Yvonne

As a quilter and machine embroidery individual, I learned very quickly that I could do so much more with my computerized machines if I knew how to use the computer and all the different programs that support our quilt designing and machine embroidery designing. I had already retired from my career as a dental hygienist of 40 years to now become even busier with my career of teaching sewing and all the related topics.

Recent Posts by Yvonne

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH September 2017

Posted 09-17-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Coloring and sketching/doodling is now seen as being a relaxing meditative hobby that aids in overall health.  Who knew??  I wanted to see if I could actually ‘sketch’ an embroidered design.  This can be a little tricky as stitches are precise with a defined type, width, length and texture.  I was able to draw something that I felt was similar to a ‘sketch’ with stitches using my EQStitch.

Open the EQStitch program.

Click on the stitch worktable icon to open the stitch features.

Click on the tracing image tab at the bottom of the screen.

Bring in an image onto the image tab and size it to the size of the hoop you will be using.   You could also use a motif image from the block library if you wanted to.  The image is up to you.

Add the image to the sketchbook so it is available for tracing in this sketch lesson.

NOTE:  If you can freehand draw easily, you do not need to use an image in the background to trace.

Click on the artwork tab and you will be able to see your image to trace in the background.

Click on the drawing board options box and set the  machine embroidery settings to be a bean stitch with no fill options.  Click OK to save the drawing settings.

Click on the freehand drawing tool to select it. Click/hold/drag/release the mouse from point to point to get a rough shape that you want to create.

NOTE:  When I drew my flower I started in the middle and swept the line outwards to the tips of the petals on each side of the petal.  I did not want a perfect petal shape.

Continue drawing the lines you need to complete the design.

Since the lines are going to be rigid stitch lines, I wanted to add more interest by selecting the lines and cloning them a couple times and offsetting them to look more like loose sketch lines.

I then added a brush stroke for the stamen of the flower and a few circles with the oval tool for the tip of the stamen.  Again, this is a very loose simple drawing without paying much attention to detail.

After completing the drawing lines, click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen to add the stitch properties with the set edge stitches tool.

I decided to change the stitch property of the stamen to be a very loose zigzag stitch just to add more definition.

Coloring all the stitch lines charcoal gray with the set thread tool will make it look more like a pencil line drawing.

NOTE:  Since this is a freeform line drawing without any attention to  pathing of stitches, there will be a lot of start and stop points.  Be prepared for multiple tie off stitches as it works it’s way around the design at the machine.

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH August 2017

Posted 08-20-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

When joining two shapes in EQStitch you will always have a start and stop point (tie off) of each of the shapes. To make them join seamlessly you need to draw them in one motion so they connect without a tie off. Using any shape tool, create a closed shape on the drawing board area. Now use the line tool and create lines around the object that appear to be connected. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen and fill the center shape with the set fill stitches tool. Color each of the lines with the set thread tool. You will see that when you click on a line to apply the color it does not color all the lines at once. This is because the lines are not really connected to the object shape in the center. Each of the elements of the drawing will

EQStitch Sunday Stitch July 2017

Posted 07-16-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

There are so many components to digitizing.  One of the obvious issues with some designs is the density.  Some stitch outs are so dense they are bullet proof and some are so loose in density you see spaces between your fill stitches.  The EQStitch program has a pre-set for the density and underlay stitches to be applied to any shape you create.  You can alter this in the properties bar on the stitch tab. Consider the design where there is one object layered on top of another.  A face would have this issue.  The face background is made first then the eyes, lips, nose, etc. are added details on top of the face background.  This creates several layers of stitches when using the program default settings.  Consider the artwork below.  The face has elements on top of the background.  The eyes have a pupil on top of the eye shape

EQStitch Sunday Stitch June 2017

Posted 06-18-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

I refer to the EQStitch digitizing program as ‘the little program that could’.  It may be a basic entry level auto-ditigizing program, but you can create pretty spectacular results with it.  The drawing tools are easy to use the and options give you a great selection to add interest to your designs.  I can make just about anything I set my mind to with this little program. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and then select the embroidery worktable from the drop down menu. Now using the shape tools only, see if you can create a simple design.  I have made a little puppy dog using the shapes only. This design is quick and simple to draw.  You can teach a young child how to create their own expressive ideas using the shape tools only in the program. After you have created your design, click on

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH MAY 2017

Posted 05-21-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Lately, when there is a holiday, you see all kinds of messages on the internet.  Mothers Day just passed and there were messages on facebook, tweets, instagrams, text messages, and so much more.  Most of the messages you see are generic and not very specific to the individual they were meant for.  Do you remember running to the mailbox to see if there was a letter or card for you?  Perhaps you were looking for something someone spent a little time on creating to be delivered to you?  Those days are all but gone now.  I still love a little thoughtful card or hand-written message from someone.  You can make simple greeting cards in your embroidery hoop and give it to someone special for any occasion.  It will be a real keepsake. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon. Click on STITCHING>New Design>Embroidery Click on the drawing

EQSTITCH SUNDAY STITCH APRIL 2017

Posted 04-16-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Happy Easter everyone!  Safe travels to each of you who are attending the EQAcademy in Ohio this week.  Enjoy your time as you learn the EQ program and get to meet the EQ staff while you are there. I am not a big chocolate eater, but I do like jelly beans.  Let’s draw a woven basket and some heaps of jelly beans for our special treat this week. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the stitch worktable icon and select the embroidery worktable from the stitching menu. Set your drawing board options to be a smooth fill and no outline for the embroidery settings. Be sure to click the OK at the bottom of the box to set the new options. Use the last polygon shape from the fly out selection of  polygon shapes  to draw a basket bottom. Select the ellipse tool and click and drag an oval for

EQ STITCH SUNDAY STITCH MARCH 2017

Posted 03-19-2017 by | Posted in: EQStitch   Favorite Posts   Sunday Stitch  

Even the most basic of designs can be enhanced to create depth by selective use of color, texture, edge stitches, and layers.  All of these components help to give a design interest. Recently, I was watching a program on TV and they were talking about mapping out how cells in the body look.  Cells have depth and edges to them to aid them in combining with other cells.  Scientists were requesting a 3-D image of cells to better help them create medicines to bind correctly with the outer edges of the cells.  The programmers took the idea of origami paper folding art to use a flat image (piece of paper) and create a 3-D image by adding intricates folds to make the shape have depth.  They then applied that technique to visualize the cells in the body.  Absolutely fascinating!! I took this idea and tried to create origami looking embroidery