The May/June issue of Designs in machine Embroidery featured one of my favorite new projects: Hints of Havana. This project could have easily been called Hints of Hawaii summer Splash, Tropical Flavors or well, you get the idea. You’ll find this look in the women’s department of any retail store this summer. If you missed the issue, here’s how to do it in Inspirations’ Vintage Embroidery Software.
Open a new file in Vintage Embroidery. Click on the Designs Library icon and retrieve the following designs: ABS_0090_D, ABS_0093_D, FLO_0028_Flower, FLO_98_LilyD and FLO_0097_Flower.
Place Abs_0090 in the center. Place ABS_0093 below it. Flip 0093 vertically. Ungroup 0093 and remove the leaf at the top right.
And the top left.
Add FLO_0028 at the top right. Copy, Paste and flip it horizontally. Move the second repeat to the left of the center designs. Use the alignment tools to position the designs symmetrically.
Merge FLO_0097 into the screen.
Delete the running stitch outline around the flowers. Carefully group each individual flower. One by one, select each flower and position it around the four larger motifs. The fastest way to do this is to position all the flowers on the right side then copy, paste and mirror image. Move the second set to the left of the larger motifs. The Group and Ungroup tool is helpful here. Use it when moving all sections and you won’t leave any stray stitches behind.
Merge FLO_0098_Lily_d into the design.
Move the lily design to a clean area and delete the first two colors. Select the remaining portion and mirror image it vertically.
Center it under the newly-created design.
Save the designs as PB. The PB design measures 230mm x 240mm. Since I don’t have a hoop that wide, I’ll split the design in Perfect Embroidery Pro.
Open PB in Inspirations’ Perfect Embroidery Pro. Select the design and click on the Split Design icon.
The Split window appears. Select your hoop from the drop down Hoop menu.
Place the cursor in the 1:1 and 2:1 segments to toggle back and forth until you have a split that you are comfortable with.
Click Save and the software will split and save the design into two files. Both files include a long basting line. Use this line to align the two hoopings.
I’ll use my PAL 2 (Perfect Alignment Laser) to align the second hooping with the first. Love that tool – it’s makes aligning designs a breeze!