twelve days ornaments!


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TWELVE DAYS ORNAMENT SERIES!


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

#twelvedaysornaments

I've always loved the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas song, so I designed this series of hand sewn folk ornaments for each of the twelve days, based on the original carol from 1780*. It's a bit different than the modern version.

The twelfth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Twelve lords a-leaping,
Eleven ladies dancing,
Ten pipers piping,
Nine drummers drumming,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five gold rings,
Four colly birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear tree.

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 gifts, individually or as a set!
  • 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.)
  • 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.


    WAIT A SEC, AREN'T THESE OUT OF ORDER? The modern version of the song is probably the one most folks are familiar with, but I used the original carol from 1780*. The order of the gifts differs a bit toward the end. It also uses the term "colly bird" (old English term for black bird) as opposed to "calling bird", which came later. It's all good. The best thing about DIY is you can number* your series any way you like, and make your colly bird in any colors you like!

    *There is now a supplement pattern available in my shop to modernize the numbering of the series if that is how you'd rather roll. Here's the blog post.



    GIFTING: A gift of patterns? Aren't you nice! Because my patterns are downloads and are not emailed, it's best to give your crafty giftee an Etsy gift card (or cash) along with a link to my shop (mmmcrafts.etsy.com) and let them choose and download the patterns for themselves. Creating an Etsy account is easy and free for them, and their purchase will be backed up at Etsy in case of computer crashes, lightning strikes, or toddlers with peanut buttery hands.

    WHERE TO BUY THE PATTERNS: You can purchase the Twelve Days pattern PDFs from my Etsy shop and then download them at your convenience. Your download links do not expire. You may purchase the patterns singly or in discounted bundles:


    PLEASE NOTE: International VAT and/or other applicable taxes will be added on at checkout according to tax law. 
    CRAFTSY/BLUPRINT: If you have previously purchased Twelve Days patterns from Craftsy/Bluprint, no worries - your purchases are backed up under your account and can be found in your pattern library.

    Q: HOW DO I FIND MY PATTERN DOWNLOAD?
    Etsy sends automatic email receipts that include 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 (14 pages) 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 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 and other stuff needed?
    I have lists of US vendors and also online sources for materials in the back of my patterns for you. Also see below for two wonderful felt vendors that provide kits. (Are you outside of the US? I've compiled a short list of UK/AUS wool felt vendors here.)

    Q: HOW MUCH FELT DO I NEED TO MAKE THE WHOLE SHEBANG?
    Making the whole series? For your planning, think one 9x12 inch sheet of felt for each ornament (there are 15 ornaments) plus you'll want to add a few sheets in there for when you change your mind or make a mistake (it happens to us all). So a total of 20-25 sheets in about 8-10 different colors (think different shades of 3 main colors, light, medium, and dark plus accent colors) should cover the whole series. Make sure you buy MORE sheets of the main colors and fewer sheets of the accent colors.

    Q: ARE THESE DIFFICULT TO MAKE?
    They are easier than you think! If you can 1) sew basic stitches well by hand (backstitch, whip stitch and French knots) and 2) cut small pieces with precision, then you can totally make these ornaments and make them well. There is no tedious embroidery transfer or pattern tracing involved. The secret to making them is a printable adhesive Sulky brand stabilizer called Stick 'N Stitch. You simply use a printer or copier to print my patterns to the stabilizer, peel off the backing, adhere it directly to the felt, and then stitch right on the lines. You can read more about that process below.

    Q: HELP! WHAT COLORS SHOULD I USE? 
    Any colors you like! You can customize and use your own favorite wool felt and floss colors. I've seen Twelve Days ornament samples in every color imaginable (tagged on Instagram) and never one I didn't like. However, I know that picking colors can be intimidating and stressful to lots of folks. Worry no more! Here are two great solutions:


    BENZIE DESIGN FELT/FLOSS KITS: I have worked with Benzie Design from the very beginning of this pattern series to personally select their lovely wool-blend felt colors for six whimsical, bright ornament palettes. (Wool blend felt is a mix of wool and rayon fibers and works so well for all my felt patterns.)


