Making Up Service

Once you’ve stitched your tapestry it’s time for the final flourish, the finishing touches that will turn your work into a warm focal point either for your own home, or to give as a gift to friends or family.

Our team of skilled team of upholsterers is ready to take care of zips and piping for you, and with over twenty years’ experience, we can also offer advice if you aren’t sure about colours or fabric options for your needlepoint.

We primarily receive Jolly Red designs but can sometimes also make up designs from other brands. Please check with us before sending in a non-Jolly Red tapestry,  as 2020 has been an exceptionally busy year for stitching. Our annual pre-Christmas rush starts in early September so don’t leave it too late to post your tapestry to us.

OCTOBER 7th 2020 Covid stitching update We regret that we are unable to accept any more non-Jolly Red tapestries before Christmas, as the volume of canvases that we have been receiving since August far exceeds our usual numbers. 

Contacting us by phone Give us a call on 01460 281111 if  you’d like to talk about a tapestry that you want to have made up. We’ll talk you through how the process works, and between us we’ll get an idea of the colours and fabric that you’d like us to use for your tapestry.

Emailing a booking form After our initial chat, we’ll email a booking form to you as this helps you to remember to include all the details we need before we start work on your tapestry.

Our standard cushion making up prices are set out below and include the stretching of your canvas, the supply of fabric for making up, the making up with piping and concealed zip, a top quality feather pad, and return delivery of finished tapestry to UK address usually by DPD couriers (trackable, next day service), and occasionally by Royal Mail Special Delivery. There may be a small surcharge for some non-mainland UK deliveries, depending on the weight of the parcel.*

Small Designs – 7″ – 11″ = £63.00 (please add £7 if an extra border is needed)

Standard Making Up – Design size 12″ – 16″ = £75.00 This includes the Jolly Red designs such as Alphabet Ark, A-Z Boys and Girls and Old English Hen and Cockerel which are slightly rectangular.

Standard Making Up – Design size over 17″ – please call for prices, it depends just how enormous the finished cushion will be!

Small Designs – (Jolly Kids, and all designs up to 6″ square) £60.00. This includes a mitred border which can be up to 3″ wide . Please specify width required when sending in your work.

Specs cases –  £42.00 We can make a small design into a handy case for your reading glasses or sunglasses. Let us know which colour you’d like us to use for the lining. We add wadding between the tapestry and lining but do not include a clasp or other fastening.

Note: Jolly Red designs only please for specs cases. We cannot make up specs cases by other designers.

Mitred Edging – Please add £7.00 (per design) to the above prices for all but the ‘Small Designs’. If you’re wondering what a mitred border is, take a look here at some examples.

Teacosies – £60.00 Includes stretching, making up with fabric border and hanging loop. Contrast lining, wadding between the layers.

Christmas Stockings – £68.00 Includes stretching of your stocking, backing fabric and bound edge (same fabric) and hanging loop. Contrast lining fabric and wadding between the layers. Click here for a bit of help with choosing a lining colour for your Christmas stocking.

Tapestry Bags (standard making up) – £62.00 Includes stretching of canvas, making up with fabric border around your tapestry. Contrast lining and two patch pockets. Please add £10 for a gusseted bag.

Before you send in your work – a quick checklist before posting: 

Your details Please call us to discuss colours and fabric options before sending in your tapestry. If you don’t have one of our booking forms, please include a covering letter and remember to include your name, address, a contact phone number and email address if possible, and additional information if we will be returning your tapestry to a third party* (see below).

Please post your work using a ‘signed for‘ method. Our address:

Jolly Red     

Unit 4B Walronds Park   

Isle Brewers 

Taunton   

Somerset 

TA3 6QP

Posting tip: If you will be calling to check that your parcel has arrived, remember to write your name and address on the back of your parcel so that we will be able to locate it easily. We have experienced a huge increase in demand for our services since March 2020, and have dozens of parcels arriving each week.

Payment There are several ways to pay, but please note that with the increasing popularity of our Making Up Service, we are unable to ‘call to discuss payment’. Here are the options, so please choose the one that’s best for you:

1. Credit/debit card Call us on 01460 281111 to leave your card details for payment before posting your tapestry. We will only charge your card when we have completed work and are packing your tapestry ready to return it to you. Please do not send card details in the post with your parcel.

2. Bank transfer If you would like to pay by bank transfer, let us know or circle this option on your booking form. When we have completed your tapestry, we’ll email you to let you know it’s ready and arrange a date for its return, and we’ll sort out the payment at the same time.

3. PayPal As with the bank transfer option, please let us know or circle ‘PayPal’ on your booking form. When we have completed your tapestry, we’ll email you to let you know it’s ready and arrange a date for its return, and send you a PayPal invoice at the same time.

4. Cheque Note that this is our final option, to reflect the fact that getting out to the bank to pay in cheques is so something that we don’t get to do very often. If you can use an alternative payment method, we’d be very grateful. If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Jolly Red’.

*Coronavirus update: Sending your tapestry to a third party address If you have made your tapestry as a gift but are unable to travel to visit friends or relatives to deliver in person, we can send your tapestry direct to them on your behalf.

Please remember to include the recipient’s name and address, along with a phone number and email address so that we can contact them to arrange delivery. Please include a card if you would like to. If we’ll be sending to a third party on your behalf, we will email photographs of the completed tapestry to you so you can see your finished work.

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