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 is whether you’d like one colour/fabric, or two?

To explain: You can choose one type of fabric and a single colour for piping and backing for your cushion, or mix up colours and fabric. There is no right or wrong, it’s up to you. Have fun and go for bright colours, or go for a single shade of grey or another colour that takes your fancy. Either way, your finished cushion will look stunning.

In Janice’s cushions below she used orange velvet piping and moss green velvet backing for her Ba-Ba-Birds, and reversed them for Ba-Ba-Bloom – green piping and orange backing.

Let’s take a look at our selection of greys in our wool mix fabric. The texture of this fabric is lovely and it’s a very forgiving and hardwearing option for any cushion.

Note: the charcoal JRWG04 looks a bit darker in real life. It’s the fabric that Ba-Ba-Bloom and Birds have as their backdrop, above. It’s a lovely dark grey, one step down from black.

On to terracottas, and pumpkin JRWY03 works particularly well alongside the greys and black.

There’s always the question of whether you’d like to add an extra border around your tapestry. Deborah’s Ba-Ba-Bloom looks fantastic with a charcoal border and backing, with contrast pumpkin piping.

On to our velvets, and for lovers of green Lincoln Green JRG02 and Moss Green JRG05 are good choices for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds.

More velvets. from Old Gold JRY01 to Dark Brown JRY06. Orange JRY03 is definitely the most popular for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds and looks great either as piping or backing.

More velvet options, from Cream JRW02 through to Black JRW01. The greys are both lovely if you want to stay with a grey theme for your room.

Two lovely Ba-Ba-Blooms, the top one has pumpkin woolly piping and charcoal backing. The bottom one has moss green velvet piping and orange velvet backing.

Moving on to our cotton fabric, from neutral Biscuit JRCB01 via Brick JRCB03 to Brown JRCB05:

Of our green cotton fabrics, the colours most suited to the zingy shades in Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds are Yellow Lime JRCG03 and Bright Lime JRCG04.

Shades of grey, also in cotton:

Finally, inspiration if you’re thinking of incorporating a name into your Ba-Ba-Bloom tapestry. Jo stitched the name Basia into hers, cleverly incorporating one letter into the centre of a row of flowers, and adding a heart in the middle of another. What a lovely idea!

Stitching for a wedding or anniversary? Using Jo’s idea above you could incorporate a couple’s initials with ‘&’ in between, eg ‘AB & CD’. Five characters and five flowers, that would work.

Sending your tapestry to us If you’re posting a tapestry to us for our making up service, remember to send it by recorded or registered delivery so you can track it until it reaches us. If sending from outside the UK, please email first so we know to expect your parcel. We will also advise you on best methods of posting to the UK.

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Happy stitching!


PS Please email or give us a call on 01460 281111 to check that fabric/s that you’d like for your tapestry are in stock, as shades are occasionally discontinued by the manufacturer.