WILCOM HATCH: FLORENTINE STITCH EFFECT

Stitch effects are quick and easy in Wilcom Hatch!  Some effects add interest in dimension to your embroidery, but also add a wow factor to your designs.  The florentine effect adds so much to your embroidery work – its an amazing stitch effect that can be created quickly and easily.

So what are florentine stitches?  Florentine stitches are similar to contour stitches, but you can use different stitch types to get the same effect – so you can use embossed fill, motif fill and many other stitches to get this awesome effect.  The effect is that you can contour the stitches along a guideline – for example a plain circle – and add some special effects.  You can even modify or change the curve of the florentine stitches quickly and easily using the reshape tool!  You can reshape the curve to get exactly the effect that you are looking for quickly and easily.  So what do florentine stitches look like?  here is an example using the embossed stitches:

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If you look closely at the embossed design, the florentine effect is shaping the design in a couple of ways – first it is changing the size of the design from the top to the bottom – the circles on the top portion of the embroidery are larger and wider than the stitches at the bottom.  Also the embroidery has a contour curve to the design too.  So two elements make this stitch effect really incredible!  Here is another example using a motif stitch:

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The motif stitch is not up and down and straight across the circle:  it bends around in a curve giving it depth and dimension and the size of the motif stitches change as well – the ones farther away from the beginning of the effect are larger, and the ones at the bottom are smaller  – so this effect works two ways, even on motif stitches.  Some of the motif stitches have a better, more dramatic effect with the florentine effect added, so do try some different motif stitches and embossed stitches until you get a stitch style that gets your attention!

Remember of course that will all motif stitches and embossed stitches, you have to make the design large enough for the differences in size to show up – if you don’t see the above effect very well, then just try re-sizing your design element and see if it shows up more.

check out this quit tip video and see the florentine effect in action!!

WILCOM HATCH: STITCH EFFECTS

TODAY IS ALL ABOUT STITCHES AND STITCH EFFECTS!   And we are going to talk about some really cool stitch effects that are available in Wilcom Hatch – they are quick and easy to use and adjust, you just have to  use them in day to day embroidery!

CONTOUR STITCH:  This is the first stitch effect that we are talking about today (and there are more blog posts to come with different stitch effects).  The contour stitch is an amazing effect that gives your embroidery shape, depth and interest and looks more complicated than it is to create!  It certainly adds a wow factor to a simple plain circle!   Here in Wilcom Hatch, you have a plain circle – yes, anyone can create a plain circle, its not that hard:

embroidery circle with plain fill stitch

Yes, its a circle – and thats about all you need to say about that – its nothing fancy and is lacking in WOW.

What if you could make one click and have something interesting, with dimension and includes Wow?  Something like this:

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NOW THAT IS MUCH BETTER!  With the simple addition of the contour stitch, you can add depth and dimension and shading – it makes the circle look a little more 3D and have some dimension to it.  And it is so easy to do!  Just a few simple clicks takes your embroidery up a few levels – from blah and ordinary to WOW, that is a cool effect!  The contour stitches are light and airy, not too dense and sets the focus of your eyes – the contour stitches are directional and contour the shape that you are working on.  It just can’t get any easier than that!  Pick up a FREE demo copy of Wilcom Hatch today from Wilcom’s website:  WILCOM HATCH and start improving your embroidery skills and working with the contour stitch.

Check out this quick tip video and see how easy the contour stitch is to use in every day embroidery:

WILCOM HATCH: Monograms

I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH MONOGRAMS!  Yes.  Its true.  Wilcom Hatch has the most amazing add on for monograms, and I absolutely LOVE IT.

I have always found monograms a bit difficult to do.  Mainly to be inspired – anyone can add 3 letters and call it a monogram, but good monograms take some style.  Amazing monograms have a cool shaped border, different swirls and swashes and decorations and different set ups for the letters.   Traditionally, there are 3 letters in a monogram, and they are set up in different ways.  For example OML – the letter M will be bigger and the O and the L will be smaller, and usually set up a bit from the bottom mark of the M.  Thats a regular traditional style monogram.  Bleh.  We need more than that!

With the Wilcom Hatch monogram add on, you can have tons of ideas right there in front of you.  MONOGRAM INSPIRATION AND STYLE to say the least.  There are different borders in many different shapes, different set ups for the lettering – consisting of different layouts, and a whole set of decorations, too.   Instead of working on any kind of set up issues, you add your lettering and click on some of the different options.  Yes, it really is that easy!!  Of course you also have the choice of any of the 60 built in fonts and any of the TTF fonts that you have on your computer.  With a few clicks, you are sure to find the perfect monogram with added style!

Here is the description from Wilcom.com/hatch website:

“Create and Re-Shape Lettering
Lettering doesn’t need to be basic! Do it your way with Hatch Monogrammer. Using a built-in “Embroidery Library”, Monogrammer makes it simple to add custom lettering to your designs. Select from the 60 included fonts or convert your own TrueType or OpenType fonts. Adjust your lettering width to make it bolder, or slant them to give an italicized look. Spread your letters apart with the spacing tool.

