On Embroidery Materials by May Morris is presented by The Clinker Press in both hardcover and softcover versions, both hand printed and bound in extremely limited quantities.
The books were created for the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society. They are based on an article from “The Arts & Crafts Essays.”
May Morris is the daughter of Arts & Crafts Movement titan William Morris.
May Morris was an influential embroideress and designer, although her contributions are often overshadowed by those of her father, a towering figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Morris himself is credited with the resurrection of free-form embroidery in the style which would be termed art needlework. Art needlework emphasized freehand stitching and delicate shading in silk thread, and was thought to encourage self-expression in the needleworker; this contrasted sharply with the brightly coloured Berlin wool work needlepoint and its “paint by numbers” aesthetic which had gripped much of home embroidery in the mid-19th century.
May Morris was active in the Royal School of Art Needlework (now Royal School of Needlework), founded as a charity in 1872 under the patronage of Princess Helena to maintain and develop the art of needlework through structured apprenticeships.