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William Morris Trellis

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    Produced in 1864, Trellis was William Morris' first design for wallpaper. It is believed to have been inspired by the rose trellis in the garden at Red House, Bexleyheath, where Morris spent the early years of his married life. The house was designed by his colleague and lifelong friend, the architect Phillip Webb who also drew these stylised blue birds.

Trellis at Kellmscott Manor

As a piece of exciting recent news, the National Trust have just reopened Red House to the public.

Beth Russell has adapted William Morris' original wallpaper into a design suitable for use as a cushion, workbox top or just simply framed. She has also just recently produced a new miniature needlepoint kit to complement the cushion.

Trellis also appears as a chart in Beth's book Victorian Needlepoint from which some of these pictures are taken.

Shown opposite is a picture of the original William Morris pencil and watercolour sketch for Trellis. Sanderson of London have produced Trellis wallpaper for many years using the original wooden printing blocks, although we cannot give any advice on current availability.

Original design for William Morris Trellis wallpaper
Trellis Cushion:
CANVAS: 14#/in Zweigart White de luxe,
                  20 x 20" (51 x 51cm)
DESIGN:   14½ x 14½" (37 x 37cm).
WOOLS:   Appleton crewel. 12 colours.
STITCH:    Tent stitch with 3 threads.
                  Gobelin filling for the trellis. 
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions Instructions en français Gebrauchsanweisungen auf deutsch
William Morris Trellis shown framed

New Trellis Miniature:
CANVAS: 18#/in Zweigart White Interlock,
                  10 x 10" (25 x 25cm)
DESIGN:    6 x 6" (15 x 17cm).
WOOLS:    Appleton crewel. 12 colours.
STITCH:     Tent stitch with 2 threads.
INSTRUCTIONS: English Instructions
               
  Trellis miniature