The Nutcracker Table Runner ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery design

Our Nutcracker video

 

The Nutcracker Story


“The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” was  written by E.T.A. Hoffman.

It has been adapted for the stage and is now a world famous ballet “the NutCracker Ballet”.

Although the ballet is different in detail from E.T.A Hoffman’s original story, the basic plot remains the same; it is the story of a young German girl who has a wonderful imagination and who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince.

It is Christmas Eve and  The Stahlbaums are hosting their annual Christmas party, in their grand, opulent house.

The Children’s godfather  Herr Drosselmeyer arrives.  He brings with him beautiful gifts for the family.

The family begin to open gifts when Drosselmeyer presents his to the children Clara ( sometimes known as Marie) and Fritz.  Among the gifts is a beautiful hand crafted Dolls house complete with carved timber dolls inside. The children are amazed by this gift and quickly open the doll’s house to reveal the dolls inside.

Drosselmeyer then gives Clara a beautiful hand crafted timber Nutcracker . Her brother Fritz  grabs the nutcracker from Clara and accidently breaks it.  Clara is heartbroken but clever Drosselmeyer quickly repairs the Nutcracker and all is well again.

Later that evening after the guests depart and the family retire for the evening.  Clara sleeps fitfully , awakes and wanders downstairs to check on the Nutcracker where she falls asleep under the Christmas tree.

As the clock strikes midnight the magic begins to happen. The Christmas tree grows high above her and all the ornaments on the tree seem to come to life. Even the once still doll’s house has stirred with life.

The Nutcracker awakens to find an army of mice led by the wicked Mouse King preparing for battle on the living room floor.  The Mouse King corners the Nutcracker and battles him one-on-one and alas the Nutcracker seems to be no match for the Mouse King.

The Nutcracker and his army are defeated and are captured by the mice .  Clara saves the Nutcracker by throwing her slipper at the Mouse King, killing  him with a blow on the head.

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Snowflake coaster/mugrug

The Nutcracker turns into a Prince and takes Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow, an enchanted forest wonderland  where they are greeted by dancing snowflakes and then to the Land of Sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum fairy.

Clara then awakens from her dream and finds herself by her Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker.

The beautiful images that this story evokes is perfect for ballet and there are many beautiful dances throughout the story.

  • The Spanish Dance
  • The Arabian Dance
  • The Russian Dance
  • The Chinese Dance
  • The Mirliton Dance
  • The Waltz of Flowers
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Fairy Silhouette Quilt blocks
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Nutcracker Table Runner design

A celebration of the imagination

Christmas is a wonderful time of celebration and imagination  and we have tried at Sweet Pea to reflect this in our Christmas machine embroidery designs

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2016 Sweet Pea Christmas Sew-a-long Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Christmas Sew-a-Long.

We are blown away by the interest in this sew-a-long and have loved the enthusiasm everyone has shown.

We will be having regular sew-a-longs as we believe it is a fantastic way for people who have never been brave enough to try this new technique of ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery.

Here in Australia we have a saying ” have a go” and it is this motto that should inspire everyone to try something new, to step away from traditional techniques and embrace new and fresh ideas. These sew-a-longs are a wonderful place to be able to express your creativity even within the guidelines of a set design. They are wonderful because they encourage everyone ,even the shy to step up and show their work and be proud of their efforts and applaud everyone’s work.

So it is without further a do that we are proud to announce the winners of this amazing sew-a-long.

The Prizes

2 x 1st Prizes …..  2 FREE Sweet Pea designs of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order

2x  2nd Prizes ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order

2x  3rd Prizes …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order

The Winners are

 

 

 

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2016 Sweet Pea Christmas sew-a-long “Santa’s Cookies Placemat”

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Machine embroidery, using heat to tidy stray fibres.

Now we don’t usually recommend playing with fire or heat but it is a sure fire (pardon the pun) way to get rid of those pesky stray fibres that seem to hang about on a completely made in the hoop machine embroidery item.  These are items that are made completely in the hoop and are finished off completely in the hoop with satin stitching around the edges.

The Machine Embroidery designs that Sweet Pea has that this technique would apply are

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Cottage and Christmas tree bunting
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Alphabet Bunting

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‘add ons’ for the Alphabet and Number Bunting

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and of course our extremely popular “Mylar Christmas Bauble” design

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Mylar Christmas baubles

Totally finished off ‘in the hoop’

As you can see from the images above these projects are made entirely in the hoop and are all finished off with a satin stitch.

