Society of Antiquaries of London, Kelmscott Manor 032
This tapestry was William Morris’s first attempt at weaving. The design
and craftsmanship take inspiration from sixteenth- and seventeenth-
century French and Flemish verdure tapestries. According to his diary
Morris took 516 hours and 30 minutes to complete the work using
a traditional vertical loom. Uneven tension and variation in the weave
created some distortion, and Morris subsequently nicknamed the tapestry
‘cabbage and vine’.