Sending a tapestry? Here’s a handy checklist

March 19th 2017

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 details the whole making up process will run much more smoothly.

Before posting, here are a few things tips/suggestions:

Check for missed stitches It’s so easy to miss occasional stitches, particularly single ‘dot’ stitches, or those that you planned to go back to at some point and never did. Hold your tapestry up to the light when you think you’ve finished to check for gaps, and it’ll be easy to stitch them while you have your bag of wool close by.

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Resist the tidy urge Don’t be tempted to ‘tidy up’ or trim off excess fabric from around the stitched area of your design, as we need the extra canvas when we stretch your tapestry. If canvases are trimmed close to the tapestry, there’s nothing there for us to pull on when we dampen your tapestry to start stretching it.

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Colours/fabric Decisions, decisions! To start off, consider which range of fabric you would like your tapestry to be made up in. We have three ranges of fabric that we use: a sturdy wool blend range, a cotton range, and cotton velvet. The colours differ throughout each range of fabric, so if you want a particular colour and would like to check that we have it give us a call on 01460 281111 to discuss the design you’ll be sending in and we’ll be able to offer advice.

We have hundreds of pictures of completed tapestries on Facebook and on Pinterest, on Twitter and on our website and on other blog posts so please do take a look for inspiration and ideas.

Personal Deadline – wedding, birthday etc. If you need your tapestry back by a certain date, please call us to make sure the date is achievable. The making up process isn’t exactly immediate. All tapestries are dampened and stretched before they are made up, and the drying time is longer during the autumn and winter months. If we think we should be able to meet your particular deadline, please send it in by first class post, marking your parcel ‘Urgent‘ on the outside when you post it.

‘Signed For’ Service Please use a Signed For service when posting your tapestry, and keep the details so that you will be able to check that your parcel has arrived safely with us in Somerset. After many hours – possibly weeks or months! -of stitching, you want to get your tapestry to us safely!

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Checking on your parcel If you think you will want to call us to check that your tapestry has reached us, please write your name on the back or decorate your parcel so that it stands out from the crowd. You’d be amazed at how many jiffy bags we have in at any one time!

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Payment Take a look here for current the prices for making up tapestry cushions, Christmas stockings, teacosies and bags. If your tapestry is an unusual shape, requires ‘surgery’, or may need special attention for any other reason please do contact us  and we’ll be able to give a price based on our experience.

Please include payment by cheque with your tapestry, or call us when you send your tapestry to arrange payment by card which we’ll process once we’ve made up your needlepoint.

The basics: Who are you? Where are you? Please remember to include a covering letter with your name, address, a contact telephone number (landline and/or mobile) and if possible an email address. We include a Booking In form with Jolly Red kits, and with fabric swatch packs, so that you are less likely to omit essential details. The more information we have before we start work on your tapestry the quicker we will be to get it done!

Why do we ask for phone and email details? We use Interlink UK to return the vast majority of parcels that go back to a mainland UK address. Before we despatch we will ask you to give us a date when you will be home to sign for your parcel, and once your parcel’s in the system Interlink will contact you to let you know within an hour when to expect your parcel on your chosen delivery date. They can only text or email with the information, and only on the actual delivery date once the drivers plan their routes.

Returning your parcel to a third party If you would like us to send your completed tapestry to a friend or relative on your behalf, please do include the recipient’s name and address with your tapestry. We will liaise with you (ideally by email) to work out the best day for posting back. Please do include a card if appropriate and we’ll ensure that it is enclosed with your tapestry when we send it. No payment receipts or prices of any sort are ever included with such parcels.

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Happy stitching! We look forward to seeing your latest tapestry,

Kelly, and Jolly Red’s very busy sewing and stretching team!

PS Bringing your tapestry in to our workshop We welcome visitors by appointment, so please give us a call on 01460 281111or email kelly@jollyred.co.uk if you’d like to bring your tapestry in to our workshop to choose your fabric. We are located in the Somerset village of Isle Brewers, roughly midway between Taunton and Yeovil. We aren’t too far J25 of the M5, or from Podimore junction (or Ilminster or South Petherton) if you’re on the A303.

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