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Arts and Crafts Fabric – Sources?

nikkiwood | Posted in General Discussion on

I am a cabinetmaker, and a refugee from Knots.

I am building a set of Morris chairs and need to locate uphostery fabric for the cushions and backs. The appropriate style would be best described as “arts and crafts” or “mission style” — in the tradition of William Morris, the Stickleys, etc..

Yes, I have done a Google search, but without any expertise, it is difficult to evaluate the various selections.

Therefore, I am hoping that some of you will be willing to pass along your recommendations for sources; just like everyone else, I am looking for top quality fabrics at the most reasonable prices.



  1. SisterT | | #1

    You can try a search of the forum for online sources, and probably it would be helpful to provide some indication of what major city you are close to (or a general region).  People who have provided that info in the past seem to have received lots of feedback!

    Sr. Tracey

  2. stitchmd | | #2

    If you pick up a magazine aimed at Arts&Crafts collectors, owners of A&C houses, etc. you will find lots of ads for furnishings, including "soft furnishings".

    1. nikkiwood | | #3

      Thanks for suggestions.

      I have done the online search, and I am aware of American Bungalow, although I don't subscribe.

      It is easy enough to find a gazillion sources, but I was hoping for specific recommendations about fabric sources (not just upholstery) from people with more knowledge about all this than I. For me, picking a supplier would be just a stab in the dark.

  3. GhillieC | | #4

    Look for Sanderson furnishing fabrics, who own the copyrights on the original Morris designs and still produce them.

    Go to http://www.sanderson-online.co.uk/sanderson/index.aspx and follow the links to 'Morris & Co.' I am afraid that this website did not work well for me, but you can request samples and should be able to locate a local stockist or a mail order source.

    Here in the UK they are still quite popular and I have re-upholstered chairs in these fabrics. They are fairly heavy and not the easiest to work with but they last for years.



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