I was struck by these images of the beautiful textiles at Standen, West Sussex, with their glowing colours and subtle designs.
The house was built by Philip Webb between 1892 and 1894 for the Beale family. The interiors are one of the best surviving ensembles of the designs of William Morris.
The mistress of the house, Margaret Beale, was an exceptionally fine needlewomen, one of the upper middle and upper class Victorian women who helped to revive embroidery in Britain. Some of the embroidered textiles at Standen were worked by her.
She also passed her skills on to her daughters. Maggie Beale, in particular, created cushion covers, bedspreads and stool-tops after her own designs, but in the Arts and Crafts style, featuring flowers grown in the Standen garden.
Other embroideries at Standen are based on Morris’s wallpaper designs.
The house and its garden were left to the National Trust by Helen Beale, another of Margaret’s daughters, in 1972.