Beth Russell Needlepoint homepage
Homepage
How To Order
     
Thumbnail Menu
Latest Kits
Royal Baby
What's in a Kit
Books
     
NEEDLEPOINT KITS:
Acanthus
 Bellpull
 Rug & Cushion
Acanthus Leaves
 Cushions
Acanthus & Vine
Æsop's Fables
 Butterflies
 Hare & Tortoise
 Monkey
 Quack Doctor
African Marigold
 Rug & Cushion
Anemones
Animal Alphabet
DeMorgan Animals
 Rabbits
 Owls
 Frogs
 Frog & Stork
 Pigs
 Little Birds
 Rabbits Rug
Artichokes
Borders
 Orange Border
 Honeysuckle
 Flower Border
Compton
Eden
Flowers
 Daffodils
 Spring Flowers
 Summer Flowers
 Tulips
Flower Border
Forest
 Hare
 Fox
 Raven
 Lion
 Peacock
 Forest Trio
Fritillary
Fruit
 Orange
 Lemon
 Peach
 Pomegranate
Georgian
Greenery
 Hare
 Fox & Pheasant
 Deer
 Greenery Trio
Holland Park Rug
Honeysuckle Border
 Bellpull
 Cushion
Jackfield Rose
Kazak Rug
Lodden
Magpies
Miniatures
 Butterflies
 Compton
 Quack Doctor
 Monkey
 Rose
 Strawberry Thief
 Trellis
 Tulip
 Woodpecker
Morris Rugs
Orange Border
Pomegranate Rug
Rose Garden
 Rug
 Cushions
 Miniatures
Samplers
 William Morris
 Love is Enough
 Jasmine
Strawberry Thief
Sunflower
Trellis
Tulip & Rose
W Morris Cushion
W Morris Panel
W Morris Tulip
Woodpecker
     
Cross Stitch Kits
 Rabbits
 Owls
 Pig
 Little Birds
     
Trade Enquiries
Terms & Conditions
Contact Us
     
 
see the previous needlepoint design

William Morris Strawberry Thief

look at the next Morris design
The inspiration for William Morris' best loved Strawberry Thief design came while he watched thrushes stealing the strawberries from his garden at Kelmscott Manor. Despite his frustrations at losing his fruit, rumor has it that Morris ordered that the birds be left to eat in peace.
 
Strawberry Thief 1 
Strawberry Thief 1
11x16" (28x40.5cm)
William Morris Strawberry Thief 2 
Strawberry Thief 2
11x14" (28x35.5cm)
Strawberry Thief needlepoint miniature 1 
Strawberry Miniature 1
6x6" (15x15cm)
Strawberry Thief 3 needlepoint kit 
Strawberry Thief 3
11x16" (28x40.5cm)
William Morris - Strawberry Thief 4 
Strawberry Thief 4
11x14" (28x35.5cm)
Strawberry Mini 2 needlepoint kit 
Strawberry Miniature 2
6x6" (15x15cm)

Morris spent years researching the lost art of natural dyeing and the strong blues in Strawberry Thief are the result of the indigo discharge method. Some of the original William Morris fabric still hangs in Kelmscott Manor and the fabric design is produced today by Liberty of London. 
 

Strawberry Thief 1 & 3 
CANVAS: 14#/in Zweigart Antique Mono De Luxe, 22x26"  (56x66cm).
WOOLS: Appleton crewel. STITCH: Tent/Basketweave.
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions Instructions en français Gebrauchsanweisungen auf deutsch

Strawberry Thief 2 & 4 
CANVAS: 14#/in Zweigart Antique Mono De Luxe, 22x26" (56x66cm).
WOOLS: Appleton crewel. STITCH: Tent/Basketweave. 
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions Instructions en français Gebrauchsanweisungen auf deutsch

Strawberry Thief Miniature 1 & 2 
CANVAS: 18#/in Zweigart White Interlock, 10x10"  (25x25cm). 
WOOLS: Appleton crewel. STITCH: Tent/Basketweave.
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions Gebrauchsanweisungen auf deutsch
 

William Morris Strawberry Thief fabric

 
Beth Russell has adapted Strawberry Thief into a collection of four needlepoint kits each of which is printed on strong polished de luxe needlepoint canvas which is large enough to be made into either cushions or chair seats. Sufficient wool is included to stitch an area approximately 13x17" (33x43cm); more is available from Designers Forum. The Strawberry Thief range - taken from the Morris fabric

The two Miniatures offer simpler subjects, making excellent starter kits, holiday projects or Christmas gifts. They are shown here lying on a reprint of the original William Morris fabric.
Please click on either picture to see a larger version.
Miniature kits lying on Morris Strawberry Thief fabric

The design colours co-ordinate with the two Lodden designs, so making a set of six chair seats with Morris' favourite indigo background.