Snowflake Embroidery Design

Want to learn a really cute way of creating your own embroidery designs?  Its really fast and easy to do!   I saw the design on someone’s shirt about 10 years ago, and I have been doing this design ever since.  It looks really cute. and it usually takes people a few minutes to figure out that the entire design is created with lettering.

Snowflake name designs

Have tons of fun with  this design – I could play with the design all day!  Its really fun and looks amazing on just about anything.  You can do really cute baby clothes, fun jean designs – even on the back pocket) and even use it for decorations for the holidays.  The possibilities are absolutely endless – change the colors, change the font, add some outlining to the lettering – change the spacing of the words ….the list goes on and on!

The best part about this design idea is that most people do not realize that it is a name and lettering that you have used to create the entire design – at first glance it looks like a snowflake or a flower design – once they get closer and take a better look at it they realize that it is really cool and an awesome personalized design for sure.   You can’t get more personalized than someone’s name on their clothing!

I hope you enjoy the step by step video, and have fun creating your own personalized designs for everyone to see.

MEET GALLIFREY (“Gally for short”)

Meet Gallifrey, our newest addition to the family.  Gally is a miniature short-haired dachshund with black and tan colors.

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While I realize that introducing you to Gally really doesn’t have much to do with embroidery, but it actually does.  To  me.

Throwback Tuesday:  If you look at our logo it has three wiener dogs on it!  See the connection yet?  Well maybe not, but there is a connection.  Long ago (more than 12 years ago) I had three young wiener dogs to go along with my younger children.  We were quite the family.  The three doxieswere called Oscar, Maya and Lena.  Make the connection yet??  OML.   They were the inspiration for my first website and the start of the OML franchise!  I started off with a single needle Singer embroidery machine – wow, compared to what we use now, it seems so…small.  I started making professional custom designed doggie coats, and using my weenie babies as models.  This is also what got me started in embroidery digitizing.   Do you know how many good weenie embroidery designs are out there?   Next to none.  I wanted some cool weenie and doggie designs for my coats and for shirts for my kids.  I could not find too many that capture the true spirit of a dachshund.   So I decided I had to make my own!   After courses and lots of studying and many experimental stitching out of designs, I finally was able to digitize anything that I wanted.   And OMLembroidery was a huge success.  Now I digitize all day, every day.    It goes to show you that ever journey starts with the first step:.  I started making wiener dog designs, and now I make custom embroidered military patches every day!!

And it is the best job ever.

Sadly, the Oskar and the Maya of OML have passed away.   We miss them both every day.   And every day I see the OMLembroidery logo, I can remember them and honour them both.

We have Lena, who is elderly but happy and content in her life, and a 4 year old Odie who is a Wheaton Wire hair mini dachshund (just means he has wire  hair and has soft red hair with white wire hair – he’s a cool looking dude with a beard)



So thanks for meeting Gally.   He is the sweetest baby that I have ever had – he is calm and quiet and loves to play and also sleeps through the night.   He is a wonderful addition to our family, and I am thankful to have such a sweet little guy.

And what a face….he is so cute.

Homework: Flower 2

flower 2Here is a free flower design and a little bit of homework.  I have digitized this design with a  few mistakes – they are not huge mistakes (for example, forgetting to digitize something or wrong colors), so you will have to download the design (below) and bring it into your Embird program and use the sew simulator to find the mistakes.



Part 1: UNDERLAY – How to Create Professional Designs




Its hard to explain the importance of underlay in embroidery projects.  Its much easier to show you what happens when you don’t use underlay.

Take a good look at the picture above.  You don’t even have to look closely to see that it is a very very poor example of embroidery digitizing.

There are many mistakes in this example and we are going to talk about the first one:  underlay.  We will continue to examine the design so everyone can learn what NOT to do in designs.

When you go to a website to get some digitizing done, you sometimes pay a flat rate, and you sometimes pay per 1,000 stitches.  In the latter case, the digitizers will increase the amount of stitches so that they can make more money.  This is just as bad as the example – the end result design will be thick and be offset and will still have many faults.   Please always check your designs before stitching them out to make sure you won’t break your machine or at the least break needles.

This is why you need to learn to digitize for  yourself – you can make sure that each design is done properly and done professionally.

Lets get back to the picture.  You have to notice right away that the red stitching is very very sparse and you can see the fabric underneath.  Does that look good to you?

