Special features and stitch effects that will take your embroidery to the next level
It is so easy to take a simple design and make it “Boo-tiful” with Hatch Embroidery! This week we are giving you two designs that we have taken from simple to exciting using special features and stitches in the Hatch Embroidery Software. We will also take you through the steps of the transformation on the Halloween Owl design
The Hatch Embroidery Carving Stamps feature allows you to add your own detail to the stitch objects.
A Simple Method to Add Carvings
You can use existing stamps or create your own stamps.
Click “Carving Stamps” under the Digitize Toolbox
Click “Digitize” Tab in the Carving Stamp Docker (it opens on the right side of the screen)
Click “Start Digitizing”. Now digitize your “stamp lines” on the design object. Press enter to end each stamp line. When finished digitizing all your stamp lines, click the enter key a second time.
Click “Use Stamp” and place your stamps where you desire in your design.
Stamp as many times as you want. When finished, press “Enter” and then “ESC” on your keyboard.
Read more about Carving Stamps here.
Special Pattern Fills
Take the simple Tatami Fill that you get in any embroidery software and apply one of the many special pattern fills in Hatch Embroidery and easily bring your embroidery to life!
Select the object that you want to apply the special fill to. Right click to open the Object Properties Docker if it is not already open. Make sure the stitch type is “Tatami” (#1)
Click on the down arrow to open the Pattern Gallery window (#2)
Select the pattern of choice. We used motif #34 in our design for the owl’s body (#3)
We also used the same technique on the hat band. For this fill we used Pattern #17
Auto Split Satin
We wanted the wings to look “puffy” but the object is too large to use a traditional satin stitch. Hatch Embroidery gives you a special stitch that will allow you to achieve this “puffy” look and the stitch still be durable! If you apply a satin stitch type to an object in which the satin stitches would be too wide, the Hatch software will automatically apply this “Auto Split”. You can also uncheck the option if desired. But BEWARE, the stitches will be very wide and easy to get snagged and pulled out!
There are a lot of other special Hatch features that you can apply to your design. It’s endless with the unique looks you can get by starting with a simple design in Hatch Embroidery Software!
Where Do You Find Artwork?
There is a lot of artwork available on the internet. Some free and some for purchase. Always be sure to check the free designs if they have any type of copyright with them. We generally like to purchase our artwork, so we know that it is okay to use. Respect the artist’s work! Don’t use it without permission! We are all artists when it comes to embroidery, and we don’t like to see a design that we have created shared without permission.
We found some really cute artwork for purchase online at Great Graphics Designs. Their artwork is so easy to digitize! It’s simple, with detail, but not too much detail for embroidery. Even if you are buying artwork, be sure to check the copyright notice to see how you can use it and if the embroidery can be resold. If you are not sure, contact the owner. Generally, they are happy to work with you for exchange to acknowledge where the artwork came from.
For our design today we purchased a collection of Halloween Spooky Cocktails. Notice in her copyright terms she states for personal use and small commercial. This means you could stitch the design out on garments that you are making, but it is not permitted for mass production. You do not have the right to “sell” or “share” the stitch file data without additional permission and most likely additional cost. We contacted the owner of the artwork to make sure we could share the finished design file with our blog members. We have not included the artwork. You can purchase at the link above. Once finished, as a courtesy, we sent an image of the stitched design to the owner to make sure they were happy with the final result.
Special Hatch Features Used When Digitizing the Spooky Cocktails Design
This was a quick design to use manual digitizing on. While the techniques used are not for a beginner digitizer, with a little practice, using our online documentation and the many videos available, you would be using these great features before long!
We have included the finished design. However, we want to share with you the manual digitizing techniques we used to create this design
Liquid in class
Reshape to change stitch angles
The Florentine effect will give you the curved look
Pupil of eyes
Purple, green, blue, black, white
You can access the Halloween Owl and Eyeballs Cocktail designs below.
Please note: You will need to sign in or register a free account to be able to download the free design.
Once you registered an account, you will have unlimited access to ALL the free designs that are currently on the Hatch Embroidery website and future ones two. You will also automatically receive our newsletter about free projects and designs. You will NOT be requested to download the software. Having an account does not come with any obligations to you at all.
Bernadett and the Hatch Team
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