This post is a continuation from the September 2015 Designs Plus Newsletter. If you missed it, stop by for a visit by clicking here.
In today’s lesson you’ll learn how to:
- Work with an embroidery design that is specifically digitized for Puffy Foam.
- Discover how the stitch sequence has similarities to applique – yet is surprisingly new and different! (And addicting!)
- How to use the Circle Template. (A tool you’ll also find addicting!)
Open Word Art in Stitches.
Click on the Add puffy Text icon in the top toolbar.
Select the Arial Puffy font.
Type the letter “I”. Click Apply.
Click on File / Save As. Save the design in C2S format. Exit Word Art in Stitches.
Open Perfect Embroidery Pro Software. Then go to File / Open. Select the “I” embroidery design. Once the design is displayed on the screen, press Ctrl + A, to select the design. Click on the Circle Template Icon on the top toolbar.
A new window appears as shown in the image below. Change the Width and Height to 100. Change the number of Repeats to 5.
Click Apply to view the layout. When satisfied with the layout, press Ok.
Click on File / Merge. Select the Sweet Nothing Spool Design, #09201005. (This design is available for free courtesy of Sulky and is featured in the September 2015 Designs Plus Newsletter. If you don’t have the design, click here.)
Place the design in the center of your Puffy border.
Save the design and send to your embroidery machine.
At the Embroidery Machine
Be sure to read the instructions that are included with the Sulky® Puffy Foam™ for tips and techniques.
I used a Snap Hoop Monster to hoop a sturdy canvas fabric. I love the color blue – so it was clear I’d use a blue Puffy Foam and blue thread for my design. You’ll want to match the Puffy Foam with the embroidery thread color.
Stitch the first color, which is a satin stitch outline.
Place the Puffy Foam on top of the satin stitch outline. Stitch the second color—this second color stitches on top of the Puffy Foam. If you’ve done applique these steps seem counter-intuitive – but that’s what makes this process so intriguing and exciting!
Once complete, you’ll notice the excess Puffy Foam perforates away from the project. How delightful!
Repeat the steps for each of the Puffy Foam designs. Then finish by stitching the center design.
Here’s a close-up view of the 3D-effect created with Sulky’s Puffy Foam. Looks like Henry found a nice place to contemplate his next embroidery project!
Want to learn more about Sulky’s Puffy Foam? Visit their website by clicking here.
Be sure to visit the September 2015 Designs Plus Newsletter for more free designs courtesy of Sulky.
Here’s your assignment this week:
As the fall equinox arrives today it also ends the season of summer. Its funny how the days grow shorter and the embroidery project list grows longer in in the fall. What exciting fall projects do you have in store?
Leave a comment below for a hance to win a $20 Designs in Machine Embroidery giftcard!
The winner of the last assignment answered the following question:
Schmetz needles are available at retailers nationwide. Whenever I’m in my local sewing machine dealer, I make sure I pick up a new pack of needles. I’m building my stash so that I’m prepared for future projects. How about you? Do you have trouble planning properly? Do you jump right in and then regret it later? Or do you approach projects with caution and prepare accordingly?
The winner is:
Barb: “I do some of each. If I find something I really am excited to try–I jump right in. Other times I may have a pattern that I am “scared” of and I try to plan it out the best I can so hopefully I won’t have too much trouble.”