This example is of course a patch – we make professional patches – and NO this is NOT one of our patches.  This is a patch we are fixing.  In the world of patches, things are opposite.  They usually don’t get paid for the digitizing, so they cut down the stitches to make the production faster.  More patches stitched, more money for them.

This patch needs some major corrections.  First of all the underlay on the Engineer Castle symbol.  Lets look at the stitching – it doesn’t look solid, the stitches look random and as I said before, you can actually see the material below.  This looks awful.

Some of the issues can be solved with underlay.  Underlay sets the base for the actual embroidery design.   Never forget your underlay!  It provides the design with stability,  underlay can raise up the design stitching and in the case of embroidering on towels or fancy material, it will provide a base to lay down the material so that it won’t come through the actual design.

When we re-created the design, we added 3 types of underlay – edge, zigzag and centre underlay.    This makes the design look amazing!

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Look at the sharp edges of the engineer castle – that is because of the edge underlay – it provides a base for a sharp, defined design and the edges will always be neat and tidy – they stitching of the actual design will not sink into the background material.

Also, look at the lettering.  Whenever you add lettering you want the lettering to be clear.  This patch is 2inches by 3 inches in size, so the lettering is quite small and we made sure that there was edge underlay so the edges of the lettering is defined and readable.  We also added zig zag lettering so that the lettering looks a bit raised – and stands out from the backing material.

So, for Part 1 in Mastering Digitizing – know your underlay.  Use it and make your embroidery designs look professional and well done.




Embird Quick Tip: How to digitize efficiently using shortcuts

Quick tip on how to digitize a simple design quickly and easily using shortcuts, rather than manually digitizing the whole design, one anchor point at a time.  This digitizing shortcut is very easy to learn and makes perfect embroidery design.  Think like a digitizer and pick out  shapes that can be merged together to make one object.  Digitize like a pro – make awesome designs more efficient!  Think outside the box, and see simple shapes to make amazing embroidery designs.


New Embird Tutorial video – all about stitches!

If you have finished the first two tutorials for an introduction to Embird, or you are familiar with embroidery digitizing, you can move on to our their video that is all about stitches.  The video is full of information, quick tips and shortcuts to help you on your way with learning digitizing.  By the end of this 45 minute tutorial, you will be armed with digitizing skills to help you get started creating your own designs and editing designs.


New tutorial video all about stitches and more!

New video will be uploaded shortly and its all about stitches! the different types of stitches and their uses, how to create them, shortcuts for creating special effects and so much more! How to combine two objects and how to edit a stitch file in studio.

What is Embroidery Digitizing???

Machine embroidery digitizing is an art form.

Using embroidery digitizing software, a skilled embroidery digitizer transforms an image or text to stitches, creating the image in a file format an embroidery machine can read.

That’s a fine definition but the reality is somewhat more involved. Just as typing words into a word processor does not make one an author, being able to open digitizing software on a computer does not make the operator an embroidery digitizer. Embroidery digitizing is not a click-the-button-and-sit-back process.
Digitizing an image for embroidery requires an artist’s ability to see the big picture and the smallest of details. Experienced embroidery digitizers mentally dissect each image, breaking it out into sections and layers, noting how each section relates to the others, how the colors blend and merge and how the shadows play with the light to create the mood or atmosphere the image evokes.
Then the digitizer utilizes the software’s tools to separate those sections for redrawing or resizing, stitching in underlay and overlay threads, assigning stitching sequences, using thread to apply shading, and colorizing. The design put back together to create that original impression, as much as is possible, in thread and it is ready for its first sew out.

Sometimes digitizing an image to thread is often not possible nor feasible. Thread is three-dimensional; it is not oil paint or digital pixels. An embroidery digitizer must have an artist’s creativity and problem-solving skills. A digitizer’s canvas is the computer monitor, the keyboard and mouse are the brushes and the embroidery digitizer’s pallet is the embroidery software.

But the embroider’s canvas is the fabric, her brushes are the machine, needles and thread and her pallet is the program produced by the digitizer. The machine is only a robot awaiting instructions and then doing precisely what it is told to do in the order it is told to do it. Ruling out mechanical problems or operator error, if a pattern does not sew out correctly it is not the machine or embroider’s fault.

The digitizer’s work is not confined to a computer screen. Knowledge of fabric types and the push-pull factor of each is also required. The embroidery digitizer also needs to know about needles, thread, and stabilizers and, perhaps most importantly, must creatively expand the ‘boundaries’ of machine embroidery.