Doris wants to create a cushion cover that reflects the theme of her room. She bought the perfect pattern some months back, but can't remember which one it is. She need a viewer.
Doris's nephew's birthday is approaching. She knows he loves the back-pack school bag she made for his cousin, and want to create the same design but in different colours. Adding his name would be good.
James' small business it taking off, and he would like some logos embroidered onto t-shirts for the staff that will be presenting at the local show. He only has stationery with the logo on, so that has to be the starting point.
Jan wants a patch for her quilt. That one is easy - it's almost always simply using a bought pattern.
Shannon and Peter have just had a little girl to be named Daisy. Editing out or combining flower motifs is the new task.
Large files often need to be intelligently split so that they can be handled within the hoop size available. The commercial software has an automatic split facility, which frankly is not good since it produces straight line splits, regardless of how the stitches fall. Another module allows you to manipulate handles to get an almost-invisible split, which of course is the one used by experienced designers.
GreenChasuble.png is a chasuble and stole set embroidered on silk. The design started as CrownImperial.jpg - a scan from a design book – and was digitized then split into three sections.
Selecting suitable fills and borders is an important part of the design. Each section has some cross-hair location points to assist in correctly re-hooping for the next section.
The third image was for a stole project. This started from the scan of an ovoid pendant, SCPServers.png. The software produces two kinds of file - scplogoFilled.can is the "working file" which can be opened and adjusted at any time, but can't be embroidered. The scplogoFilled.vp3 file3 is the ready-to-embroider file. All formats have a similar 2-stage requirement. It is impossible to edit the second stage pattern.
if you start from an image, removing background is often the first job. This may also include removing discrete sections of background, holes, you might say.
Consider an image of a rose, with stem, thorns and leaves – relatively straight forward. Make a bunch of roses, though, and edge detect will leave background that is within any enclosed area. This also needs to be removed.
In the case of the stole project, the blue background was removed first, the scan cleaned of burrs, then digitised as a 5" motif for each side of the stole.