Category Archives: Corel Draw

Month 4 Challenge – 3D Designs….

Module4 I used the ‘idea of our challenge’, to create a 6 sided shape from a 2D design to physical 3D construction. I have been wanting to create a bin to take my sewing projects on our 5th Wheel when traveling. I created a six sided shape, however, I wanted it to be sturdy, handle weight and have pockets. I designed a six sided shape that has individual sides, with the addition of 4 outer pockets, decorative grommet openings with web handles, a slip on box lid at the top, and fully lined. I have attached my directions – 5 jpeg images – for my PDF file. I am excited to use it on our next trip!

Project Month 1-3 “Hello Spring”

I always learn so much when stitching out designs. Digitizing the idea is one portion but I also find there is so much learning when doing the stitch out. It helps me identify areas to watch for when digitizing. When I stitched out hooping one, I realized that the spiral was not the correct size nor did it have alternating rows. This taught me to be careful and watch to ensure using the same master design. Watching the decorative stitches also helped me really see the underlay and coverage for my appliqué. I still need to practice (and review the lesson) for ‘points’ on appliqué’ stitching. This gets tricky for me in ‘true view’ – sometimes I am not sure how to adjust. I also want to understand how to prevent my block outlines from stitching, while also allowing my quilting motif to be stitched. While my design is not perfect – I love the learning

Month 02 Challenge…

I learned a lot this month about digitizing and also me as a digitizer. I realized at the very beginning of this month, as a digitizer, I needed to complete my design in Corel and have the outlines/placement lines fully created in Hatch. I needed this to think about and determine the type of cover stitches I will be designing in Hatch and ultimately need to quilt around.

The first thing I did, at Sarah’s recommendation in this month’s class, was rethink my quilting design. It is simplistic but I like how the spirals add to my design. I also realized that it is best to export SVG files from my digitized Hatch placements, rather than Corel Draw because of edits made to improve the design in Hatch. With our stitch sampler and lesson, I now understand how to adjust the cover stitches so each applique is well attached to the backround. I had not thought about adding batting to my applique in the past. I love this affect and tested it with my butterflies in our second sampler this month. I am not sure if I remember correctly how digitized holes work. In my samplers I have stitched outlines for the shapes but not embroidered objects.

In sampler 2 – (my table runner design) – I have tested the different stitch technqiues on the different types of ‘shapes’ in my complete design. I learned an important lesson with this sampler – make sure if you adjust placement on the design that all the placement lines are moved WITH the decorative stitches. If you look at my padded butterly wings you can see my error/learning!

For my full table runner design, only the placement lines are currently digitized in Hatch. I have printed out and taped together my Hatch design. All of the SVG files were exported out of Hatch and were all cut on my scanncut. You can see them laid out on the printed design layout from Hatch. I am ready to start digitizing my full design in Hatch. I am interested to see how we will break the design in Hatch. Reflecting back I would give this month a ‘3’ it was challenging but not overwhelming.

Advanced Digitizing Course

Taking Sarah Vedeler’s 2023 Digitizing Plus course. Have stayed very buzy working on our project: creation of a table runner 60 inches wide by 16 inches tall. In January, we worked on the idea of a large wave created using shapes rather than a solid boundary. I envisioned mine as large leafs.

Month 01: I had a lot of fun playing with shapes, exploring new tools, and brainstorming several ideas. This challenge kept me busy playing around with and remembering the functionalities in Corel. For my design, I saw the wave design as large leaves. I decided to create additional applique for my design, adding a lotus blossom, dragonflies, and butterflies.

I tested several potential ‘fills’ for my wave design both on and off the computer. I used Go dies by Sarah Vedeler to cut sample pieces. I utilized 55414 Heather Feather Border and 55088 Heather Feather #2. I also explored the idea of creating Mosaic tiles. This lead me to remember how to create and place shapes along a path.

I also discovered a new tool – CorelDraw -Pointilizer. This tool provides the ability to apply circles, squares, or custom shapes as a fill. This caused me to remember to use an ‘outline’ to place objects on a path. To create the mosaic design, I needed a ‘shape’ that I could fill with my mosaic design. I went through several different design ideas for my waves before arriving at my final iteration. I added my texture quilting using designs I created for class last year. I am excited to see how this will work when we move to digitizing in Month 2.

For month 02, we were challenged to rethink our quilting, create our cutting files, create our digitized outline in Hatch, and create stitching samplers for applique. Below is the change I made for my quilting around the design.

