Ta da! Behold, my completed manual digitizing homework for my Bernina Artista Embroidery Software v6 class! We started with this palm tree artwork (seen below) in the background, and built the embroidery design one object at a time, with right-clicks and left-clicks and stitch angles, oh my! This simple exercize took me several hours to complete, both inside and outside the classroom. I have new appreciation for the talents and abilities of professional digitizers!
Palm Tree Artwork Used in this Exercize
I am not going to bother with stitching my wonky palm tree out on the machine. Truth be told, I doubt I would ever go to all the trouble of creating an embroidery design completely from scratch. The software manual is almost 600 pages long; it's pretty complicated stuff. I mostly use my embroidery software for combining or editing professional designs, or for embroidering with lettering. Still, it's good to go through all the classes because you never know where you might pick up a useful morsel of information. For instance, on the Drunken Dragons quilt that I'm temporarily avoiding, I was planning to use my embroidery module to quilt fancy designs in the center of each pieced circle, but wasn't sure how to handle the half circles on the edges of the quilt. I learned that I can open the professional quilting design in my embroidery software, convert the embroidery design to vectors, use the eraser tool to erase half of the quilting motif, and then reconvert it to embroidery and save as a new design to use on those half circles. So that's one hurdle that I can deal with -- if only I can get the free motion quilting down so I can stitch in the ditch on the curved circular seamline!
I should send my kids to the classes and have them learn how to use the software. They'd be scanning in pictures of Lego Ninjago warrios and filling them in with all kinds of funky stitch patterns! Speaking of Lars and Anders, they have been busy performers lately. They were in four performances of Beauty and the Beast Jr. at their school last week, and their piano recital was earlier this afternoon. They will be performing on their recorder (Anders) and trombone (Lars) with their classes again on Tuesday evening for the school's annual Night of the Arts, and I understand they will each have artwork for sale prior to the concert. Busy, busy boys!