Top tips and woolly wisdom

Bright lights and a Sunset Garden

Bright lights and a Sunset Garden

Hello! What a month May has been so far. We've had more than our fair share of rain, but some welcome hints of summer to let the fields dry out a bit. Last week, many people in the UK were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, what a treat that must have been!...

Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

Hooray! You've finished your tapestry, so now it's time to have it made into a cushion. Before packing it up to post to the Jolly Red sewing team, here are a few reminders and suggestions: Check for missed stitches It's easy to miss stitches, particularly single 'dot'...

Choosing the right size tapestry frame

Choosing the right size tapestry frame

Here at Jolly Red we love tapestry frames, and wouldn't stitch without one. Choosing the right size of tapestry frame can be confusing so today we have some tips to help you if you're about to buy your first tapestry frame (for yourself or as a gift for a stitching...

Jolly Red making up service for tapestry cushions

Jolly Red making up service for tapestry cushions

You've finished your tapestry, so now's the time to post it to us for our sewing ladies to work their magic. We've set out links to our fabric selections below, to help you choose the colours and fabric you'd like us to use when sending your tapestry to us for making...

Buy a printed tapestry canvas without the wool

Buy a printed tapestry canvas without the wool

Hello tapestry friends! It's now really easy for you to order a Jolly Red printed tapestry canvas on its own (minus the wool). You no longer need to use a special code as we have added an official and very smart 'Canvas Only' option for each kit on our website. Shown...

New for spring! Two new Alphabet tapestries

New for spring! Two new Alphabet tapestries

Spring is a busy time of year for stitchers who like to get a head start on their festive projects. If you'll be going on holiday or visiting friends and family a tapestry is the ideal project to accompany you on your adventures. Today we bring you two gorgeous new...

Tapestry kits for dog lovers

Tapestry kits for dog lovers

A big hello! Our range of tapestry kits for dog lovers continues to grow so we've rounded up our doggie designs here in one place for you. With so many kits to choose from, we hope you'll enjoy selecting your next tapestry project, large or small. We have dog themed...

Super Sleigh Bells! New Christmas stocking kit

Super Sleigh Bells! New Christmas stocking kit

Ding-a-ling! Sleigh Bells is the newest addition to our Christmas stocking tapestry kits. For those of you who like to keep count, Sleigh Bells is the ninth Christmas stocking in our range of 'slightly larger' Christmas stockings, the other size being a wee bit...

Fabric ideas for your Brighter Days Daffodils tapestry

Fabric ideas for your Brighter Days Daffodils tapestry

It's lovely to see so many of your finished Brighter Days Daffodils tapestries arriving in our workshop for making up. Thank you for sending them in. It's so warm at the moment that once we've stretched the canvases they are drying very fast, so our sewing ladies can...

A-Z Animals tapestry kits for your new arrival

A-Z Animals tapestry kits for your new arrival

Our A-Z Animals kits are fabulous not-too-big tapestries to stitch for a new arrival in your family. They also make wonderful christening gifts, and look great whether made into a cushion or framed as a picture, or made into a personalised book bag. Decisions,...

It’s January. Stitch now for next Christmas!

It’s January. Stitch now for next Christmas!

The first months each year are very busy ones in the tapestry world. Tapestry is the perfect hobby for cosy winter evenings in front of the TV, or to enjoy while listening to an audio book. Snuggle up and stitch, and make the most of this time indoors! If you've...

Ten reasons to use a tapestry frame

Ten reasons to use a tapestry frame

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...

Buying a printed canvas on its own

Buying a printed canvas on its own

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...

Stitched one? Stitch two!

Stitched one? Stitch two!

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...

Small tapestry…big surprise

Small tapestry…big surprise

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...

Cool cats get in early

Cool cats get in early

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...

Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

Does my tapestry need a mitred border?

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...

Baby talk! A-Z Animals for a handmade hello

Baby talk! A-Z Animals for a handmade hello

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...

Sunny tapestry for your ray of sunshine

Sunny tapestry for your ray of sunshine

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...

Stitching for a new baby? It’s as easy as ABC!

Stitching for a new baby? It’s as easy as ABC!

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...

Stitch now for a handmade spring wedding

Stitch now for a handmade spring wedding

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...

Squaring up a rectangular design

Squaring up a rectangular design

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...

Choosing a tapestry frame

Choosing a tapestry frame

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<...