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Taught by Cookie Gaynor
Online Class

Artistic Digitizing: From Inspiration to Stitch

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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!


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h26m

Included in this Class

1. Tool Refresher

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.

2. Redwork Portraits

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.

3. Silhouettes

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.

Recommended with this class

  • Embroidery software (Cookie demonstrates with Brother PE Design and Bernina Artista software, but can answer questions for many software brands)
  • Embroidery machine that accepts any of the following file types: ART, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SEW, VIP, VP3, XXX