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A-Z Animals tapestry kits

A-Z Animals tapestry kits

Our A-Z Animals kits are fabulous not-too-big tapestries to stitch for a new arrival in your family. They also make wonderful christening gifts, and look great whether made into a cushion or framed as a picture - or even made into a personalised book bag. Decisions,...

New Year – and we’re here!

New Year – and we’re here!

A warm hello, and a very Happy New Year from all of us at Jolly Red. While we are in lockdown, our small team is very fortunate to be able to continue to work in our spacious and airy Somerset HQ. We are packing and posting kits, and our sewing ladies are once again...

Well done, everyone!

Well done, everyone!

We've just passed that much-queried date on the tapestry calendar, the last date for UK tapestries to be sent to our making up service and arrive back home in time for Christmas. If you're reading this and aren't quite sure about the deadline date, we're afraid you've...

Fabric for Arts & Crafts Owls

Fabric for Arts & Crafts Owls

...and Arts and Crafts Tiles! Today we'll take a look at some of the fabric options for Arts and Crafts Owls and its partner tapestry, Arts and Crafts Tiles. If you're about to send in a finished canvas for our Making up Service, it's hard to know which colour - or...

Wishing you a Happy New Year

Wishing you a Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year from all of us at Jolly Red. We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas, with Santa bringing gift deliveries of the woolly variety! We still have many dark evenings ahead, so January is the perfect chance to make some real progress...

Small tapestry…big surprise

Small tapestry…big surprise

When you stitch a tapestry for a special occasion, even the smallest of designs will make a huge impression. Giving a handmade gift is such a lovely thing to do and with a tapestry you've created something unique, putting care and thought into each stitch. Today we'll...

Cool cats get in early

Cool cats get in early

A big sunny hello! It's midsummer, that time of year when we gently remind you to send in your finished tapestries for our Making up Service. It's a busy time of year in the garden, but it would be great if you could take a break to dig out (excuse the pun) any...

Tapestry for a handmade wedding

Tapestry for a handmade wedding

Stitching a tapestry for a wedding or anniversary is a real pleasure, on many levels. For you the stitcher, there's the enjoyment of creating it and while doing so you are filled with the quiet satisfaction of creating a unique gift that will last for very many years....

Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

In the Making Up Service area of our website at jollyred.co.uk, we mention something called a mitred border. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, we've compiled some pictures to show you how a mitred border can literally add a bit extra to a finished...

Homestead Revival

Homestead Revival

A while ago we had a visit from a very nice man, Steve. He arrived at our workshop, relieved to have found us as he was on a secret mission to get a tapestry made up for his wife, Roxanne. The tapestry was one that Roxanne had been stitching on and off for years, a...

Baby talk! A-Z Animals for a handmade hello

Baby talk! A-Z Animals for a handmade hello

In recent months lots of A-Z Animals tapestries have been sent in for our Making up Service. As we discussed in an earlier blog post, the A-Zs are great little kits. They don't take too long to stitch and the imagery in them appeals equally to boys and girls. Whether...

Coffee with Friends – six of the best!

Coffee with Friends – six of the best!

It's time for an update about our Coffee With Friends tapestry which we launched last year in time for Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. We've had some gorgeous completed tapestries in for making up, and we're sharing some of them today. They may inspire you...

Sunny tapestry for your ray of sunshine

Sunny tapestry for your ray of sunshine

Goodbye January, and hello February! It would be a shame to wish away the shortest month, as these next four weeks are valuable stitching time so let's be positive, and embrace February. We can do it, if we all really try! Cold winter evenings? Stuck inside over the...

Stitching for a new baby? It’s as easy as ABC!

Stitching for a new baby? It’s as easy as ABC!

What a lot of birth sampler cushions we see in our hideaway HQ! The lovely thing about the tapestries is that they are all so different, with their own little tweaks here and there. The name panel on each one is unique too, which is just as well as we often have...

Stitch now for a handmade spring wedding

Stitch now for a handmade spring wedding

Ah, lovely autumn! With the shorter days and cosy evenings, now is a wonderful time to stitch a special gift for a 2017 wedding or anniversary. Big dates have a way of creeping up on us all. By starting now (or at least some time this year!) you're giving yourself...

Squaring up a rectangular design

Squaring up a rectangular design

Sometimes you'll stitch a design that is 'portrait' format rather than 'landscape.' Traditionally, such a design would have found its way to the picture framer as the portrait format lends itself very well to being framed. While framing is definitely an option, it is...