Ebenezer Ornament Series

My Ebenezer Ornament Series is a set of heirloom hand-sewn ornament patterns which are inspired by the 1843 Victorian novella, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. This intermediate level hand sewn wool felt pattern series will feature the most memorable characters from the well-loved story, starting with Mr. Scrooge himself.


It's here! Pattern No. 1 – Mr. Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge is the miserly protagonist in Dickens' yuletide ghost story. He is sporting an embroidered, beaded, and sequined Victorian era dressing gown, night shirt and night cap, and holding a single 'dip', by which meager light he is peering into the penurious darkness of his chilly house. Little does he know, his night is about to get pretty interesting. (Bah! Humbug.)
Purchase Mr. Scrooge pattern  |  Mr. Scrooge Benzie Color Guide

BENZIE DESIGN KITS
Available now, purchase wool felt/floss/notions kits which coordinate with my detailed color guides. The kits come in two different palettes: Victorian and Modern Pastel.
Please note: The kits do not include the sewing pattern.

Tag me! Love to see what you make in this series. Also tag #mmmcrafts and @mmmcrafts on IG.


THIS PATTERN SERIES IS ONGOING! Check back here for new information as patterns become available. The first pattern, Mr. Scrooge, is available now. More patterns are to come in this series in 2020 and beyond. Each new pattern will be released as soon as I complete it, and I will post about it on all my channels anytime that happens. The best way to keep current is to follow me on my IG or FB pages, or subscribe to my blog via email. (There's a link for that in the right sidebar > under my profile.)

WHEN WILL THE SERIES BE COMPLETED? Two released in 2020, two in 2021, and two in 2022 is the projected completion. As I am a part time designer, my goal is at least two new patterns per year in this series. My maximum working capacity is about four new patterns per year, but I'll be working on another different series in tandem with this one, so that means two in each series per year. If there are more that are completed, I'll gladly release them! I have to work with limited time. Don't we all! Thanks so much for your excitement and enthusiasm! I really appreciate it. It keeps me going.
  • Total number of patterns in the series: TBD, but probably six
  • Average size of the finished ornaments: About 4 x 5 inches (10 x 13 cm) Of course, it varies because the shapes vary, but that will give you an idea.
WHERE TO BUY THE PATTERNS: You can purchase the Ebenezer Ornament PDFs (and my other patterns) exclusively from my Etsy shop and download them at your convenience. Your pattern download links do not expire:


PLEASE NOTE: International VAT and/or other applicable taxes will be added on at checkout according to your nation's tax law.

Q: HOW DO I FIND MY PATTERN DOWNLOAD?
Etsy sends automatic email receipts with download links to your account email address. Check your spam folder if it's missing. Lost the email? Your patterns are also backed up under your Etsy account, and can be found by logging in with a browser and checking your purchases. NOTE: Etsy also allows guest checkouts, but the only way to access guest purchases is through your email receipt. Guest purchases will not show in your Etsy account unless you link them. It's easy.

Q: I DON'T HAVE A PRINTER. DO I NEED ONE?
In short, yes, at least for the pattern pages themselves to print on regular paper, and also to print or copy the pattern pages to the Sulky stabilizer. Once you have a master set of pattern pages on regular paper, keep 'em handy. Then you can use a copier. Suggestions:
  • Perhaps you have a friend/son/daughter/life coach/tolerant neighbor/secret crush that has a printer you can borrow?
  • Perhaps you work somewhere that will allow you to print a few personal pages?
  • Libraries and churches often have copiers and printers you may use and may charge per page.
  • Note: office supply stores will not print my patterns without checking with me first because my patterns are copyrighted.

Q: WHERE DO I BUY THE MATERIALS like felt, stabilizer, sequins, and other stuff needed?
I have lists of US sources for materials in the back of all my patterns. Also Benzie Design is offering lovely kits to go with my detailed color guides that include most of what you need! They ship internationally. (Are you outside of the US? I've compiled a short list of non-US wool felt vendors here. Be sure to ask – some of them also offer coordinating kits specifically for my patterns!)

