FTCU digitizing practice-2019-april-showers

Digitizing Practice – April Showers

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! I hope your April showers are bringing you May flowers!

FTCU digitizing practice-2019-april-showers


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Download the image from your email and use your creativity to trace and digitize the image, however you would like.

The PDF guide will include a numbered digitizing plan and suggestions and tips for tracing the image.

Create A Digitizing Plan

Decide which shapes to trace first – look at the image and think of it as layers. Trace the layers in back first. Trace the shapes that should stitch first and leave the details for last.

3 planning steps diagram for floriani FTCU

Digitizing suggestions

The following notes are a few suggestions to help you follow a digitizing plan for this image.

These notes include the order in which I suggest you trace the shapes and the stitch tools that would be the most appropriate for the that shape.

Of course, I encourage you to use your creativity and use whatever stitch and thread colors that you would prefer! That is the benefit of digitizing our own designs. No two will ever be the same!

Digitizing Plan:

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:

showers – text

  • use the Text tool to create the letters – (I used the FTCU font – Amber)
  • use the selection tools to place the text

bring – text

  • use the Text tool to create the letters – (I used the FTCU font – Harvey)
  • use the selection tools to place the text

May – text

  • use the Text tool to create the letters – (I used the FTCU font – Long Block)
  • use the selection tools to place the text

April – text

  • use the Text tool to create the letters – (I used the FTCU font – Anniversary)
  • use the selection tools to place the text

flowers – text

  • use the Text tool to create the letters – (I used the FTCU font – Andrew)
  • use the selection tools to place the text


  • use the Fill Stitch tool to trace the umbrella


  • use the Fill Stitch tool to trace one of the flowers
  • copy and paste and use the selection tools to place the flower in the proper location
  • or trace each flower individually with the Fill stitch tool


  • use the Steil stitch tool and trace the handle of the umbrella
  • adjust the width of the steil stitch as needed
  • trace the small knob on top of the umbrella using the Steil tool – adjust the width as needed

stem – leaves

  • use the Run stitch tool and choose a BEAN stitch to trace the stems
  • use the Satin stitch tool to trace the leaves

digitizing tip

Note: You may be wondering why I didn’t suggest tracing the text words in the order in which they appear on the image. The reason is because of push and pull compensation for your design. Depending on the fabric you will be using for your design, it can be helpful to start in the middle of your design and move outward, or start at the bottom and then at the top and stitch different areas of your design in a random order. This can help prevent the fabric from being pushed and stretched into one direction.

This push and pull compensation is something to keep in mind when planning the stitching order of your design.

Digitizing Steps

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU

Editing Suggestion

  • try choosing other FTCU fonts instead of the suggested fonts to see which you prefer

Embroidery Gatherings Members

For those of you who belong to the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club, here is a link to the Lesson Directory to find coordinating lessons to help you trace and edit this practice design.

Need help?

Here are two ways to get the help you need to digitize your own designs.

  1. Have a digitizing question?

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.

  1. To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

You can get one-to-one digitizing help by joining our Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 step-by-step written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. We can create a personalized “journey” for you to learn to digitize!

Click HERE to find out more information.

Share your design!

After you have finished, you are welcome to share your design image with our Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group. We would love to see your creativity!

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