    FELT ON THE FLY FELT/FLOSS KITS: I have worked with Janet at Felt On The Fly to personally select three deep, jewel toned palettes of her 100% merino wool felts for my ornaments.
    • For a quick visual overview, here's my handy FOTF Pinterest board
    • Here are my blog posts showing the SapphireGold and Emerald colorways. 
    • Here are my detailed COLOR GUIDES including the DMC floss numbers so you can easily make ornaments that match my FOTF samples.
    Click the links in the names below to view/buy them in FOTF's Etsy shop:
    Twelve Days SAPPHIRE Color Story, with deep blues, plums and saturated pinks
    Twelve Days GOLD Color Story, with rich golden and coral tones and splashes of teal
    Twelve Days EMERALD Color Story with vibrant blue-greens, citrons, pinks and reds

    (Janet has also put together her own pre-selected palettes for you, and also offers kits with floss, stabilizer, stuffing, beads, pipe cleaners, and more. Customize your kit with her handy options. Buy her kits here!)


    ERRATA and UPDATES:
    Over the years I've made minor revisions in the patterns. Check these posts for updates to make sure you have the latest info:
    https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2018/01/minor-correction-for-swan-swimming.html
    https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2019/05/twelve-days-update-you-can-sub-pellon.html

    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:

    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! Last time I checked it was close to a thousand photos with that tag. Get comfy. :-)

    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 BOARDS: A handy way to view lots of my Twelve Days ornaments samples in one place, plus there's a board now just for Benzie colors and Felt On The Fly colors.

    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 the day before you start the project by simply soaking them in cold water for a few minutes 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.)


    I hope this resource page has been helpful to you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my Facebook page, Instagram, or comment below! I get an email to notify me when you comment. Happy sewing! :-)

    115 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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    19. Hello Larissa,
      I am enjoying working on this project and was wondering when you will release 9,10 and 11 please?

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      1. Hey, Cherie,
        Thank you! Um...This year? LOL. I have no dates for you but Drummer Drumming is underway. My goal is to release all 12 before Christmas. *Fingers crossed*

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    20. Hi Larissa .. I made 19 decorations from the first six patterns you made and handed them out to my Church Mice quilting group for Christmas. They hung on silver trees I made with a star attached and sitting in decorated pots. The girls loved them. One day I'll make the 12 for myself. Thanks Larissa.

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    21. Hi, Larissa. Any idea when the next pattern will be coming out?

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    22. Drummer is underway but I'm in the middle of a move/remodel so it will be a few weeks. 😊

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    23. Hi Larrisa,
      Do you sell your patterns as paper patterns for quilt shops? I own a quilt store in New Zealand and I would like to stock your patterns and do classes with your patterns.
      Looking forward to hearing from you.

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      1. Hi, TeganW,
        Not yet. That's my goal for 2018 after the Twelve Days series is complete. You can always conduct classes in the meantime by either purchasing a minimum number of patterns from me at a discount for each of your students OR they can purchase the pattern for themselves before attending. Via my Etsy shop only. Thanks!

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    24. Eagerly awaiting the Drummer Boy! I'm so in love with the ones I've done so far.

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    25. Hello Larissa, I am addicted. I bought your 6 pack of patterns and within a few days of sourcing the solvy here in Australia, (not so easy to find!) got it now. I have printed off the patterns and have completed 1, 2 and 4 and on my way with 3. Just 5 and 6 to go. Will just have to do another set and try different colours. Just amazing. Thank-you so much for your creativity. Can't wait for all 12 patterns. But... the patterns are of such high quality and so easy to follow, they are worth the wait. Swans and maids are next on the list Cheers from down under!.

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      1. Hi, mazi, this has absolutely made my day! I'm so glad you love the making. That's my goal when I write a pattern, to make it come together as logically and easily as possible. Drummer is underway for you with the others to follow. I'm glad you landed some solvy there! Happy sewing!

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    26. So in love with your beautiful patterns. You have thought of everything in the directions - easy to make.Just finished first six, and now ordering next ones that are available. Can't wait for these last ones!

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      1. How sweet, Tutu Hamilton! Thanks so much. I am delighted that you are finding the ornaments easy to put together. Thanks for your support and for the feedback!

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    27. Are you still planning on finishing the 12 Days of Christmas by the end of the year?
      Thanks

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    28. Hello Larissa, thank you so much for creating these little gems! The patterns are very easy to follow, and I enjoy your sense of humour. For your Canadian fans Bear Dance Crafts in British Columbia is an excellent online source for wool felt (she has a website and etsy shop). Please forgive the unsolicited advice, but regarding your self imposed deadline for the ornaments-I'd rather wait into 2018 for them than have you get burnt out.

