FTCU Digitizing Practice Fall leaves

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice Fall leaves! Practice the FTCU Fill stitch tool while tracing these multi-colored fall leaves. Bonus challenge if you can add shadow effects to the acorns!

This is a mini lesson to encourage you to practice FTCU each week. For more detailed lessons,  join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. Click HERE for more info!

practice challenge-fall leaves

Fill out the form at the end of this lesson and the image and a PDF guide will be sent to your email inbox.

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:

FTCU Digitizing Practice Fall leaves

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:

digitizing plan - fall leaves

Leaf 1

  • trace each half of the lt. gold leaves using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Leaf 2

  • trace the other half of each of the dark gold leaves using the Fill Stitch tool and a darker gold thread color
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Leaf 3

  • trace each half of the lt. green leaves using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Leaf 4

  • trace the other half of each of the green leaves using the Fill Stitch tool and a darker green thread color
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Leaf 5

  • trace each half of the orange leaves using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Leaf 6

  • trace the other half of each of the orange leaves using the Fill Stitch tool and a darker orange thread color
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Acorns

  • trace each of the acorns using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Acorn shadow

  • bonus challenge: trace each of the acorn’s body in two sections to show the “shadow” area using a slightly darker thread color – (using the Fill stitch tool)
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed

Acorn – top

  • trace each of the acorn tops using the Fill Stitch tool
  • in the properties box, change the Fill Pattern to a crosshatch pattern to resemble an acorn
  • edit the shape and the angle line as needed
  • trace the acorn stems using a Steil stitch – adjust the width as needed
  • tip: trace acorn top and the stem for each acorn before moving to the next one – this will help to avoid jump stitches across your design
  • adjust the stop and start nodes to minimize the jump stitches – as needed

Leaf veins – stems

  • trace each of the leaf veins using either a Steil Stitch or a Bean stitch depending on the width you desire
  • tip: try to connect the veins and the stems to minimize the jump stitches and create continuous stitches

 

Digitizing Steps

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

 

Need more help?

This lesson is a “mini lesson” to encourage you to practice FTCU each week. For more detailed lessons, join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club.

There are over 75 step-by-step written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize and edit your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. The lessons will also show you how to resize and edit purchased designs as well as explain lots of “how to do” questions.

All of the lessons are self-paced written lessons that have a pdf download and you can watch the videos as many times as you would like.

Click HERE to find more information!Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club and learn to digitize with Floriani FTCU

When you join, your membership is a Lifetime Membership and anytime you have digitizing questions, you can contact me at: paula@embroiderygatherings.com. Your questions are important to me and I will send you an answer ASAP.

Paula signature-EmbroideryGatherings

 

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *