FTC-U Workshop 01-07
Class length is approximately 2 hrs and 15 minutes.
.waf vs stitch based formats
Begins at 4:00 of the video. Duration 12 minutes.
Trevor received this design and question by email asking why the artwork is not saved with her .waf file. Trevor believes that when it came time to make edits on this design they opened the .pes file and not the .waf. Trevor reviews the difference between .pes and .waf format.
Lasso Select Tool Review
Begins at 16:00 of the video. Duration 14 minutes.
Follow up from last class Trevor is asked to review the lasso tool and how to use it to select one individual celtic symbol from this design. In addition to how to use the lasso select tool Trevor continues to talk about the difference between a .waf and a stitch based file.
Begins at 30:30 of the video. Duration 31 minutes.
This design was sent in to Trevor asking how to make a layout from purchased designs and when it is appropriate to use tools like colour sort or save 2 sew. Trevor explains that when you work with a stitch based format you have the option of allowing the software to open it as stitches or convert the stitches to outlines. If you keep the design as stitches then there will be very little change to how they stitch out but if you allow the software to convert stitches to outlines then you can make many types of edits including colour sort. In this case using colour sort is actually messing up the way the original design sews and it would be better to simply make the layout using the original stitches.
TTF Fonts – Editing Tips
Begins at 1:02:00 of the video. Duration 16 minutes.
This design was also sent to Trevor by email to ask how to separate the letter from the headstone on this TTF font. Trevor begins by showing how to download and install a new TTF font. Since a TTF font is the same as a vector artwork you can right click on the letters and choose to break apart text to get the individual shapes that make each letter. In this case the headstone and letter become filled in shapes and you will need to combine the parts together again so they will appear correctly. This is a good example of using the combine and break apart tools to create a shape with a hole inside. The TTF font (creepy graves) is included with the class download.
TTF Symbols – African Symbols
Begins at 1:18:30 of the video. Duration 12 minutes.
Trevor downloaded and installed this African Symbols TTF font for this segment. You can find great artwork to create embroidery from with free TTF symbols fonts. In the case of this African Symbols TTF Trevor shows how you can use windows explorer to “find a character” so you know what key to press to get each symbol. Trevor also shows that it is just as easy to type out ABCDEFG… to see all of the symbols available to design with.
Cutwork Flower with Netting
Begins at 1:31:00 of the video. Duration 29 minutes.
Now lets get back to the FTCU Workshop 5 Flower Challenge. Trevor uses one of the five flower artworks to create this cutwork design. Learn to use the hands on tools to create a run line that you will use your scissors to cut a hole to make the cutwork portion of this design. Trevor adds some netting over top of the hole to give the rest of the flower design something to sit on.
Flower with Cutwork Holes
Begins at 2:00:00 of the video. Duration 8 minutes.
This flower is another example of what you can create from the artwork that was sent for the design challenge. For this design Trevor chooses to create cutwork holes where the artwork loops. You start with a run line for the holes and you use your scissors to cut the holes before the rest of the design is stitched around it. You need to use Floriani Wet N Gone under the holes when stitching.
Two Colour Satin Flower
Begins at 2:08:00 of the video. Duration 8 minutes.
Using the design with the cutwork holes Trevor removes the run lines that made the cutwork and then adds the objects needed to fill in some areas for a two colour satin stitch design. This is a good example of using the optimize entry and exit points to connect the new parts so there are no jumps. Trevor also added extra pull comp to increate the overlaps.