Our Christmas stocking tapestries are made up all year round in our Somerset workshop! We make up the Christmas stockings using either a heavy weight cotton fabric or a cotton velvet, with a lighter weight cotton for the lining. We put a layer of wadding between the lining and the outer fabric (front and back). The stockings have a border around them which is turned at the top to create the hanging loop.
The most popular Christmas stocking fabric colours are the rich, traditional ones: dark red, bright red, navy or bottle green, but we do have requests to make up stockings in many other combinations. We stock many non-traditional colours, so please call us or email if you would like to discuss other options. We have put together a blog post, with helpful pictures.
For further inspiration, we have many albums of completed stockings on Jolly Red’s Facebook page, which you can easily link to from the home page of our website. Remember to ‘Like’ our page for more updates.
Christmas Stocking Making Up Price:
This cost includes initial canvas stretching, making up of stocking and return to a mainland UK address. Non-mainland addresses may incur an additional postage charge.
Please do include a note of your preferred fabric (either cotton or velvet) and colour choices for backing and lining when sending in your work. It’s a good idea to sort out the details in advance, as it often means that we will be able to return your work more speedily.
Take a look here for fabric options, call 01460 281111 to discuss your choices before sending in your stocking. We are always happy to help and advise.
Two decisions you need to make: Colours for outer and lining fabric and colours
Cotton outer fabric Choose from navy blue, dark red, lighter/brighter red, bottle green, aubergine, black. Call for details of non-traditional colours, eg pink.
Velvet outer fabric Choose from navy blue, mid blue, powder blue, royal blue, bright red, raspberry red, bottle green, jade, purple, old gold, orange, black.
Lining fabric This year we have many new lining colours. Click here to see the whole range, plain and polka dot.
We have other non-traditional colours, so please call us or email if you would like to discuss other options.
Before you post your tapestry From early September, tapestries arrive thick and fast in our Somerset workshop. It is most helpful if you are able to include details of your chosen fabric for your Christmas stocking, both the outer fabric and the lining.
Do you have a deadline for Christmas stockings? The making up process is quite complex as all tapestries need to be dampened, stretched and dried (sometimes more than once) before their backings and linings can be added. This takes longer in autumn and winter than at other times of the year.
We do our utmost to return your Christmas stocking well before Christmas Eve. For these reasons, we recommend sending your finished tapestries to us throughout the year rather than waiting until October. Let’s not even mention Royal Mail’s post strikes of 2022…who knows if there will be more this year!
Please send your Christmas stockings to us throughout the year to avoid possible disappointment.
Before you send in your work – a quick checklist before posting:
Your details Please contact us to discuss colours and fabric options before sending in your tapestry.
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. Remember to include your name, address, a contact phone number and email address if possible, and details of different return address if necessary.
Please let us know how you will be paying for our service. There are three ways to pay: You can call us on 01460 281111 to leave credit/debit which we will only process once we have finished working on your stocking and it’s ready to go home. Other options are a bank transfer or PayPal (if you choose one of these payment methods we’ll send details of these last two when we have completed the work on your tapestry).
Please note that we can no longer accept cheques as payment.
Post to us, using a ‘signed for’ method, to:
We look forward to making up your Christmas stocking to a professional standard.