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December 12th 2018

Festive greetings from Somerset! Christmas falling on a Tuesday this year, which means that our last UK kit orders will need to be sent out the week before if they are to arrive on time for the 25th. If you’re going to buy a tapestry as a gift, or indeed if you fancy one for......

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November 29th 2018

Forget the tinsel and fairy lights! We’re off on a trip to the country with our new teacosy design, Home Sweet Home. The tea and gardening themed tapestry features picturesque thatched cottages, cups and teapots, a watering can, birds and a bird house, all within a border of chamomile flowers....

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November 22nd 2018

It’s always a pleasure to be able to transform forgotten needlework into fabulous cushions, and this year quite a few heirloom tapestries have made their way to our Somerset hideaway for a bit of workshop magic. Today we’ll focus on two recent arrivals, Georgina’s floral canvases. ...

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October 7th 2018

Today we have two new specs case tapestry designs for you, Whirligigs and Birds in a Tree. We photographed them last week and Jolly Campervans insisted on being involved too, so don’t worry if you can count three specs cases in our picture! Over the years some customers have asked about stitch...

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September 14th 2018

Tree of Life is one of our most versatile tapestry designs. It’ll take pride of place at home on your favourite armchair or sofa, and will look wonderful in a conservatory or summerhouse. With space between the tree and the lower border of the design, there’s always the option to stitc...

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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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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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