Published on Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Create Christmas Shapes

Create these fun, festive shapes this Christmas!

Don't let fancy DiY designs bamboozle you any longer, these Christmas shapes are quick and easy enough to create for everybody! We'll show you how to get these personalized, festive designs in just a few simple steps. 

Creating a Star

Keep reading for a quick and efficient way to create a 5 point star...

Because a star is symmetrical, we can simply focus on creating one piece, which will later be replicated to create the entire star. 

As you can see in the illustration below, we have taken one piece of the star and separated it out. This diamond like shape is the piece of the star we will be focusing on. 

Using Input A or Fusion Fill, digitize the core diamond shaped element. 

We've done this using Input A (shown in the image below). 

Once the core object has been digitized, select the object then select the Wreath icon (shown below) from your Mirror Merge toolbar. 

If you cannot see your Mirror Merge toolbar, simply click Window>Toolbars>Mirror Merge*

*If you do not see a Toolbar called Mirror Merge, then you do not have the Auto Arrangements Element. In this case you can follow the steps below but will need to manually copy the digitized object and rotate the pieces individually around a center point to create your star. 

To find out more about the Auto Arrangements Element, click here

Once you have selected the Wreath icon, enter the number of Wreath points you would like (we are using 5). Keep in mind the number is inclusive of the source object.

 

 Move your mouse to a point near your original object to create an anchor point for the wreath, this will position the duplicate objects in a star like shape. Left mouse click or enter to create the shape. Voila! You now have yourself a great little star!

Hint: For a more efficient stitch-out, use the branching tool to minimize trims and tie-offs. 

 

 

Creating a Snowflake

The key to creating a great snowflake is creating one single shape that can be replicated around a single point between 6-9 times. The best results are achieved when the shape is not solid and has some white space (just like a real snowflake!) and its widest point should be towards the middle of the shape. 

Like a star, a snowflake is symmetrical, so we don't need to look at it as a complex object, we can simply focus on creating one piece, which will later be replicated to create a whole object. 

So as you can see in the illustration below, we have taken one piece of the snowflake and separated it out. This is the piece we will be focusing on creating. 

Now that we have identified the core element of the design we're ready to digitize. We will begin with the top part of the object.

Using the Run stitch setting, digitize the line objects in the shape. Below is a guide as to where to insert the points. 

For better alignment, place the points on top of each other. This continuous line will create a double run stitch finish and minimize trims. 

Now using the Fusion Fill tool, create the object shown below. 

Select the entire object and click on the Wreath icon from your mirror merge toolbox. 

Enter the number of Wreath points you would like (we are using 7). The number is inclusive of the source object.

Move the anchor point of the wreath below the original object, to position the duplicates.

Left mouse click to confirm or press Enter. 

The design object is now duplicated and distributed around the anchor point. 

Note: If the duplicates overlap the original, you will be prompted to merge objects.

We want to retain multiple stitch angles so in this case we don't want to merge.

Hint: For a more efficient stitch-out, use the Branching tool to minimize trims and tie-offs. 

 

Creating shapes with the Wreath tool is easy and the possibilities are endless!

All you need to keep in mind is that you want your starting shape to loosely resemble a diamond. When you look at each part of a star or snowflake it starts small at the bottom, gets wider towards the middle and then becomes smaller again towards the end. 

As long as you keep this key idea in mind, then let your imagination can take you wherever you want to go.

Here we took three circles of varying sizes and applied a motif run stitch. 

We then used the Mirror Merger- Wreath tool (using 9 points) to achieve this funky take on a traditional snowflake.

Tools used in this article

The Mirror Merge Tools including the Wreath tool utilized in this blog article, are part of the Auto Arrangements Element and can be purchased as an add-on for our EmbroideryStudio e3 customers. 

More information can be found on the Auto Arrangements product page

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