If you are a keen stitcher, it’s easy to amass a lot of spare wool from your tapestry projects.

What’s to be done with all that wool – long bits, short bits, and the occasional whole skein? Well, one way of having fun and using some of it up is to buy the printed canvas only from a Jolly Red kit, i.e. the printed canvas that we’d normally supply in the kit but not the wool.

Many of our designs lend themselves to being stitched with wool mountain yarn, and Magic Circles is the one that we most frequently see in our workshop for making up.

How to order If you’d like to order a canvas on its own, you can call us on 01460 281111 to order, or order online on our website if you prefer. 

Our website shows two price options, one of which is for the canvas only and the other is the full price of the kit with all the wool. If you click on your chosen kit a drop-down menu will appear and you can select either the complete kit or canvas only.

Here’s Magic Circles to demonstrate:

Buying a canvas on its own


If the design you’d like to order the canvas of normally has a chart for lettering such as a design for a wedding, anniversary or new baby or a Christmas stocking, we’ll make sure we include the necessary alphabets and planning instructions with your canvas.

To inspire you, here are some wonderful tapestries that Jolly Redders have stitched in their own unique colour palettes, starting with Gillian’s Magic Circles:

Magic Flowers is in the same format as Magic Circles, another great choice:

Then there’s Beautiful World, seen here in slightly more muted tones than our own version, with a lovely soft terracotta background:

Beautiful World own colours

Our Jumpin’ Jack Cats normally have a green background, but that’s not for these chaps!

Top tip If you only want to change a background colour, we can help with that and provide the wool you’ll need. Give us a call on 01460 281111 or contact us by email to discuss if this is something you’d like to do. We keep good supplies of Anchor tapestry wool and are always happy to help.

We really liked Penny’s Arts and Crafts Owls tapestry, with a complete colour change and lots of added lettering. We’re sure there wasn’t a boat in our original design!

Penny's A C Owls

Perhaps little red hens are your thing, as with Stephen and his Chick Chick Chicken teacosy:

If you’re looking for a smaller project, Alhambra Stars is a good choice. We made Margaret’s up into a bag, big enough for her to take A4 folders to meetings:

Finally, Mary’s Birds in a Tree which she stitched to coordinate with the colours in her living room:

Top tip! This time of year is often when people start to stitch Christmas stockings. If you’ve already done some for family and friends and have kept your left over wool, you could combine it all to stitch one of this year’s stockings.

Best wishes as always – and happy stitching!


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