William Morris Silk Thread Collection

4 in stock

I am afraid this is really the end of the silk threads. Many of you will remember that last year I bought a large range of pure silk threads which we divided up in to special Collections. I even had faux-ivory thread winders made for us and sent all the way from China.

I did not tell you the whole truth! I kept a third of the colours all for myself… I am in the process of decorating a wooden box with counted embroidery and I wanted the chance to do it in silk thread. Time marches on and my box is almost completed, so I decided to share the last few complete lengths. This time I was unsure of the theme for these last boxes and then whilst looking for something else, I found my William Morris folder of goodies and it came to me.

My silk thread originated from France and is hand-dyed in the USA. It is a spun silk thread with the beauty, lustre, and shine of silk but doesn’t catch on your hands – it is a joy to use. The size of one strand is comparable to other stranded yarns and I have found that I am happy with two strands for cross stitch on 28-count and 32-count linen. The silk is 12-ply, so it will actually go twice as far as conventional stranded cottons. Of course, it is perfect for freestyle embroidery too.

Each box includes 24 wound thread winders, all with glorious hand-matched silk thread.


4 in stock

4 in stock


The story of this little treasure

I am sure it is no surprise that I am a lifelong William Morris fan. Even before my stitching days I can remember my favourite skirt was a William Morris pattern produced by Liberty. That is over 40 years ago…

Before lockdown, Bill and visited I visited William Morris’s home, Kelmscott, and I really loved the house and certainly could imagine living there!

Kelmscott Manor is closed at present – there are serious conservation and refurbishment taking place thanks to the National Lottery. With luck we should be able to return in 2022. In the meantime,  you can read about the progress of the restoration here.