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      1. Hi there! What a kind thing to say! Thanks for the encouragement. I am not burnt out yet! I'm determined to get this series just right AND have it done this year. My creative juices are churning - I typically work well under pressure so it's all good. haha! Thanks so much for the source for wool felt in British Columbia! Good to know.

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    29. I just bought the first pattern and am going to make them with my 13 year old daughter. We are very excited to start. I had a couple questions. Is there a specific font you used for the numbers on the back of the ornaments? I thought I might add our initials and the year before I print on the stabilizer. Also, is there a particular needle size you prefer to use? I've read through so many blogposts and thought i saw where you get wooden beads and cotton pipe cleaners but now I can't find it.
      Thanks for your help!. these patterns are just beautiful and the time and attention to detail you put in to making them really shows. -Lizzie

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      1. Hi, Lizzie!
        Thanks so much for your order! No, the font is kind of a custom one because I wanted a particular look and for it to work well with hand embroidery. If you switch to cursive for your initials and plain numbers for the year I think that would work well. There's not that much extra room on the back of all of them so simple would be better. All my patterns have the sources for felt, pipe cleaners and beads in the back of the pattern but you can also find them here:
        http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/12/tips-and-tools-for-making-your-twelve.html
        A size five embroidery needle works well for this series. Happy sewing!

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    30. These patterns are absolutely beautiful. I have a tradition of making ornaments for my children each year. I would absolutely LOVE to make ornaments like this that were a Christmas nativity scene. Maybe that can be a job for you this year...available in time for next Christmas. Let me know if you need a pattern tester. Renaequilts@gmail.com

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      1. Hi, Renae, your tradition sounds lovely! Thanks for the project suggestion but as you might imagine I have about 100 things already lined up in my head, all jostling for first place. I'll go forward with the one I can get most excited about! Thanks for your offer. :-)

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    31. Making the set is my aim for 2018. They are beautiful. I will aim for one of each, I think that aiming for 8 maids, 9 drummers etc would be a project too far.

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      1. Lovely! That's what I'd recommend! 15 handmade ornaments is plenty in my book!

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    32. I purchased some of your patterns via Craftsy a few years ago, haven't yet started to make. At that time had a paypal account but it was hacked so I closed it. how can I purchase without using paypal, would be happy to send check or money order or some other form of payment to you for more patterns. Want to begin the series for my family as gifts. I've done other hand made ornaments for a number of years for them and want this series as well. I just submitted my email for following your site. Love these wonderful pieces.

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      1. Hi, Kaym, you should still be able to access any of your purchased patterns via your Craftsy account! Just log in to your Craftsy account and look under your purchases. Since you'd like to avoid PayPal, for future purchasing you can go to my Etsy shop. Payment there can be made with several options, including credit cards. Happy sewing! Mmmcrafts.etsy.com

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      1. Hi, Analiisa, I use a size 5 embroidery needle for most of the embroidery and a regular sewing needle for the times when 2 strands is called for. They are all nice and sharp and I have no trouble going through the layers. New needle needed? They do dull after a time. I also recommend Thread Heaven, it can be a big help. http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/12/tips-and-tools-for-making-your-twelve.html

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    34. Larrissa..I would like to purchase the patterns and kits for all 12 of the ornaments in the 12 days ornament set..please let me know if all 12 are available yet.thank you..

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      1. Hi, Dianna,
        Not yet. The series will be complete by the end of this month and there will be a bundle for 1-12. I don't sell the kits, just the patterns, but the kits are linked ^ up there in the post. Thanks!

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    35. Larissa: I replied to your email, but not sure if you get those. I just want to know if I can use 100% wool felt on the ornaments, or does the blend work better? My swan is finished and 1-6 are in the process; am very happy with the results. Such a fun project; can't wait to finish them all!

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      1. Hi, Judy! which email did you reply to? You can use either 100% or wool blends. Both work very well! 100% wool has nicer quality, but blends are more economical. I'm so glad you are enjoying the process!

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    36. I would like to use a size 5 or 8 Perle Cotton instead of using the 6 strand floss. Do you think that is doable? If so, would the 5 or 8 work best? Thank you.

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      1. Hi! I haven't used DMC Pearl Cotton so I couldn't say with certainty, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work. You'll actually need to have several sizes to match the look, since I use anywhere from 2 strands to all 6 strands at various points on the ornaments. No 5 seems to be about the same width as 4 strands.

