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Embossing

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I’ll be the first to admit my digitizing skills are quite limited but the more I try, the easier it gets. Lately, I’ve been playing with digitizing software on how to make embossed monograms for lofty fabrics. Follow along as I show you how to do it in Floriani software.

Click on the Text icon. Type the monogram in the text box. Select Arial Run under the Font drop down menu. Click Apply.

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Select the Artwork tool and draw a rectangle encasing the monogram.

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Select the rectangle and right click on it. Scroll down the menu to Convert To Run.

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Select the rectangle again, copy and paste a second version. Change the color to Color 3.

Select the first rectangle. Right click and convert it to Complex Fill.

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Select the complex fill rectangle and change the density to 2.00 under Fill in the Properties menu.

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Select the Shape tool and select the black dot at the top of the rectangle. This dot represents the direction of the stitches.

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Slide it over to the left, creating an angle.

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Select the rectangle. Copy, paste and mirror image the rectangle horizontally.

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Your design should look like this.

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Select the monogram. Right click and select Remove Overlaps.

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Now your monogram is visible but the R needs a little work.

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Select the Run tool

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Use the Run tool to trace the inside of the R. Select the traced line and convert it to Complex Fill, density 2.0.

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Select the Shape tool and change the direction of the stitches.

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Copy, paste and mirror image the complex fill.

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Now select the rectangle (color 3) and convert it to Steil.

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There you have it! Wow – how fun was that? Test it on your fabric before stitching on the final project. I match my thread to the fabric when stitching the complex fill areas but I do select a thread that contrasts a bit with the base fabric when stitching the frame and actual monogram. This gives some added lift to the design.

Here’s your assignment this week:

I’d love to know what digitizing program you use – and maybe you don’t! Tell me that too. Just leave a comment and let me know if you do or don’t digitize and if you do, what program you use. You could win one of my favorite embroidery editing programs, Perfect Alignment Software.

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The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

It seems as embroiderers, we’re always focused on making gifts for others, so I’m wondering how many of you have treated yourself to monogrammed/embroidered napkins. Tell me what you stitched for your table this holiday season and you could win a Perfect Placement Kit which will make your next set of napkins a breeze!

This week’s winner is… Mary Heil!

“I’m working on holiday napkins and table runners for my family members.  First I added embroidery to the napkins I had on hand for next month.  Then I purchased a couple of large tablecloths (on sale) that I will cut up and embroider as needed for each person to match their taste and home decor.” – Mary Heil

Congratulations Mary!

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Embossing…with an Embroidery Machine

There’s a hot technique you might want to try, it’s embossing with an embroidery machine. It takes tone-on-tone embroidery to a whole new level. In fact, 90% of the thread is invisible. But it’s the remaining 10% that really makes or breaks the design.

Here are my favorite tips for stitching machine embroidered embossed designs successfully.

  1. Choose a highly textured fabric like terrycloth, Minkee or a nubby fleece.
    Hoop the fabric with tear-away stabilizer. I like to use Magna-Hoop Jumbo for lofty fabrics because it holds the bulky fabric firmly in the hoop and doesn’t leave hoop burn.
  2. Use same color thread as the fabric for the portion of the design that covers the fabric, the fill stitches.
  3. Select a slightly contrasting thread for the outline of the open areas, the word clean in my sample, and the frame. I think a slightly contrasting thread adds extra ‘pop’ to the plain area.
  4. Skip the topper. The heavy fill stitches will hold down the textured fabric plus it saves time after the embroidery process. No need to wet the fabric to remove any water soluble stabilizer.
  5. Remove the fabric from the hoop and tear-away the excess stabilizer. Gently brush your fingers over the open areas of the design to fluff the textured fabric.

You’ll find tons of embossed designs on the web. Here are a few sites that I found in a quick search:

http://www.emblibrary.com

http://www.swakembroidery.com

http://www.embroiderydesigns.com

http://www.grandslamdesigns.com

http://www.designsbysick.com

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I taught this technique this past weekend in Denver , CO with my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno. We had a wonderful time with 95 passionate embroiderers. Our host, Above and Beyond Sewing, did just that – they went above and beyond everyone’s expectations.

I told all of the students that it’s not too late to enter into a highly-rewarding contest, Everyone Smiles. It’s so easy to enter, just snap a photo of yourself with a cover of Designs magazine and post it on our Facebook page. Tag it and add a caption and you’re good to go. Enter now because the prizes are huge! Click here to see all of the prizes.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Please leave a comment this week telling me what was the last embroidery/sewing/quilting class you attended. Online classes count too (I’m enrolled in one right now!). One lucky participant will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Designs in Machine Embroidery.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Tell me what new designs you would like to see in the Stipple Collection and you could be the lucky winner of a Magna-Hoop Jumbo.  If you’re curious to know what Stipple Collections are available now, just click here to view them.

Congratulations to Jackie for posting her comment:
“I’d love to see one with a variety of sizes and shapes of snowmen.”


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