Sunday, July 17, 2016

curated felt color collection/felt & floss guides for Swan a-Swimming

See below for the official color guides to make these ornaments!
(Are you looking for a color guide to the black swan? Click here.)

Palette photos courtesy of Benzie Design

Time for the official color guide for the Swan a-Swimming sample ornaments! If you are new to my Twelve Days ornament series you may not know that Benzie Design offers lovely bundles of felt and floss that coordinate perfectly with my Twelve Days ornament samples! On this palette I did sub in one new color for a color that was unused before. I took Carmine out and put in Peacock! Isn't it a pretty palette?

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

You can add matching floss to your bundle when you purchase via the drop down menu, which comes in very handy to sew the ornaments together and will save you some time and squinting. (Or am I the only one who squints when I'm color matching?)

There are a total of SIX different curated color palettes to choose from at Benzie's Etsy shop. That means that starting with this Swan a-Swimming ornament I'll be repeating the color palettes:

1/7) Partridge & Pear + Swan a-Swimming
2/8) Turtle Dove + Maid a-Milking
3/9) French Hen + Drummer Drumming
4/10) Colly Bird + Piper Piping
5/11) Gold Ring + Lady Dancing
6/12) Goose a-Laying + Lord a-Leaping


Cotton Candy: Body front and back
Magenta: Wings
Swan: Water, Flower Outer Ring
Orange: Beak
Burgundy: Neck Band, Flower Center
Peacock: Flower Inner Ring

Decorative embroidery floss colors for the pink one:
DMC black (eye)
DMC white (water ripple)
DMC 3609 very light pink
DMC 3845 turquoise
DMC 154 very dark plum
DMC 947 orange
DMC 3804 magenta
DMC 741 school bus orange

(NOTE: You'll also need matching floss colors, available as an add-on to the Benzie felt bundle)


Ochre: Body front and back
Mustard: Wings
Peacock: Water
Moss: Beak, Flower Outer Ring
Swan: Neck Band
Fern: Flower Inner Ring
Orange: Flower Center

Decorative embroidery floss colors for the yellow one:
DMC black (eye)
DMC white
DMC 934 very dark olive
DMC 3845 turquoise
DMC 947 orange
DMC 937 olive

(NOTE: You'll also need matching floss colors, available as an add-on to the Benzie felt bundle)

And there you have it! Check my shop if you'd like to purchase the Swan a-Swimming pattern. A big thank you to Renae at Benzie Design for putting those handy felt and matching floss bundles together!


  1. I absolutely can. not. wait (!) for the last 5! I love the decorative birds but I'm more excited, now, to see how creative you get with people! :)

  2. Wonderful!!! Can't wait to get to work on these once school starts back. A question: the swan icon shows the ornament in gray and black. Could you share those felt colors, too?

    1. Hey, Rebecca, yes, I'll post about that! Thanks.

  3. Wrapping up number 7. :) One thing that I've struggled with since the first is how to best finish off the whip stitch. I always feel like I have to make an ugly knot to finish. Do you have any tips or tutorials you could point to?

    1. Hi, Alicia, forgot to answer this. What I do: Very carefully stitch the same last stitch 3 times neatly, go inside the ornament and out at some random spot, pull taut and trim. The end is hidden inside the ornament. Does that make sense at all?

    2. Thanks. I have sort of been trying something like that, but not quite as neat. Helpful to know how you do it!

    3. It's helpful on that last stitch to go inside the ornament in the same exact spot you've been stitching and come out of the ornament at least an inch or so away so that the end doesn't accidentally pull out. Also I sometimes just add a tiny dot of FrayCheck to secure it.


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