Practice digitizing FTCU with this January snowman

Digitizing Practice – January snowman

Here’s a new Digitizing Practice! Hope you are staying warm while you practice your digitizing skills with this January snowman.

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

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 head

  • trace using the Fill stitch tool
  • outline in black if you prefer

snowman face

  • use the run stitch tool to trace the brows
  • use the Shape Tool to create an Artwork circle and then convert to an Auto Satin to fill in the eyes


  • trace using the Satin tool – edit the shape as needed

Blue mitten

  • trace using the Fill stitch tool
  • add black accent lines using the Run stitch tool and change to a BEAN stitch

Red heart

  • trace the heart with the Fill stitch tool

green background

  • trace with the Applique tool

tan background

  • trace with the Applique tool
  • suggestion: change border from a steil to a blanket stitch border

Text – January

  • trace using the Text tool
  • hint: I used the Loopsie font (but you can choose whatever font you prefer)

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

editing suggestion

  • delete the overlapping fill stitches
  • trace black outline around the snowman head

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.

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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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