Edit your lettering using the “Select and Re-Shape Object” tool. Manipulate your lettering in multiple ways right on screen including: adjusting spacing, scaling lettering, and reshaping your letters to create your own personalized design.

Choose your own Layouts with multiple Baselines
Go one step further and choose your layouts with multiple baselines. Lettering shapes and layouts are what give your lettering unique shapes and structures. Choose from a variety of placements – Free or fixed, circle or arched, upright and even free form are just the start of baselines you’ll find yourself using.

Customize your lettering further by adding ‘lettering art’ styles which will distort your lettering by making it arch, compress, stretch or bulge- giving you the ability to manipulate your designs to your liking.

Multi-line Lettering
Lettering doesn’t stop at one line. When dealing with multi-line lettering, Hatch Monogrammer provides up to four alignment and layout options. You can even customize each line accordingly to achieve the personalized alignments and baselines you envision.”

If you wanted to know the different borders/lay, here is a great picture of the library of styles that Wilcom Hatch has built in:

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Wilcom.com/hatch monogram library

Check out this quick video and see Wilcom Hatch Monograms in action:

Wilcom Hatch: Layout features are incredible

At OML we are all about embroidery – and digitizing – and different embroidery software programs that accomplish this. If I could have every embroidery program, I would own all of them!! While I do understand that I am enthusiastic and passionate about digitizing to say the least, I am also always up for new things – especially in embroidery software.  I am not paid by any company to work with their software, I do this all on my own and at my own expense, so I have no loyalty or bias to any digitizing software company.

And of course, before I use or review or even do videos on any software, I work very very hard with it on a daily basis to see what that software can do!  I do many different designs, bring in pictures, complicated designs and typography too  – and put the software to the test!  I do spend lots of time working with the software so I know all of its capabilities and faults.  I am here to highlight my findings on the best parts of the software – I am testing and working with them out so you don’t have to!

Enter Wilcom Hatch.

Wilcom Hatch is a brand new embroidery software program that has been released just this year. Don’t make the mistake that its super expensive and out of your range:  it is not the same as the Wilcom E3 program that has huge functionality at a professional level, and also the professional level price tag, but it has all the power of Wilcom in a simple to use program for every day digitizers and embroidery. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Hatch is a “simple” embroidery program – Wilcom Hatch is very powerful and can accomplish just about any task! The “simple” in the above sentence means that it is very user friendly and very easy to use.

I can’t really hide my enthusiasm with this software – I think Wilcom has come up with a program that is going to change embroidery digitizing for everyone. Hatch has it all there, right in front of you – and at a price you can afford (personally I would love to have Wilcom E3 as well). That being said, here is one of the most amazing embroidery features that I have seen in a long time.

Wilcom Hatch: Layout Module.

You have to check out the video to really understand what the Layout Module can do. Its super easy and puts the fun back into embroidery. You won’t believe what you can do with this software – this is only one feature! In Layout, you can mirror copy Horizontal, mirror copy vertical, mirror-copy both and of course the amazing and super fun circle layout!! These are just words, you need to see it in action. Its a game changer.

Take 5 minutes to see what layout can do for you:

 

New Sfumato Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

After two weeks of hard work working, I have finally finished the Learn to Digitize video on Embird’s Sfumato stitch! Whew!  Not that the program itself is that difficult to do (because it isn’t once you get the hang of it) but it was hard to put it all together, from start to finish on how to do things properly and easily.  Once you do things the Sfumato Stitch way, it all comes together!   And I got it all together, and this tutorial takes you from start to finish on how to create your own picture stitch embroidery designs.

This is the picture that I started with:  a simple close up picture from my iPhone of my best buddy, Gallifrey the Weenie Dog, (aka Gally or Frey).  This picture in its original form is high resolution to be able to get in all the details we need  in creating this embroidery design using Sfumato Stitch.

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The video tutorial is a beginner Sfumato Stitch video so we will be going over the basics: how to pick a picture, which pictures will work and which pictures will not and why, picture resolutions and some Sfumato rules that you have to do. And, if you stick to the Sfumato Rules, you can have the same results with your pictures! There is nothing that adds more WOW to your design than making a beautiful stitch out that looks exactly like your model!  Its picture embroidery!

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Gallifrey looks so good!

Gallifrey looks so good!

Step outside the regular embroidery box and learn a whole new technique with a new set of embroidery rules and finally learn Sfumato stitch!

So grab the tutorial and get started on making your own picture embroidery!
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Wilcom Hatch: Lettering Glyphs

›ATTENTION EVERYONE:  THIS WILCOM HATCH FEATURE IS GOING TO CHANGE EMBROIDERY LETTERING AS YOU KNOW IT.

While I do understand that I am super enthusiastic about typography as well as being an embroidery nerd, this is seriously going to change how I work from now on.  Really, its that big.

Let me explain what I am raving about in one word.  Glyphs.

