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Floriani FTCU Digitizing practice-Let it Snow

Digitizing Practice – Let it Snow Cat

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice!

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!

let it snow cat image

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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:

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:

1-left arm

  • trace the arm using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed


  • trace the face shape using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

3-right arm

  • trace the arm using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

4-snow circles

  • trace the circle using the ARTWORK circle tool
  • convert the circle to a Auto satin using the convert tools on the bottom tool bar
  • copy and paste the snow circle to each of the locations needed
  • edit the placement of the shapes as needed

5-red hat

  • trace the hat using the Fill Stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

6-hat decorations

  • trace a line on the hat using the Run Stitch tool
  • in the properties box, change the Run stitch type to Motif
  • choose a motif pattern that you prefer
  • edit the pattern size to fit the shape
  • repeat to create more decorative lines on the hat

7-Horizontal line

  • trace the lines using the Steil stitch tool
  • edit the width of the steil to 1.5

8-eyes – nose – whiskers

  • trace the lines using the Run stitch Tool
  • in the properties box, change the Run stitch to a BEAN stitch (Run Extra tab)
  • edit the lines as needed
  • nose: use the artwork circle tool to trace a circle – convert to a satin using the Auto Satin icon on the bottom toolbar

9- let it snow

  • use the text tool to create the Let it Snow
  • choose a font that you prefer
  • edit the size and placement

10- outlines – optional

  • select one of the fill stitch shapes in the sequence view
  • use the Outline tool to create the black outline
  • edit as needed
  • repeat for each shape
  • TIP: you must select ONE shape segment at a time to have the outline around the individual shapes


Digitizing Steps

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

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU


Need 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.

Here are two ways to get the help you need to digitize your own designs.

  1. Have a digitizing question?

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  1. Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. The lessons inside the membership club are more detailed step-by-step instructions to help you use all the tools in FTCU.

    And, there are 3 learning levels to choose from: Independent, Guided and Coaching.

    To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

    You can get one-to-one digitizing help by joining the Coaching level of Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club.

    We can create a personalized “journey” for you to learn to digitize!

Click HERE to find out more information.

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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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