October Sew-a-Long- Christmas Ornament table centre , in the hoop machine embroidery design



sew-a-long in the hoop machine embroidery design Christmas ornament Table centre


Welcome to Sweet Pea’s OCTOBER

Sew-a-long  – 3 weeks…

10th October to 31st October ,2017  (Australian time)




To join this sew-a-long we ask that you agree to stitch out the design

Christmas ornament table centre 5×7 6×10 7×12 in the hoop machine embroidery design

within the 3 week time frame and post a photo of your Christmas Ornament Table centre in the Sweet Pea ‘s OCTOBER Sew-a-long group

NOT share the discount code nor file with anyone.

The design is usually $10 AUD and with a $3 AUD discount

This sew-a-long will cost 7 AUD.

The sew-a-long code is in the ‘pinned post’ on our October sew-a-long Facebook group page.


The design is on our website:   https://swpea.com/products/christmas-ornament-table-centre-5×7-6×10-7×12-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

Please enter the code at checkout. The file is an instant download from the website.

This is a table centre for Christmas that is made in the hoop.

Designs for the 5×7, 6×10 and 7×12 hoops are all included.

The placemat takes six hoopings and the blocks are joined with your sewing machine.  The backing is then attached with your sewing machine.  There is about 8cm of hand sewing or gluing required.

Finished dimensions are –

5×7 – 35cm (14″) diameter

6×10 – 47.5cm (19″) diameter

7×12 – 60cm (24″) diameter

They are quick and easy to sew making them perfect for craft market stalls, gifts or you own Christmas tables..

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 pes, hus, sew, xxx, jef, vp3, vip, mit, dat, dst, exp etc. All formats are included with your purchase.

Instructions are included in German and English!

Join our sew-a-long Facebook group- click image below

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Great instructional YouTube video

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Discount code available on this design for our Sew-a-long  Facebook members-

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We will be judging the best photos

For your photo to be eligible for judging, you must have used the design without omitting any part of the design.

. the design cannot be changed nor the block used in any other way.

.there is to be NO ADDED embellishment of any kind, THE ONLY THING THAT WILL BE PERMITTED IS A BUTTON/BEAD or similar in the centre.

The prizes

1st Prize x3 ….  2 FREE Sweet Pea designs of your choice PLUS 50% off your next Sweet Pea order

2nd Prize x3 ….. 1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 30% off your next Sweet Pea Order

3rd Prize x3 …..  1 Free Sweet Pea design of your choice PLUS 10 % off your next Sweet Pea Order

Previous sew-a-longs to check out

machine embroidery design in the hoop

July, August and September Sew-a-long Challenge:   https://swpea.me/2017/09/03/sweet-pea-sew-a-long-challenge-august-the-winners/

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New Life Easter Basket 4×4 5×5 6×6 in the hoop

March Sew-a-long: https://swpea.me/2017/04/01/the-winners-of-our-march-easter-sew-a-long/

machine embroidery design, in the hoop, patchwork


February sew-a-long :    https://swpea.me/2017/02/04/february-sew-a-long-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery/

Boxing Day in Australia

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what on earth is boxing day?

Typically in Australia Boxing day is the recovery day after Christmas, the day that Aussies pull out their lilos/ banana lounges and lay back and watch the Cricket Test Match on the television.

Christmas in Australia is in our Summer and the day itself is usually hot.

Christmas is a bit of a contradiction for us Aussies as we see Christmas around us in the World depicted as snow and cosy cold weather. Even our Christmas greeting cards have pictures of snow flakes and Winter scenes on them.


Most Aussies never will  see snow in their lifetime so it is quite strange. Even Christmas trees have tinsel wrapped around them, I presume this is to represent snow. We have a saying here in Australia ” you wouldn’t have a snowflakes chance in hell”.. well that saying could be applied in our Great Southern HOT Land. A snowflake on our Christmas tree would last a micro second.

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It is true the we in Australia are still influenced today by our Colonial beginnings and our Motherland. We still have most of our traditions from England even down to our HOT Christmas Roast dinner which really does not make any sense in our hot climate.

Still, we persist with sweat rolling down our faces as we bake our Christmas hams in hot kitchens with all the plastic utensils melting around us.

christmas day boxing day ham oven

So with every fan and air conditioner turned on we soldier on in our quest for a Traditional Christmas. By the time for our Christmas dinner we are usually so hot that we have lost our appetite  BUT we eat, and eat , and eat

christmas day boxing day dinner


This is where Boxing Day is important

it is the day where Mothers ( after cleaning up from the day before ) can finally put their feet up and eat a slice of Christmas cake in peace. The males typically will retire to a room with a television and congratulate themselves on yet another well executed Christmas day.

The children will play with any of their Christmas presents that haven’t been broken from the ruckus of the previous day and any pets will come out of their hiding places glad to see ‘normality’ has returned to their world.

History of Boxing Day

 Boxing day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day

It originated in the United Kingdom, and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously belonged to the British Empire, including New Zealand and Canada.\ Boxing Day is on 26 December. It is a public holiday.

MODERN DAY -In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa Test Cricket matches are played on Boxing Day.

In Australia, the first day of the Boxing Day Cricket test match is in Melbourne. It is also the start of the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

DAYS GONE PAST -In Britain, it was a customary for tradesmen to collect their Christmas present  which was  a  “Christmas box” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for their good service to their employer.

