I looked at the time and braced myself as if an earthquake was about to happen. It didn’t. But my mind was miles away. A week ago on Friday evening we had to put the family dog down. She was 15 years old and she was falling apart. As I stared at my computer monitor, trying to figure out what to do next—remembering exactly where I was a week ago at this time, I decided I had to occupy myself.
I opened Perfect Embroidery Pro software without a clear plan and with some reluctance. There wasn’t any inspiration floating around in my head. None.
I played with features and dabbled with different design layouts. During this process, I realized there are some very fun designs in the software….
Did you know there are so many dog related designs built in to the software?
Kibbles would definitely approve. I was able to make a paw print frame using the Symbols feature.
Select the paw print symbol and click Ok.
Drag and drop the paw design. You can make it large or small depending on how far you drag the mouse button across the screen.
I went crazy copying and pasting.
To see how the design would stitch out I went to View, Slow Redraw.
That’s when it became clear it was as if Kibbles ran around on the screen. The paw prints were definitely not in a good stitching order.
To make the paw prints stitch efficiently, click on Edit. Optimize Sequence. That’s much better!
Since I was enjoying myself and forgetting my sadness, I decided to try another layout.
Click on the Text tool. Select Baushaus. This font seemed to fit Kibbles’ personality.
I typed the name, Kibbles and clicked Apply.
Click the Text Designs Icon.
I got very distracted with all the designs! I chose the Bone design and clicked Ok.
Click on the Text Designs Icon again.
Select the Crown Design and click ok.
I rearranged the Crown design so it was positioned on top of the Dog Bone design.
The bone needed something more. I added the year, 2015.
My creative juices continued to flow and I lost track of the time. The design isn’t quite right. I experimented again…
I decided I needed to enlarge the name Kibbles. Perfect Embroidery Pro has a handy cheat sheet. If you hover over the font, it will display recommended sizes for a particular font style. Good information to know before I enlarge the name.
I changed the height to 1 inch.
I copied the name Kibbles.
I selected the first Kibbles design. Then I deleted the letters, “les”.
I repositioned the “Kibb” above the crown. Then I rotated the “les” 270 degrees.
I rearranged name until I had a pleasing layout.
I clicked on the 3D View. Now it is a design fit for a princess, named Kibbles!
An hour of playing with embroidery software kept my mind occupied while creating something special to honor my four-legged friend. Machine embroidery is such a wonderful creative outlet. Use it as often as you can!