It is clear in the image above that there is still a remnant of batting remaining even after the soluble stabilizer is soaked away with a water bath.

In order to have a much neater finish we need to remove those wisps of batting away and the easiest way is to melt it with heat.

Take care with fire

There are few different methods of removing the wisps of batting left behind.

  1. A pair of applique scissors- not the most effective and probably the most frustrating!
  2. A razor – once again a time consuming and ultimately frustrating pastime
  3. A heat cutting tool – made for this purpose and definitely the safest melting method
  4. A flame- now we don’t recommend this method if you are accident prone or do not possess the steadiest hands but it is very effective, quick and cheap to do. You just need a cigarette lighter.

Please watch this very short video on how to CAREFULLY use a lighter ( click image below)

( we used this method on Tree Bunting for our Christmas Cottage and Tree bunting design)

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Quick and Easy Christmas Machine Embroidery Designs made ‘in the hoop’

In a blink of an eye Christmas 2016 will be upon us. If you haven’t already started thinking about decorations for your home or even some lovely personalised Christmas gifts ,Sweet Pea’s range of Machine Embroidery Designs will make your life so much easier.

Who wants to be bothered with the long queues of Christmas shoppers all there sorting through the same ole same Christmas ornaments? How many times do we have that ‘oh well this will do’ sigh when we select Christmas gifts for our near and dearest?

I know myself that every year I will make the vow full of determination and conviction that I will ‘start early’ next year and never put myself into this situation of resignation and despair again. Of course I never do, life has that annoying habit of throwing the unplanned in our way and the wonderful vows that I made standing in those Christmas store queues are long forgotten and once more I am on the path to a frantic last minute Christmas shop somewhere in mid December.

If you are like me and you can see a frantic mad rush ahead for you sometime in December why not take a few minutes to watch our Christmas design video and see just a small handful of our quick and easy Machine Embroidery Designs all made ‘in the hoop’.

Quick and easy

Not only are our Machine Embroidery Designs quick and easy to do they also are  a fantastic way to use a lot of of your Christmas fabric scraps which I am sure you have been accruing over the years.

Personalised Christmas Gifts

Ever had a feeling of gift overload ? After all that mad rushing around making difficult decisions on what to buy everyone, by the time that Christmas actually arrives I am pretty much over gifts .

Before you all go thinking what a Scrooge I am let me explain, I love gift giving and particularly at Christmas. I think it is just the lack of meaningful options that I find in the stores . It becomes a case of Groundhog Day with me frantically trying to find something that reflects the personality of the person I am giving the gift to. I find myself  more often than not end up selecting something only halfway suitable and not feeling very happy about it all.

One solution is making your own Christmas gifts with our Machine Embroidery Designs . They don’t have to be an elaborate design . I think when a gift is personalised size definitely does not matter.

The old saying ‘it is the thought that counts’ is a mantra that I think we should all adopt at Christmas.  It is the thought that goes into considering what the gift recipient likes, what their interests are, how they reflect themselves in their own home decor , their favourite colour ,the list is endless . It is the love that you stitch into the gift, the time you spend thinking about that person whilst you make the gift.

 

Family Heirlooms

Christmas ornaments and Christmas home decor items are often something that we keep for years . These Christmas ornaments and decor items often hold special meaning to us as they were part of our Family celebrations .

Just bringing these Christmas ornaments and decor items out every year can evoke wonderful memories of happy times spend together with our nearest and dearest.

How special would it be if these Christmas ornaments and decor items that we hold so dear could be made by ourselves . These items would be made with love and even hold more significance.

 

Click on image below to watch video

 

Click on images below to be taken directly to the design on swpea.com

 

 

 

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Cottage and Christmas tree bunting
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Mylar Christmas baubles
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Santa Christmas stocking
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Christmas tree table runner

 

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Snowflake coaster/mugrug
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Christmas cuties table runner

 

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Holly cutlery holder

 

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Holly cutlery holder

 

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Holly table runner

 

 

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Merry Christmas mugrug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Mylar in machine embroidery

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Sweet Pea ‘Mylar Christmas Baubles’ design

What is Mylar

Mylar is the trademarked name of a Du Pont product. Mylar is a very strong polyester film that was developed in the 1950s.

It is because of this superior strength, heat resistance, and excellent insulating properties that made  Mylar a popular choice for the making of audio and video tape,batteries and even packing.

Mylar in machine embroidery

This beautiful opalescent film creates a sparkly metallic effect between the stitches .

