This is the long-awaited second installment of the digitizer’s roundtable. Thinking about digitizing your own designs? Soak in the knowledge of these nine extremely talented digitizers to find out challenges they encounter when creating machine embroidery designs.
Photo via Bluprint class Artistic Digitizing: From Inspiration to Stitch with Cookie Gaynor
Our first digitizers roundtable, 4 Tips on How to Design Embroidery Patterns, solicited some great tips from our expert panel. This time, they tell us some of the challenges they face when digitizing machine embroidery. For other training, try Bluprint classes Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs and Artistic Digitizing: From Inspiration to Stitch with Cookie Gaynor.
- Bluprint members Kassondra and Marisa, Appliqué Geek
- Bluprint member Teresa Busby, Baby Kays
- Bluprint member Marjorie Busby, b-quilts and Blue Feather Quilt Studio
- Bluprint member Edie, Edies Designs
- Bluprint member Reen Wilcoxson, EmbGarden
- Bluprint member April Faubion, Izabella’s Closet
- Bluprint member Shanel, Sanity5
- Bonnie Welsh, Sew Inspired by Bonnie
What is the most difficult part of digitizing?
Photo via Sew Inspired by Bonnie
Determining end use
“Deciding what direction you want to take the artwork. Fill? Appliqué? Loose fill? Decorative stitches? Types? So many options but you want a cohesive set of designs. I like building sets that can mix and match together.” – Bonnie
Photo via Bluprint member b-quilts
“I find stitching and re-stitching a design difficult, as I want it to be perfect the first time and it never is.” – Marjorie
If you take a look at some of Marjorie’s designs, I think you will agree she’s pretty darn close!
Photo via Bluprint member Edies Designs
“Creating the perfect balance of stitching in a design, without heavy density is a challenge. Digitizing an embroidery design manually is very similar to a cooking recipe. All the ingredients must be perfect to accomplish a great design. Artistic elements, stitch balance, stitch length, stitch width, underlay and execution determine the final integrity of a design.” – Edie
Photo via Bluprint member Appliqué Geek
“Creating 4×4 designs is definitely the most difficult part of digitizing! Generally I digitize at either 8×8 or 6×10 (depending if the art is shaped like a square or rectangle) and then resize the completed design for those two sizes as well as 5×7. However, I almost always need to completely re-digitize the 4×4 from scratch because the quantity of stitches and the density don’t look right when resized that small.” – Kassondra
Photo via Bluprint member EmbGarden
Writing clear instructions
“It is so important to write comprehensive instructions that everyone, even the beginning machine embroiderer, can understand.” – Reen
That would, indeed be a challenge. When I recently stitched one of Reen’s in-the-hoop designs, the Owl Hipster Purse, I was amazed at the brilliance of being able to figure out how to achieve such an intricate project, let alone write the instructions so someone else could easily achieve the same!
Photo via Bluprint member Sanity5
“Sometimes you just can’t seem to get a design to work no matter what you do. Sometimes you just have to put it aside for days or weeks and come back to it.” – Shanel
Photo via Bluprint member Izabella’s Closet
“Right now finding time is the most difficult part of digitizing as it often takes time. Sometimes designs can be difficult so getting them to sew out just right can be hard.” – April
Photo via Bluprint member Baby Kay’s
“Having too many ideas and not enough time to get them all digitized!” – Teresa
Check back to see what our digitizers like the best about creating embroidery designs.
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