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March 30th 2018

Our wonderful range of cotton fabric continues to grow. Many of the shades that we stock have a ‘faded bright’ look to them, which work well with Jolly Red designs, and non-Jolly Red ones too if you’ve accidentally stitched a tapestry from another company. Recently – and in r...

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March 1st 2018

Today we’re looking at fabric for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds tapestries. If you’re sending your tapestry in for our making up service there are many choices and combinations for these two tapestries, from grey woolly fabric through to orange velvet and lime cotton. One thing to consider...

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February 1st 2018

Indian Elephant is a good tapestry to stitch at any time of the year. In the dark winter months the design’s strong shapes and clear colours make stitching in the evening stitching a pleasure, and what’s more there are absolutely no fiddly bits or pesky shading. Quite simply, you can rel...

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November 18th 2017

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 needlepoint Making Up Ser...

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July 14th 2017

It’s mid July, the official start of Christmas stocking season in our topsy turvy tapestry world. We receive Jolly Redders’ stitched stockings all year for our Making up Service, but from July onwards the pace really picks up. If you’ve just finished a festive masterpiece, the chan...

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June 21st 2017

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 tapestries that......

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May 5th 2017

What a wonderful response we’ve had to our new retro floral design, Ba-Ba-Bloom. Thank you so much for your orders, comments and all-round enthusiasm. This really is the floral design you’ve been waiting for! We are so pleased with the design, which resulted from many attempts at getti...

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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 detai...

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March 1st 2017

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 keep to f...

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January 4th 2017

It’s that time of year, tapestry folk – time to finish off your neglected tapestries, no matter how long it was since you last picked them up. New Year, new enthusiasm The start of a New Year is a great time for having a bit of a sort out and finishing things off, and even the weather&...

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November 24th 2016

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 designs with the......

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October 6th 2016

October’s here, and for many stitchers that means one thing – the deadline to send in their completed tapestry so that we can return it in time for Christmas*. We’re always amazed at how many tapestries come in during this busy month, and we can tell from the number of calls and em...

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June 18th 2016

We always have a steady flow of tapestries arriving at our Somerset workshop for our Making up Service. For the most part we make up our own Jolly Red tapestries, but we also welcome quite a few Ehrman tapestries, in particular the Klimt tapestries, designed by Candace Bahouth. Stretched tapestrie...

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June 9th 2016

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 tapestry. A mitred border is ...

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Fran, Dorset

"The cushion has arrived and looks wonderful, thank you so much. And lots of lovely kits in your catalogue...." - Fran, Dorset

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