Our range of cotton fabric continues to grow. Many of the shades that we stock have a ‘faded bright’ look to them, colours which work well with our tapestry designs.

We also have some lovely bright colours so if you’re looking for a clean and crisp finish to your tapestry we should be able to help. Last year we added a new range of cotton with a ‘brushed’ look to them – you’ll find pictures of them towards the end of this blog so scroll down to see all of our boards.

If you’re in the UK we can send you fabric swatches to help you decide on the best colours for the backing of your tapestry.

Let’s start with the greens, from quiet Pistachio through to Bottle Green which is often used for the border and backing of Christmas stocking tapestries. Racing Green is a new addition to our range, and is another great option for Christmas stockings and cushions.

Yellows, from cream through to pale yellows of Buttermilk and Sancastle to the brighter. This range of cotton has a lovely texture, and some customers have commented that the fabric looks and feels more like linen.

We used Buttermilk JRCY02 for piping and backing of Margaret’s Ba-Ba-Bloom. What an unusual choice, but it really works!

On to the first of our neutral selections with Cream, new Taupe and Biscuit It’s so hard to capture the colours with 100% accuracy so do give us a call on 01460 281111 if you’d like us to send you some fabric swatches for your tapestry. We have more neutrals in a different range, so scroll down for those.

Taupe is a gorgeous new shade of cotton, and we’ve used it for a 2″ border on our Apple Tree Wedding, below:More earthy tones with Brick, Rust and Brown:

Jane stitched her Jolly Hearts tapestry with wool from her yarn stash, having bought a canvas on its own. It looks great with a mitred border in Brick JRCB03 and contrast piping in Sandcastle JRCY03. The colours work so well with Jane’s wools and the cotton fabric provide a nice, crisp finish to Jane’s cushion.

On to the reds, which are good all rounders, and are often teamed with Teal JRCB02 for contrast piping or backing (scroll down a bit for Teal).

Robin and Raspberry are good for the edging, backing and hanging loop on Christmas stockings, and a more practical choice than velvet if your Christmas stockings will be enjoying annual festivities in a warm climate.

Otto’s Seaside Sampler, below, has Robin red mitred border with Primrose piping and blue backing. If the blue we used isn’t in stock, another from the collection would look just as good.

Side view of Otto’s Seaside Sampler. Very smart!

Moving on to our purple cottons, Aubergine ANTQ04 and Damson ANTQ05 are most frequently used in our Somerset HQ, and Damson in particular works well with Love Birds. Truffle ANTQ03 has a lavender look to it.

Continue to scroll down as we have more purples, appearing as part of other fabric boards.

Nantucket Cottons purple

Now for the blues, Bluebell CBL03 looks slightly more grey than it does here, so is a greyish blue. Duck Egg CBL04 looks wonderful on our Chick Chick Chicken teacosy, and is used on lots of cushions too.

Here’s our little Pigs and Piglets tapestry, made up into a nice size of cushion with Duck Egg border (3″) and contrast piping in Raspberry.

Mary’s Farmyard tapestry stitched for baby Phoenix looks great with a 3″ mitred border in Navy, with Primrose yellow piping.

And from the side, very smart!

From Cream to Black, with some lovely greys between. Pearl is new and a great option if you want a hint of grey for your tapestry.

Our black cotton is more of a chalky black as you can see here on this Flying Felines tapestry, with a black border and yellow piping. Yellow piping seems to be quite a thing with Jolly Redders!

Now we’re moving on to another range of cotton fabric. These are a slightly lighter weight than the ones we’ve just shown but again have a lovely texture.

Some of the neutral shades are good options for Camelcade or Camel Trek.

This range has a lovely turquoise, mauve and pink. July 2022 please note that Cocoa has been discontinued by the manufacturer but we still have some stock in our workshop.

Grape was an excellent choice as border and backing for Chris’s Nursery A-Z tapestry:

With Pat’s Butterfly tapestries, we mixed and matched the fabrics using Crystal JRNC05 for Sarah, and Robin JRCR01 for Alys, each with contrast piping.

What a lot of personal touches on Laura’s Mermaid cushion, with Lalo’s name and date of birth in the border, and extra hearts too. We used Bubblegum JRCN06 for the border of the cushion, with Primrose JRCY01piping.

We have an additional fabric range of gorgeous cottons with a soft, brushed feel. The colours fill the gaps not covered by our other ranges and can be used on their own or combined with the other fabric, for instance as a contrast piping.

To begin we have two new oranges, a magenta and two purples. Please quote the codes and the name if you need us to send you samples for your tapestry.

The two oranges, Carey and Purbeck would work well with Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ditsy Daisies.

On to the greens and blues and we have a new lime green and an emerald. There are three new shades of blue including a royal blue.

The blues are lovely options for border colours on our starter kits, as well as on some of our larger designs – Beside the Sea, Seaside Sampler and Union Jack Russells

New for June ’23 We have more shades to add to our soft cotton range, from Zesty yellow lime SC26 to a more classic Leafy green SC28. Coral SC20 is a completely new shade and Gold Glow SC21 is a lovely golden yellow.

Earth SC23 is a more earthy orange than the other oranges we currently stock (Carey and Purbeck – see theboards above).

More blues! You love your blues and so do we, so we anticipate sending more of these shades out in fabric swatch packs.

Availability of particular colours/fabric Please call Jolly Red on 01460 281111 or contact us by email if you’d like to check that a particular colour is in stock.

Posting your tapestry If you’ll be posting your tapestry to us for our making up service, take a quick look here at our handy checklist. We remind you of important things like holding your work up to the light to check for missed stitches and resisting the urge to trim down your canvas.

Once you have packaged your tapestry securely, please use a ‘signed for’ method to post it to us.

We will email you once we have opened your parcel, to let you know it has arrived safely.

That’s it for now. We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our new and updated range of cotton fabric.

Best wishes,

Kelly and the Jolly Red sewing ladies x

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