Sunday Stitch is changing! Instead of being a weekly blog it is changing to a monthly blog with new ideas presented the third Sunday of each month. I can’t believe it has been a year of weekly blog entries all ready. Print the blogs and have them bound to use as a quick reference guide on how to work with the tools and inspirational ideas suggesting how you can get more creative with the EQStitch program. Have you considered thread color as a digitizing element? Simply applying color to the elements of a design can create a unique look. Even with monochromatic designs you can get amazing results with your designs. Open your EQStitch program on the desktop to luanch it and start a new design on the embroidery worktable. Change the size of the hoop area to be a 125 x 175 mm hoop (5 x 7 inch stitch field).
As a digitizer for machine embroidery, you need to consider your end product. What are you digitizing for? Are you making a home decor item, a quilt, a decorative element on a garment, or for a craft that is not traditionally done on fabric? All of the different projects require different settings for stitches when you are digitizing. Also consider how the product will be handled. Will it hang on a wall, be washed constantly, or simply viewed and treasured with little touch? So many questions need to be asked before you even begin as it influences how you digitize the design. Consider how you would digitize an embroidery design for stitching on card stock. If you have stitches that are small in length and very dense and close together, it will actually poke so many holes into the card stock that the design will fall out of the card.
Open your EQStitch program and make sure you are on the embroidery worktable. Now create a design with as many elements as you want. Overlap them and lay them one on top of the other to create layers of stitches. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen. Apply the stitch properties of your choice with the edge stitch and fill stitch tools. Notice how when elements are directly one on top of the other you may not be able to access the layer on the bottom. Click on the Move UP/Down tool on the toolbar. Now you can see all the elements you drew as separate pieces. Click on a shape in the box to select it. It will have a bright green selection line around it. Now move it to a new position with the move buttons a the bottom of the box. Whenever layers
One important tool built into EQStitch is the simulate stitching tool on the stitch tab. This is where you can ‘virtually deconstruct’ the stitch design and ‘watch it sew’ on the computer screen to see if there are any problems with the design that need to be corrected. This is called critical thinking. It involves observation, correction, and re-evaluation. Below is a list of things you should look for in a design with the simulate sewing tool. Once you see an area of concern, you can return to the artwork tab to correct it before you send it out as a stitch file. Evaluating your design before stitching is just one of the many steps required to create a great design. 1. Make sure the stitch order is correct–stitching from the background to the foreground. 2. Evaluate if the stitches do not corner nicely. Perhaps you need to edit a
Time is running out to register for the EQ Academy in Denver, Colorado, September 2016. Learning is enhanced by having multiple learning styles all available at the same time. Learn by seeing, hearing, reading written word, and hands on practice during a presentation. All of this helps to cement the ideas discussed into your mind. This is what happens at EQ Academy. Add food, friends, laughter, and more to create the most positive experience. Let the EQ company know right away if you have any intention of attending. If advanced enrollment is too low, the classes run the risk of being cancelled!
One of the best advantages of designing in a software program is that you can see how the finished project will look on the computer screen before you even begin to stitch. This is a great way to evaluate designs and see how the stitches change the ‘feel’ of the design. You can also determine what type of stitches work best for the specific use of the project. Start with a simple linear drawing and apply different stitch properties to change the design. Determine which elements are lines only and which will be closed shapes Create an entirely applique design or mix and match applique elements with stitch elements. Keep it simple with a red work style of design. Add texture to elements with directional stitches. Change the edge stitches of the elements to add more interest. Add artwork details and text for another look. Keep making changes and add
Machine embroidery is used in home decor, quilts, clothing, wearable accessories and much more. Whatever you can think of, you can probably add some machine embroidery to it. Recently, I have fallen in love with the artistic expressions created with cloth as the medium. I can easily spot a design that is created by someone with artistic abilities. I can sew, but I am not necessarily artistic by nature. I have been experimenting with painting on cloth, but I still need to start with a design that I can follow. (Color within the lines!) Launch your EQStitch program from the desktop. Click on the work on stitching icon at the top of the screen. Click on LIBRARY>Stitching Library Click on the EQStitch library and locate the zany zoo folder. Click on the caterpillar to select it and then click on add to sketchbook and close at the bottom of the