You’ve finished your tapestry and now it’s time for the next stage, the making up. If zips and piping take you out of your comfort zone, help is at hand with our popular making up service. We have a team of skilled upholsterers who can make up your work for you, with fabric from our three ranges: a textured cotton range, a sturdy wool mix, and a velvet range.

Today we’re concentrating on the velvet fabrics, which add a sumptuous finishing touch to your tapestry. If you like the idea of velvet, we hope you’ll find just the right colour/s here. When sending your tapestry in for our popular making up service, please include a note of the shade/s you’d like us to use.

We have greens, from pale to bottle green:

We made up Agnes’s Arts and Crafts Tiles using bottle green JRG03 for border and backing, and maroon piping.

On to blues, and we are so sorry to report that Prussian Blue has been discontinued by the manufacturer. It’s not the end of the world though, and Royal or Navy blue are usually good alternatives.

velvet fabric

This little Home and Heart tapestry from our starter kit range was finished with a blue border and contrast red piping.

Similarly, this Union Jack Russells tapestry looks wonderful with navy border and backing, and contrast red piping.

We have two ‘golds’, Old Gold JRY01 is more of a faded gold so well suited to Camelcade. Mustard JRY02 really is more mustardy and works very well with the colours in Autumn Leaves.  The Brick shade JRY04 shown here works well with lots of our designs, including Autumn Leaves.

Orange has been very popular in recent years, and we used it as a 3″ border around O for Owls. For piping, we used Ocean blue velvet. The orange is a great choice for Ba-Ba-Bloom and Ba-Ba-Birds too.

Ba-Ba-Bloom with moss green piping, and Ba-Ba-Birds with orange piping:

Moving on to maroon, reds and purples. Christmas Red JRP03 and Bright Red JRP04 are very popular choices for the edging and backing of our Christmas stockings – Purple JRP06 is good too, particularly for Angels and Christmas Love Hearts.  Please be aware  that  Bright Red JRP04 is now brighter than it used to be, so please ask us to send you some samples if you would like to match your Christmas stockings to ones you have perviously made.

Tracy sent in her fantastic collection of tapestries, four designs from our range of tapestry kits for beginners. Each has a lovely border with names and dates of birth, and hearts in the corners and down the sides.

We made up Tracy’s cushions with purple borders (3″) and backing and contrast orange piping.

You can really have some fun if you want to choose a contrast piping for your tapestry. This Kitten Caboodle has orange piping and bright red backing, which seem to echo the playfulness of the design.

More fabric in the red/pink range, including new Rose JRP07 which works well as a bridge between pink and red.

Mali’s Butterflies Sampler looks wonderful, made up in pale pink velvet JRP08.

Finally, we announce the arrival of two new greys – Elephant JRW03 and Weimaraner JRW04, shown here with black and cream.

The fabric world is constantly changing and fabrics are occasionally discontinued so please do get in touch to check that your chosen fabric is still available, particularly if the tapestry you’ve stitched is going to be part of a series and you’d like them to match.

Fabric swatches We are happy to send swatches of fabric to UK addresses and can advise over the phone – on 01460 281111 – if you aren’t sure about colours for your tapestry, even if it isn’t a Jolly Red design.

Posting your parcel When sending your tapestry to us, do use a Signed For method so that you’ll know that it’s arrived safely – or be able to track it in case it’s held up anywhere en route. You don’t necessarily need to send it in a tube. We encourage recycling so re-use a jiffy bag if you have one to hand.

That’s it, so happy stitching if you’re finishing off a tapestry and we look forward to making it up into a beautiful family heirloom for you.

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Best wishes as always,