Summer is here! The gardens are going a bit mad, and it’s holiday season. The schools are about to break up – it’s all go!
Before the great outdoors starts to take up all of your time, we’d love it if you could stop and cast your mind back to any unfinished tapestries from last year or earlier this year that perhaps just need a few last stitches in them to finish them off. Is there a canvas that you proudly completed and put away at Christmas, fully intending to send in to us earlier in the year for our Making up Service?
Now’s the time to see if there are any tapestries that need our attention. The message is clear: never mind the beds, check your drawers!
Dig out your latest tapestries and send them in to us and it’s one less thing for you to think about later in the year. At this time of year when it’s so warm we can often be really speedy when returning your masterpiece. Later on in the year everything takes longer, so…if you can, send them in now!
To inspire you, here are some lovely finished tapestries that we’ve sent home in recent months, starting with Seaside Sampler:
We loved Agnes’s Seaside Sampler, which used left over pink wool from the beach hut for her name. We used pink velvet for the backing too. If you have a ‘pink girl’ in the family this is a great way to incorporate her favourite colour into a seaside design.
We never realised so many people tied the knot in February – but they do! Ann’s Love Birds stitched for Linda and Patrick’s wedding now has pride of place in their home.
Ann’s Love Birds, with goldy yellow piping and backing:
It’s great to see our new designs coming in for making up! Peter’s Peacock Star had red velvet piping and chocolate brown backing.
We often say that you don’t have to stitch a name on a kit that has a name panel. Nina demonstrated this beautifully with her Alphabet Owls and a line from the Wise Old Owl nursery rhyme.
So many personal touches, Nina changed part of the alphabet border to include oak leaves and stitched her name and the year of stitching below.
Daisy and Strawberry Cupcake tapestries, for Eva and Evie – both popular girls’ names this year!
Grey is such a popular colour this year. We have three shades of grey in our wool blend fabrics. Here we have Magic Flowers showing off the pewter shade:
And with a totally different look, here’s Nicola’s Magic Flowers, with two contrast shades of velvet:
It’s Christmas all year round in our tapestry world. Lily chose an Angels stocking for her Granny to stitch for her when they both popped in to our workshop.
Time for tea? Carol and Kate’s Afternoon Tea tapestries looked great with their blue backings. We have lots of blues in woolly, velvet and cotton fabrics. Give us a call if you need to request samples.
When you send your tapestry in for making up, you have the option of choosing contrast piping. The contrast can be as strong or as subtle as you like.
Happy Hearts continues to be popular as a stash-busting canvas. With Margaret’s latest canvas she couldn’t decide whether to go for teal border and red piping, or the other way round…
…the other way round won! Red piping and backing with teal piping, in our cotton fabrics.
With weddings and anniversaries to stitch for, hearts are always a popular choice if you don’t want to stitch something too ‘weddingy’.
Jane’s Jolly Hearts looks wonderful made up in three shades of cotton.
Give us a call if you need help in choosing fabrics for the piping and backing of your tapestry. We can often come to a decision over the phone, and are also happy to send out fabric samples so that you can try them against your work before sending it in. With three ranges of fabric: a wool blend, a heavy cotton and a cotton velvet, there are colours to suit all tastes.
Enjoy your gardening, and finishing off your tapestries when you have a chance to put your feet up!
PS Remember to use a ‘signed for’ service when you post your parcels, and write your name and address on the reverse of your parcel if you’ll be calling us to check that it’s arrived safely. It’s not unusual for us to have similar sized jiffy bags arriving on the same day!
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