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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Wilcom Hatch Embroidery Software

At OML Embroidery, we are all digitizers and we absolutely love digitizing.  We are also open to new programs, and we are happy to check out different ways of creating awesome embroidery, and are happy to keep growing out software stash.  As of this month, we use Tajima DG15, Embrilliance, Embird and now Wilcom Hatch.  We use all of these programs for daily digitizing and also for creating learning videos.

Keeping an open mind and always doing research, I stumbled upon the (much loved) Wilcom embroidery site – I often check with Wilcom to see if they have anything new – and was super happy to find out that they do have something new, its called HATCH.  I checked out their website and learned everything I could about the software, and then decided to try the demo.  And I have to say, I am impressed.

If you are looking for embroidery digitizing software that is user friendly, tablet friendly and has a great layout AND powerful tools, this is the software for you.  Hatch has all the power of Wilcom with a fantastic interface that makes your digitizing experience easier.  Powerful tools, a great help system and a super easy user interface makes Wilcom Hatch one of the best embroidery programs so far.  I absolutely love it.  The program is fast, easy to use and has all of the bells and whistles that you need.  It is far from a “basic” embroidery digitizing program, but not as complicated as the Wilcom E3 program, I would say that it is somewhere in between – not a simple home embroidery program, but not a high priced commercial program either.  I guess I would have to call it semi-commercial?

I can barely contain my excitement in this video – i even say “groovy” more than once (ha ha)!  This video is an introduction to the software so you can see the brilliant workspace and see how quickly and easily you can find everything that you need.

 

Take a few minutes and check out this video – I am sure you will be as excited as I am about this new embroidery program!

 

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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.

Embrilliance Tutorials: Stitch Selection

Busy couple of weeks, but we have quite a few new tutorials for you to view!  All are quick tip videos, but have tons of information in them, and of course all about Embrilliance Embroidery software.  You don’t want to miss any of these videos!!

this first video is all about stitch selections and how you can use them to quickly change parts of your designs – you can select stitches quite a few different ways – lasso, rectangle and brush!  Its easy and fun, and in a few quick steps you can change your amazing designs!

Embird Update: 10.17

Have you updated Embird yet?  you should be on 2016 version 10.17 – the last update was on March 16, 2016.  If you have not already updated your software, you should do it!

There are are few bugs that they have fixed:

Embird is now able to process the new Pfaff .VP4 format. It will convert to and also from this format.
Fixed bug in .FCM format.
Fixed bug in Iconizer for processing .SVG files and .EMB files.
Fixed bug in Alphabet and Font Engine plug-in causing stacking of objects.

New changes:

New function “Insert Knockdown Stitching” added to color popup menu in Editor.
Support for Janome Cutwork Needles 1-4 and Viking Cutwork Needles 1-4 added to color popup menu in Editor.

Good news about adding a whole new feature to Embird – adding knockdown stitching to your stitch files!  Thank you Embird!!

But wait, what are knockdown stitches??  Knockdown stitches are somewhere between an underlay stitch and a fill stitch. Knockdown stitches can be very handy, indeed.   They are stitched first on a design, and knockdown stitches are meant to make a firm base for your actual embroidery.  A good example is if you are going to embroider a design on a towel – if you simply embroider the design using backing, you will find that the nap of the towel may just show through your embroidery!  Yucch!  Nobody wants that look.  Yes, you can use WSS (water soluble) as a topper for the embroidery (you can float the WSS on the towel before you embroider, and it will help the stitches stay on top of the  fabric).  However, WSS can be messy and awkward and might not necessarily have the clean look that you want.  The solution is knockdown stitches.  Knockdown stitching will lay a nice base of not-too-dense stitches down before your actual embroidery – providing the perfect place for your embroidery – with no material nap showing through!  How awesome is that?  Knockdown stitches are simple to do, and Embird has provided a quick and easy method to do them – the option for knockdown stitches is right in editor, just a click away!

I have created this quick tip video to show you how to create your knockdown stitches and some of the features in the stitches – the parameters you can change and what settings to use.

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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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Making things clear class

We have had quite a few questions regarding our Making things clear class video, and I would like to, well, make things clear.

This video is about Embird Digitizing software – and it is a helpful video for everyone out there.  It covers some basic ideas as well as some more advanced ideas.  It its a compilation of questions frequently asked on our website, via email and on our Facebook group “embird happy digitizing” (where we discuss and post work from the classes).  We are around to answer your questions, but we thought a video that answered the questions, and SHOWED you the answers would be very helpful.   So that is exactly what we did!

Some of the highlights of the videos include the differences between a stitch file and a native EOF file – a file that you created from scratch in Studio – and why you can’t bring in a PES file into studio and expect it to work like a native EOF file.

We talk about pull compensation – what it is – a few examples – and how to properly use pull compensation, including using underlay.

We talk about density – when to change the density and when to leave the density where it is, and why messing with it can make a mess of your work.

We talk about hole cutting, and common mistakes that can be made with hole cutting – why you may get errors with your work, and exactly how to fix them.

We have tried to answer your questions and show you the answers – by the time you finish the video, you will have a clear understanding on these subjects- using examples and showing you clearly why some techniques don’t work very well, and how to avoid having issues with your work.

Enjoy this video and pick up on all the information that it offers.  Coming up this week, class number 8 – its going to be a cool appliqué class with lots of detail work.   Class is set for release on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.  You won’t want to miss either of these classes.

You can find Class Number 7 at OMLdigitizing.com

 

 

Class #7: Making things clear

New video just released:  Making things clear.  This video is rated E for everyone!  In this video, we talk about things that people wonder about:  pull compensation, correctly making holes, density issues and how to change the density and why and some common mistakes when using stitch files and .EOF files.  If you want to understand these items and more, then this is the video for you!  I show you examples of pull compensation issues and explain how pull comp works and how to avoid issues.  I explain with examples how to properly cut holes and how to make them work properly.  I talk quite a bit about density and how to change density and what the number actually mean, plus so much more.

This video will answer many of the questions that digitizers have, and will explain how everything works.  If you want answers, this is your video!

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