Practice your FTCU digitizing skills with this Harvest Time design

Digitizing Practice – Harvest Time

Practice your FTCU digitizing skills with this Harvest Time design!


Practice your FTCU digitizing skills with this Harvest Time design

Download the image and use your creativity to trace and design however you would like.  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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Digitizing Tips:

The best tip I can give you is to trace the dark taupe background first using the Fill stitch tool.

When you first look at the design, your first response is to see the dark taupe as a “border” around the lighter area. It will be so much easier if you trace the entire shape as a fill stitch, then copy and paste it on top of the dark taupe shape, change the color to a lighter thread color and resize it to a bit smaller. Now it will show the small border around the edge.

It would also be a good idea to remove the overlapping fill stitch of these two layers so that your design is not so dense with overlapping unnecessary stitches.

Here’s 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 this image:

  • trace the dark taupe background
  • copy and paste, change the color and resize to show the small border edge
  • remove the overlap from these two layers
  • trace the stem
  • trace the leaves
  • trace the pumpkin
  • create the 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:

  • background layers – fill stitch tool
  • leaves – fill stitch tool
  • pumpkin – fill stitch for each section
  • stem- satin or fill stitch
  • 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.

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!

If you need guidance with the Floriani FTCU basic stitch tools, you can refer to the lessons in the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. 

Helpful Embroidery Gatherings Lessons for those who are in the Membership Club:

How to remove Overlapping Fill stitches

How to create an Outline


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4 thoughts on “Digitizing Practice – Harvest Time”

    1. If you scroll to the bottom of the blog post and fill out the email form, the image and lesson will be sent to your email. Each of the digitizing practices on the blog work this way.
      Let me know if you have anymore trouble. I will be happy to help!
      ~ Paula

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