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A-Z Animals tapestry kits

A-Z Animals tapestry kits

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 even made into a personalised book bag. Decisions,...

Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

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

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...

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...

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<...