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Fabric for your tapestry

November 22nd 2018

It’s always a pleasure to be able to transform forgotten needlework into fabulous cushions, and this year quite a few heirloom tapestries have made their way to our Somerset hideaway for a bit of workshop magic. Today we’ll focus on two recent arrivals, Georgina’s floral canvases. ...

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September 14th 2018

Tree of Life is one of our most versatile tapestry designs. It’ll take pride of place at home on your favourite armchair or sofa, and will look wonderful in a conservatory or summerhouse. With space between the tree and the lower border of the design, there’s always the option to stitc...

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June 20th 2018

We’ve shown you our velvets and cotton fabric, and now it’s time to take a look at our wool mix fabric for your finished tapestry. This tough fabric is a great all-rounder and as a backing for tapestry cushions it’s a very practical option. Starting with the reds, which go from Bri...

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March 30th 2018

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 r...

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March 16th 2018

You’ve finished your tapestry and now it’s time for the next stage, the making up. If zips and piping take you out of your comfort zone, help is at hand with our popular making up service. We have a team of skilled upholsterers who can make up your work for you, with fabric from our thr...

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March 1st 2018

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...

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February 18th 2018

Colours! Neutral, or bold? One fabric, or mix them up? It’s decision time, the next step when you’ve completed a tapestry and want to have it made into a cushion. Jolly Red stitchers come up with all manner of fabulous ideas when sending in their parcels for our needlepoint Making Up Ser...

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February 1st 2018

Indian Elephant is a good tapestry to stitch at any time of the year. In the dark winter months the design’s strong shapes and clear colours make stitching in the evening stitching a pleasure, and what’s more there are absolutely no fiddly bits or pesky shading. Quite simply, you can rel...

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August 11th 2017

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. For your special couple t...

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July 14th 2017

It’s mid-July, the official start of Christmas stocking season in our topsy-turvy tapestry world. We receive Jolly Redders’ stitched stockings all year for our Making up Service, but from July onwards the pace really picks up. If you’ve just finished a festive masterpiece, the chan...

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June 21st 2017

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 tapestries that......

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April 27th 2017

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 the tapestries are framed...

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March 11th 2017

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 t...

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March 1st 2017

It’s visiting season in our Somerset HQ, and in the last few weeks there’s been a steady flow of people popping in to pick up new tapestry projects, or bringing in completed tapestries for our Making up Service. If you’re planning a visit, bear in mind that we don’t keep to f...

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February 1st 2017

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 weekend? What a great c...

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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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