Q: ARE THESE DIFFICULT TO MAKE?
Because of the small scale, these ornaments are not beginner projects, but they are easier than you think! If you are familiar with hand sewing and can 1) sew basic stitches neatly (running stitch, backstitch, and whipstitch) and 2) cut and assemble small pieces with precision and 3) work with sequins and seed beads, then you can make these ornaments and make them well. Why? Because of a magical Sulky stabilizer called Stick 'N Stitch. If you use the stabilizer, there is no tedious pattern tracing or embroidery transferring involved. You simply use a printer or copier to print my patterns to the stabilizer, peel off the backing, adhere it directly to the wool felt, and then stitch right on the lines. You can read more about that process below. In addition to the stabilizer advantage, you'll find my patterns are chock-full of very clear instructions and detailed diagrams to guide you through each and every step.

HELPFUL CONSTRUCTION TIPS:
If you read my reviews on Etsy, you'll often see comments about how thorough and detailed the instructions in my patterns are. Purchasing my patterns is more akin to purchasing a craft class, and I include lots of tips and tricks within the instructions. However, here are some additional methods I have posted about that will help you streamline and perfect your techniques:

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS! Use the tag #ebenezerornamentseries on Instagram and Facebook. If you search that tag on Instagram you can view ornaments that others have made! (Since this is a new series, over time the number of photos will build.) Be sure to tag me with @mmmcrafts on IG.

VIEW EVERY EBENEZER 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 BOARDS: A handy way to view lots of my Ebenezer Ornament Series samples in one place.

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE with washing away the Sulky stabilizer? Does it still feel gummy/sticky no matter how many times you soak it? There is a batch of faulty stabilizer out there. Please read this post!

THE WONDER THAT IS SULKY STICK 'N STITCH:
As I mentioned above, the secret to making my Twelve Days Ornament Series quickly and consistently is this Sulky stabilizer Stick 'n Stitch (formerly known as Sticky Fabri-Solvy) and my printable patterns:

Same stuff, new packaging and name!

Sulky Printable Stick 'n Stitch is quite possibly 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! (Besides the Sulky website, it can be found at Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com, Benzie Design, Felt On The Fly, and often in your local sewing/craft store.)


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 while you are trying to work. No re-appearing ink marks after you are done. 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 at least a day or so before you start the project by simply soaking them in cold water for a few minutes and letting them air dry over rods or on towels. 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?

I hope this resource page has been helpful to you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my Etsy shop! That is the quickest way to get an answer. You can also message me on my Facebook pageInstagram, or even comment below! (Note: Blog comments are not the quickest option if you have a question.) Merry sewing! :-)

13 comments:

  1. Yay! Yay! Yay! So excited to make Ebenezer!
    Thanks for your beautiful work!

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    1. Hey, Patty! Wow, thanks so much. :-) I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. This pattern is brilliant! Thank you for sharing your talents. I am getting started today....just wondering what color did you use for the body? I can't figure it from the picture>. Thank you!

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    1. Hey, Karen! You are so kind, thank you! I just published the detailed Benzie color guide for Mr. Scrooge here:
      https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2020/06/mr-scrooge-detailed-benzie-color-guides.html

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  3. Thank you, again! I'm so excited!

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  4. My husband is the toy shop owner yearly in our local theater’s production of Scrooge. I am beyond excited to make these as gifts for him. My plan is give him one with a second for him to gift to the actor playing each role. What fun!! They will love them and your patterns are beautiful!

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    1. Hey, Joan B, oh that's perfect! How cool! Thanks so much. :-)

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  5. Got my pattern. Hope you'll be doing the kits via the UK distributor again so I can get one!

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    1. Hey, Crippled Crafter! Thanks so much for your purchase! There are a few UK distributors that put together kits, but none that I collaborate with directly to do so. Cloud Craft comes to mind, but you can check this post for others:
      https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2019/01/uk-and-australian-sources-for-wool-felt.html

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