The simplest designs to create are silhouette designs. You just define the shape and fill in with stitches. Your eyes will tell your brain what you should see there and the image makes sense. You do not need to spend a lot of time creating stitch details with silhouettes. You can add one small element of contrasting color for added interest.
You can use any image from the EQ7 program or from your own files.
Choose a textured fill stitch from the drop down menu. Textured stitches add interest to a simple shape. Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box to set the preferences.
Once the image is on the tracing image tab, click on the artwork tab and trace the image shape with the drawing tool of your choice. Remember, you must have a closed shape in order to fill it with stitches. You could choose to leave the silhouette as a simple shape or add another decorative element.
Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and add the stitch properties of your choice. Export the stitch file to the format required for your machine.
Placing a single element onto a quilt background gives it more of a presence and your eye is directed to the simplistic beauty. This design style would work really well on a bag also.
The design is simple and does not take long to digitize, but stitching can take quite a long time especially if it is a large area. The solid fill also uses a lot of thread.
I will be teaching at the EQ Academy in April. Registration is happening now through the EQ website. I hope to see you there!