An even older British tradition was that the wealthy would expect their wait staff to be working on Christmas day and then they  would be ‘rewarded’  with a box full of leftovers, gifts and Christmas bonuses.


Summer Santa Table Runner


Merry Christmas everyone and here’s looking to a bright and happy 2017






The Twelve Days of Christmas–NOW FINISHED 


It has become commonplace in today’s modern world for people to believe the 12 days of Christmas are the days leading to December 25th. Today people fill their homes with decorations and family and friends listen to Christmas carols. Everyone celebrates all through December up until the 25th.

Historically the  12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night.
The 12 Days of Christmas have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration  of Christ’s birth with all of the saints of faith.

Today  we all know the 12 days of Christmas from the beloved Christmas carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the Twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords a Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids a Milking

7 Swans a Swimming

6 Geese a Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


Sweet Pea 12 days of Christmas

We have tried to match each of the 12 days of the carol to one of our Sweet Pea designs         ( not that easy ) and we will discount that particular design for 24 hours only.

Please watch our YouTube video to see what each day’s discounted design will be( click image below)

Then visit this blog page every day from December 25th for the day’s discount code.


click to watch the YouTube video





2016 Christmas Competition 

So many wonderful entries 

We have had a very tough time picking a winner from all the wonderful entries . Each and every one of them look festive and unique.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our competition, your work is amazing and we have had a difficult time in choosing a winner.

Our Winner of our first ever Christmas Competition is    Sandy Kiester‎.

Sandy’s winning entry was made with a combination of blocks from two of our designs. The diagonal block from the Diagonal tote bag and the Dear Allison Block #10.

Sandy made this as a gift and wasn’t sure if it would be used as a table Runner or Wall Hanging, so she just added 2 buttons at the top & ribbon for her friend to choose the option.

Sandy also had a few more entries in this competition and whilst it was the above entry that caught our eye, her other entries were wonderful as well.
What we loved about Sandy’s entry is that Sandy’s largest hoop is the 4×4 and she still has managed to achieve such wonderful results with imagination, creativity and talent.

Congratulations Sandy, we are sure the recipients of your wonderful gifts will treasure them.

The following video has just a handful of the fantastic work entered into the competition.


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please click photo to see video

 Christmas is a perfect time to ‘deck the halls’ of our homes with festive decorations .

Often these decorations become heirlooms, being brought out year after year with wonderful memories attached to them. Sometimes these decorations commemorate a child’s first Christmas or even to celebrate adult children coming home to visit. Whatever the reason these decorations become part of our family’s history.  Being able to make your own unique decorations attach even more importance to them.

For more quick and easy Christmas designs          http://swpea.com/

Christmas Holly ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery designs


Holly and greenery at Christmas

 Christmas will be here soon and many of us will be decorating our homes with beautiful bright Christmas plants. Some of the Christmas plants include mistletoe, poinsettia, Christmas wreaths, Christmas trees, Holly and more.  Here’s some quick facts and history on these plants and why they are used at Christmas.

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Mistletoe (Viscum album)

One of the many plants famously used at Christmas is mistletoe also known as the kissing plants.  A Scandinavian myth believes the poisonous plants were used, as a peace offering after a goddess’ was heart broken after the plant killed her son.  The tears of the goddess became the berries of the plants therefore making the plant sacred as “mistletoe would never again be used as a weapon and that she would place a kiss on anyone who passed under it.”  Mistletoe relates to Christmas, as the Druids believed mistletoe protected people against evil and used the plant to produce cures. Modern use as a seasonal plant around Christmas time started, as young druids would use mistletoe to signify the New Year.

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 Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

 The poinsettia plant is beautiful therefore it’s no wonder this has been a symbol of Christmas for many many years. According to a legend, a poor young girl was upset after had nothing to offer her church on Christmas. So the girl presented bright and green weeds that she found close to the church. During the service on Christmas eve these weeds turned into the beautiful red star-shaped flowers (poinsettia). The meaning of these flowers represent offering gifts of humility therefore the perfect flower at Christmas known as the ‘Holy Night Flower’

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Christmas Wreath and Tree

The Christmas wreath is often seen on doors and used as decorations around Christmas starting from pagan roots. Before the spread of Christianity these wreaths were a symbol in the wintertime as they had strength and unity. This symbolism was particular important in winter to enable those facing the hazards of cold weather to show strength.  The circle of the wreath is a symbol of eternal life a strong message at Christmas time. According to legends the pine trees used as Christmas trees signify the trinity of Creator, Son and Holy Spirit with the triangular outline.

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Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

History finds that holly grew around footsteps of Jesus Christ and the thorny leaves and red berries symbolise the blood shed from Jesus on the cross. Holly is known as ‘Christ’s Thorn’ in northern European countries.  The sharp leaves are a representation of the crown of thorns Jesus wore as he was crucified.  The bright red berries of the holly plant are a symbol of the drops of blood shed from Jesus. Therefore Holly is and still is a very strong Christian symbol of Christmas and Sweet Pea has made lots of beautiful Christmas designs featuring Holly.

Holly and Christmas Trees in our ‘in the hoop’ machine embroidery designs


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



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”