June '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 2 P R I N T W E A R J U N E 2 0 1 9 2 2 P R I N T W E A R J U N E 2 0 1 9 EMBROIDERY Erich's Embellishments simulated stitches. With multi-pass satins, you should lower your density to counter their added bulk. Standard satins at a den- sity of .4mm have roughly the same stitch count as those set at .8mm density with three passes per straight stitch, though this uneven spacing gives you somewhat less coverage than evenly-spaced, single-pass satins. Expect these columns to have rough edges and more noticeable differences in density between inner and outer curves. With the goal of emulating a rough, im- perfect execution, however, the visible ground material and the roughness of the edges can add to the overall effect. Should you find this sparseness less than attractive, I used a thick cotton thread with a three pass per stitch custom pattern to emulate the look of an intarsia knitted material with machine em- broidery in this tree design. By copying the rela- tive thickness and the length and direction of the visible yarns in a knit design, I was able to evoke that construction in my digitizing. When digitizing, the hard part of using thick threads and multi-pass techniques is that neither can be adequately shown in digital previews. This type of work takes testing and recording to pull off. One can see how the multi-pass digitizing changes the look of the thread explicitly as the border uses standard single-pass fills of the same thread used in the tree's 'yarn' elements.

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