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Digitizing Practice – I Love Winter

Here’s a new Digitizing Practice! I hope you are surviving this cold winter weather! Snuggle up and practice your digitizing skills with this cute snowman and snowy letters!

Fill out the form below 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.


Learn the 3 planning steps for digitizing designs with Floriani FTCU-lessons by Embroidery Gatherings.com

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!

snowman face

  • trace with the Fill stitch tool

Snowman hat (red)

  • use the Fill stitch tool
  • after tracing, choose a new fill texture in the properties box

Hat fur and tassel

  • trace using the Fill stitch tool and choose a fill texture that is similar to fur

eyes and mouth

  • use the Satin stitch tool
  • trace one circle and copy and paste the rest!


  • trace using the Fill stitch tool

letters – blue

  • trace each of the letters as shapes using the Fill stitch tool

letters – snow caps

  • trace each of the white snow caps on the letters using the Fill stitch tool
  • choose a stitch pattern that is similar to snow

Extra Bonus – Trace letter outlines

  • use the Artwork tool and trace the outline of each shape
  • use the Run tool on the bottom toolbar to convert to a Run – change to a Bean stitch for more texture and depth
  • choose a thread color to compliment the letter color (or use black)

Digitizing Steps

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


Learn the 4 digitizing steps for Floriani FTCU-lessons by Embroidery Gatherings.com

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.

2. 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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