Friday, May 10, 2019

what I'm up to


Hey, guys. I've been absent for a while #becausehomeschool. We are finishing up a crazy hard year for us. Freshman year and junior year. We are on the homestretch now with just a few more days and then FREEDOM. Final projects, exams, standardized tests, school events, graphic design projects for school, etc... have taken all my time/sanity lately.

May is super manic always for us anyway just because of family events – our anniversary, Thing 2's birthday (she can get her permit now YIKES), extended family birthdays, Mothers Day, plus all the graduation events for the happy seniors in our lives. You know what I'm talkin bout. I'm hoping to get through the gauntlet and get back to pattern development and crafting when the dust settles, and then the girls can focus on their video game achievements.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Lord a-Leaping (Gold colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Lord a-Leaping (#12 in the series*) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Gold felt bundle. Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

*You may be thinking, 'Wait, no, his leaping Lordship is number 10!' And you are right! He is #10 in the modern carol. But not in the original carol from 1780, which is what this series is based on. But maybe 1780 style is not your jam? No worries, see this post to easily re-number yours.

LORD A-LEAPING:
Hat: Coral
Coat and Sleeves: Dark Teal
Cravat and Cuffs: Caribbean Blue
Vest: Raw Umber
Body and Legs: Gold
Boots: Brick
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 892
DMC 3808
DMC 3852
DMC 918

TRUE LOVE HEART:
Heart Front: Gold
Heart Inset: Dark Teal
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 892
DMC 720
DMC 830


LORD A-LEAPING BACK:
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3852

TRUE LOVE HEART BACK:
Heart Back: Coral
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3808

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Lady Dancing (Emerald colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Lady Dancing (#11 in the series*) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Emerald felt bundle. Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

*You may be thinking, 'Wait, no, Lady Dancing is number 9!' And you are right! It is #9 in the modern carol. But not in the original carol from 1780, which is what this series is based on. But maybe 1780 style is not your jam? No worries, see this post to easily re-number yours.

LADY DANCING:
Cap, Lower Body, Middle Petal: Shrimp
Cap Flower and Petals: Lavender Pink
Shawl Collar: Lemon Lime
Sleeves: Sprout
Upper Body: Dark Teal
Bodice: Olive
Overskirt: Sea Green
Overskirt Flowers: Orange Red
Underskirt: Malachite
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 943
DMC 934
DMC 699 (shawl)
DMC 603
DMC 166
DMC 666
DMC 906
DMC 500 (sleeves)


LADY DANCING BACK:
Overskirt: Sea Green
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC 166
DMC 934

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Piper Piping (Sapphire colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Piper Piping (#10 in the series*) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Sapphire felt bundle. Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

*You may be thinking, 'Wait, no, Piper Piping is number 11!' And you are right! It is #11 in the modern carol. But not in the original carol from 1780, which is what this series is based on. But maybe 1780 style is not your jam? No worries, see this post to easily re-number yours.

PIPER PIPING:
Hat, Cuffs, Leaves: Turquoise
Feather and Flower: Cerise
Tunic: Lavender Pink
Coat and Sleeves: Dark Teal
Body and Pipe: Brick
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3804
DMC 919
DMC 3845
DMC 603
DMC 3808


PIPER PIPING BACK:
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3845

FOTF felt & floss color guide for Drummer Drumming (Emerald colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Drummer Drumming (#9 in the series*) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Emerald felt bundle. Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

*You may be thinking, 'Wait, no, Drummer Drumming is number 12!' And you are right! It is #12 in the modern carol. But not in the original carol from 1780, which is what this series is based on. But maybe 1780 style is not your jam? No worries, see this post to easily re-number yours.

