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August 3rd 2018

This year we are celebrating 25 years of Jolly Red. A quarter of a century. Put like that it sounds quite amazing! We’d really like to thank all of you, our loyal customers, old and new, for stitching Jolly Red designs and enabling us to grow over the years. There will be some of you......

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July 25th 2018

Today we have a treat for you, a travel sized stash-busting printed canvas. Wherever you are this summer, you’ll need to take a Country Cottage canvas with you. Stick it in your bag, rucksack or suitcase or if you’ll be travelling or going on holiday, or keep it nearby in your wool bag i...

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June 29th 2018

We are delighted to present Camel Trek, a fantastic new partner tapestry for our very popular Camelcade. Finally we can solve the mystery of where our original camels were heading – it was to meet up with their friends! We photographed our Camel Trek canvas (left) alongside Mike’s Camelc...

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June 20th 2018

We’ve shown you our velvets and cotton fabric, and now it’s time to take a look at our wool mix fabric for your finished tapestry. This tough fabric is a great all-rounder and as a backing for tapestry cushions it’s a very practical option. Starting with the reds, which go from Bri...

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April 28th 2018

It’s time to head to the beach with our two new tapestry designs, Jolly Campervans and Beside The Sea. These new sun-filled tapestry kits have been designed to be made up in several different ways, and are perfect designs to stitch on holiday, in the garden – or in the shade at the beach...

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March 30th 2018

Our wonderful range of cotton fabric continues to grow. Many of the shades that we stock have a ‘faded bright’ look to them, which work well with Jolly Red designs, and non-Jolly Red ones too if you’ve accidentally stitched a tapestry from another company. Recently – and in r...

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March 16th 2018

You’ve finished your tapestry and now it’s time for the next stage, the making up. If zips and piping take you out of your comfort zone, help is at hand with our popular making up service. We have a team of skilled upholsterers who can make up your work for you, with fabric from our thr...

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March 9th 2018

We love Christmas stockings and are delighted to share with you our newest one, Woodland Owls. The design is based on the original Owls Christmas stocking – Stanley in the picture below – that we launched last year, but is in the slightly smaller boot shape. Welcome, Amelia! Look closely...

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March 1st 2018

Today we’re looking at fabric for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds tapestries. If you’re sending your tapestry in for our making up service there are many choices and combinations for these two tapestries, from grey woolly fabric through to orange velvet and lime cotton. One thing to consider...

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February 18th 2018

Colours! Neutral, or bold? One fabric, or mix them up? It’s decision time, the next step when you’ve completed a tapestry and want to have it made into a cushion. Jolly Red stitchers come up with all manner of fabulous ideas when sending in their parcels for our needlepoint Making Up Ser...

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February 9th 2018

Conjure up a cosy starry night with our new tapestry, Alcazar. This design has been a long time coming and we hope you like it. A few years ago I started to think about our lovely Alhambra Stars. It’s a popular design, and appears regularly in the workshop to be made into a bag or......

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February 1st 2018

Indian Elephant is a good tapestry to stitch at any time of the year. In the dark winter months the design’s strong shapes and clear colours make stitching in the evening stitching a pleasure, and what’s more there are absolutely no fiddly bits or pesky shading. Quite simply, you can rel...

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January 14th 2018

More gorgeous Christmas stockings! Today it’s the turn of Fairytale and Owls to find a space on our blog. Each of these two designs is in the larger of our two stocking shapes. Let’s start with Fairytale. This is a really joyful Christmas stocking as there’s so much going on. There...

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January 8th 2018

In today’s Christmas stockings update we’re looking at two quite different designs, Angels and Cats and Dogs stockings. Each of these designs is in our larger size, so would sit well alongside Fairytale, Silent Night, Owls, Toy Box and Christmas Alphabet. Of all of our Christmas stocking...

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January 2nd 2018

A veritable A-Z of festive imagery, Christmas Alphabet is a wonderful tapestry stocking kit to stitch if you enjoy  seeing how much you’ve achieved at the end of a stitching session. With its patchwork of alphabet squares from ‘a’ for angel, to ‘zzz’ a sleepy child in ...

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Kind words from happy customers

Philippa, Stroud

"Thank you so much for helping me select the backing colours...I am very pleased that you suggested this combination. I think it brings out the colours in the tapestry in the best possible way to make the cushion look terrific." - Philippa, Stroud

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