Freestanding Lace Embroidery Digitizing in Floriani Using Built-In Shapes

Freestanding Lace Using Built-In Shapes

  1. First we need to get our canvas.
    1. Open “Floriani” Program
    2. Close “My Floriani Today” Pop-up
    3. Click “New” Icon
  2. Now we need to get our art. You can create your own from scratch, but that is another project. For these instructions, we will be using built-in art.
    1. Click “Shape Tool” Button (Highlights as Rectangle)
    2. Click “Custom Shape…” Button
    3. Click Dropdown Arrow in Popup
    4. Select “Easy Art” from dropdown menu.
    5. Scroll down through list, and click on your chosen design. (See notes on What Makes a Design Good for Freestanding Lace). The design we will be using is about halfway down. “HL003”.
  3. You now have an “Artwork” item open on your workspace. The next step is to modify the outline so we can fill in the whole object with stitches to create the ‘fabric’ background that will support our details.
    1. We are going to be looking into the “Sequence View” to see all of the elements that are in our design. It is located in the bottom right corner.
    2. In the “Sequence View” click the “+” sign to see all of the segments.
    3. Right Click the Outline Artwork from the list in the “Sequence View”.
    4. Select “Copy” from the popup list.                          
    5. Right Click in the empty white area in the “Sequence View”.
    6. Select “Paste” from the popup list.
    7. With that segment still selected, click the “Shape” Icon.
    8. You will see 2 bright pink lines with several dots on them, one inside the other. Right Click on the inner line.
    9. Select “Delete Hole” from the popup menu.
    10. The segment will still be selected. In the bottom left corner, select the “Run” icon.         
  4. Now we will create the ‘fabric’ to support our decorative stitches.
    1. Auto Method – Click “Auto Lace” at bottom.            And on to step 5!
    2. Manual Method – With the “Run” item in the Sequence View, click “Wave Fill” from the stars along the bottom.
    3. Select “Shape Tool” from the upper left corner.
    4. On the new fill (in Blue) there will be one line going across in Pink. This pink line is the inclination line. There are 2 blue squares along this pink line. Right click on one of these blue squares.
    5. Select “Delete Point” from the popup menu.
    6. Repeat c. & d. For the other blue Square.
    7. Now we will bring our attention to the Properties box in the upper right.
    8. (If you cannot see the entire panel including the “Apply” button hover along the line above “Sequence View”. The cursor will turn into two horizontal lines with arrows going up and down. You can use that to pull the top of the “Sequence View” down to see the “Apply” button.
    9. Click on the up arrow for “Density” until it reaches around 3.0.
    10. Click “Apply”.                                                   
    11. Right Click the “Fill” item from the Sequence view.
    12. Select “Copy” from the popup list.
    13. Right Click in the open white space of the Sequence View.
    14. Select “Paste” from the dropdown menu.
    15. With the 2nd fill still selected, choose the “Shape Tool” in the upper left corner.
    16. The egg will now have a pink line around it and a straight line through the middle with 2 blue squares at the ends.
    17. Click and Drag one of the dots to the very top of the egg. It should look like this.                    
    18. Click and Drag the other of the dots to the very bottom of the egg. It should look like this.
    19. Right click on one of the blue squares that you just dragged into place.
    20. Select Line from the popup menu.
    21. Repeat s. & t. for the other blue square.
  1. The next step is to create our decorative details.
    1. Select each “Artwork” from the “Sequence View”.
    2. Auto Method – Select “Auto Satin” from the bottom row.
    3. Repeat for each other “Artwork” segment.
  1. Manual Method – Select each “Artwork” from the “Sequence View”.
  2. Select “Satin” Tool from the bottom row. (All selections in red function in the same manner, but are different decorative effects.)
  3. Now you will draw the “inclination lines” for the satin stitches. In other words, telling stitches which direction to face. You will click inside the circle and drag across to the outside (or vise versa). This will create a short yellow line between the inner and outer pink rings.
  4. Repeat dragging these lines until you have 1 on each side, top and bottom. The placement does not need to be precise.
  5. Right Click and then Left Click in the white space of the canvas. This will set your satin stitch and should fill in all the way around.
  6. We will have some business in step 7, but for now you can have fun!
    1. You can change the color of each segment.
      1. Select a segment from the “Sequence View”.
      2. Choose a color from the bottom color row.
      3. Once you have a color selected, it will show up in the row above, that way you can re-use them.
  1. You can customize the satin stitching as well.
    1. Select a “Satin Stitch” segment from the “Sequence View”.
    2. Choose one of the different options for Satin stitches at the bottom.
    3. If you used the manual method for the fabric lace (step 4), you can also customize the angles and waves of the lace.
  1. Now we have to put everything in the right order to stitch out.
    1. Right click on each segment of the design in the “Sequence View” .
    2. It will pop up with a menu, hover over “Move”. There will be a side menu showing several options of way to move.
      1. “First” & “Last” mean that the selection will move first or last respectively.
      2. “Up” & “Down” mean the selection will move one color in that direction. If you have only one segment inside a color chosen it will move up or down one segment.
      3. “Prev Match” & “Next Match” mean that the selection will move to a matching color. It will not jump across the matching color.
    3. Using this system, you can put them in the correct order. I recommend also putting like colors together to minimize thread changes. The easiest way to do it for this project (using manual lace fabric) is in step iv.
      1. Lace fabric pieces. (If you used auto, the satin stitching will move too.)
      2. Curvy center decorative pieces.
      3. Outline satin stitching.
      4. Select one of the “Fill” segments.
      5. Hold “Ctrl” key on keyboard (Bottom right or left of alpha keys). Select the other “Fill” segment.                           
      6. Using the controls in section 7.b. Move the 2 “Fill” segments to the first position.                                                       

What Makes a Design Good for Freestanding Lace?

  • A single path around the entire outline.
  • Several decorative lines in the middle of the field.

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