepoint kit
Wall hangings, firescreens and bellpulls

You can browse our large range of Beth Russell needlepoint kits by clicking on the appropriate picture.