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Digitizing Practice – Winter Skates

Here’s a new Digitizing Practice! Are you tired of Winter yet? Unfortunately, there is still a few more weeks to go. I hope you have some Winter Fun tracing these skates.

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!

Tan Skate

  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • use the Shape Edit tool to edit the shape as needed


  • trace each of the blades using the Fill stitch tool
  • use the Shape Edit tool to edit the shape as needed

blue skate

  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • note: there is not much overlap between the two skates – therefore no need to remove any overlap


  • trace each of the black soles using the Steil satin tool
  • use the Shape Edit too to edit as needed

 black buttons

  • trace one button using the Artwork Shape tool and create a circle
  • convert to a Satin stitch using the Auto Satin Stitch (on the bottom toolbar)
  • copy and paste and place on the next button
  • repeat the copy and paste for each button
  • use the Run stitch tool (change to a Bean Stitch) and trace each of the shoe strings


  • use the Text tool and your choice of font to create the text letter
  • align and center over the skates

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 suggestion

  • after you have finished digitizing your design, select ALL ITEMS in the sequence view and click on the Auto Lock icon to set the tie-ins and tie-offs for the design

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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