Pinning The Past with Ruth Singer


This month’s exploration of places to see historic textiles takes us to the Cotswold home of probably the most influential designer – maker of them all, William Morris. Kelmscott Manor was Morris’s retreat from London with his family and his friends. The house is around 300 years old and a beautiful place in its own right. Morris, his family and friends added to the house’s existing ancient furniture and tapestries and created a delightful, art-filled home.


Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (17 of 18)


The textiles in the house range from old tapestries belonging to the house before Morris’ day to embroideries made by his wife and daughter as well as the famous printed textiles in classic William Morris designs.


Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (2 of 18)


Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (15 of 18)



Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (13 of 18)

Printing block used for the textile hanging alongside it


Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (8 of 18)

Unfinished embroidery showing markings and drawings

Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (6 of 18)

Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (7 of 18)

Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (11 of 18)

The house is overall, a calm, relaxed, light and delightful home and makes for a very enjoyable visit. Morris devotees should also make time to visit the village including the church where Morris is buried, under a very pleasingly-simple gravestone.

Kelmscott - Ruth Singer (18 of 18)


Ruth SingerRuth Singer is a textile artist creating work inspired by stories, museum objects, places and people. Find out more at her website.


These social media napkins by Teresa Down Under are cute and clever!

Follow Me, by Teresa Down Under, 2015.

Follow Me, by Teresa Down Under, 2015.

Paris-based Teresa is a generous crafter and she has a wonderful tutorial about how to make your own napkins on her Sewn Up, her website.

Listen to these napkins and follow her on her social media sites!

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by Mr X on 28 June 2015

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