Software Saturday: Stitched Poetry!

Farewell to My Red Pen
By Denise Holguin

As Managing Editor, a portion of my time is spent editing the magazine. This includes making sure advertisements are placed, the Buyers Guide has the correct page numbers and the Table of Contents leads readers to the proper articles. I do all these tasks with a red pen.

And as strange as it sounds, I have only one (favorite) red pen that I use issue after issue. I was at a great loss the day it ran out of ink.

I penned a poem to commemorate the ‘passing’ of my red pen. Humored by the absurdity, I decided to take it one step further and embroider the tribute on to fabric.

Goals for this article:

 

  • Inspire you to start thinking about custom gifts you can make for family and friends that only they would understand.
  • Help you to discover your inner poet!
  • Practice your lettering and layout skills in embroidery software.
  • Problem solve on the fly.

 

 

Embroidery Products
Make Something UT5084 from Urban Threads (3.39” x 3.86”)
Free Skull Design courtesy of Designs in Machine Embroidery.

Embroidery software (Perfect Embroidery Pro was used)
Hoop Size: 300×200

At the Computer
First, we will type each line of text. Then we will rearrange and add other elements.

In Perfect Embroidery Pro, select the Text icon and type the words, “arewell, my friend.”

Click on the Text icon again and type, “You’ve served me well.”

Click on the Text icon and type, “When we, upon the page, would dwell”

Click on the Text icon and type, “To an editor, your color”

Click on the Text icon and type, “Was heaven, but now you’re dead.”

Select the Hoop icon on the left side of the screen. Select the 300×200 hoop. This will establish boundaries to rearrange the poem.

Select all the text. (Control-A). Change the font to “Times.”

Click on the first line of text. Go to the Transform tab and change the height to .69 inches. Repeat this step for each line of text.

Once finished, your text will look similar to the sample shown.

Click on File / Merge. Select the Urban Threads design. Place the design in an open space. We will be editing the design to fit our needs. Select the design. Right click and select Ungroup.

Select “Make Something” and delete it.

Since this is a tribute to a red pen, I selected and deleted the other tools that didn’t fit the pen theme.

You should only have two pens remaining.

Slide the last pen to the left of the marker. Then copy and paste the same pen and place to the right of the marker. Flip the last pen Vertically.

Copy the marker and place it to the right of the pen. Flip it vertically. Copy the first pen and marker and paste them to the right. Your version should look similar to the image shown.

Select all the pens and markers. Right click. Select Group.

Rearrange the rows of lettering to fit within the hoop. This isn’t the final stage of rearranging but it’s the first step.

Slide the pens to the right side of the hoop as shown.

Click on the Text icon. Type the letter “F”. Select Old English. Size the Width and Height to 1.77 inches.

Position the letter in front of “arewell”.

Select the Text icon. Type the word “red”. Select the Athletic font and resize it to 2.05” wide x .80” tall.

Position the word after “color” as shown.

Go to File / Merge Design. Select the Skull design.

Place the skull at the end of the poem.

Change the “F”, the word “red” and the set of pens to red.

I decided to change the word “heaven” to blue. There are three ways to do this:

Inconvenient & Hard:

 

  • Stop the machine before it stitches.

 

 

Too Much Work:

 

  • Edit the line of text so that it’s made up of three designs.

 

 

Easiest! (but you need to be responsible)

 

  • Select the last line of text. Right click. Select Break up text. Note, when you do this, the text is no longer a font.

 

 

Each letter becomes an individual design.

Select all the letters for the word “heaven”. Change the color to blue.

The third line of the poem is a little tight in the hoop. Change the height to .67 inches. Make any other last minute adjustments to the layout of the design.

Select All. (Control-A). Go to Edit / Optimize Sequence.

Save the design and send to the embroidery machine.

I framed the design and added the red pen to its final resting place.


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12 Comments on Software Saturday: Stitched Poetry!

  1. Colleen
    June 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm (3 months ago)

    Denise, I love it – love it – love it! It is so creative!
    “Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      June 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you for your kind words, Colleen.

      Reply
  2. Dawn
    June 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm (3 months ago)

    I love this! I shared it with my writer friends. (giving credit) I have made several personalized gift items and it is one of my favorite ways to use my Dream Machine.

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      June 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Dawn,
      Thank you so much for sharing with your friends! I really enjoy when different hobbies and interests can be combined.

      You have an awesome embroidery machine, by the way!

      Denise

      Reply
  3. Debbie
    June 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm (3 months ago)

    How much fun your ode to your red pen is. Thanks for the creative inspiration and the wonderful step-by-step explanation. You have a great sense of humor

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      June 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Debbie,
      Thank you! It has taken me some time to come out of my ‘shell’ and share my humor with others. Glad you enjoy!

      Denise

      Reply
  4. Paula Hilson
    June 24, 2017 at 11:08 pm (3 months ago)

    This is so very funny. Thanks for giving us food for thought

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      June 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm (3 months ago)

      Hi Paula,
      Thank you for reading and posting a comment! Always fun to receive feedback.

      Denise

      Reply
  5. Elaine Jackson
    June 25, 2017 at 8:40 am (3 months ago)

    Wow! This is great!

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      June 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you, Elaine!

      Denise

      Reply
  6. Joanne Banko
    June 26, 2017 at 10:44 am (3 months ago)

    Hi Denise! Cute and clever project. As usual, your post made me smile! Truly, embroidery is all about making something unique, creative, and very personal. What better way to express yourself than to say it with stitches!!!

    Reply
    • Denise Holguin
      June 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you, Joanne. Sometimes I wonder if I’m waaaaay off track with my silliness! 😉

      Denise

      Reply

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