DRUMMER DRUMMING:
Hat and Pants: Sprout
Pom Pom and Sash/Belt: Lemon Lime
Tunic and Cuffs: Malachite
Sleeves: Sea Green
Drum: Lavender Pink
Drum Top: Shrimp (or you could use Orange Red)
Body (only visible as the boots): Dark Teal
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 964 (hat, but you could use white also)
DMC 3808 (sash/belt)
DMC 3804
DMC 905 (sleeves)
DMC 907 (sprigs and drum knots)
DMC 500 (drum)
DMC 666
DMC 720 (tunic knots)


DRUMMER DRUMMING BACK:
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 907

Monday, March 18, 2019

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Maid a-Milking (Gold colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Maid a-Milking (#8 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Gold felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

MAID A-MILKING:
Hat: Shrimp
Sleeves and Lower Body: Dark Teal
Upper Body: Turquoise
Apron: Raw Umber
Skirt: Gold
Buckets: Brick
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 892
DMC 3845
DMC 831 (knots on upper sleeve)
DMC 3808
DMC 3852


MAID A-MILKING BACK:
Skirt: Gold
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC 830
DMC 3808

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Swan a-Swimming (Sapphire colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Swan a-Swimming (#7 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Sapphire felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

SWAN A-SWIMMING:
Body: Deep Pink
Beak and Flower C: Dark Teal
Neck Band and Water: Turquoise
Wing: Merlot
Flower A: Shrimp
Flower B: Orange Red
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC black 310 (eye)
DMC 154
DMC 892 (neck band knots)
DMC 3804 (wing knots)
DMC 3845
DMC 3808 (belly)


SWAN A-SWIMMING BACK:
Body: Deep Pink
Water: Turquoise
Wing: Merlot
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3845 

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Goose a-Laying (Emerald colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Goose a-Laying (#6 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Emerald felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

GOOSE:
Beak: Shrimp
Body: Malachite
Wing and Tail Feathers: Sprout
Wing Inset: Lemon Lime
Wing Flower: Deep Pink
(It's actually Cerise, but Deep Pink works fine if you don't have Cerise)
Neck Band: Sea Green
Nest: Olive
Straw A: Orange Red
Straw B: Deep Pink
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC black 310 (eye)
(I also used an iridescent sequin behind the eye. If you don't have a sequin, use white floss for the eye so it's visible.)
DMC 934
DMC 943
DMC 166
DMC 906
DMC 720
DMC 892 (flower)

EGG:
Front: Lemon Lime
Inset: Malachite
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 934
DMC 906
DMC 892
DMC 917


GOOSE BACK:
Body: Sea Green
(Upon reflection, I wish I'd used Sprout for the body back. I'll just leave that here...)
Nest: Olive
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 934

EGG BACK:
Back: Sea Green
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 934

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Gold Ring (Gold colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Gold Ring (#5 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Gold felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

GOLD RING:
Front, Setting Front, and Setting Back: Gold
Decorations and Leaves: Sweet Potato
Background: Raw Umber
Gem: Orange Red
Facet: Coral
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3808
DMC 666


GOLD RING BACK:
Back: Gold
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC 3808
DMC 919 (or you could use 666)

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Colly Bird (Sapphire colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Colly Bird* (#4 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Sapphire felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

*You may well be thinking, 'isn't that supposed to be Calling Bird?' And you are right! It is calling bird in the modern version. But this series is based on the original carol from 1780. Colly bird is an Old English term for blackbird! But you can make yours in whatever colors you like. Maybe sew him a little iPhone.

COLLY BIRD:
Head, Wings, Tail Overlay: Dark Teal
Beak: Deep Pink
Body, Wing Inset: Turquoise
Wing Overlay 1: Brick
Wing Overlay 2: Lavender Pink
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3804
DMC 3806
DMC 919
DMC 3808
DMC 3845


COLLY BIRD BACK:
Body: Turquoise
Wing: Dark Teal
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3804

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
French Hen (Emerald colorway)


Here are the colors to use for French Hen (#3 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Emerald felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

FRENCH HEN:
Comb/Wattle: Orange Red
Beak and Flower Center: Dark Teal
Head and Legs: Sea Green
Body: Spring Green
Wing: Malachite
Flower: Lavender Pink
Tail: Shrimp
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC black 310 (eye)
DMC 666
DMC 699
DMC 934
DMC 166
DMC 892 (wing & flower knots)
DMC 943 (tail knots)


FRENCH HEN BACK:
Head: Sea Green
Body: Spring Green
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 934

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Turtle Dove (Gold colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Turtle Dove (#2 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Gold felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

TURTLE DOVE:
Body: Gold
Beak: Raw Umber
Eye Swoosh: Orange Red
Wing: Sweet Potato
Wing Inset: Dark Teal
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3808
DMC 3852
DMC 830
DMC 666


TURTLE DOVE BACK:
Body: Gold
Wing: Sweet Potato
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3808

FOTF felt & floss color guide for
Partridge & Pear (Sapphire colorway)


Here are the colors to use for Partridge & Pear (#1 in the series) if you are making my Twelve Days ornaments with Felt On The Fly's beautiful Sapphire felt bundle.
Sewing pattern can be purchased here.

PARTRIDGE:
Body: Merlot
Beak: Deep Pink
Wing: Cerise
Breast: Turquoise
Beard: Shrimp
(option not shown: Plume: Caribbean Blue)
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 154
DMC 3845
DMC 608
DMC 3808

PEAR:
Front: Deep Pink
Inset: Merlot
Stem: Turquoise
Leaf: Caribbean Blue
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3608
DMC 3845
DMC 3808


PARTRIDGE AND PEAR BACKS:
Lavender Pink
Decorative embroidery floss:
DMC white B5200
DMC 3808

Thursday, March 14, 2019

final Emerald designer collection complete and available at Felt On The Fly



I chose this rich, vibrant 100% wool felt palette in greens, pinks, and reds as the final of three jewel toned collections from Felt On The Fly. (Click to view the earlier Sapphire and Gold posts). 

Photo courtesy of Felt On The Fly

It was such a pleasure to work with this FOTF luscious merino felt to sew a complete set of Twelve Days Ornaments over the last few months! Go here to buy this lovely Emerald palette.

Here's a group shot of the previous two palettes:

Above: the Gold palette

Above: the Sapphire palette

And I especially love the way they look when they are combined together:



Stay tuned – detailed color guides for each ornament sample will be published here soon so you can get going on a full set yourself. If you want to concentrate on one of the palettes instead of all three, you can use the initial five ornaments and the felt bundle as your inspiration to sew the rest in similar color combos. 

These PDF sewing patterns are available in my Etsy shop, and the wool felt/DMC floss you need to sew them are at Felt On The Fly.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lady Dancing all in green


Hey, guys! Checking in! Been busy but not blogging, obviously. This lady dancing ornament is the final hand sewn sample in the Emerald colorway for Felt On The Fly. (The other two colorways are found here: Sapphire and Gold.) I need to photograph all five of the finished Emerald samples and post them, but it's super gloomy here. I'm waiting for some sunshine!


When I can get some well-lighted photos, I'll be posting detailed felt and floss color guides here on the blog so you can easily make all 15 of my jewel toned ornaments! In the meantime, you can purchase all three of the curated wool felt color bundles (Sapphire, Gold, and Emerald) at Felt On The Fly.


Each of the three FOTF colorways look lovely on their own, but I think they look especially wonderful all combined:


More photos and detailed color guides are coming when Mr Blue Sky cooperates.
Aaaaand I made a Pinterest board for these colorways.
P.S. have I mentioned I hate DST? #grumpy #uselesstimejump

Saturday, January 26, 2019

UK and Australian sources for wool felt

Photo: Lovely 100% wool felt samples and cards sent to me by from Cloud Craft UK

You guys know I have trusted felt vendors I work with here in the US, but because international shipping can get a little pricey I do get a lot of questions about where to source wool felt overseas. I asked my UK and AUS customers on FB where they purchase their felt and received so many helpful responses! Thank you! I thought I'd compile a handy list of some vendors* here for you. Might give you a good lead if you are looking for a domestic source!

*These have been recommended to me by other crafters and some vendors have kindly sent me samples/color cards (shown in the photos), but I have not personally sewn with their felt nor purchased items from them. This list is intended as a reference for your convenience only. Please use the same diligence and discretion you would use with any internet or in-store purchase.


Photo: Lovely wool blend felt color cards sent to me by Billow Fabrics UK

UNITED KINGDOM - in no particular order
  1. Billow Fabrics - National Nonwovens wool blend felts (some of the same colors that Benzie carries) ask them about bundles
  2. Cloud Craft - 100% wool felts (2 thicknesses), DMC flosses, and Sulky Stick N' Stitch
  3. Paper-And-String - Wool blend felts 
  4. Wool Felt Company - 100% wool felts
  5. Creative Craft Supplies - Wool blend felts
  6. Wool and Felt - 100% wool felt, offering different thicknesses
  7. Felt Better - 100% wool felt, ask about color packs

Photo: Lovely commercially dyed and hand dyed 100% wool felt samples and color cards from WinterWood AUS

AUSTRALIA - in no particular order
  1. WinterWood Felt and Craft Supplies - Warrenwood, Victoria. 100% wool felts, both commercially and hand dyed, wood beads
  2. Two Blue Birdies - Melbourne. 100% wool felts, plus metallic and glitter options
  3. My Felt Lady - Chinchilla, Queensland. 100% wool felts, plus metallic and glitter options
  4. The Home Patch - Bathurst, NSW. Wool blend felt.
If you've had a great experience with a wool felt vendor in the UK or Australia, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

santa claus ornament WIP



Two WIP photos of a future pattern for a Santa Claus ornament. Last year a sweet customer of mine contacted me to ask for a pattern for Santa Claus, and at the time it wasn't possible to do more than just suggest ways for her to modify the Piper or Drummer pattern to be a Santa Claus (also Maid makes a nice Mrs Claus with some mods). After pondering other things the I could change and add, I got pretty excited and curious to try my own version and maybe develop a pattern. I started it last year but had to set it aside and recently picked it back up. Here we go.

I really love this little bearded guy, and I'm thinking of maybe doing a short pattern series of North Pole residents. If you've made the Twelve Days series, you can definitely make this Santa. Which I will be developing alongside another series I'm designing inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The plan is to release each one as it's done. I have so many ideas and so little time! It's my constant dilemma.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

some belated 2018 handmade Christmas gifts to show you


Unfortunately, December was not the leisurely, fireside, cozy crafting hiatus that I always always hope it will be. Always. Every year -- hopes dashed. It was of course (yes, of course, Larissa, you know this), a completely manic series of holiday events, graphic design deadlines, schoolwork, school events, speed shopping, gift wrapping, packing, traveling and cooking, the endless COOKING. With my birthday wedged in there in the middle.

But THIS year will be different. It's going to be magical and I'm going to have time to take it in and savor it! *squelching sound of slightly battered hope springing eternal*

Anyway, I did manage to make four small things, which I'll show you now, slightly after the fact. This pair of Twelve Days ornaments represent ALMOST the end of my serial gifting to my bestie, Robyn. I started this whole thing with the first gift to her in 2009 of a partridge and pear, so it's only been like 10 years. During the interim I designed the complete series of retail patterns, so now I feel I need to go back and redo the ones I sent her before I designed the patterns, because they don't match. She insists she does not need the redos and loves the originals, but it's really not about her anymore. LOL. No, just kidding, it is, but this way she gets a set that makes me happy and also a few extras that she can hide at the back of the tree.



I just had to redo her French Hen because this was the first one I gave her and I just like this new one so much better! I pulled in more corals to tie in her goose. These closeups show the sparkle I added in the form of glass beads and iridescent sequins.



And this is her yellow bedecked Lady Dancing (nailed it on the first try, at least until further notice), with the addition of some sparkle also.

On to the next pair of handmades:


Because I had the unbending desire to make my girls a handmade ornament that would be unique and special and different, I found myself staring at a pile of craft supplies at 1am on December 22nd (the day were leaving to go out of town), willing my exhausted muse to get off her fanny and make magic.

After some false starts, I pulled over a bin of wool balls (Benzie Design) and crafted these two Christmasy snowman... things... for my girls. They were supposed to be ornaments, but somehow ended up on mason jar lid stands. So now they are just figurines or something.


I pondered adding a clip underneath to clip them on the Christmas tree branches, but my girls say they prefer them freestanding. In that case I need to go back to IKEA and get another tiny cloche for the other one. If they still have them.

To make them, I used some acorns and acorn caps I had on hand, and these adorable painted wood Erzgebirge bunny and bird figurines I scored online a while back.


Isn't the tiny bird cute? The snowman's eyes and buttons are straight pins glued on. The nose is a cotton pipe cleaner. The scarf is a bit of wool felt.


I wasn't super happy with the finished products at the time, but maybe that was because it was 4 am and my frazzled muse was glaring at me while calling her union representative. They've grown on me since then. I think next time I make them I'll trim the bottoms off the wool balls (which are surprisingly dense) so the snowman parts can seem a bit more squashed together.