Mercia Ribbons


This pattern shows English species suggested to me by the imaginary species in Dr Suess’s The Lorax. It is organised in an ogee pattern, made of ribbons. They remind me of the double helix of the DNA that determines how we all turn out, every living thing, and of chain link fences, and breaking through them to get out into nature.

Some of the Lorax creatures, and my English wild equivalents:

Humming fish = great crested newts

Swomee swans = nightingales for their beautiful song

Truffula trees = clover for the shape and English oaks for their ecological role supporting more other species than any other tree

Brown barbaloots = at first I used the silhouettes of European brown bears representing their extinction in the British Isles about 1000 years ago, but that was all a bit tragic. Then I decided to replace them with wonderful playful red squirrels in this design

Great great grandfather snail = lagoon spire snail (thought extinct, but recently found in Chichester harbour)

Smallish bees = short-haired bumblebees, once extinct in the UK but now reintroduced into Kent

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Colourways: Natural, Grey, Grass and Cream

Fabric type: Pure linen, from flax grown in France, woven and printed in the UK

Composition: 100% natural linen

These designs are available in natural pure English linen of a medium weight of 255 g for £132/m or a heavyweight 450 g bleached Scottish linen for £164/m (incl VAT)


Usage: Drapery and light upholstery

Care: Dry clean only

Pattern repeat: Half drop

Horizontal/Vertical repeat: 27″ x 18″ (68.6 cm x 45.7 cm)

Printed width of fabric: 54″ (137.2 cm).