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.
Set the ‘embroidery edge stitches’ to a bean stitch.
Set the ‘embroidery fill stitches’ to a no fill option.
Remember–You can always change the stitch settings on the stitch tab at the bottom of the screen later.
Click back on the artwork tab at the bottom of the screen and draw an outline stitch going around the outer edge of the shape in a continuous line drawing.
At the top of the screen, click on the steil stitch (same as a zig zag stitch) on the properties bar.
Move the cursor over to the edge outline you just drew and click once to apply the new edge.
Click on the ‘set thread’ tool and color the edge stitches.
Designing with a continuous line is called ‘pathing’. Free hand drawing the path can be complicated and is not the same as drawing an enclosed shape and moving the start point. Pathing is a much more intricate way of creating a continuous sew design.