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Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs

with Cookie Gaynor
If you can dream it, you can embroider it! Cookie Gaynor shows you how to use your embroidery machine software to turn your original designs into a fully-stitched reality.

Bring your ideas to life on fabric with Cookie's expert lessons on manually digitizing embroidery designs. You'll learn how to turn your own drawings, digital art and even photos into stitch patterns for your embroidery machine. Cookie uses Bernina and Brother software to demonstrate, but the tools she uses can easily translate to most embroidery machines' software. You'll practice creating and modifying a simple redwork ribbon, then move on to fill shapes. You'll learn about embellishing appliqué with multiple stitch types and try your hand at shaded floral art. Downloadable design files are included for practice!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Cookie Gaynor & Get Started

  • Meet Cookie Gaynor and learn digitizing basics.


Lesson 2. The Running Stitch Tool


Lesson 3. Creating a Redwork Design


Lesson 4. Stitching Out Redwork


Lesson 5. Design a Colorful Appliqué Butterfly


Lesson 6. The Creative Fill Stitch


Lesson 7. Filling Shapes With the Column Stitch


Lesson 8. Stitching a Floral Shaded Design


Lesson 9. Modifying & Expanding Your Designs

"This class was a revelation. Digitizing is a complex skill to learn and Cookie Gaynor explains all the steps in a very clear, logical and upbeat way. She shows you what to do then explains why and this is the key to being able to understand why things go wrong and how to correct them yourself. I can now understand and use my manuals better because I can navigate round the software and use many of the tools. She has a very engaging personality and is a superb teacher. It will whet your appetite for more."
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