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      2. Thank you. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.

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    37. Hi - do you know if this product "Pellon Stick-N-Washaway Stabilizer" will do the same as the Sulky stabilizer? I'm ordering from overseas and this is so much cheaper but since I can't see it in person I'm not sure it's the same. Thanks! Autumn

      - not sure how to do a link: https://www.amazon.com/Pellon-Stick-N-Washaway-Stabilizer-11-Inch-5-Pack/dp/B00EYMZNVG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520408110&sr=8-2&keywords=stick+n+washaway&dpID=41c6H5OM9qL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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      1. Hi, Autumn, I haven't used it although it sounds like it might be the same type of product. As long as it is able to be printed and will adhere and wash away the same as the Sulky, I don't see why not! :-) If you try it and it works well, can you let me know?

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    38. Hi Larissa - I chickened out of trying it and went ahead and purchased the Sulky stuff from a quilt shop here in NZ. I didn't want to risk ruining them after all the money spent. If I ever see them in a shop over here I might try one. :) Thanks. Looking forward to getting started!

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      1. No worries, Michael! I totally understand! Thanks for letting me know! I'll keep my eyes peeled for it, too. I'm curious if it's the same.

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    39. Larissa, Approximately what size are the 12 days ornaments when sewn? I'm ready to order 1-6!

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      1. A Basket Case, hi!
        As you can tell, the size varies becuase the shape varies quite a bit between ornaments. I good average size would be about 4 inches x 5 inches. The specific size for each one is in the listing in my shops. Thanks!

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    40. Thank you! I spent so much time with your site and beautiful designs, my eyes glazed over and I missed the sizing! I'm excited to order and get started...Debbie

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      1. Haha! Thank you! Sorry about the distraction! ;-) happy sewing!

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    41. I started a new tradition last year using your snowbird pattern. Each of my grandchildren, my son, my best friend, my niece and my nephews will receive a handmade ornament every Christmas. I purchased the first 6 days of Christmas on black Friday. I currently have 4 pears and 8 partridges in the works. My goal is to have them done by mid year. I'm getting creative with my stitching, using the ornaments as an opportunity to learn new stitches and techniques. I'm having a blast and love this simple portable project. When I finish I will email a picture of the lot. In the meantime, know that your patterns are bringing a great deal of pleasure to me and have started a wonderful tradition in my family.

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      1. Officially made my day, Sarah! This is so wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to let me know about your new tradition. Any tradition that involves handmade gifts is a winner in my book! I loved reading it and yes, please send me a photo anytime! I really enjoy seeing what you make!

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    42. Is this Stitch Along over? If not how do I join? I have all the patterns and have order up to the fourth one. I am behind, but still would like to join. So am I able to join?

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      1. Dang it didn't click "Notify Me" Please Notify me. i just asked how to join in my previous message. Thanks

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      2. Hi, Pahavehae, the Stitch-along is on Feeling Stitchy. Here's the link: http://www.feelingstitchy.com/2018/03/12-months-of-christmas-mmm-crafts.html

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    43. Hello! I'm super bummed. I preshinked my wool felt and somehow it still shrunk more when I soaked it to get the stabilizer off. Any ideas what might have caused this or what went wrong??

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      1. Hello! I'm so sorry! I've used wool felt a LOT and I haven't run into that. I can't tell you what might be the problem. I make sure to fully saturate the wool felt with water and then air dry it completely. When I soak away the stabilizer I use cold water and the least amount of time needed to soak it completely away, then air dry it. Does that help? To fix the current problem, you could try soaking/drying the unembroidered pieces so they match up better?

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    44. G’day from down under
      I came across your ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ patterns by chance today and fell in love with them. Congratulations!!
      I do lots of embroidery and quilting so have threads in abundance. I have a number of questions. Could you assist?
      • What is the approximate size of the ornaments?
      • If I were to buy the full set 12 patterns, and trying to keep costs down, freight being an added cost, and narrow the colour range, approximately how many sheets/pieces of felt would make the full set of ornaments? I thought there could be a lot of leftovers in the sets of felt available.
      • Would one packet of Stick ‘n Stitch be enough for all the ornaments? Again trying to reduce freight costs.
      • What type of stuffing is used?
      Would you ever consider designing a nativity set? That would be awesome!
      Blessing to you, and again wow, clever lady.
      Robyn

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      1. Hello, Robyn! G’day to you from...up above, I guess. :-) Thanks so much! The size of each ornament is noted in the individual listings in my shops, but the average size is about 4 inches x 5 inches. The shapes vary wildly, but that gives you an idea. It’s hard to say how many sheets you’ll need since I don’t know your colors. Yes, if you buy the curated bundles of felt you will have lots of leftovers. If you choose say, 5 colors and keep to those, I’m guessing it will take approximately 14-15 total sheets of 9x12 inch felt to make all 15 ornaments. How many sheets of each color you might need depends on which are the main colors and which are accents. The ones that eat up the most felt are the background colors on the fronts and backs. I would make sure to choose a wide range of values — light to dark, so that your ornaments have nice contrast. And to buy extra in case of mistakes or mind changes. The amounts of felt needed for each individual ornament are listed on the front sheets of the pattern. Australia being the land of sheep, maybe there are some felt vendors you could use there that will cut down your freight cost? You’ll need at least 14 sheets of the Sulky stabilizer and the packet comes with 12, so you’ll need to buy 2 packs. That’s added insurance if you need to reprint. I know I do sometimes when I change my mind about colors. I use regular poly stuffing, but any kind would be fine, I think. As for a nativity set, I find that I am not equal to making any wool felt representation of my Savior and Creator of the Universe. I just don’t feel comfortable with that. I hope you understand! There are a lot of cute sets already out there, so maybe you can find one you like. I hope I covered it all! Haha. Thanks!

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    45. Thanks Larissa. The info you gave is super. Craft supplies in Oz are expensive, including quilting fabric. I have a number of nativity sets I display and a set in felt might just happen one day too. I understand your reasons also. Thanks again, Blessings to you

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    46. Hi, this is such a gorgeous idea. Do you ever sell the completed ornaments? I went to Canada last Christmas and visited the Butchardt Gardens with their 12 days of Christmas light installations. Would live this set to remind me if my first white Christmas.

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      1. Hey there. No, I’m sorry, I just dont have the time to sell completed ornaments. But! Other people do. I have a list of folks who take custom orders from my patterns: https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/mmmakers.html

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    47. Hi, I love your patterns!
      Do you also have a UK curator for the felt cold tions? I would definitely buy, but the With the US supplier the carriage is almost the price of the supplies.

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      1. Hey, Lynne! Thank you! There was a post about UK felt suppliers on my facebook page (facebook.com/mmmcraftspatterns) and I can’t find it! For some reason the search feature is nowhere to be found. Maybe you’ll have better luck! There were several of my customers posting there who were trading local sources.

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      2. You can also search on Etsy for shops in the UK. Surely there are some local places to order that don’t have to ship it across the Atlantic! Let me know if you find a great one so I can pass it along!

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    48. I am so excited to start this project! I have the felt, and I *thought* I had the correct Sulky stabilizer, but I just realized that mine isn't the self-adhesive type. Alas!
      Any suggestions or tips for how to work with the non-adhesize kind?

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      1. Hi there! Hmmm, sorry, no, the adhesive part is kind of key! Sorry! Maybe you can exchange it?

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    50. Its to exspensive to order the felt from America, so I have to find it here in Australia, I was wondering are the colours the same here by name or are they different. I found the list of colours I need for example Partridge and the Pear and Swan a how many colours do I need of each to make up the 12 ornaments?
      Thanks

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      1. Hi, Kristy! I hear ya! The colors do not necessarily translate because there’s no way for me to know if they use the same felt supplier in Australia, and I know that at least some of the colors are custom mixed for my felt vendor. There are 15 ornaments total in the series. If you use 9x12 inch sheets you’ll need about 20-25 sheets total to cover you with a bit to spare in case of redos. Get more sheets of the main colors and fewer of the accent colors. Happy sewing!

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      2. Thankyou for replying. Im so looking forward to making it. Im thinking if I make 1 a month then it would be ready for next Christmas.
        thanks again.

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    51. Hi, I'm in the middle of #1 & #7. Ive embroidered and soaked off the Sulky. I'm a long time embroider but have never used this product before. Is it typical for it to leave the wool stiff and on one piece is even a little dingy colored. This is brand new from amazon, so I don't think it's the old stuff. Any suggestions? The softer wool that has not been soaked has a nicer appearance and feel. Thanks!

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      1. Hello! Yes, the felt seems a bit stiffer to me after using the stabilizer, but I’ve always felt that was an advantage so the ornaments were a bit more sturdy and the embroidery was set. That’s normal! However, dingy is not good! If you are using an inkjet printer do you think the ink is staining the felt? I’d suggest using a printer or copier that has toner instead. Also, if the felt is still wet the color looks terrible but lightens and brightens as it dries. If you don’t like the level of stiffness you have, that is remedied by soaking the pieces more in some fresh water and rinsing. Hope that helps!

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    52. Thanks for sharing! ❤❤❤ Merry Christmas to You and Your Family..

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    53. Just wanted to say a big thank you for such a beautiful pattern. I contacted you in September and asked questions. Satisfied, I purchased the pattern and have since completed 3 full sets. What a joy they were to make for 3 very special friends in my life. They looked gorgeous; each made in the recipients favourite colours. The designs are stunning, yet a bit folk art style, the patterns and directions detailed yet easy to follow. Congratulations. I made 2 variations, putting some tulle under the women’s’ skirts and actual craft feathers in the pipers’ hats. He was my favourite in each set.

      In response to the Aussie’s dilemma. I had some 100% wool but found it bulky, and variable in thickness which also seemed to increase with washing. Whilst I like to support local businesses, I bought the felt and beads from one of the recommended suppliers in Chicago, tracked the parcel that took just 5 days to arrive in Sydney via LA and Melbourne. 100% wool felt pieces cost about $6 to $7 here. Even with the exchange rates and international postage, and selecting my own colours rather than the cheaper sets, I was miles ahead financially by buying the wool blend. In addition the felt supplier listed on their website the DMC colour numbers to match the felt saving me time to go through my box of threads looking for best matches. Hope that helps.

      Thanks again Larissa. Have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour.

      Best wishes
      Robyn

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      1. Robyn, how did I miss this fantastic comment? I didn't reply? My apologies! This is completely AWESOME. It absolutely makes my day to hear this! My entire goal when designing and writing a pattern is so others can easily make exactly what I've made and experience the joy of owning and giving handmade gifts. THANK YOU for letting me know! <3 Re: wool felt in AUS, I can't understand why a place so blessed with sheep would have a short supply of wool felt. LOL. I've posted recently about possible AUS sources for wool felt too, if you are curious: https://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2019/01/uk-and-australian-sources-for-wool-felt.html

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    54. Yes Kristy, that is the supplier I used.
      Shops that sell felt in Sydney, I have found tend to sell 100% wool. I had previously done a google search, the first suppliers selling wool blend was at $3.95 @ piece. Hence I bought from Benzie. Buy the beads as well, with spares. I found a few duds plus my 'portrait' drawing skills are limited, even after 2 tries on opposite sides of the beads.
      Hope that helps
      Robyn

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    55. Hello Larissa,
      I’ve just bought your lovely patterns for the Twelve days of Christmas ornaments and the felt and other bits and pieces. I’m eager to get started, but hit a problem when I checked the line measurement on the sheet of templates and it is consistently at least a quarter of an inch short on all the sheets. Do you have any advice about what I should do? I have no idea how to adjust the size on the sheet or will it work if all the shapes are in proportion? They’ll just be a bit smaller?
      Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
      Cathy in U.K.

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      1. Hello, Cathy! It sounds like your printer is set to ‘fit to page’. It’s an often unhelpful setting that can be changed so that your output is at actual size. I’d adjust the setting to ‘no scaling’ or ‘actual size’ or whatever your print menu says. I hope that helps!

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    56. Thanks ,Larissa,
      I’ll try that. Problem may be trying to print from iPad which gives less options to adjust size. Away from home at present but will try from laptop when I’m at back at home
      Thanks again.
      Cathy

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    57. Yesterday I tried to order 10-12 patterns for the 12 Days of Christmas. Somehow I have been charged for them but I can't find the download for them. I've done this before for other patterns from you. Wonder where these are hiding. Joan Holland

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      1. Hello, Joan! I can see your order on Etsy. You should have received an Etsy email receipt. Perhaps it is in your spam folder or perhaps there is a typo in your email address? I’ve sent you a message via Etsy. Can we switch this conversation to there? Or let me know your email address. No worries, we’ll get it sorted out. Thanks!

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