Strawberry Thieves cross stitch pattern was inspired by an 1883 textile by British painter and designer William Morris. The artwork is currently held at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK.
Strawberry Thieves cross stitch is a large full coverage project that measures 52.3 x 54.4cm when stitched on 14 count Aida cloth.
It’s an attractive design and our pattern uses a fantastic range of DMC colours — Autumn Gold, Coral Red, Burnt Orange, Apricot, Khaki Green, Navy and a range of Antique Blues.
You’ll have so much fun stitching this, imagining the naughty thrushes whose brazen theft of strawberries inspired Mr Morris’ original artwork.
Here’s a bit more about the original artwork from the V&A website.
In 1883 Morris used the complex indigo-discharge print method to produce a design that, although expensive, was still one of the company’s most successful: ‘Strawberry Thief’. This pattern was inspired by the fruit-stealing thrushes in the kitchen garden of his country home, Kelmscott Manor in Oxfordshire. The crisp outlines offered by indigo-discharge printing then allowed Morris to create a series of exuberantly complex designs.
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
William Morris was one of Britain’s top designers in the 19th century. He designed and produced a stunning range of textiles, wallpapers and tiles – even book designs. His designs are authentic Art Nouveau and have a real place in contemporary homes and commercial buildings.
Living in the industrial-era this artist was committed to creating “alternatives to the dehumanising industrial systems that produced poor-quality, ‘unnatural’ objects”. He is famous for telling people to have nothing in their homes that wasn’t either useful or beautiful.
We adore William Morris designs and you’ll find more to stitch in the shop.