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.

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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 are also usually able to make up designs from other brands. Ehrman’s Klimt-inspired designs are greeted like old friends in our workshop as they are regular visitors. We also perform ‘surgery’ on tapestries that may have seen better days.  Give us a call if you have a tapestry lurking on the cupboard that you feel could benefit from our attention.

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 by Special Delivery, or by DPD couriers (trackable, next day service). There may be a small surcharge for some non-mainland UK deliveries, depending ion the weight of the parcel.

To discuss possible colour/fabric options or have fabric samples sent to you, give us a call on 01460 281111 and we’ll be happy to advise.

Small Designs – 7″ – 12″ = £60.00

Standard Making Up – Design size 12″ – 17″ = £68.00

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) £56.00. This includes a mitred border which can be up to 3″ wide . Please specify width required when sending in your work.

Specs cases –  £40.00 We can make a small design into a handy case for your reading glasses or sunglasses. Let us know what 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.

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 – £52.00 Includes stretching, making up with fabric border and hanging loop. Contrast lining, wadding between the layers.

Christmas Stockings – £60.00 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) – £57.00 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. Remember to include your name, address, a contact phone number and email address if possible, and details of different return address if necessary.

Please post your work using a ‘signed for‘ method.

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.

Please include payment There are four ways to pay: please call us on 01460 281111 to leave card details for payment before posting your tapestry, or for a reference code if you would like to arrange payment by BACS transfer. We are also happy to invoice by PayPal. If paying by cheque please make it payable to ‘Jolly Red’.

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Philippa, Stroud

"Thank you so much for helping me select the backing colours...I am very pleased that you suggested this combination. I think it brings out the colours in the tapestry in the best possible way to make the cushion look terrific." - Philippa, Stroud

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