It took some time to digitize my placement lines, the foundation for applique’ embroidery in Hatch. The best results, when importing to Hatch, were exporting only the objects from Corel (no outlines and no quilting) When imported into Hatch, I used the following steps:

  • Autodigitize – Insert Artwork
  • Artwork – Prepare artwork for embroidery-OK
  • Autodigitize – Click to outline – move cursor over the image bitmap there are two options:
    • If hover over a single shape, will mesh the object, and place an outline around single object
    • If hover over the background, will mesh all background, and create outlines around all of the shapes.
    • When you have made your choice, left click and you will see the outline in the sequence bar. Make sure you have selected – outline-singlerun-2.5mm in object properties.
  • Next, I hid my imported bitmap, and worked on finalizing and fine tuning the outline.
    • Select – outline in sequence window
    • Edit – break apart (this will create the separate objects) You can now move, reshape, etc. for each object.
    • Edit – select/select some/select all – use smooth objects (This feature really cleaned up my feathers. I used it to smooth all of them upto about .9mm)
  • Next, when happy with the placement/outline results, I exported as an SVG for the entire design.
    • I printed and taped together my Hatch placement lines.
    • I imported the SVG into a new Corel file.
    • Then I created my SVG files for cutting on my ScanNCut.
    • I placed my cut pieces on my Hatch placement line printout.
    • I used my standard mat and rotary blade on the scanncut. The fabric was prepared with Best Press and Heat’n Bond Light.

Stockings finished and shipped off

I finished up my contributions to the community project by creating ‘dream catcher stockings’ for 700 foster children. For me Christmas is about ‘giving’. It means everything to me that these stockings will go to children and young adults who often do not have anything to call their own. In the end I sent 3 big stockings that I designed, digitized, and stitched out for the oldest children graduating out of foster care and into transitional adult housing. For the younger children I made 12 small stockings and 10 large stockings.

Progress with community project….

Yesterday was all about prepping to begin sewing and embroidering. Cleaned up digitizing, prepped all the materials, and got my files on the ScanNCut and Luminaire. The backs and fronts, to be quilted, are prepared along with the batting. The stabilizer is cut so that I can stitch out all the placement lines this morning. The 3 lining fabrics have been cut, pinned, and are also ready to sew today. I plan to quilt all three backs first, then embroider the fronts. I chose to keep my front designs separate files to allow for flexibility on future projects.

Spreading a little love……

Currently designing 3 large stockings – 18” wide by 24” long. The fronts have nameplates where the stockings can have a customized name added. The front and backs have batting and the back is also quilted. I have also created 3 different designs to embroider on the stocking fronts.

Stocking assembly…….

Design 1: Stocking front gnome

Design 2: Stocking front Christmas Tree

Design 3: Stocking Front Penguin

Digitizing Month 10…..

Why from Month 08 to Month 10? Well someplace in the middle of Month 09 I lost track of the months we were working on. So I will need to loop back and finish the Month 09 project. For Month 10 the goal was creating an appliqué house with digitizing. This is our official last class for the course – though we are hoping Sarah will offer an advanced class. In Month 10, in addition to our monthly project, we are also working on a special project to give back to our community. I have started my house but put it on hold until we finish our community project.

Month 08 – Digitizing Spirals

Month 08 was all about digitizing spirals. The hardest part was knowing how to group as one builds the various examples. Not doing this created issues with combining shapes with unexpected results. The other piece was knowing to use ‘radius’ rather than ‘diameter’ when segmenting the circle. Anytime there are an odd number of segments always use ‘radius’. This month our product was documenting the process to create a bank of spirals.

Month 07 – Digitizing & Design

July felt like a month where we really were demonstrating our cumulative learning. I gave myself grace for July. I started the month – July 1 with an emergency room trip. By Sunday, July 3, I went into surgery for an unexpected/anticipated ‘pacemaker’! I just finished myt 6 week mark.

I decided to focus on ‘Christmas’ for this project because I believe in eternal, love, joy, hope, and peace. My goal is to make this design a medallion center surrounded by 12 blocks reflecting the twelve days of Christmas. Most of my hooping for this project uses my 272mm x 408mm hoop. The only exception is my center design that uses my 200mm x 200mm hoop. I created 3 versions before I got the design placed successfully, including breaking my outer ribbon for July’s design. I ended up with 7 hoopings to stitch out, excluding the quilting.

Below are pictures of my first version, including cutting the applique. For the second version of the design, I tested the stitching without using my applique. For this test I used the ‘knife’ tool to ‘split’ the outer ribbon. It was much closer than my first stitch out but you can still see the ribbon has not fully lined up correctly. As I stitched this one, I revised the design a third time for my final version.

For the third design, to break the ribbon, I created a circle 22.5” in diameter. Next, I used the ‘12’ and ‘3’ clock positions and digitized an open shape, tracing along the curve from “12” to “3”. Next, I zoomed in and ‘reshaped’ the curve to match the 22.5” circle. Then, using the ‘circle layout’ tool, I replicated 3 times. Finally, I zoomed in to make sure the 4 arcs were laying on top of the solid ring. Finally, I was able to delete the initial 22.5” circle and changed the ‘4 arcs’ stitch type from single stitch to ‘single motif’. Below are images of my final design files, the applique cut using my ScanNCut SDX330D, stitchout test1, amd stitchout test2.