We are limited by our own thoughts. No one person has all the ideas or answers. Brainstorming with others who share a passion in common opens up all new ideas for individuals. I love it when I teach a class and the students are full of questions. It is great to have them so engaged in the subject matter. I also love speaking with other educators and hearing how they present topics and spread the news of new ideas and concepts that evolve to a higher level of personal experience. The EQAcademy in Ohio was this weekend. We shared ideas and had great laughs. My head is spinning with ideas as to how to use the EQStitch program even more in the future. For a little program that is considered an entry level digitizing program it sure can accomplish so much. All it takes is imagination and understanding how to
One color designs are my favorite to stitch at the machine. With no constant thread changes it can make for a quick design to stitch. But sometimes I am not happy with the results. If all of the design is stitched with one stitch type only it can look flat and uninteresting. When digitizing designs with your EQStitch program you can add more depth and interest by varying your stitch type. Remember to use the properties bar at the top of the screen to change the stitch width, density, and direction. Remove underlay stitches for a more open stitch look when possible. Mix up various stitches in one design so your eye moves from element to element when viewing. This is much more interesting than a single type of stitch through out the entire design. Since the one color design stitches continuously from segment to segment try to avoid jump
Waiting for inspiration to hit me. So stressed over what to create in my software and what to write about it that it makes me really tired. Oh wait! That’s it! I’m tired. Might as well be inspired by that. Take what you are feeling at the moment and use it as your inspiration to design something. It doesn’t need to be something you will actually stitch out. Just practicing with the tools in the program trying to express how you feel at the moment will help you to better learn the program tools and options. Launch your program Set up the embroidery worktable to be 8 inches (200 x 200). I use this size a lot because it is a good size to design onto a quilt block and it is also a good size to create applique elements that are not too small to deal with effectively.
Remember the ‘Who’s on First?’ comedy routine by Abbott and Costello? Building digitized embroidery designs reminds me of this. My question is “What’s in Back and What’s in Front?” I can’t draw so I start with a copywrite free clip art design. Evaluate how intricate it is and decide if you want to use the entire design image or if you want to crop out a segment to use as your tracing image. Determine your hoop size you will work with and bring in the cropped image onto the tracing tab for the embroidery worktable. Slightly fade the image on the tracing image tab so you can see your drawing lines on top of it. Click on the artwork tab and choose your drawing tool to trace the image. You do not need to trace all the elements. Use a ‘critical eye’ and determine what is in back and what
Tax time. My least favorite time of year. I just want to get them done and out of the way. Doing the taxes occupies my mind for a couple weeks that seems never ending every year. No time to play with digitizing designs or sewing them at the machine. Getting creative after tax season is my reward for completing them. What keeps you from your love of sewing, designing, digitizing?
Create depth in your designs by using stitch textures, stitch angles, and stitch colors. Begin by drawing your design to create shapes that can be filled with stitches (closed shapes). Click on the set fill stitch icon on the toolbar on the stitch tab. Select a stitch pattern that has a linear repeat texture. Click on each of the closed shapes to fill the area with the stitches. Edit the stitch direction on the fill stitch properties bar to help increase the visual effect of depth into the shapes. Color the shapes with the set thread tool to add even more depth to the design. NOTE: It is difficult to see the stitch pattern and stitch direction when using very dark colors. Lighter thread colors show the design elements more easily.
Did you know you can see how the embroidery you created in EQStitch will look on the quilt layout in EQ7? You can determine if you want to stitch in alternate blocks, on a border, or over several blocks based on the size of the design you create. You just need to keep in mind what hoop size you have for your particular machine and design within those restrictions. You can always multi hoop for continuous designs that flow from one point to another. Once you have created your design and added it to the sketchbook, you will also see an image of the design in the sketchbook on the embellishment tab. These are images of your design and not the actual stitches needed to sew the design at the machine. If you are placing your designs onto a quilt, you can design the quilt on the quilt worktable and