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Digitizing Practice – Give Thanks

Here’s a new Digitizing Practice! You can practice your digitizing skills with this Give Thanks design!

Fill out the form below and the image and PDF guide will be sent to your email inbox.

Download the image from your email and use your creativity to trace and digitize however you would like.  The PDF guide will give you some suggestions and tips to try.

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!

Digitizing Tips:

Decide the order of the “layers” and create your digitizing plan accordingly.

The font that I used is called Text Abrasive. It is a True Type font and FTCU will digitize it for you if you have it installed on your computer. When you create the text, make sure you place a check mark in the TTF box and then you can see all of the fonts on your computer.

Remember, that the image is just a “guide”. When you are tracing, use your own creativity to decide whether to trace the image exactly as it is, or adjust to your own liking. For instance, you may not want to add the veins to the red leaf. It’s your design and your option to decide!

It is always a good idea to remove the fill stitches of any overlapping layers so that your design is not so dense with unnecessary stitches. You can do that by selecting the shape that is on top by right clicking on it in the sequence view and in the menu, choose Remove Overlapping Stitches.

Here are some more tips:

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.

Here are some suggestions for tracing this image:

  • fence post
  • sign – dark layer first and second layer on top – (remove overlap)
  • red leaf
  • lt brown leaf
  • acorn – 2 shapes – each a different color
  • green leaves – 2 different colors
  • text letters

Determine The Stitch Tools For Each Shape:

Consider what stitch to use for tracing each shape. Here are some suggestions for this image:

  • fence post – fill stitch
  • sign layers – fill stitch (or applique)
  • red leaf – fill stitch (or applique)
  • lt brown leaf – fill stitch (or applique)
  • green leaves – fill stitch (or appliques)
  • text – text tool – choose your favorite fonts to match

Digitizing Steps:

Follow these 5 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.

Floriani FTCU - Learn the 5 basic digitizing steps at www.embroiderygatherings.com



If you need help with digitizing the design,  join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.

Note: this image does not partner with any particular lesson. These practices are to encourage you to practice your digitizing skills on your own. And, to practice often!

Here are some helpful Embroidery Gatherings Lessons for those who are in the Membership Club:

How to remove Overlapping Fill stitches

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