This banner was created a few years ago but I wanted to revisit this project again seeing as it is Valentine’s Day PLUS you might be interested to know some of the steps I used when doing the digitizing. So…..Happy Valentine’s digitizing!
The floral heart design on the 2 ends of the banner started with a piece of clipart which I believe is part of the software. I did auto digitizing of this using the Click to Design tool. I then added an outline to the design using the Automatic border tool and then deleted ALL the stitch fill. Only the run line outline remained. Finally I changed this run line to a stem stitch. Can’t remember if I resized the design but I probably did – maybe at the graphic image stage? or maybe later once it was all digitized?
Both pink and red projects were done exactly the same:
The center block was a half square triangle of 2 different fabrics. I used this diagonal seam line to position my design over top diagonally. How did I digitize this?
- I started with a simple heart shape and used the Applique tool to digitize a little applique – top right corner of the block. This tool is very smart as it automatically digitizes the placement line, the tack down line and the satin stitch. Very clever and labour saving as it means I do not have to do 3 separate steps of digitizing.
- The center heart shape was enlarged slightly and then I used the RADIAL FILL EFFECT to alter the type of stitch fill. Basically you pick a spot to have the stitch fill radiate outwards from to create some funky and fun results. You also get to choose the type of stitch fill + angle & density of the fill. Lots of options…..lots of fun!
- The largest heart in the bottom left corner of the block was digitized using the CONTOUR FILL tool. This is also a real fun tool and made me think of the spirograph game we used to play with as kids. It gives a rather similar effect though I do believe the computerized Janome Digitizer version was a whole lot quicker and easier + I had stitches to embroider not just a pretty pattern on a sheet of paper! I also used the OFF SET OUTLINE tool to add 4 rows of echo stitching around the heart. Instead of leaving these as running stitches, I changed them in turn to stem stitch; candlewicking; hand look quilting and a larger candlewicking on the 4th/outer echo.
Well, maybe not today……..Maybe you will be smelling roses? or having a dinner date? or eating chocolate?……whatever floats your boat on 14th February. Me? We have offered to babysit our grand-babies so the “kids” can go on a romantic dinner date – And that’s OK as I long ago figured out that 14th Feb is only one day out of 365 so “big picture” is what counts…..right? Oh, and chocolate would be a definite bonus on any day of the year!