FTCU digitizing practice-sunflowers

Digitizing Practice-Sunflower

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! Everyone loves Sunflowers!

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!

digitizing practice-sunflower

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:

large leaves -1

  • trace each of the large leaves using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

large leaves -2

  • trace each of the large leaves using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed
  • tip: trace each leaf as a separate shape to give more definition and texture to your design

leaves-vine -3

    • trace the stem using a narrow Steil stitch (or Bean stitch)
    • trace each of the small leaves using the Classic Satin tool
    • tip: to minimize the jump stitches by working your way up the leaf- tracing first the leaf (satin) and then a stem segment (steil)
      • 1-satin
      • 2-steil
      • 3-satin
      • 4-steil
    • adjust the start and stop nodes to help minimize the jump stitches
    • group these segments when finished

tracing plan-leaves

leaves-vine -4

      • copy the above vine-leaves segments
      • drag to placement on leaves (4)
      • resize and adjust as needed – rotate to adjust the placement

leaves-vine -5

      • copy the above vine-leaves segments
      • drag to placement on leaves (5)
      • resize and adjust as needed – rotate to adjust the placement

sunflower petals -6

      • trace each of the sunflower petals using the Fill stitch tool
      • tip: don’t trace trace the entire sunflower as one shape – create multiple petals to add more definition and texture to your design
      • edit the shapes and angle lines as needed

sunflower center – 7

      • trace the sunflower center using the Fill stitch tool
      • edit the shape as needed
      • in the properties box, choose a Fill Pattern to add texture to the sunflower center – (hint: a motif fill would be very interesting for this design)

 

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?

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.

      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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