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.
Select the Artwork tool and draw a rectangle encasing the monogram.
Select the rectangle and right click on it. Scroll down the menu to Convert To Run.
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.
Select the complex fill rectangle and change the density to 2.00 under Fill in the Properties menu.
Select the Shape tool and select the black dot at the top of the rectangle. This dot represents the direction of the stitches.
Slide it over to the left, creating an angle.
Select the rectangle. Copy, paste and mirror image the rectangle horizontally.
Your design should look like this.
Select the monogram. Right click and select Remove Overlaps.
Now your monogram is visible but the R needs a little work.
Select the Run tool
Use the Run tool to trace the inside of the R. Select the traced line and convert it to Complex Fill, density 2.0.
Select the Shape tool and change the direction of the stitches.
Copy, paste and mirror image the complex fill.
Now select the rectangle (color 3) and convert it to Steil.
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.
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