All hail the Patchwork Cat! A marvellous moggie, whose timeless good looks work their charms on cat-loving stitchers and have also been known to bewitch others who claim little or no interest in cats. Could it be his/her smiling face that people find irresistible or is it the perfect balance of plain and patterned areas and absolutely no fussy shading? Who knows!

Patchwork Cat is such an enjoyable design to stitch, and if you’ve already finished stitching a Cat canvas of your own, we have some ideas today for piping and backing of your tapestry.

These are but a tiny selection of the options available from our three ranges of fabric – velvet, wool mix and cotton.

Old Gold velvet JRY01 is a popular choice for piping. Below the old gold is teamed up with a blue velvet (JRB01) for backing.

You might think about a red backing, which goes well with gold. In the Patchwork Cat below, Old Gold velvet has been teamed up with Raspberry Red, JRP03.

Here’s our ‘yellow to brown’ velvets board, ranging from Old Gold JRY01 and JRY02 (the most popular choices for Patchwork Cat), through to Dark Brown JRY06.

velvets gold

If blues are more your thing, we have velvet options from Forget-Me-Not JRB01, through to Navy JRB05.

velvet fabric

On to our red and purple velvets, starting at Raspberry JRP03, a nice dark red through to Maroon JRP09. Heather JRP05 is a new shade of velvet which would well with Patchwork Cat’s colours.

Here’s another Patchwork Cat with Pale Green JRG01 velvet, for a nice refined finish.

We have other green velvets that would work equally well. Take a look:

On to our woolly fabric, starting with blues:

Here we used Navy JRWB05 for piping, and Slate JRWB02 for backing:

Alison did a lovely job if incorporating text into the background of her Patchwork Cat, made as a special gift for a friend. We really like seeing how creative Jolly Redders are with their lettering – it pops up everywhere!

Continuing on to Buttermilk JRWY07, Pumpkin JRWY03, Terracotta JRWY05 and Hacienda JRWY08.

Click here for the full range of our woolly fabric, including reds, greens and greys.

The third fabric option is our cotton fabric range. Here are some tasters, starting with the yellows:

The blues in our cotton fabric range are great for Patchwork Cat. You could use almost any of these for your Patchwork Cat canvas, with Harbour JRCB01 (a denimy blue), Teal JRCB02 and Navy JRCB06 possibly being the closest to the colours in the design.

On to reds:

We have neutrals too, but sadly shades such as Biscuit and Hazelnut are only in the cotton ranges. There are no similar colours in the woolly or velvet ranges.

Decisions, decisions There are no rights or wrongs when choosing the colours for your tapestry. You know the colour scheme of the room your cushion will be going in or the likes/dislikes of friends or relatives if you’ve made your tapestry as a special gift.

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.

Our address for parcels:

Jolly Red Making up Service, Unit 4B Walronds Park, Isle Brewers, Somerset TA3 6QP.

We look forward to adding the finishing touch to your tapestry.

Best wishes,

Kelly and the Jolly Red ladies