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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'...

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...

New for Christmas! Jolly Red robin tapestry kits

New for Christmas! Jolly Red robin tapestry kits

We all love robins, our favourite garden birds. Today we are delighted to bring you two new robin-themed tapestry kits. You can stitch them for Christmas, or take your time, relax, and enjoy stitching them through the autumn months and over the Christmas period. Last...

New! Strawberries and Daisies tapestry

New! Strawberries and Daisies tapestry

Our new Strawberries and Daisies tapestry kit is a wonderful design to stitch and make into a cushion or specs case. The juicy strawberries and delicate daisies will evoke memories of summer picnics, afternoon teas and days out in the sunshine. Wimbledon too, if...

New! Moonlight Garden and Wildflower Meadow

New! Moonlight Garden and Wildflower Meadow

Spring is in the air and today we bring you fresh flowers! For your stitching delight we have a stunning new floral tapestry design in two very different colourways. Wildflower Meadow brings the sunshine in with its colourful flowers against a primrose yellow...

New! Conkers tapestry kit

New! Conkers tapestry kit

Our new Conkers tapestry kit will transport you to happy times of autumnal woodland walks, days with clear skies, bright sunshine, and crisp leaves underfoot. We moved from Bristol to South Somerset in the early 1990s and the village we were lucky enough to find...

Fabric for your Grey Hearts tapestry

Fabric for your Grey Hearts tapestry

Grey Hearts is a Jolly Red tapestry that comes in regularly for our sewing ladies to make into a cushion. There are lots of different fabric options for your Grey Hearts tapestry if you've finished stitching one and are about to send it in to us for making up, so...

New! Bouncin’ Blue Cats tapestry kit

New! Bouncin’ Blue Cats tapestry kit

Hello cat lovers! Our new Bouncin' Blue Cats tapestry kit has come to join in the woolly fun, as friends for our Jumpin' Jack Cats tapestry. Jumpin' Jack Cats is a fantastic tapestry design, with its perfect balance of patterned and plain areas. However, sometimes one...

For hen lovers, Lay A Little Egg tapestry kit

For hen lovers, Lay A Little Egg tapestry kit

Hello, tapestry pals! Today we bring you a cheerful hen themed new tapestry to take you into spring, our new Lay A Little Egg kit. In the design hens and chicks scratch around in a sunny garden. There's a patchwork border of eggs and feathers, and a trio of little...

Fabric for your Camelcade tapestry

Fabric for your Camelcade tapestry

Colours! Neutral, or bold? One fabric, or mix them up? It's decision time, the next step when you've completed a tapestry and want to have it made into a cushion. Jolly Red stitchers come up with all manner of fabulous ideas when sending in their parcels for our...

Tapestry for a handmade wedding

Tapestry for a handmade wedding

Stitching a tapestry for a wedding or anniversary is a real pleasure, on many levels. For you the stitcher, there's the enjoyment of creating it and while doing so you are filled with the quiet satisfaction of creating a unique gift that will last for very many years....

Arts and Crafts Owls tapestry

Arts and Crafts Owls tapestry

This is a busy and very exciting design year for us at Jolly Red. The process of tapestry design is not exactly instant, and as perfectionists we like to keep reworking and tweaking designs until they feel right. For us, this usually involves hiding half-finished...

Homestead Revival

Homestead Revival

A while ago we had a visit from a very nice man, Steve. He arrived at our workshop, relieved to have found us as he was on a secret mission to get a tapestry made up for his wife, Roxanne. The tapestry was one that Roxanne had been stitching on and off for years, a...

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...

Coffee with Friends – six of the best!

Coffee with Friends – six of the best!

It's time for an update about our Coffee With Friends tapestry which we launched last year in time for Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning. We've had some gorgeous completed tapestries in for making up, and we're sharing some of them today. They may inspire you...

Visiting our tapestry workshop

Visiting our tapestry workshop

It's visiting season in our Somerset HQ, and in the last few weeks there's been a steady flow of people popping in to pick up new tapestry projects, or bringing in completed tapestries for our Making up Service. If you're planning a visit, bear in mind that we don't...

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...

Remembering

Remembering

Earlier this year, Jackie, one of our Topsham friends, came to visit us in Somerset with two tapestries that she had stitched. She also brought with her an old but treasured tapestry on behalf of her friend, Kaye. The tapestry was stapled on to a board and didn't look...

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...