Our Sweet Pea  ‘Mylar Christmas Bauble’ design has been designed to have deliberately left out spaces between the design stitches to allow the Mylar film to show through.

Most machine embroidery designs are too dense to use Mylar. Normally with machine embroidery  you want the rows of stitching to be close enough together so that you cannot see the fabric underneath.

That is why we have made our ‘Mylar Christmas Bauble’ design with the stitching spaced out like it is. The spaces between the stitching allow the light to reflect off the Mylar behind it and gives the machine embroidery a stunning sparkly effect.

What colour Mylar is best?

We used “Opal Iridescent” in our ‘Mylar Christmas Bauble’ design.

We chose this because it is almost transparent and  it lets you see the background fabric through it giving the machine embroidery more dimension.The colour of the thread that is used in the machine embroidery is also reflected in the Mylar.

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made by Jenni Pokora

 

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made by Jenni Pokora
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made by Jenni Pokora
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made by Jenni Pokora

‘Mylar Christmas Baubles’ design

The baubles are completely finished in the hoop in one hooping.  There are three different designs.

The designs come in sizes for the 4×4, 5×5 and 6×6 hoops.  You will receive all three sizes with your purchase.

You will need to purchase Mylar for this project.

It is quick and easy to sew making them perfect for craft markets stalls, gifts or Valentines day.

Full photo instructions and directions are included with your purchase.

It is our intention to offer you the best service always and for our designs to be the highest quality.

Designs come in all formats except ART.  Bernina’s can use EXP.  Formats include pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst etc

As a variation you can just embroider the underlay of the back ground for a completely different look.

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Where to buy Mylar

Mylar for your machine embroidery can be found and purchased online. It is usually sold by the sheet or in a set of sheets. You wont need rolls and rolls of this product as a little goes a long way.

 

A great way to personalize your Christmas Tree or hang as labels on Christmas gifts.

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made by Jenni Pokora

 

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Mylar Christmas baubles 4×4 5×5 6×6 in the hoop machine embroidery design

 

History of the Advent Calendar

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Advent is the season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Why not buy, or even better, create your very own Advent calendar this season.  The tradition of opening up little numbered doors to reveal an image, bible verse or prize has been a tradition for everyone since the 19th century. German Protestants started the tradition by marking chalk on doors or lit candles to count the days leading up to Christmas. Different versions included the Advent clock and advent candle.

 

Gerhard Lang a Swabian parishioner invented today’s version of the Advent calendar, with doors hiding a prize or message.  Gerhard Lang was a painter in 1908. The Advent calendar was made with 24 little painted pictures affixed to a piece of cardboard. A few years later, Gerhard Lang invented the idea of the 24 little doors and sold at least 30 different designs in his shop.

 

Today’s version includes paper doors that reveal a surprise each day beginning on December 1st and ending on December 24th. With so many different versions of the Advent calendar, it’s hard to choose the right one. This is why Sweet Pea has created a few unique Advent calendars using machine embroidery so everyone can create their own. This popular craft is perfect for families especially for young children and grandchildren.

 

The perfect gift or decoration for your own home this Christmas is the Advent train quilt 4×4 5×5 6×6 in the hoop machine embroidery design. This quilt can be kept for years to come as the perfect family ritual. Family members can fill the pockets in the train with Christmas surprises for everyone. The pockets could be filled with chocolates, treats, bible verses, pictures or little toys, something for everyone. The quilt could also be used throughout the year, as the quilt is unique and fun, perfect for children.

 

This gorgeous Christmas Advent or count down quilt has twenty seven different blocks. There are 24 carriage blocks, one engine block and two tree blocks. The carriage blocks all create a pocket for you to put a little gift in. The design comes in the following sizes: 4×4, 5×5 and 6×6.  All three sizes are included in your purchase.  Please note on the 4×4 blocks the pockets are very small but still large enough to hold a small gift. The blocks are sewn in the hoop and then joined and backed with your sewing machine.

 

Another perfect design for this Christmas is the pretty Christmas Advent calendar bunting.  All 24 flags sewn in the 5×7 hoop have a little pocket where you can hide a gift. The flags are completely finished in the hoop with only the top raw seam.  Then you just add the bias binding/string and you are finished. You can be creative and completely change the look of this Christmas design by changing the fabric. Both the Advent train quilt and the Christmas bunting are perfect as festive decorations, family Advent calendars, craft market stalls or gifts.

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made by Connie Foushee Cecil
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made by Clara Hafen‎
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made by Edmana Meyerhoff‎

Click on the images above to be taken to the design on our website or

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