I am always under a deadline for something so I need to get creative really fast. Maybe you find the same thing happening when you need a last minute gift. I love using the tools in EQStitch to quickly develop a design ready to be stitched in minutes.
1. Double click on the EQStitch icon on the desktop to launch the program.
2. Once your program opens, name a project file for yourself. I am calling mine ‘Variation on Dresden Plate’. Be sure to click ‘OK ‘ at the bottom of the box.
3. If you have been changing your settings in the program for other projects, be sure to reset the defaults for the project before you start.
Click on FILE>Preferences and restore the default settings.
Relaunch the program and open the project file named ‘Variation on Dresden Plate’.
Set the Embroidery Fill stitch to ‘smooth’ and the Embroidery Edge Stitch to ‘no edge’. Be sure to click the ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box to set the new preferences.
Move the cursor over to the drawing board and start at the center of the board and drag upwards to create a diamond that falls directly on the vertical line.
Using the shape tool, click/hold/drag/release the side nodes upwards so they create a point at the top of the shape which resembles a Dresden Plate blade.
In the wreathmaker box, set the number of clusters to 12, cluster spacing to 100%, and resize cluster to 100%. Click ‘OK’ in the bottom of the box.
The variation of a dresden plate is now on the artwork tab.
9. Click on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen.
Click on any thread color to select it and then click on the fan blade to color the fill stitches.
I love the dramatic look of this variation on the Dresden Plate design. When stitched with bright color threads on a dark background fabric, you can really see the inner star shape that appears between the blades. This would make a nice design for a pillow top. It stitches fairly quickly and you can produce a nice unique gift made by you in no time at all.