I sat down with Mai and asked her about how she set out tackling what seemed like a challenging task.
How did you start the process of digitizing these very complex designs?
The brief was to use as many of the features and tools that are available in EmbroideryStudio e4 Designing and Decorating as possible to create something really exceptional.
What were your initial thoughts when you fist saw the graphic designs?
I thought they looked fantastic. I loved that there was a lot of fine detail in them. My brain straight away kicked into digitizing mode thinking of how to best translate all those details into embroidery.
What was the next step?
I had to make a plan and break up the designs into layers, so I could create an order of digitizing the many different objects.
Tell me a bit about digitizing the Decorating design
Because it is a multi-decoration design, the printing had to be done first. All the printed parts are applique' objects which were laser cut. Embroidery was the second stage.
How did you decide on which stitch types to use?
Depending on the width of the feathers, I used different stitch types. For narrow ones satin worked great, but for wider ones I turned to run stitches and with really large objects I used tatami and satin as well with auto-split turned on.
What kind of threads did you use?
I used Madeira for this project. They generously provided all the threads free of charge. For some objects I chose metallic thread to further enhance the design.
All girls love a bit of Bling. How does it work in EmbroideryStudio e4?
Yes, I love bling too! Adding them in ES e4 is super easy. You can digitize a line which you see as a vector object on the screen and set the size and the distance of the rhinestones . Alternatively, you can manually place them anywhere you choose to create a scattered effect.
How about 3D foam?
It's a very effective technique to raise the embroidery. It is commonly used for lettering with satin stitch and literally adds another dimension to your embroidery.
What was the most exciting part of working with the EmbroideryStudio e4 Decorating design?
I was impressed, that although it is the lower level of the two main products (ES e4 Designing being the top one), I could achieve a lot with it.
What features, tools and stitch types did you use for the EmbroideryStudio e4 Designing feathers?
Oh, the list is really quite long! I really tried to utilize as many different stitch types and effects as possible. I used color blending, the freehand digitizing tool, contour stitches, motif fills, stipple fill, spiral fill, zigzag, carving stamps, 3D warp effect, advanced offset, program splits and sequin.
What did you find most challenging about this project?
In the designs, I tried to demonstrate what the software is capable of, but it was really hard as the options are endless. It took me a good three weeks to complete the task but I am happy with the end result. I think the designs give a really good idea of the variety of stitch types and effects you can achieve with EmbroideryStudio e4.
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