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Autumn Crackers (CPB) by Marilyn Owens

Autumn Crackers

Stitching Level: Basic/Intermediate
Run Dates: July 6 – 10, 2018
Registration Dates: May 25 – July 10, 2017
Costs: Free to non-EU CyberPointers Members, EU Members will be invoiced

A subtitle for this project could be Decisions, Decisions, Decisions! Since you will have the option to mix and match all of the elements provided. Choose your center motif (or make up your own), select the combination of long borders to put on each side of the motif, pick the stitch to fill up the roll area. The materials and combinations used on the models will be identified, but you are encouraged to make these yours with different selections.

Techniques:
Combining elements and stitches, simple finishing

Materials List:
The materials listed below are for one of each of the five crackers; select your cracker(s) first, then check which threads are needed for the motifs on page 4:25 and if desired, add other threads for the borders and roll.

Canvas:
18 count mono, eggshell, 8″ x 9″ for each cracker, stretcher bars, tacks

Threads:

  • #8 pearl cotton, light gold (Finca 7726 or DMC 742)
  • #8 pearl cotton, dark gold (Finca 8069 or DMC 436 or 783)
  • #8 pearl cotton, dark red (Finca 1915 or DMC 816)
  • #8 Kreinik braid, orange (027)
  • Fyre Werks Soft Sheen, brown, FT2
  • Silk Lamé Braid 18, brown, SL55
  • Gloriana silk floss, Apricot Grove, 076
  • Gloriana silk floss, Fall Foliage, 077
  • Stranded cotton floss, light gold (Finca 7726 or DMC 742)
  • Stranded cotton floss, dark gold (Finca 8069 or DMC 436 or 783)
  • Stranded cotton floss, dark red (Finca 1915 or DMC 816)
  • Stranded silk or cotton floss, medium green (Splendor S907 or DMC 904)
  • Stranded silk or cotton floss, dark green (Splendor S1064 or DMC 895)
  • Stranded silk or cotton floss, light brown (Splendor S928 or DMC 840)
  • Stranded silk or cotton floss,dark brown (Splendor S955 or DMC 839)

Finishing:
12″ of 2.5″ wide ribbon for each cracker; this should have little or no transparency; wired is good but not necessary
1 yard of 1/8″ or 1/4″ wide ribbon for each cracker; satin or gros-grain will work
Fiberfill for stuffing

Threads and Stitches Used in the Models
The table below gives the threads used in the center motifs. Use it for gathering materials, based on which cracker(s) you choose to stitch. In some cases, you may want to add threads to be used in the roll and border areas.

Thread Owl Pumpkin Fall Tree Maple Leaf Quilt Block
#8 pearl cotton Dark
gold, dark
red
Dark gold,
light gold,
dark red
Light gold,
dark red
Dark gold Dark red,
light gold
(or use floss)
#8 Kreinik braid Yes Yes Yes
Fyre Werks Soft
Sheen
Yes Yes
Silk Lamé Braid 18 Yes Yes
Gloriana silk floss Apricot Grove Apricot Grove Apricot Grove Fall Foliage
Cotton or silk floss Light gold Dark red,
light gold,
medium green
Dark green,
medium
green, dark
brown, light
brown
Medium green

The following tables identify the threads and stitches used in the borders and roll areas of the models.
For each cracker, the outline of the center motif is given first, followed by the roll stitch, and then the border stitches are given, from the inside to the outside.

Owl Cracker

Stitch Step Threads Color Strands
Long-armed Cross Center Border #8 Pearl 1915 Dark red
Climbing Stitch Roll #8 Pearl 7726 Light gold
Couched Ribbon Base Fyre Werks SS FT2 Brown
Couching Floss 7726 Light gold 1 strand
Tied Herringbone Base #8 Pearl 8069 Dark gold
Tie-downs Silk Lamé 18 SL55 Brown
Point de Tress Gloriana 076 Apricot rove 2 strands

Pumpkin Cracker

Stitch Step Threads Color Strands
Alternating Mosaic Center Border #8 Pearl 1915 Dark red
Giant Brick 3-2 Roll #8 Pearl 8069 Dark gold
Alternating Scotch Base Gloriana 076 Apricot Grove 3 strands
Center stitch #8 Kreinik 027 Orange
Rice Stitch Base Silk Lamé 18 SL55 Brown
Tie-downs Floss 7726 Light gold 3 strands
Alternating Scotch Plus Base Gloriana 076 Apricot Grove 3 strands
Center Stitch #8 Kreinik 027 Orange

Fall Tree Cracker

Stitch Step Threads Color Strands
Barred Cross Center Border #8 Pearl 8069 Dark gold
Upright Milanese Roll #8 Pearl 1915 Dark red
Bound Cross Bottom stitches Floss S907 Medium green 3 strands
Top stitches Floss 7726 Light gold 3 strands
Scotch Gloriana 076 Apricot Grove 3 strands
Bound Cross Bottom stitches Floss S1064 Dark green 3 strands
Top stitches Floss 8069 Dark gold 3 Strands

Maple Leaf Cracker

Stitch Step Threads Color Strands
Smyrna Cross Center Border #8 Pearl 7726 Light gold
Medieval Mosaic Roll Floss S907 Medium green 4 strands
Point de Tress (2 color) Floss 8069
Floss 1915
Dark gold
Red
2 strands
2 strands
Rice Stitch Base Fyre Werks SS FT2 Brown
Tie-downs Floss S907 Medium Green 3 strands
Couched Ribbon Long Stitches #8 Kreinik027 Orange
Tie-downs
3x11zig-zag
Floss 1915 Dark Red 1 strand

Quilt Block Cracker

Stitch Step Threads Color Strands
Slanted Gobelin Center Border #8 Pearl 7726 Light gold
Window 17 Roll #8 Pearl 8069 Dark gold
Alternating Cashmere Plus Cashmere 1 Floss 1915 Dark red 3 strands
Cashmere 2 Floss 8069 Dark gold 3 strands
Horizontal Divider #8 Kreinik 027 Orange
Woven Cross Base Fyre Werks SS FT2 Brown
Top Layer Floss 7726 Light gold 2 strands
Double Fishbone Step 1 Floss 8069 Dark gold 3 strands
Step 2 Floss 1915 Dark red 3 Strands

 

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