twelve days ornaments!


On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to meeeeee...
ornament patterns! Yay!

YOUR RESOURCE PAGE FOR MY ORIGINAL
TWELVE DAYS ORNAMENT SERIES!

Hopefully this will answer all of your questions about this series. I've always loved the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas song and I'm designing this series of hand sewn folk ornaments for each of the twelve days based on the song from 1780. It's a bit different than the modern version. This project started as a serial Christmas gift for my BFF Robyn (how patient you are, Robyn!) and has snowballed into a sewing pattern line. The handmade ornaments make wonderful handmade gifts, individually or as a set!

WHEN WILL IT BE COMPLETED? This is an ongoing series and my goal is to release the last pattern in 2017. Thanks for your patience as I am a part-time designer and full-time homeschool mom! This series is my top business priority until it's completed.
Total number of patterns in the series: 12
Total number of ornaments in the series: 15 (There are bonus ornaments in nos. 1, 6 and 12.)

WHERE TO BUY THE PATTERNS: You can purchase the available patterns as downloadable PDFs. You download the patterns yourself after purchase, no waiting!
Purchase them singly or in discounted bundles at either my Etsy shop or my Craftsy store:

      

WHERE TO BUY THE FELT/FLOSS BUNDLES: Are you looking for my curated wool-blend felt bundles by Benzie Design? Buy them here.
There are SIX different bundles so there are two patterns per color bundle:
1) Partridge & Pear + Swan a-Swimming
2) Turtle Dove + Maid a-Milking
3) French Hen + Drummer Drumming
4) Colly Bird + Piper Piping
5) Gold Ring + Lady Dancing
6) Goose a-Laying + Lord a-Leaping
Scroll down to the end of this page to see my Benzie color sample photos and floss guide links.

HELPFUL CONSTRUCTION TIPS: Read through this post for my own tips and tricks to make sewing this ornament series easy and fun!

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE with washing away the Sulky stabilizer? There is a batch of faulty stabilizer out there. Please read this post!

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS! Use the tag #twelvedaysornaments on Instagram and Facebook. If you search that tag on Instagram you can view ornaments that others have made.

VIEW EVERY TWELVE DAYS BLOG POST: If you'd like to read and see more photos of all the patterns and prototypes, click here for a chronological sorting of all my blog posts.

PINTEREST BOARD: A handy way to view lots of my Twelve Days ornaments in one place.

HMM...ARE THESE HARD TO MAKE?
They are easier than you think! If you can do basic hand stitches (backstitch, whip stitch and French knots) and can cut small pieces with precision, you can make these ornaments and make them well. There is no tedious embroidery or pattern tracing or transferring involved. The secret to making them is this Sulky stabilizer and my printable patterns:


Sulky Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy is quite possibly the most awkward name for one of the best products to ever happen to felt crafters. It's a sticky backed stabilizer that you can use in your printer or copier. It washes magically off with water, leaving no trace of itself. And it is readily available and affordable! (There's a handy list of sources in the Resources section of my patterns.)


So, basically you print my pattern pieces directly on the stabilizer, peel off the backing, apply it to wool felt and stitch the embroidery designs directly through the stabilizer. Once the stabilizer is soaked away you are left with a perfectly executed embroidery design on felt. No pin dot tracing. No guessing. No fading ink marks. No re-appearing ink marks. FANTASTIC.

Now you may be thinking, 'Wait a minute, you can't soak wool felt in water!'
Oh, yes you can! The key to this process is to pre-shrink your wool felts the day before you start the project by simply soaking them in cold water and letting them air dry. It won't change the texture or thickness of the wool felt if you do it that way, and the pre-shrunk wool won't shrink when you soak off the stabilizer. I've tested this with wool-blend (wool + rayon) and also 100% wool felt and it works equally well for both. Are you excited
 yet?
(Read more helpful tips for making these ornaments here.)

BENZIE DESIGN FELT AND FLOSS COLOR GUIDES:
There are SIX different wool felt color collections for my Twelve Days series of ornaments, curated by me and put together for you by Benzie Design! Six color collections means two ornament patterns per color collection:

1) Partridge & Pear + Swan a-Swimming
2) Turtle Dove + Maid a-Milking
3) French Hen + Drummer Drumming
4) Colly Bird + Piper Piping
5) Gold Ring + Lady Dancing
6) Goose a-Laying + Lord a-Leaping


COLOR AND FLOSS GUIDE POSTS:
Below are links to my color guide posts that provide specific Benzie felt color keys and also DMC floss color keys for the embroidery:

1) PARTRIDGE & PEAR felt color bundle and floss numbers:

2) TURTLE DOVE felt color bundle and floss numbers:

3) FRENCH HEN felt color bundle and floss numbers:

4) COLLY BIRD felt color bundle and floss numbers:

5) GOLD RING felt color bundle and floss numbers:

6) GOOSE A-LAYING felt colors and floss numbers:
http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/07/curated-felt-color-collection-for-goose.html

7) SWAN A-SWIMMING felt color bundle and floss numbers:
http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/07/curated-felt-color-collection-for-swan.html
This pattern uses the same felt color bundle as Partridge & Pear.
(Are you looking for the black swan color guide? Here it is:
http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-black-swan-color-guide.html)

8) MAID A-MILKING felt color bundle and floss numbers:
http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2017/01/curated-felt-color-collection-for-maid.html
This pattern uses the same felt color bundle as Turtle Dove.

Photo courtesy of Benzie Design

37 comments:

  1. Sulky printable Solvy is the best thing on the planet...after cheese fondue... Or a nice mutton lettuce and tomato sandwich when the mutton...

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    1. Amen and amen, Marmee! haha! Have fun storming the castle!

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  2. These are absolutely darling! I may have to hop on your etsy page for some shopping in the new year. If I give myself until next Christmas, I should be able to finish. ;)

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    1. haha, Carissa! Thanks! I think hand sewing is relaxing. I do the embroidery while watching a good movie.

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  3. I love these felt ornaments so much. Thanks for dedicating a while page then and all their links!

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    1. Hey, Swedish Scrapper! Thanks! I hope this page will be a great resource.

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  4. How long should the felt soak in cold water? Thank you. These are beautiful ornaments and I will start making them in the cold gray coming months - love the bright colors.

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    1. There are detailed instructions on the pattern but usually for about 15 minutes.

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  5. i've completed the set....waiting for the drummers, etc! wish i had the artistic ability. love the patterns. thank you.

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    1. :-) If you've completed the set so far that sounds like plenty of artistic ability! Thanks so much!

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  6. Beautiful ornaments!! I can't wait for the remainder of the set. I do have a question. Do you have an idea of approximately when the remainder of the set will be complete in 2017? The reason for this question is I'm in charge of the charity Christmas tree for our quilt guild and I'd love to make the entire set to use on it for 2017. Thank you for sharing your talent. You do beautiful work.

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    1. Hello, Melanie! Thank you! I can't give an exact date to you! Sorry! I'm just shooting for around mid 2017 but that may change! I am running behind schedule because of three family weddings this year, all out of town. :-)

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  7. Excited to start these and have pre soaked the felt... Worried about the dark red floss bleeding when I soak again to get the transfer paper off. Does that happen? I've had huge red floss bleeds in the past while blocking needlepoint, and don't want that to happen here.

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    1. Hi, ihs,
      I use DMC floss exclusively and have never had it bleed during a soak. I've used all colors (including bright red and dark red) and soaked it for various times and it's never left a stain. I always use cold water. I hope that helps! -L

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    2. Thank you! I appreciate your reply, I'm going to jump into this lovely project tonight.

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    3. I have pre soaked my first bundle of felt and was interested in the amount of shrinkage variation, so was worth while doing, Some colours bled ie. the darker yellow and bright pink. Keen to start but sent away for new sulky as bought some last year and (have not tested it) did not want trouble on first project. Any other Kiwis doing this?????

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    4. Hallo, Mum, are you in NZ? *waving across the ocean* I have had 122 orders from NZ on Etsy and just a cursory glance through gives me these cities: Stratford, Blenheim, Wellington, Aukland, Pokeno, Dunedin, Northcote, Rangiora...Maybe there's a craft site you can meet up on? I hope you find some other Kiwis to bond with over felt. For the presoak I don't soak it for long, just enough to get it completely wet so the bleeding can be kept to a minimum, then I hang it to dry. Great idea on the Sulky but do test your current batch when you get a chance. Sulky will gladly replace it if it is not good.

