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June 19th 2020

If you are a keen stitcher, it’s easy to amass a lot of spare wool from your tapestry projects. What’s to be done with all that wool – long bits, short bits, and the occasional whole skein? Well, one way of having fun and using some of it up is to buy the printed canvas......

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November 27th 2019

Hooray! You’ve finished your tapestry, so now it’s time to have it made into a cushion. It’s tempting to parcel up your woolly masterpiece and rush off to the post office immediately to send it to us in our Somerset HQ. However, if we can take a moment to go through a few detai...

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June 11th 2019

There’s something very satisfying about stitching a pair of tapestries. They can be cushions for two special chairs, or perhaps you picture them on either end of a sofa. Over the years several of our popular designs have acquired a friend, and these are the designs we’ll be talking about...

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February 22nd 2019

When you stitch a tapestry for a special occasion, even the smallest of designs will make a huge impression. Giving a handmade gift is such a lovely thing to do and with a tapestry you’ve created something unique, putting care and thought into each stitch. Today we’ll focus on our starte...

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June 21st 2018

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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June 9th 2017

In the Making Up Service area of our website at jollyred.co.uk, we mention something called a mitred border. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, we’ve compiled some pictures to show you how a mitred border can literally add a bit extra to a finished tapestry. A mitred border is ...

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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 17th 2017

Here at Jolly Red, we are big fans of tapestry frames. For those of you who have never used a frame before and are thinking about trying one, we all got together in the workshop and jotted down some of the reasons that they appeal to us: 1. Getting into good habits George only started using a tap...

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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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November 24th 2016

What a lot of birth sampler cushions we see in our hideaway HQ! The lovely thing about the tapestries is that they are all so different, with their own little tweaks here and there. The name panel on each one is unique too, which is just as well as we often have designs with the......

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September 26th 2016

Ah, lovely autumn! With the shorter days and cosy evenings, now is a wonderful time to stitch a special gift for a 2017 wedding or anniversary. Big dates have a way of creeping up on us all. By starting now (or at least some time this year!) you’re giving yourself plenty of time to make......

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August 19th 2016

Sometimes you’ll stitch a design that is ‘portrait’ format rather than ‘landscape.’ Traditionally, such a design would have found its way to the picture framer as the portrait format lends itself very well to being framed. While framing is definitely an option, it is st...

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July 22nd 2016

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 la...

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June 18th 2016

We always have a steady flow of tapestries arriving at our Somerset workshop for our Making up Service. For the most part we make up our own Jolly Red tapestries, but we also welcome quite a few Ehrman tapestries, in particular the Klimt tapestries, designed by Candace Bahouth. Stretched tapestrie...

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June 12th 2016

Attention, please! We’ve spoken before about tapestry frames but as we receive calls and emails every week about tapestry frames we think a refresher course might be in order, to explain the different sizes. The frames that we sell are clip frames (hence the CF< clip frame). With these you ...

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Fran, Dorset

"The cushion has arrived and looks wonderful, thank you so much. And lots of lovely kits in your catalogue...." - Fran, Dorset

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