Quite a few people don’t know that along with the basic lettering in TTF (true type fonts) there are usually a whole different set of glyphs – there are symbols, special lettering, letters with accents, different styled numbers, ligatures, swashes and fancy swirls just to name a few.  The problem is, most programs make it super hard to find them, and we tend to forget that they are there.  Even if you do find them, unless you are using a program like Adobe Illustrator, they are difficult to get into whatever you are working on.  Wilcom has seen this issue and has come up with a perfect and brilliant solution that will change boring lettering into something more!!  And to make things even better, you do not have to leave Hatch to use these special letters!  Its all right there in the program – quick and easy access and easy to use!   Another problem with using glyphs is that some TT Fonts have quite a few glyphs – so many that they are hard to see in the programs that come with Windows and Mac, and even third party programs.  You have to guess at what you want, and quite often get it wrong and have to start over again, painstakingly “building” your lettering.  Wilcom Hatch embroidery software has taken the guesswork out of glyphs – the icons for them are BIG and CLEAR and you can view them as outlines and with stitches.  You really can’t ask for anything more!  its perfect!  and it will change how i use any of my fonts:  its like a whole new world has opened up for me and I am certain that my typography designs will be spectacular.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

Plain lettering:

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Lettering using glyphs:

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See the difference?

 

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Embird: Making a cool Motif

Create your own motif stitches

If you don’t already know, you can create your own motif stitches and save them in Embird Studio!   We do have an awesome instructional step by step video that will help you make your own motif stitches.  In that video, we made alphabet letters, but for this tutorial, we can make anything we want – even a gun!!

The first step is to navigate into Studio and click on the OBJECTS menu, and then click on User Editors (shortcut CTRL+ALT+U) and this screen pops up:

EMBIRD USER EDITOR SCREEN

Nw you have the power of Embird in your hands!  Click on the middle icon, and the design editing comes up  – make sure you click on the motif tab so you can create motif stitches. After you have everything ready, you can now import a small image to use as a backdrop for the design.  The new design covers up the design lines, but leaves the circle and the stitch line.

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Remember the rules of motif stitches – they go one way – that is there is a start point and an end point that must stay at the start and end so that they connect when the stitches are formed – that is why the circle stays in view!  So make sure your start and end points are even, and then you can start adding your stitch points in between those points:

EMBIRD PLOT STITCHES

This may take  a bit of getting used to, but its really easy once you get going!  If you look at the motif box with the black bounding box and down in the right corner, you can see what your motif stitches look like:  so far so good.  I need to make a few changes to make the stitches more fluid – but its all coming together fine!  There are no curved points, so remember not to add too many stitch points – the motif stitch is quite small, so you don’t want to have tons of needle penetrations going on.

Once I have refined the design and watched it stitch out a few times, made a few more changes, my Gun Motif stitch is ready to go!  Voila!  a Gun motif!!

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If you want to learn more about Motif stitches and how to make them in a step by step video, check out our Motif Class and you can learn to create any motif stitch that you want.  Awesome!
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Embrilliance QT: Stitch Artist 3: Cool letters

New quick tip video just released: Stitch Artist Level3: creating awesome lettering with groovy outlines. Kick your embroidery skills up a notch and add some outlines (and fun) and interest to your simple lettering. Even if you don’t have Stitch Artist Level 3, you need to check out this video and see what Embrilliance can do for your embroidery.

In this video, we add some lettering and centre it on the page.  After change the lettering to what we want (OML of course) and make a few adjustments and then use some quick and easy tools to add some automatic outlines that fit neatly around the fancy lettering in just one click!  After that, we inflate the outlines so they have a cool look to your lettering design. So check out this video even if you don’t have Stitch Artist Level 3 – you will find out how easy it is to make your embroidery lettering look better and more interesting.

Embrilliance Quick Tip: Auto Outline and Inflate Object

New Embrilliance Quick Tip video uploaded today.

Take a few minutes to check this on out!  Its showing off a few features of Embrilliance Stitch Artist Level 3 – auto outline and inflate objects – two really cool tools – especially when used together with union.

Even if you don’t have Stitch Artist level 3 yet, check out the video and see what these two tools can do!

With the click of one tool button, you can auto outline quickly and perfectly.  You can auto outline just about any object or lettering.  Once you have added the outline, then you can assign stitches – run, satin, backstitch to name a few.

Once you have completed the outline, then you can make the outline bigger using the second tool – inflate object – and do a few more things with the outline – ignore holes if you are not doing lettering or any design with a hole, and make softer – so that the lines get softer, less sharp and look better.

Once you complete these two steps, you can assign more stitches and change the design once again.

So use a few awesome tools and create some cool embroidery designs quickly and easily in Embrilliance.

Class Number 8: Appliqué Cupcake

Check out this new appliqué cupcake design!  Join us for this class and learn to create this awesome design.  This is an intermediate/advanced class and we go over quite a few skills i this class.  We first create the bottom appliqué (the cupcake cup) and then the fun top of the cupcake and then we add the details.  Some well placed and sized column stitches, some swirly bean stitches and a few icons, making the proper manual connections as we go along.  We work with density and backward paths too.  In the end, we finish up the design with some satin stitches to complete the appliqué.  With all the proper connections, this design will stitch out amazing and look great.

 

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