Ornament Kits Update

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Here's a sneak peak of the Nestled Child, the Newfallen Snowflake, and little Notevena Mouse, the stars of my newest felt ornament collection called Night Before Christmas, inspired, of course, by my little one and how excited I am to begin sharing traditions (as this story is for so many people) with her!

I will give you ALL of the details about this collection (as well as my previous five collections) when the kits go on sale next week, probably Thursday or Friday. I'll keep you posted, don't worry. We did things a little bit different this time in terms of felt. We had the manufacturer cut most of it for us this time, and, for reasons to boring to go into, you will notice that you will be getting more felt than you need to create these ornaments. That is because in order to have them cut it, we had to simplify the number of sizes of pieces we had, so we sized up on many of them. That's okay for you because you can use the felt scraps for so many other things (like flower clips). We also did things different in terms of floss. This time, instead of including individual skeins of every color you need (sometimes up to nine or ten skeins per kit, I think, and often you would only need a few inches of floss of that color!), we pulled floss from giant cones and cut it into small, customized hanks for each kit, the way we've done with our Maggie Rabbit kits and the Winterwoods kits. This is how we will do all of the floss for all of our kits from now on. We've tried to be generous with the amount of floss, but of course if you ever need any more to finish the project, just let me know. We had to determine amounts retroactively for the first five kits this time, so there was some guesswork, but I feel good about it, and I think it will be fine.

I've also added some new supplies to the web shop to help you complete the kits. Wax-free dressmaker's transfer paper, fabric markers, tiny needles for sewing on the beads and sequins, and fabric glue (though this can't be mailed overseas) are all new in the shop.

Digitally downloadable PDFs of each of the previous patterns are currently available in the shop, and one for the new collection will be available as well. If you already have lots of felt and floss at home, these are a good option.

I think that's it for now, but I'll check back in after the weekend and let you know where we're at! Have a good one! xo, a

86 comments

Sounds exciting! :-)

Can't wait to see the new ornament. I'm hoping they are inspired by your little lovely Mimi....

Looking forward to it, definitely!

Awwww, great seasonal news...... Xox !!!!!! Thanks, Alicia

Can't wait! I am so excited I actually get to decorate for Christmas this year and my theme is going to run off your pretty ornaments!

I can't wait!!!! I'm dying to see what the look like and to get started on them!!!

ooooh exciting!! I just finished a Miss Maggie Rabbit and a Summer Bag (I know it's fall!) and had so much fun. Looking forward to making some ornaments. :)

thanks for the update. I was popped in to see when the ornaments would be available. I can't wait! Have a wonderful day!

Yay:-) The PDFs too Alicia?

I can hardly wait! :D

Yippie, so excited!

I have been checking everyday, sometimes more than once. ;-) This is one of the hightlights of my fall season.

For those who have bought the kits each year, which set do you think is best for a beginner? I'd love to buy one for me & my 11-y.o. daughter to work on...but neither of us is very crafty at all!

Catherine Kellogg says: September 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

EEEEeeeeeeeeee! So excited!

Was just wondering about these this morning. I think you should do the 12 days of Christmas , three at a time for the next four years... just sayin'. :) Looking forward to seeing what you've got!

YES! I love Christmas!

So excited, can't wait to see the new designs! This is one of my favorite parts of your blog each year!

I am excited too! It's become a birthday tradition for me, and next week I am turning the big 4-0!!

Excited to see what you came up with!

Yay! :)
Can't wait xx

Jenny Acuff says: September 27, 2013 at 02:26 PM

excited!! We all promise to buy up your inventory!!

Can't wait!

For Kelly's question...I looked at all this kits again (I've made them all), and I'd say the easiest for a beginner would be the Winter Woods kit, because there is less embroidery involved, no knitting, and no cross stitch. You'll just have to help your daughter be exact with the cutting and careful with reading the directions, patient with the gluing, etc. My daughter is 12, and she might be able to handle it (she made Maggie Rabbit), if I let her, but I am far too greedy with my ornament kits to let someone else in the family start making them :).
Alicia, you've done it again. I can see I'm going to stress out just a little about cutting that snowflake, but it's worth it. They are so, so beautiful.

Walk in the Woods kit...sorry. With the house, deer and tree. That's the one I think is easiest for a beginner (for Kelly)

Oh my gosh! they are beautiful!!!!!!!! AND and I am putting a little barrette in Mimi's hair in my
Ornament.......just cause.........xox Hurry up next week!!!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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