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Digitizing Machine Embroidery Designs

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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.

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What You Get

  • 10 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including embroidery designs
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Cookie Gaynor
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Cookie Gaynor & Get Started
Meet Cookie Gaynor and learn digitizing basics.
2. The Running Stitch Tool
3. Creating a Redwork Design
4. Stitching Out Redwork
5. Design a Colorful Appliqué Butterfly
6. The Creative Fill Stitch
7. Filling Shapes With the Column Stitch
8. Stitching a Floral Shaded Design
9. Modifying & Expanding Your Designs

Recommended with this class

  • Machine embroidery software with digitizing capability for creating your own original designs that supports one of the following file types: ART50, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, SEW, VIP and XXX (please note that some software brands don't come with a digitizing feature, and will require an additional plug-in at an additional cost)
  • Embroidery machine that has a hoop with a minimum size of 4" x 4" (100 mm x 100 mm)
  • Embroidery polyester 40-weight thread in assorted colors

Taught by

Cookie Gaynor
Cookie Gaynor
Cookie Gaynor grew up with creative influences all around her, and was inspired by her mother and grandmother to explore all avenues of art and design. In 1995 she discovered that her “computer geek” side was perfectly suited to embroidery machines, and she’s been teaching sewing, embroidery and digitizing ever since. Cookie has been a featured instructor at International Embroidery Conferences, American Embroidery Conferences and It's Sew Easy on PBS.

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