Being creative is a step by step process. Your finished creation is a testament to your thoughtful care in developing your imagined project. Everyone approaches how they create differently. The creative process is unique to you. Which tools you choose to use, what colors you determine your creation to have, and the many layers of texture all help to express your thoughts on design. The EQ7/EQStitch program gives us such great flexibility that we can design anything we can imagine. Sometimes when I just need inspiration, I simply look at all the designs in the EQ Libraries and then choose something I can combine or edit in order to create my own unique designs for machine embroidery. While browsing the libraries I often have an idea hatch into an embroidery design. Launch your EQStitch program from your desktop. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon at the top of
There are many design tools available to us in the EQ7/EQStitch program, but not all tools are available on every worktable. That does not mean we can’t use them all in one way or another to design in EQStitch. The drawing tools are simply that–they draw our artwork for quilting or embroidery. We simply take the artwork from one worktable and paste it into the EQStitch worktable and apply our stitches from there. See if you can figure out which worktable and which tool I used to create this embroidery design below. Tip–This entire design was created with one tool and one stroke only of the cursor moving over the drawing page. Things to remember when creating your designs- 1. The size of the hoop area may make your detailed artwork very difficult to actually stitch. Make sure you choose your hoop size with thought to how it will actually
Sometimes I need to clear my head and try not to think of anything at the moment. This is why adult coloring books are so popular. The new Zentangle drawing process is another way of just enjoying drawing nothing in particular and creating something spectacular in the process. I often open my software program and choose a tool or two and just start doodling. Adding to the shapes by using the wreathmaker (my favorite) tool and using the clone tool can start to create something special. Using the other functions of flipping, rotating, re-sizing, and changing the background color all adds to the design. Sometimes I am so satisfied with the doodling that I actually stop and stitch it out to use in a project down the road. If I don’t have time to stitch it, I can always export the image and print it onto fabric to sew later.
Ever notice there are not a lot of embroidery designs that are dedicated to boys/men? Most are of pretty things like flowers. Embroidered designs for males seem to be more text than pictures. You can create your own series of designs for men and create a library of designs for men in the EQStitch program. Open your EQStitch program. Click on the work on stitching worktable icon. Click on LIBRARIES>Stitching Libraries Click on the My Library Heading at the top of the Stitching Library box. Click on add library and then type in a new name for your library. Click on the OK to have the library added to your My Library . Click on the style 1 subheading and right click> modify style to change the name. Type in a new name for the style. Click OK to set the new name for the style. I named mine
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
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.
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