EQStitch Sunday Stitch #28

Posted 02-07-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

It is unseasonably warm in British Columbia, Canada where I live.  We have very little snow or cold days.  To my surprise my Daffodils are all ready coming up!  I have decided to create a quick machine embroidery pattern that I can stitch onto quilted pot holders from my local dollar store. Open your EQStitch  program. Click on the stitch worktable icon at the top of the screen. Click on Libraries>Block Library a the top of the top of the screen. In the library box, click on the words  search> by note card. Type in the word Daffodil. My program showed several designs in the library with the word Daffodil listed. I scrolled to the end to find the linear drawing of a Daffodil. Click on the daffodil of your choice and add it to the sketchbook. Click on view sketchbook icon at the top of the screen. Locate the…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #27

Posted 01-31-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Designs are open to interpretation.  Any design can be stitched several different ways.  Start with a linear design and change it to meet the technique style you want to work in. Open your EQStitch to the embroidery stitch worktable. Create a design with your drawing tools or use some artwork from the built in libraries. I used a paint brush design from the built in Stitching Library. Digitize the design in different ways to see what style works best.  Maybe you are in the mood for a filled design or a red work design.  You get to decide how you will use the artwork and can vary your approach using the same design with different stitch applications.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #26

Posted 01-24-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I love to learn new things.  I feel energized to try something new or different than my normal projects when I learn (attempt to learn) a new skill.   I know that  failing is a part of learning.  Even when I fail to produce something the way I wanted, I have learned what not to do the next time.  The one thing that keeps me from learning as much as I want to is  time.  With traveling so much to teach classes, I often don’t have the time to take classes.  This is where the internet helps me.  I can sign up for and download classes on the web so I can watch and listen to them when I am on the road teaching a class.  Often, when I am staying in hotels, I can begin to create my designs on the computer with the new skills I obtained through…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #25

Posted 01-17-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

There is more than one way to accomplish something.  This is especially true with digitizing.  You can approach a design in so many different ways utilizing different tools and techniques to come up with the same results.  One way to demonstrate this is with a mathematical equation.  How many ways can you describe the number ’4′?  Use your text tool to demonstrate how you would come up with the number ’4′. Click on the embroidery work table to select it.  Make sure you are on the embroidery worktable. In the drawing board options box, set the hoop size to 200 x 200 (8 inches) and turn off the edge stitches and select a smooth fill stitch.  Be sure to click the OK in the bottom of the box to set the new properties. Click on the text tool to select it. Move the cursor over to the hoop area and…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #24

Posted 01-10-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Some very simple variations in a design can create a totally different feeling or expression of your stitch designs.  Color of threads and stitch types can very quickly change a design.  Take a simple shape and try it with different edge stitches, no edges, fill stitches and color changes.  You will be surprised how easily it is to change the look of design. Be careful how you choose color and edges.  Some will make a design look elegant and simplistic while other choices may make the design look more like a cartoon or kids coloring book design.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #23

Posted 01-03-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

We had the grand kids visiting for a couple weeks before Christmas.  It was difficult to keep them entertained.  One evening we went to a sing-along in the village where we live to sing Christmas carols with other neighbors.  The 5 year old got bored really quick.  At one point someone was asked to offer up a prayer for everyone.  This particular person does like to go on and on when he is asked to give a blessing.  Even the adults are impatient for the prayer to end!  Of course, leave it to a kid to put it into perspective.  He covered his ears after several minutes and started saying, blah,blah, blah, blah!!!  Thank goodness most of the adults are hard of hearing and did not notice. I didn’t know whether to laugh or quiet him immediately.   Turn those special moments into cartoon character images and add text to…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #22

Posted 12-27-2015 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

I hope everyone had a great Christmas this last week.  I am busy writing lessons during this holiday season.  I write lessons several weeks/months in advance.  Right now I am looking at what lesson content I will include in the upcoming EQ Academy retreat in Ohio.  There are a few openings left so be sure to head on over to the EQ website and register soon.  This is the very best way to learn a software program with hands on lessons and step by step instruction.  The interaction with other students with the same interests also adds to the learning . Open the EQStitch program. Name a new project called ‘Teach Me Well’. Set the preferences for the project back to the default settings of the software. Relaunch the program and open the existing project named ‘Teach Me Well’. Click on the ‘work on stitching’ icon at the top of…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #21

Posted 12-20-2015 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Personalize a very special snowflake design using the freehand drawing tool in EQStitch.  This design stitches very fast and would make a great design to stitch on a kids napkin for your Christmas Holiday meal. Open your EQStitch program and set the preferences back to the default settings. Click  on the ‘work on stitching’ worktable Click on the patch fill icon on the properties bar at the top of the screen to turn it off. Click on the drawing board options and  set the embroidery edge stitch to a bean stitch, and set the embroidery fill stitch to a no fill option. Click on the freehand drawing tool and click/hold/drag/release the mouse while you write your name with cursive handwriting. Click on the name with the pick tool and rotate it so it is vertical on the page. Click on the ‘clone selected segments’ icon   to make a copy of the…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #20

Posted 12-13-2015 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Sunday Stitch

One color embroidery designs are traditionally called Red Work.  These designs were done in the past stitching pictures by hand using red threads.  Today, we often refer to machine embroidery one color designs as Red Work and then change them to different colors at the machine (blue work, green work, black work).  The trick when designing a single color design for the embroidery machine is to have the elements all connect to each other and draw them so they sew at the machine as a continuous stitch design.  Try not to have jumps, starts and stops, and elements that are not connected.  You can add interest to the designs by changing from running stitches, bean stitches, zigzag stitches, and a small amount of fill stitch areas. Open your EQStitch program. Name a new project called One Color Designs. Set the preferences back to the default settings. Click on the ‘work…

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #19

Posted 12-06-2015 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Sunday Stitch

Headed to a 3 day retreat for machine embroidery this weekend!  This is a great time to work on items for Christmas and also for test sewing all those machine embroidery designs I have been working on with my EQStitch program. Designs that work up quickly are linear and usually one color designs.  But, you could always opt to use variegated thread and just let it stitch out the lines and the various colors are automatically added.  I love to use a bean stitch (also called triple stitch) for a linear design or a small zigzag line when using variegated threads. The thread choice always effects the design you create.  Too thick of a thread will cause problems with heavily filled areas and too thin of a thread will cause issues with it not being prominent enough for the overall design.  Digitizing is just the first step to creating lovely…