FTCU digitizing practice-sunflowers

FTCU Digitizing Practice Sunflower

New FTCU Digitizing Practice Sunflower! 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. The layers in back should be traced 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:

FTCU Digitizing Practice Sunflower

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:

Large leaves -1

  • use the Fill stitch tool to trace each of the large leaves
  • 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

    • use a narrow steil stitch to trace the stem  (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 place the 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.

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.

There are over 75 step-by-step written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize and edit your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. The lessons will also show you how to resize and edit purchased designs as well as explain lots of “how to do” questions.

All of the lessons are self-paced written lessons that have a pdf download and you can watch the videos as many times as you would like.

Click HERE to find out more information.

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

When you join, your membership is a Lifetime Membership and anytime you have digitizing questions, you can contact me at: paula@embroiderygatherings.com. Your questions are important to me and I will send you an answer ASAP.

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