Floriani FTCU nap block tool lesson

FTCU Nap Block Tool

FTCU Nap Block Tool

Have fun practicing your digitizing skills and create this holiday towel for quick gifts for your family and friends!

Using the FTCU Nap Block Tool is an easy way to add knockdown stitches to cover the nap of a towel.

Before you start tracing your design, you will need to create a digitizing plan.

 

Step 1: Open the background image

The image you will be tracing for this design is included in the download file with the pdf tutorial. If it is a zipped file, you must unzip the file to be able to open the image in FTCU.

To open the backdrop image:

  • click on NEW page icon  new page icon on the top tool bar (under the word FILE).
  • click on the Backdrop tool (on the left toolbar)
  • navigate to the location of the file on your computer where the jpeg image was downloaded with this PDF tutorial
  • click on the image and OPEN

 

Step 2: Determine the finished size

Determine the finished size of the design and the hoop size you will use. Adjust the size in the properties box:

  • click on the Backdrop tool (on the left toolbar) – this will select the image
  • in the properties box, change either the width OR the height (it will adjust the aspect ratio for you)
  • click APPLY

Resize the image

You may need to resize the background image so that it will fit your hoop size.

To resize the background image:

  • click on the Background tool (on the left toolbar) – this will select the image
  • in the properties box, change either the width OR the height (it will adjust the aspect ratio for you)
  • click APPLY.

Step 3: Decide the stitching order

  • objects that are “behind” other parts, or “under” other parts, will need to be digitized first.
  • try to order the shapes with the same colors to be stitched consecutively, if possible.

 

 

For every segment of the design, you will follow these 4 steps:

Digitizing Order # 1 – Merry

  • use the Text tool to create the text words Merry
  • Latte font was used – choose whatever font you prefer
  • drag the text to the proper placement over the jpeg image
  • resize as needed
  • determined the thread color you would like for the text words

Digitizing Order # 2 – Christmas

  • use the Text tool to create the text words Christmas
  • Latte font was used
  • drag the text to the proper placement over the jpeg image
  • resize as needed
  • determined the thread color you would like for the text words

This is how your text words and your sequence view should look:

Digitizing Order #3 – holly leaves

  • trace a holly leaf using the Fill stitch tool
  • you can trace the leaf in two sections, if you would like to have more interest and texture in your leaf – just trace each half and adjust the angle lines
  • TIP: trace one leaf and then select the segment(s) in the sequence view and copy and paste the other two leaves – adjust the placement as needed per the image
  • edit the Fill stitch type in the properties box – if you would like a different texture

Digitizing Order #4 – berries

You can easily create the berries using the Custom Shape tool and then convert it to a Satin stitch using the Stitch tools on the bottom toolbar.

  • use the Custom Shape tool on the top toolbar to trace one small circle
  • select the artwork circle in the sequence view and convert it to a satin stitch using the Auto Satin on the bottom toolbar
  • copy and paste the satin circle to create the other berries
  • choose a thread color as needed

Digitizing Order #5 – knockdown stitches

If you would like to use this design on a towel that has a nap, then it will be important to add knockdown stitches to the design. These will stitch first and will hold down the nap on the towel so that the embroidery stitches do not get buried within the nap.

Breakup Text

  • select the Text in the sequence view, RIGHT click and in the menu, choose BREAKUP TEXT

Create the knockdown stitches – FTCU Nap Block tool

  • in the sequence view, click on ALL ITEMS to select all the segments
  • on the top toolbar, click on the Nap Blocker Tool

The knockdown stitches will now be the FIRST segment in the sequence view.

 

Change the Thread color of the Knockdown Stitches

You will probably want to change the thread color of the stitches to match the color of the towel.

  • select the knockdown stitches (fill) in the sequence view
  • left click on a new thread color on the bottom thread color toolbar

 This is how my finished design looks and the sequence view:

 

Need more help?

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. It is a “mini” lesson to show you how to use the Nap Block Tool.

You can find a more in-depth tutorial and video showing the exact step-by-step details for creating this design and others inside 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 membership 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 more information!

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.

12 thoughts on “FTCU Nap Block Tool”

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Nice to hear from you and glad that you are interested in learning to digitize. I use the Floriani FTCU digitizing software and love it. However, there is a bit of a learning curve with it and the solution is to use it weekly and to practice, practice, practice. But this is true for most software. Floriani is great for beginners and I do offer a Membership that has over 75 written lessons and videos to help you learn to use the software as well as personal email support for my members. Here is a link to more info about the membership: https://embroiderygatherings.com/membership-info/.
      Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you. Learning to digitize your own designs is worth the effort!
      Paula

    1. Hi Daphne,
      You can have the PDF emailed to you by filling out the email subscribe box at the end of this post. The lesson pdf will be emailed to you and you can download it from that email. It works that way for any of the PDF lessons that you would like to have.
      ~ Paula

    1. Hi Donna,
      If you would like a pdf of the instructions, you can fill out the form at the bottom of the post and it will be emailed to you.
      ~ Paula

    1. Hi Deb,
      You can get a PDF for this tutorial by filling out the subscribe form at the end of this post. It will then be emailed to you in a few minutes.
      ~ Paula

    1. Hi Marlene,
      If you would like a copy of this tutorial, please fill out the subscribe form at the end of the tutorial and the PDF will be emailed to you.
      ~ Paula

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