New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! Get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
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!
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.
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!
Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:
1- heart outline
- trace the heart using the Run stitch tool
- change the Run stitch to a BEAN stitch
- edit the shape as needed
- trace the text letters using the TEXT tool
- edit the sizes as needed
- choose a font that you prefer
3- leaves – stems
- trace the shapes using the Fill stitch tool for the leaves
- trace the stems using the Run stitch tool and change to a BEAN stitch
- edit the shapes as needed
- TIP: plan the tracing order to avoid jump stitches
- TIP: use travel stitches to connect the stems and leaves whenever necessary
- trace one small flower shape using the Fill stitch tool
- edit the shape as needed
- copy and paste to the other flowers
- repeat for the heart flowers
- trace the large flower using the Fill stitch tool – TIP: trace in several sections to add more texture and details
Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.
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.
- Have a digitizing question?
Join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.
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.
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!
Fill out the email form below and a PDF copy of this digitizing practice and the image, will be emailed to you!
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