Digitizing Practice – Spring Owl

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! This cute owl will challenge your tracing skills while using the Steil stitch to trace the white outlines.



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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:

owl body

  • use the Fill stitch tool to trace the owl body


  • use the Fill stitch tool to trace the face

wing and eyes

  • use the Fill stitch tool to trace the wing
  • use the Steil stitch tool to trace the eyes


  • use the Classic Satin tool to trace the branch – this will enable you to vary the width of the branch
  • TIP: remember that the Classic satin tool is traced back and forth like a ladder


  • use the Satin tool to trace one of the leaves
  • copy and paste and place the other leaves


  • use the Fill Stitch tool and trace the flower


  • use the Satin tool and trace the triangle shaped nose


  • use the Fill Stitch tool to trace the feet
  • TIP: you can trace one and then copy and paste to place the other


  • use the Artwork tool and trace a circle
  • convert the circle to a satin using the AUTO SATIN icon on the bottom toolbar
  • trace one berry and then copy and paste for the others


  • use the Steil stitch and trace around the areas that show white outlines – wing, eyes, nose, feet, face
  • use the Steil stitch and trace the accent lines on the wings

Digitizing Steps

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

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU

Editing Suggestion

  • use the Steil Stitch tool to trace the white outlined areas as mentioned above – change the steil stitch width as needed

Embroidery Gatherings Members

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.

  1. 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.

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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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