Monday, June 16, 2014

curated felt color collection for Partridge & Pear ornaments

Photo courtesy of Benzie Design

Bird and pear ornaments by MmmCrafts // Benzie

I am delighted to show you this ten-color felt collection I put together recently at Benzie Design. I chose the colors to match my favorite yellow and pink sample ornaments for Partridge & Pear.

Benzie felt colors in this collection:
1) Swan
2) Moss
3) Fern
4) Mustard
5) Ochre
6) Orange
7) Cotton Candy
8) Magenta
9) Burgundy
10) Peacock

If you want to match my samples above you can save some hassle/worry by purchasing this ready-chosen felt set from Benzie. (Note: as new patterns in the series are released, the listing will have new options for different color collections. Choose the one you want from the handy pulldown menu!)

Photo courtesy of Benzie Design

And looky, you can also purchase the handy add-on set of matching embroidery floss! You'll need matching floss for sewing the parts of the ornaments together so that set is a really nice feature and will save you some time squinting at the craft store. PLEASE NOTE: You will also need to purchase contrasting colors of floss for the decorative embroidery from your local craft store:

Yellow Partridge & Pear felt colors:
Bird body and pear background: Ochre
Bird wing: Mustard
Bird belly and plume: Swan
Bird beak, pear stem and pear inset: Moss
Bird beard and pear leaf: Fern

Yellow Partridge & Pear decorative embroidery colors:
DMC Blanc (white) or B5200 (snow white)
DMC 310 (black)
DMC 3844 (dk bright turquoise)
DMC 935 (dk avocado green)
DMC 891 (dk carnation)
DMC 3846 (lt bright turquoise)

Pink Partridge & Pear felt colors:
Bird body and pear background: Cotton Candy
Bird wing and pear stem: Magenta
Bird belly, plume and pear leaf: Swan
Bird beard: Orange
Bird beak and pear inset: Burgundy

Pink Partridge & Pear decorative embroidery colors:
DMC 310 (black)
DMC 3846 (lt bright turquoise)
DMC 947* (burnt orange)
DMC 917 (md plum)
DMC 741 (md tangerine)
DMC 154 (v dk grape)
DMC 818 (baby pink)

*This color is already included in the floss bundle

Wool blend felt // MmmCrafts // Benzie
Photo courtesy of Benzie Design
 
I love working with Benzie's wool-blend felt and I highly recommend her shop from my (many) felt purchases. You'll just have to visit to see the wide range of colors and sizes available and check out her blog too for lots of feltcentric tips and tutorials. Renae always offers friendly, accurate service and prompt shipping. I love getting her prettily packaged felt in the mail. It always feels like Christmas!

Renae, thanks for the opportunity to curate another collection! (See here and here for my previous collections!)

20 comments:

  1. Awww, thanks for the kind words Larissa! Can't wait to see what you make next!!

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    1. And thanks for your beautiful felt and great customer service, Renae!

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  2. Your ornaments are sooo beautiful, and you make it so easy to decide on the felts and floss! Now if only I knew that I'd actually get around to making them if I purchased everything (I know myself too well!). I think I may have to wait till the mood (and opportune time) hits. But I'm definitely tempted!!

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    1. Awww, thanks Grandma G. It is pretty handy to have all the colors collected for ya. They are fun to make!

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  3. Just ordered mine. Can't wait to make!

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  4. were you asking a while back for ideas on how to store felt? i've always wanted a way to have all the colors spread out for staring at, like oil paint on a palette. this might be a way.

    http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/diy-towel-ladder-in-redbook/

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    1. Hey, Jeannette, that's a great suggestion, however I have found the perfect solution for my felt storage. It's a shoe cubby and I looooooove it. The DIY rack might be nice for larger pieces, but my collection is a ton of small pieces so the shoe rack works really well. You can see it here: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2009/04/and-heres-follow-through.html
      Thanks so much for sharing the suggestion!

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  5. So approximately how many ornaments can I expect to make from this bundle? (Assuming I use a few different color combos)

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    1. Hi, Amy, I can't really answer that with any accuracy because I've never counted or tried to get as many as I can from one bundle. If I had to hazard a guess and assume you would switch color combos, I'd say at least six and maybe as many as 10 or 12.

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  6. Hi.....I've just purchased your pattern for the Swan a-Swimming and really like the black swan color combination. Is there another felt bundle that has all those colors? Thank You

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    1. Hi, CrazyforCrafts, here's the post for that:
      http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-black-swan-color-guide.html

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  7. Do you have (or have you considered) a more detailed color guide on the exact pattern pieces? I love the colors you've used and I've bought the bundles & the extra floss colors, but I'm still struggling to match them by eye to your pictures. Thanks!

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    1. Which colors are you having trouble with, Alicia? Glad to help.

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    2. Mainly the running stitches on the breast and wing of the yellow partridge. Hard to tell if they are the same or different. Likewise the running stitch and French knots in the yellow pear. I'm assuming they are all dark carnation since I don't see any other reddish colors in your list there. Lastly, the contrasting stitch in the yellow partridge plume. Excited to be getting started. Love how easy it is to stitch along the pattern pieces!

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    3. Hi, Alicia, all the red looking color is the dark carnation on the yellow partridge and the yellow pear. Plume has dark avacado green backstitch and a white French knot. I am so glad you are enjoying the stabilizer! It's magic.

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  8. Hi, Larissa! I just ordered the first six ornaments and am pre-shrinking my Benzie felt for the Partridge! I bought the bundle, and I'm doing the Yellow version, but I have a question about the blues...did you use the Swan or the Peacock? I'm thinking Swan, but then the pink version looks like it's using the Swan, too, so I'm not sure where that Peacock is used. Thank you for any help!

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    1. Hi, geeky Heather! :-) Peacock is not used on the Partidge & Pear samples. Peacock is used on the Swan samples, which also shares this color bundle! That was a great question. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks so much for your purchase! I hope you enjoy the patterns.

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    2. Aha! I forgot it was a dual bundle. Makes perfect sense, thank you so much!

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  9. So I have my patterns, have ordered my felt/floss from Benziedesigns and am now eagerly waiting for it to arrive in the UK. I have hunted in the UK for comparable colour shades and failed so far so I can't wait to receive my package. I'll be buying the contrast colour DMC here as I go (albeit at pretty much twice the price of that coming from Benzie. What a team you are! I'm so excited...thank you so much x

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    1. Hi, Diane! Sounds like you have some fun sewing ahead of you! I'm so glad Benzie's bundles have come in handy for you. It's a great partnership. I didn't know DMC floss was so expensive in the UK! They used to be 25 cents a skein here years ago but now they are around 40 cents usually.

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