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Digitizing Practice – February Violets

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice!

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-february-violetFill 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:

1-green stems

  • trace the shapes using the steil stitch and change to a very narrow width
  • edit the shapes as needed

2-green leaves

  • trace the shapes using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shapes as needed

3-flower petals

  • trace the shapes using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shapes as needed
  • TIP: trace one set of flower petals and copy and paste to the other locations

4-flower centers

  • trace one shape using the Classic satin tool
  • edit the shape as needed
  • copy and paste to the other flowers

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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 more 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.

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

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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2 thoughts on “Digitizing Practice – February Violets”

  1. Hi Paula. My computer crashed and I have been trying to receive the practicing lessons That I’ve missed and the one previously received.. I don’t know why they are not being emailed to me.

    Thank you for your time in looking into this for me

    Robin gnojek. Rgnojek@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Robin,
      I checked my email provider and I can see your requests. It is showing that the last few emails have bounced. I am going to send this file to you through my other email. Can you reply to that and let me know that you receive it?
      You may need to go into your yahoo settings and mark the Embroidery Gatherings email address as an approved email address to receive the emails. We can figure it out!
      ~ Paula

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