Monday, June 16, 2014

Creating Embroidery Designs

I thought I'd share a bit of my creative process with you all today. I have this graphpaper notebook that I bought specifically for sketching out designs in. I almost always have it with me. Well, I don't bring it everywhere I go as it's hard to sketch out designs at the grocery store. I mean, a girl needs to focus on all those cereal choices.  

I sketch my design ideas in the notebook, and then later using my digitizing software I turn those sketches into embroidery designs. Sometimes the design I end up with is dramtically different from the sketch I started out with. Othertimes it's exactly the same or has minor differences.

Here is a design that I created this morning along with it's original sketch. 

You can see that I changed up the stars from my original drawing...and I'm soo excited about the final design. It's perfect.  

The next step for this star spangled beauty will be to test stitch it out, photograph it for the website, save the embroidery file into all of the different machine formats, create a thread chart (showing the color changes and other details of the design) and then after all that I'll post it live on my website for your purchasing pleasure. 

And that my friends, is how an embroidery design is born.

Happy Monday Everyone!!
Kat  :)

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat