Just wanted to share a little behind the scenes....
These first few weeks of January, Moda (the company I buy most fabric from) previews their upcoming holiday and seasonal fabrics that will be released throughout the entire year. I have to order any seasonal or Christmas now, or I won't be able to get enough for a kit. My rep gives me a few fabric swatches, but most of it is on paper only.
So I spend about 2 weeks cutting up their catalog to shreds, trying to put together about a year of any seasonal themed kits - and I'm not going to lie.. it is REALLY hard. The hard part is choosing and coordinating fabrics when I don't even know exactly what the ornament will be yet.
Even with fabrics that are coordinating, you just never know exactly how they will look together on an ornament - maybe they won't contrast enough? Maybe a pattern won't show the way I expected it to? Or, maybe that background that looked white in the pictures is actually a cream, and it ends up looking terrible with the other fabrics I ordered to go with it.
Or... what if it turns out we will need 32 pieces of a particular fabric instead of 24 like I planned. EEK! That can mean the difference between a 425 yard order and a 500 yard order.
(I have really messed this up with past orders… and getting it wrong with hundreds of yards of each fabric is a really big mistake!)
And.... am I guessing right, how many members we will have 10 months from now?
What if I ordered too little, and there aren't enough kits? What if I order too much? Either could amount to a very costly mistake.
What if, what if, what if! I am the queen of second guessing myself!
I try to plan out any new patterns in advance of this time of year, so that I can hopefully look at the new fabrics and then bring them into the new pattern ideas. It doesn't always work out that way, but that's the goal.
When all this fabric starts arriving, what usually happens is.. I realize I got it right with some of it, and I’m delighted… and I realize I got it totally wrong with others, and I freak out, and then I promise myself that next year will be easier and I will do a better job and it won’t be so stressful.
And here I am, the next year, and I think I’m even more stressed! lol. I had to take my eyes away from these little paper squares for a few minutes and I just thought you guys might find this interesting! Oh, and please wish me luck!
I hope whatever my fabric choices end up being for the coming holiday kits, that you will love them. :D