Embroidery Gatherings

Digitizing Practice-Snow Applique

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice!

This is a mini lesson to encourage you to practice your FTCU skills each week. For more detailed step-by-step lessons and videos  join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. Click HERE for more info!

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 following the mini lesson.

The PDF guide will include a numbered digitizing plan and suggestions and tips for tracing the image.

step 1: 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:


  • trace the scarf in TWO segments using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shapes as needed


  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

3-hat band

  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

4-hat pom pom

  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed


  • trace the text letters using the TEXT tool
  • edit the size as needed
  • TIP: trace each letter individually – this will enable you to create a space for the snowman face
  • choose an applique font that you prefer
  • edit the thead colors to match your fabric choice


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


  • trace the shapes using the Run stitch tool
  • in the properties box, change the single run to a Bean stitch
  • edit the shapes as needed

Embroidery Gatherings copyright notice


step 2: trace the design

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape:

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU


Need more 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.Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club and learn to digitize with Floriani FTCU

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.

Click HERE to find out more information about joining the Membership Club.


NEW! Practice Lessons Available

Now you can get single practice lessons that will show you how to trace an image step-by-step and learn all of the FTCU digitizing tools.

Click HERE to see all of lessons that are currently available.

Floriani FTCU Lessons

Ask your questions…

You are welcome to ask your FTCU questions at anytime in the comment section below!

Paula signature-EmbroideryGatherings



Fill out the email form below and a PDF copy of this mini practice and the image will be emailed to you!


The following list of My Favorite Supplies contains some affiliate links for your convenience – which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link, I will earn a small commission, but your purchase price stays the same. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

I only recommend items that I use and love. I hope you find something that is helpful to you!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *