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Digitizing Practice – Snowman

Here’s a new Digitizing Practice! Enjoy practicing your digitizing skills with this Winter 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.

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!


  • trace with the Steil tool

snowman body

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


  • trace using the Fill stitch tool

hat band (red)

  • use the Steil stitch tool


  • trace in sections (segments) using the Fill stitch tool
  • do all of one color
  • then trace the second color
  • edit the Fill stitch pattern to create texture
  • edit the angle lines of each segment to edit the texture

 black eyes and buttons

  • use the Artwork tool to create a circle and convert to a Satin stitch using the Auto satin icon on the bottom toolbar


  • use the Classic satin tool to trace the nose


  • trace using a Run stitch and change to a small motif pattern to represent the small dots

snow – (ground)

  • trace the snow pile using a Fill stitch
  • edit the Fill pattern to mimic snow texture
  • use the Run stitch tool to outline the details

Digitizing Steps

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide for tracing the image:

embroidery gatherings club members

This digitizing practice does not necessarily coordinate with any specific tutorial.

However, for those of you who belong to the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club, here is a link to a lesson on Creating Outlines around Shapes

Not a member of our Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club? Join as a Complimentary Trial Member and see what it’s all about!

need more 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!

And, as always, you can contact me at: paula@embroiderygatherings.com. Your questions are important to me and I will send you an answer as soon as I can.

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