Our Final Nutcracker Pics
The Crochet Crowd Nutcracker and Igloo exhibit was a tremendous hit at the Creativ Festival in October 2015.
Four of us which included Michael Sellick, Daniel Zondervan, Kevin Price and Karen Price took three months to complete these nutcrackers.
Our complete gallery of the behind the scenes of making our structures to milestones of creating the nutcrackers is available for you to see how we did it. View our Nutcracker Gallery.
The outfits were made on the go without much thought to design. While we did have a hand sketch by Daniel to work from. We used his sketch to keep the costumes similar. Colours and stitching techniques were decided on a whim as we crocheted the outfits.
Daniel, being a professional musician, has played the violin for this particular story. The video below is a representation of the story but Daniel didn’t perform in this video. Daniel understood the story line and the beauty of the music to come up with the concept of the themes for our nutcrackers.
To most guests, we surprised them with our calculated theme. Each of the nutcrackers represents Act 1 and Act 2 of the Nutcracker Ballet Suite.
Our Green Nutcracker – Act 1
The Nutcracker starts off as a toy in Act 1 and therefore our Nutcracker has the toy appearance as you can tell by the face. His costume is decorative with cross stitching details on the lapels in playful toy colours. In act one, there was falling snow, a Christmas party and the battle of the Nutcracker and Mouse King. On the top hat, you can find elements of the story with the toy soldiers, snare playing rabbits and mice.
By the end of Act 1, the Nutcracker defeats the Mouse King and transforms into a prince. Therefore, our second Nutcracker looks more human as he is now the prince.
Our Purple Nutcrackers – Act 2
In Act 2, the Nutcracker is now a prince leading the dreaming girl to the land of sweets. His costume is changed to represent the new scenes of Act 2. The top hat and attire are matching several scenes which include the Land of Sweets with candy all over his outfit. The top hat having the Sugar Plum Fairies, Russian Dancers, Chinese Dancers and the Dance of the Flowers.
The Crochet Igloo
The igloo is part of our exhibit as a separate showcase. It represents 250 crocheters from around the world who sent us snowflakes as donations. The frame is made up of Water PVC Pipes from a homemade pattern that Daniel constructed himself. There are over 3,000 crochet snowflakes on the igloo with over 8,000 connections between them all. It is a symbol of our global crochet community.
From the interior, it was magical and pictures do not do it justice as the feeling you had when you were beneath the 1000’s of snowflakes.
The entire structure of the Nutcrackers is made from scratch as you can see in the complete gallery. Most of the hand crochet stitch work is free formed to match the sizing. Some of the appliques and dolls are actual patterns where they have been altered to match the theme.
The main yarn used is Caron Simply Soft Party, Bernat Satin, Bernat Super Value and Bernat Handicrafter Yarn by Yarnspirations.
Time & Expenses
The Nutcrackers from start to finish from the structure to the final presentation took approximately 1,150 hours giving us a labour cost of $18,000. Materials and yarn are approximately $2,000. Together as a pair, they are worth a minimum of $20,000.