Summer crafts at Red House

Outdoor painting

William wasn’t the only Morris with the capability of exquisite craftsmanship. Join us at Red House to follow in the footsteps of William Morris, his family and friends, and all the craftsmen who came after them.

Aphrodite embroidery by Jane Morris and her sister Elizabeth Burden
Face of Aphrodite embroidery
Aphrodite embroidery by Jane Morris and her sister Elizabeth Burden

A legacy


William Morris may be remembered as one of the best craftsman of the Victorian age, but he wasn’t alone. He was surrounded by other skilled men and women who had just as much talent. His wife Jane and his daughter May were skilled embroiders, and May became the Director of the Embroidery Department of Morris & Co at just 23 years old. William’s friend Edward Burne-Jones was pivotal in the revival of medieval style stained glass. Lucy Faulkner, the sister of William’s business partner Charles, designed painted tiles based on fairy tales and medieval stories. Not put off by mistakes the exquisite crafts were developed over time, often by trial and error, and constant practice to achieve excellence.

" I cannot paint you but I love you"


Even William Morris tried and failed to be a clergyman, an architect, and a portrait artist before settling on furniture design.

Not put off by mistakes, the Joyous Guard's exquisite crafts were developed over time, often by trial and error and constant practice to achieve excellence.These artists and craftsmen came together at Red House to experiment with technique and many of these experiments are still visible on the interior of the house.

Picnic tables in the garden orchard at Red House
Picnic tables in the Orchard at Red House
Picnic tables in the garden orchard at Red House


Have a go crafts


This summer we want to our visitors to embrace not only this legacy of craftsmanship, but the experimental process the artists went through to find the craft that worked for them. Visit Red House over the Summer to have a go at three different types of craft in the garden: Embroidery, Portraiture, and Sculpture. There’s no need to book, just drop in and have a go to find the craft that works for you.


Active and Creative


While you’re discovering your inner craftsman, the children can have fun at Red House too. There’s a summer craft trail to follow and keep an eye out for our take away craft kits.

Pebble Painting

Paint a pebble for a pound. Join us on Sat 3 - Sun 4 August to have some messy fun painting pebbles in the garden.

Admission applies