Sweet Pea Sew-a-long Challenge -August The Winners

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Each month we will choose a 1st Place , 2nd and 3rd Place winners ( plus 4th, 5th and 6th)

At the end of the 3 sew-a-longs we will have a total of 18 monthly winners.

We will put the 18 winning entries to public voting on October 1st, 2017

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be the entry that receives the most votes by 5pm October 3rd 2017.

Grand prize winner will be announced on the website, Sweet Pea Facebook groups and notified by email.

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MONTHLY WINNERS WILL RECEIVE

1st Place winner will receive: http://www.echidnaclub.com.au/shop/echidna-embroidery-thread-boxed-sets/H-STARTER-Thread-Set From Echidna Sewing . PLUS $100 Sweet Pea gift voucher

2nd Place winner will receive: http://www.echidnaclub.com.au/shop/echidna-embroidery-thread-boxed-sets/H-15BONUSSET From Echidna Sewing .PLUS $50 Sweet Pea gift voucher

3rd Place winner will receive: http://www.echidnaclub.com.au/shop/embroidery-cutaway-tearaway-washaway-topping From Echidna Sewing .PLUS $25 Sweet Pea gift voucher

4th, 5th and 6th place winners will receive a Sweet Pea design of their choice.

All place winners will be judged on the best photos submitted. Judges decision is final. This is a competition of skill.

All place winners will be announced on the website, Sweet Pea Facebook groups and notified by email.

And the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win

Either

A BROTHER /F440E- embroidery Machine valued at $1499 AUD (Australian winner only – due to shipping legislation)

OR $1000 (Australian Dollars ) Sweet Pea gift voucher (for non Australian grand prize winner).

THE WINNERS

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machine embroidery in the hoop sew-a-long winner

 

machine embroidery in the hoop sew-a-long winner

 

machine embroidery in the hoop sew-a-long winner

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our August Sew-a-Long Challenge, we saw hundreds of beautiful creations using our Home Cushion, Table Runner design and each and every one of you should be very proud.

Winners please contact us at sweetpeanash@gmail.com and let us know your mailing details. Thanks 🙂

The Winners Video ( click image to view)

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The Fantastic prizes supplied for this sew-a-long are from the wonderful people at Echidna Sewing.

Check out their great range of Brother Embroidery Machines and online shop at

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September Sew-a-long starts September 9

The September sew-a-long will start September 9 ( Australia time)

The Sew-a-long will be held in the same group as we had for the AUGUST Sew-a-long.

CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO JOIN

 

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Sweet Pea’s favourite beach trips in Summer

Beach trips

 Summer is approaching fast and it’s already getting hot in Queensland. This is the perfect time to start planning some beach trips and why not read about some of Sweet Pea’s favourite summer holidays.  We hope this will inspire you to take your own relaxing holiday vacation soon!

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Sunshine Coast  – Mooloolaba

 Mooloolaba is just over an hours drive from Brisbane and is the perfect place for a day trip in summer. Along the beach there are delightful little restaurants and cafes. We love to grab a spot in the park and have a picnic at sunset after a long day spent at the beach in the waves.

 

Stradbroke

 Stradbroke is an island about an hour’s boat ride from Brisbane and is the perfect family getaway destination. You can either rent out a house or stay in a hotel. Even better grab your caravan or tent and stay right on the beach. Stradbroke is the perfect place for people who are more adventurous and love to get away from the city.  The Sweet Pea family love to camp right on the beach far away from the city lights. There are so many stars in the sky and it’s a great time to spend the day and night right on the picturesque beach. But watch out in the water because there are SHARKS! Typical Australia.

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Gold Coast – Coolangatta

 Many people have heard about the Gold Coast when they think of Australian beach destinations. However all the Sweet Pea family love to escape the crowds at Surfers Paradise and enjoy a relaxing weekend at Coolangatta instead.  The beach at Coolangatta has soft white sand and beautiful blue waves that the kids and even adults can enjoy spending the day in.

peter-and-poppyannette-robbie-gold-coast2Moreton Island – Tangalooma Dolphin Resort

Lastly our family favourite beach destination in summer is Tangalooma Resort which is located on Moreton Island just a 75-minute boat ride from Brisbane and is the perfect place to spend the day but we stay for a whole week instead. One day is just never enough for us as there are so many activities for the grandchildren, children, adults and grandparents. Our whole family stays there together and we love seeking adventure, relaxation and nature. But the must see attraction is the dolphin feeding every night where you will never miss a sighting of the dolphins.

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Sweet Pea loves the beach

 

The perfect essential for your beach trips are our beautiful, fun and easy to make beach bags. Other beach visitors will be jealous of you and your very own uniquely designed bag.

 

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https://swpea.com/products/beach-bag-6×10-7×12-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

Hawaiian reflections bag –

 

 

http://swpea.com/products/hawaiian-reflections-bag-6×10-7×12-9-5×14-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

I Don’t Date Fish Beach Bag

 

http://swpea.com/products/i-dont-date-fish-beach-bag-5×7-6×10-7×12-9×12-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

Hawaiian Leaf beach bag

 

http://swpea.com/products/hawaiian-leaf-beach-bag-5×7-6×10-7×12-9×12-in-the-hoop-machine-embroidery-design

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Learn how to “in the hoop” machine embroidery design

The Flower Zipper Purse made completely ” in the hoop” on an embroidery machine.

http://swpea.com/products/learn-how-to-do-in-the-hoop-free-flower-purse-4×4