Maybe my favorite Morris print is the Willow Bough,
which we've colored in six ways for my new Best of Morris line from Moda.
Willow Bough was designed by William Morris himself in 1887. The pattern may be the signature Morris print in its combination of simplicity and complexity.
Willow Bough wallpaper sample in the collection of the
Victoria an Albert Museum
Linda Parry catalogs the pattern as initially an 1887 woodblock-printed wall paper and then re-cut for a 36" wide fabric repeat in 1895.
Jane Morris's bedroom at the Red House
is papered and draped in Willow Bough
Willough Bough was in the first Moda reproduction
A Morris Garden in 2008
We've added red, brown and darker blues to the
Every year the William Morris Society of Canada bakes a cake for "Dear William's" birthday. In 2011 they chose Willow Bough for the theme. See some other cakes here:
Pam Cave used several of my Morris collections to make her
sawtooth block sampler here. In the center lower row a Willow Bough from
that first line.
She writes: I have spent quite a few years making the blocks - 99 of them. And finally this past November I put all the blocks together. Unfortunately after I put it together I discovered I had to take the quilt apart and re-square up the blocks and reassemble it. Eek! But that is now completed.
It is just a top at this point. And not yet completed - as I have a border yet to put on.