By Denise Holguin
This is expanded coverage of the Subtle Tees project featured in Volume 104 May/June 2017.
Copy, paste and rotate designs in embroidery software to suit your needs.
Design: Leaves & Branches Garland Frame
Company: Stitchtopia / www.stitchtopia.com
I like to let the creative process unfold. Initially, when I purchased this design I planned on placing a word in between the frame. But the more I thought about it, I decided to transform the design to a 4-sided frame to showcase a spray painted leaf.
I think the process of creating and transforming is the most enjoyable part of stitching a t-shirt.
Open the Leaves & Branches Garland Frame in Perfect Embroidery Pro or similar design editing software. I used the 4” frame to accommodate the scale of the shirt and the size of the leaf stencil I will be using. (This very generous collection includes multiple sizes including: 4”, 5”, 6”, 7”, 8”, 9” and 10”.)
It’s easier to group each row of garland separately before we start rearranging and copying. To do this, select the top garland. Right click with the mouse button. Select Group. Repeat this step for the bottom garland. If you choose not to group, it can be a little tricky to select the correct elements that make up a single garland design.
Select the bottom design. Copy and paste. Slide the design to an empty space.
With the newly copied design still selected, go to the Transform Tab. Type 270 in the Rotate box and click Apply.
Reposition the design so that it is to the left of the original frames.
Slide the top and bottom garland designs to make room for the new vertical garland.
Select the left garland. Copy and paste the garland. Slide it to the right side of the design.
Go to the Transform tab. Click on Flip horizontal. Press Apply.
Rearrange the garland designs as needed until you have a pleasing shape. Once finished, go to Edit / Resequence by color.
Save the design, print a template and send to the embroidery machine.