Fabric for Patchwork Cat

January 20th 2020

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.

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:

Moving on to our wool mix fabric, and we see Patchwork Cat sporting Damson woolly piping and backing, shade JRWP03.

Here’s a jaunty side view of the same Patchwork Cat, showing off his smart piping and backing:

If you’re a purple person, you really are spoilt for choice with our woolly fabric, with both ‘proper purples’ as well as damson and heather shades:

Sue used Damson woolly for her Patchwork Cat and stitched the names of Mike and Ellie and their wedding date in the border. What a wonderful personalised wedding gift!

More woollies, blues this time. The most popular colours for Patchwork Cat are Slate JRWB02, Indigo JRWB03, Navy JRWB05 and Denim JRWB06.

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!

Alison chose two shades of our woolly fabric for her Patchwork Cat, Old Gold JRWY01 for piping and Clay JRWY02 for the backing.

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 1, Monk’s Dairy Workshops, Isle Brewers, Somerset TA3 6QL.

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

Best wishes,

Kelly and the Jolly Red ladies

You said it!
Kind words from happy customers

Philippa, Stroud

"Thank you so much for helping me select the backing colours...I am very pleased that you suggested this combination. I think it brings out the colours in the tapestry in the best possible way to make the cushion look terrific." - Philippa, Stroud

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