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  8. I just ordered my Sulky interfacing from Amazon so I can finally get started on these! I'm looking forward to trying that.--Stephanie P (in Michigan)

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  9. I just got one of your patterns on etsy the other day and started it yesterday. I am excited about the sticky fabric Solvy, but it will not come all the way off of my black felt. I even soaked it over night but there is still a visible glue looking residue. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hi, Megan,
      Are you by any chance using acrylic felt or something besides wool felt? I've never had that happen with wool or wool blend felt.

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    2. Megan, I just heard from Sulky and there's a bad batch of stabilizer out there. That might be the answer! Read more here: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2017/01/having-problems-with-your-sulky.html

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  10. Thanks Larissa, it is (at least it claimed to be) a 35% wool blend felt. I bought other colors of the same felt and it came off those just fine. Just not the black. Weird!

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    1. You are right, that is so weird! The 35% wool content is what my wool blend is. The only other time I've heard of it not rinsing off the felt was when the crafter was using acrylic felt. Since it's only happening with the black, it seems like maybe the felt could be the problem? You could also try a black that is 100% wool. I've used black many times with the stabilizer and have never had a problem.

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  11. I'll try another felt then. I love the pattern and want it to look great. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Megan,
      Update! I've had another crafter say she has problems rinsing her stabilizer off because of hard water? If you have hard water in your area maybe try using bottled water for the soaking and rinsing part?

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  12. See..told you..not tech savy..I screwed up previous comment..im interested in all 12 of the twelve days felt ornament patterns..im not good at navagating these sites..thanks..Diane

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  13. See..told you..not tech savy..I screwed up previous comment..im interested in all 12 of the twelve days felt ornament patterns..im not good at navagating these sites..thanks..Diane

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    1. :-) Hello, Dianna! No worries. The whole series is not available yet. I'm still designing 9-12 but 1-8 are available in my shop. If you want to wait until late 2017 I should have 1-12 bundled after the series is complete. These are digital patterns, meaning you purchase the file, download it and then print it from home. If you want to purchase some for now and then get the rest next year, that's another option. I'm having a sale this weekend with code MMMSALE for 20% off in my etsy shop: mmmcrafts.etsy.com
      I hope that helps!

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  14. Hello....I am considering purchasing all the patterns and the felt to complete these ornaments. It's appears that the "Maids-A-Milking" is the most recent pattern. I am having difficulty determining the felt collection to purchase. Is it a repeat of one of the other collections already used?

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    1. Crazyforcrafts, yes, it's a repeat of the Turtle Dove bundle. There are six bundles for 12 ornaments and they repeat starting w number 7. Hope that helps!

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  15. I've just stumbled across these today and they are gorgeous! You're very clever to have designed them all. I'm going to have to buy the patterns for the first 6 today and start asap. I've got plenty of wool felt already, and a huge range of threads, so mine will be slightly different colours, but that will make them unique. Thank you for sharing these patterns.

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    1. Wendy, how kind! Thank you! I love unique colors! Love to see what you make!

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  16. These are fan-tab-u-lous! I just bought the first 6 patterns and curated felt packs. Can't wait to start. I already have every DMC floss ever made, so I purchased only the felt. Is there a resource to know which DMC colors match the felt? Does the Benzie felt blog have such a creature? I know you posted the colors for the decorative stitching, but I would be interested in the matching thread color numbers too! Am I being too lazy???? LOL Happy New Year! Can't wait for the next 6 designs to be released. I hope to give them as gifts to my wonderful Mom next year. I know when I show them to my girl friends they will be just as amazed at these lovelies as I am and get sucked into making them.

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    1. Hey, Liz! Thank you! :-)
      I usually just eyeball it. ha! Renae at Benzie may have a list of matching floss for her felt colors. I would check with her! Or you might be able to cheat and zoom in on her floss/felt bundles. She might also have those floss colors in the listing. Happy new year!

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  17. Hi, I'm getting everything together to get started on this magnificent project!!! Will you check the link to the "maids" ornament floss colors? I can't get the link to work. Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi, Leslie, thanks for the heads up on the broken link:
      http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2017/01/curated-felt-color-collection-for-maid.html
      It's working now.

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