Artistic Digitizing: From Inspiration to Stitch

with Cookie Gaynor

Photo of Cookie Gaynor

Advance your digitizing skills in a fun, artistic exploration of redwork, monograms and more! Read More…

  1. Class Overview
  2. Meet the Instructor
  3. Ratings & Reviews
  4. Materials
  5. FAQs

Class Description

Invigorate your creativity with new ideas for embroidery designs and useful tools that make digitizing easy! Armed with answers to all your software questions, embroidery expert Cookie Gaynor guides you every step of the way. Learn how to use tracing and filling techniques to create an expressive redwork portrait, and explore decorative fill stitch options as you discover two methods for digitizing any silhouette. Find out how to manipulate stitching order and arrangement to create dimensional daisies with an introduction to in-the-hoop embroidery. Plus, learn to confidently customize monograms with Cookie’s tips on merging decorative files. Unleash your creativity and bring your favorite inspirations to life with customizable digitized designs!

Learn More about Artistic Digitizing: From Inspiration to Stitch

Artistic Digitizing: From Inspiration to Stitch
See All Lesson Detail

Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Tool Refresher

  • Meet your instructor, digitizing and embroidery educator Cookie Gaynor, as she gives you an overview of what you’ll learn in this class. Dive into a software refresher as Cookie reviews how to trace outlines, add lettering, fill and outline stitching and create freehand elements in your designs.


Lesson 2. Redwork Portraits

  • Create sophisticated redwork portraits that capture your favorite smiles. Learn to select successful reference photos and work efficiently with tools for redwork, including the running stitch, manual punch and region-fill tools. Cookie will also share her secrets for digitizing flattering facial features such as eyes and smiles.


Lesson 3. Silhouettes

  • Learn how easy it is to create beautiful silhouettes using photos of friends, family, pets and more. You’ll select photos, digitize outlines and choose from a variety of fill stitches to create unique looks. Cookie walks you through various ways to use the auto-digitizing feature in your software to your advantage.


Lesson 4. Designing an In-the-Hoop Flower

  • Continue to improve your design skills as Cookie walks you through the entire process for a beautiful in-the-hoop flower. Use the shape and mirror tools to lay in the design, weigh stitch placement options that create the best sewn samples, and select the best stitch order for your project.


Lesson 5. Stitching the In-the-Hoop Flower

  • Transform your flower from a digital design to a physical creation as you stabilize, hoop and stitch out the layers of your in-the-hoop project. Cookie suggests valuable troubleshooting tips as she helps you create a gorgeous, expert-level flower that you can use on any project of your liking.


Lesson 6. Monograms

  • Monograms are a time-honored embroidery tradition, and this lesson explains how to make the most of your software to create stunning personalized designs. Choose among various borders and fonts before exploring density, fill and design options that can change your design from traditional to modern with a few clicks.


Lesson 7. Merging Designs

  • Cookie wraps up the class with ways to merge various design elements into a custom monogram. Add snazzy borders, playful patterns and beautiful satin stitching to your design and embellish it with flourishes. Stitch them out with step-by-step instructions on a piped pillow project that you can make in an afternoon!

Praise for Cookie Gaynor's other Craftsy class: Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs:

"(This class) helped me to make practical use of my software after struggling with the manual on my own. Cookie explains and demonstrates very clearly and has structured the class well, each lesson building on the skills learned in the previous ones. ... Very good value course."
- iscagirl

500+ Students Have Enrolled in this Class

Recently Enrolled

  • bgsmith521743870178
  • Semaj Namdoog
  • Rosie Wells
  • ccurneal3884114
  • Becca Hansen
  • NataliaBarba1
  • Parkerdr
  • cupcake64
  • ppatter311141938368
  • pauline100006298091209

Student Projects

3 D Flower Made Entirely In the Hoop! by Cookie Gaynor
  • Photo of Cookie Gaynor
  • by Cookie Gaynor
  • 3 D Flower Made Entirely In the Hoop!
Silhouette Embroidery by Cookie Gaynor
  • Photo of Cookie Gaynor
  • by Cookie Gaynor
  • Silhouette Embroidery
Believe in Yourself and digitize! by Cookie Gaynor
  • Photo of Cookie Gaynor
  • by Cookie Gaynor
  • Believe in Yourself and digitize!
in the hoop flower by Susan Hensel
  • Photo of Susan Hensel
  • by Susan Hensel
  • in the hoop flower

Other Classes You May Enjoy

View All Embroidery Classes »


$39.99 (50% Off!)

For $19.99 You Get:

  • 7 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including embroidery templates and color charts
  • Hours of detailed instruction
  • Answers from Cookie in our virtual classroom
Skill Building
  Closed Captioned

The Craftsy


  • Watch classes on your own schedule: wherever, whenever you want.
  • Your access never expires.
  • 100% money back guarantee.

Already enrolled?