I love designs that offer creative potential. By that, I mean that I can change their colors to suit my project or combine and use them in creative ways.
I also like designs that let me edit out coordinating pieces. And finally, I don’t want to spend all day changing threads or sewing a bullet-proof design. I want a design that can be sewn on a range of fabrics.
Those are the reasons I love designs like these in Art Deco Flowers.
These designs are perfect for home dec, garments, and borders. Feel free to change the colors. They can look especially dramatic in metallics or high contrast. Try sewing them monochromatically in black on white.
You may notice these are similar to Floral Fantasy. On my facebook page, I have a photo album called “Trunk Show” where I upload projects I’ve made. If you browse through that album, you’ll see a white blouse and a green shirt blouse that have the same designs embroidered on the front and back.
What makes them look different are the colors. On the front the each blouse I’ve extracted elements using editing software and then recombined them.
After showing these two garments at an event recently, a number of attendees asked if I could include the extracted pieces as elements.
Because the Art Deco Flowers collection has the potential to have many sub elements extracted, I’ve created another group call Art Deco Flower Bits, with 40 elements. While the original collection is designed for 5 x 7″ hoops, 37 of the 40 bits will fit a 4 x 4″ hoop.
I personally think editing designs is a highly useful skill, much more useful than learning to digitize. The ability to extract elements from a design to make coordinating designs can make your projects unique.
However, it does require suitable software and some computer skills. If you lack either of those—or the patience for it—well, then this collection is for you. Another bonus is that while the original Art Deco Flowers collection requires a 5 x 7″ sewing field, most of the elements easily fit a 4×4″ hoop.
Another advantage is that many of the designs have been resequenced or edited for a “complete” design. This is difficult, if not impossible, in editing software unless you have the design in a “native” format.
Most digitizers do not include this format for two reasons: First, you need to have the same program we used, and second, by not have the original file, it gives a tiny amount of protection for all our work.
Having these bits can enhance your designing experience and save you a lot of time fooling around in software. Combine bits to complement the original collection, combine bits to make a new design, or use the individual bits alone.