Wey, a reproduction from the Moda collection A Morris Tapestry
Nature was William Morris's muse. His careful observation of plants and birds are one reason his fabric designs remain so current today. He captured the essence of the bloom and worked it into a complex repeat of layers of curving lines.
Design for Wey by William Morris
The lines in the repeat also reflected his feeling for nature with stems and branches standing for the rivers and streams of
The River Wey
The interlaced lines in the pattern are thought to represent the river and its tributaries. The major line in Wey is a strong diagonal with stems interlaced behind it.
Morris's drawing for Wey, partially colored
The Wey has long been a navigational river.
In recoloring Wey for A Morris Tapestry I toned down that diagonal line. Directionality that works well for upholstery and wallpaper is often too strong for patchwork.
For the border and setting triangles on my pineapple log cabin
I'm using Wey in the damask black colorway .
Right now I am handquilting along the diagonal lines, the tributaries.
See more information about the River Wey by clicking here:
And see the Textile Blog for more information about Morris's other prints named for rivers---Windrush, Cray, Wandle, Medway, Evenlode and Kennet:
One can take a boat tour of the River Wey.