Cotton fabric for your tapestry

March 30th 2019

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 response to popular demand – we’ve found a very nice pink and a turquoise, so can now offer you more choice than ever if you’d like a cotton backing for your next tapestry.

As we mentioned in our recent post about our velvet fabrics, stocks can vary and manufacturers have a habit of discontinuing some shades or entire ranges, often with little or no warning. Here is our current range of cotton fabric, which we hope will provide inspiration if you’re about to send in a tapestry for our making up service.

We’ll start with the lovely greens, from quiet Willow JRCG05 through to Bottle Green JRCG06 which is often used for the border and backing of Christmas stocking tapestries.

Yellows, with a close up of Primrose JRCY01 showing the texture of the fabric. 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 neutral Biscuit JRCB01 through to Brown JRCB05, with two terracottas in between.

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 JRCR01 and Raspberry JRCR03 are good for the edging 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!

We don’t have a ‘proper purple’ in the cottons, and will continue to seek one out. Aubergine JRCP03 and Damson JRCP05 are most frequently used in our Somerset HQ. Pink JRCP02 and Lavender JRCP04 have a smoother finish to them than the other fabrics shown here and feel more like cambric.

Moving on to the blues, and a quick warning – Bluebell JRCB03 is currently out of stock with the manufacturer and we don’t have much left in our workshop. If it looks as though it’s going to disappear we’ll remove it from this board.

Don’t despair as all of the other blues are equally gorgeous. Duck Egg JRCB04 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 JRCB04 border (3″) and contrast piping in Raspberry JRCR03.

Here we are, trying out blues and yellows for a Quilt Houses and Hearts canvas:

Mary’s Farmyard tapestry stitched for baby Phoenix looks great with a 3″ mitred border in Navy JRCB06, with Primrose JRCY01 yellow piping.

And from the side, very smart!

From cream JRCB01 to Black JRCB05, with some lovely greys between.

Black JRCB05 isn’t exactly a ‘hard’ 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!

From the side, some very cool cats.

Now we’re moving on to the smaller but still important new range of cotton fabric that we have in stock. They are a slightly lighter weight than the ones we’ve mentioned previously but again have a lovely texture. We spoke about some of the neutral shades as options for your Camelcade tapestry.

Grape JRNC04 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.

Here they both are again with Laura’s Mermaid tapestry, showing off their Bubblegum JRNC06 backings.

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.

Availability of particular colours/fabric Please email or call Jolly Red on 01460 281111 if you need to check that a particular colour is in stock. It’s so hard to keep up to date with the fabric but appreciate that it’s useful for you to see it, particularly as fabric choices are often made among family members in other counties, or other countries!

We have some shades of cotton fabric that aren’t included in today’s blog post. A few new greys have arrived in the last week, in the lighter weight. We’re already using one of the new greys on a top secret project which newsletter subscribers will be the first to see in a very exciting April news update.

Getting in touch Do contact us about any tapestry that you need advice about, even if it’s not a Jolly Red design, as we’ll always try to help. If you’d like to come in and choose fabric in person, you’ll be pleased to know that we welcome visitors to our Isle Brewers workshop but we ask that you call us first rather than just turn up. That way we can clear table space near the fabrics and make sure that we allocate enough time for you. If we stray from this tried and tested system people have a tendency to turn up at the same time.

Posting your tapestry If you’ll be posting your tapestry to us, take a quick look here at our handy checklist. We remind you of important things like checking for missed stitches, resisting the urge to trim down your canvas and to send your work in by Recorded or Registered post.

Send your tapestry to:

Jolly Red Making up Service

Unit 4B, Walronds Park

Isle Brewers



That’s it for now. Happy stitching, and happy Easter weekend. We hope you’ll enjoy some stitching time so you can finish any projects before the garden starts shouting for your attention.

Hoping too that sun will shine for any Easter egg hunts you have planned. And if the Easter Bunny visits you, try to keep any chocolate gifts well away from your tapestry!


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