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Digitizing Practice – Happy St Patricks Day

FTCU – New Digitizing Practice! Sending you some St Patrick’s Day luck to last the rest of the year!

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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 Gatherings.com

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:

Suggested tracing order


  • trace each banner shape with the Fill stitch tool

clover – dk green

  • trace one clover leaf using the Fill stitch tool
  • copy and paste for the second dk green clover leaf

clover – lt green

  • trace one clover leaf using the Fill stitch tool
  • copy and paste for the second lt green clover leaf


  • trace each of the accent lines using the steil stitch tool

st patricks day text

  • use the text tool to create these text letters
  • choose a font that you prefer
  • place the letters in position over the banner
  • TIP: do not be concerned about removing the overlapping stitches – the text laying on top of the fill stitches will create loft and texture to make them stand out more

Black text – wishing you

  • use the TEXT on a PATH (text tool) in FTCU to create this text
  • choose Path 16 to create the half circle shape
  • choose a font that you prefer
  • adjust the placement of the text using the selection box tool

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 Gatherings.com

editing Notes

There is no need to be concerned with removing any overlapping stitches of the text and the fill of the banner. Leaving the stitches under the text will give the text more loft and texture. That’s a good thing!

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.

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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