Embird Studio, making an SVG in Inkscape and instant embroidery

I’ve been playing around a little in the latest Embird 2018 and fiddling about with some of the new features – and they are fun! I think some could do with a wee bit of improvement too – but all things take time. One of the features I have been playing with is the ability to turn an SVG file into an embroidery design in Embird Studio.

Now it is very easy to purchase your own SVG file on the Internet and especially from one of the Etsy stores but sometimes you just want to make your own SVG image to use or perhaps have a photo that you would like to create an SVG outline from. I am going to show you quickly how to make your own. Then you’ll need to let your imagination do the rest.

First you’ll need Inkscape. It’s a free program available from Inkscape.  There may be other programs available that are as good or you may already have your own graphics program  – and feel free to use them – but for this small lesson I have used Inkscape. My apologies in advance if you’re already a whizz at Inkscape – I’m not – I just used it to create my own design and I must confess that I am not at all familiar with it. My knowledge of the program leaves a lot to be desired so please don’t ask me any technical questions about Inkscape or you’ll be met with a blank stare!!  Anyway – onwards and upwards –

Open Inkscape and then go to File/Open and open a JPG file that you wish to use. For this lesson I actually took a shortcut and downloaded a free one from Open Clipart . I found it under the heading Most Loved Clipart. Its a Hibiscus flower. If you don’t want to go to the website then just use your Snipping Tool under Windows Accessories in Windows and snip this one.

Save the image in the Snipping Tool Program as  JPEG. And then open it in Inkscape. Click OK on the pop up screen that appears.Select the Image in Inkscape.

With the design selected go to Edit/Make Bitmap copy.

The Bitmap copy will be sitting on top of the original image ( you won’t see any difference until you move the top copy) and will be selected.

Move the Bitmap aside and Delete the original image.

The highlighted image is the original image which is to be deleted

Once you have deleted the original image move the new Bitmap back onto the Design Page. Resize if you wish.

With the image back on the Design Page and still selected go to View/Display Mode/Outline

Your design will now have a Red Cross mark covering it.

Your design should be still selected so go to Path/Trace Bitmap.

In the next screen that appears ( as above) click Update and then OK. Close that screen.

You do not need the red cross on the Design Page any longer. Select the red cross and Delete it.

And there is your SVG image created as shown above

Go to File/Save As/Save as an SVG file in your preferred folder.

Now Open Embird Studio.

Go to Design/Import Vector File and select the SVG file you’ve just saved. The design will now appear on the Studio Design Page.

Check on the right hand side column and you’ll see that Studio has already converted the vector image to stitches. You just have to select them all now and Generate the Stitches.

It looks pretty boring, doesn’t it. However now you need to use your Studio skills and change the design to your preferred preferences. There are a number of things you can do from here.

Select individual objects and change the Colour, Fill direction, Start and End Points, Sewing order, Pattern Fill, Density etc etc. You can even add outlines if you wish. If you do not know how to do these things I have covered them all in my Embird Studio Tutorial on the Tutorials Page at Secrets of Embroidery.

Check out my finished design after I have played with the Parameters.

In this design I now only changed all the Parameters such as angle of fill and density but I added curved fill and then used the Auto Outliner feature to add an outline around each object.

Not all images will convert quite as easily as this one and, as with any image, you need to be a wee bit choosy about what you are selecting. But remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained and again that age old saying – Practice makes perfect (well almost!)

And that, my friends, is that. A very quick and easy design in Studio.  I hope you’re enjoying these little insights and lessons into the programs.

Don’t forget to Save the design and then Compile and Place it Editor.

Now use your imagination and try the same with another image.

Bye for now. Carolyn

Stippling method in Embird Editor 2018 version

Well, I said I’d be back with a little lesson and now I have two of them up my sleeve. So I’ll write one today and another one very soon. Your patience is being rewarded. The lesson today is about creating stippling in Embird Editor 2018. You will not be able to follow this lesson unless you have the latest 2018 version of Embird, sorry.

Ready to go?

Open Embird Editor and then File/Open and select a lion design which is included with your Embird Program. Or use your own design – your choice

Once selected click OK. The file will then be showing on the Editor Design Page

With the design selected go to Insert/Fabric Flattening Stitches.

*Fabric flattening stitches are generally used to flatten fabric with a pile such as towelling, velvet or polar fleece so that the embroidery is more visible.*

In the Inflate screen that appears type in the distance from the design edge that you want the stippling to be. You might need to try a few different settings before you get it correct. Try 30mm and see what happens. You can always delete it and try a new measurement.

Click OK.

The Parameters screen will now appear. You need to change some settings –

Change the Fill from Plain Fill to Motif

Choose a motif from the Motif drop down box – I choose one of the Meandering stitches and while its not a perfect stipple like in a number of digitising programs, its all Embird users have to work with for now.

There are other settings which you can change as well such as Shift and Scale etc but you can experiment with these once you’re comfortable with the method. But for now we will just stick with the settings I have changed above.

Click OK

The Stipple will now appear on the Design Page with the Lion Design. The stipple will be behind the lion.

If you wish to remove the stitches behind the Lion then you will need to Mask the two designs.

Select both Objects and go to Edit/Stitches/Mask.

Adjust the Pull Compensation in the pop-up screen or just click OK.

The stitches will now be removed behind your design – I have moved the lion design aside in the image below so that you can see the stitches that have been removed.

You will notice that there are a number of jump stitches in the center of the design. If your machine has a jump stitch trimming function these should be cut when you are embroidering. ( Dont move your design like I have – or of you do then click Undo to return it to the correct position.)

Change the color of the stippling.

Select all objects.

Click on Join on the Tool Bar

That’s it! He doesnt look too bad, does he?

Now save him and stitch him out.

I hope that gives you a bit of an insight into what you can do with a couple of Embird commands – one new one and one old one!


Carolyn Keber










Finding Dropbox in Embird

If you’re anything like me and have a Dropbox account and save a lot of your designs in a Dropbox folder then you’ll want to know how to access them once you’re in Embird and want to use that design that you purchased.

I have both a laptop and a Desktop. My laptop is upstairs in my Living area so that I can use it at night while the TV is on in the background and my Desktop is downstairs in my office. Of course in the evenings I like cruising the internet and making all sorts of plans about what I am going to embroider next. And sometimes I even buy embroidery designs rather than buy my own as they are pretty cheap when you compare how long it takes to make some. When I’m upstairs in the evening and buy a design and download it then if I save it to my laptop I would have to email the design to myself so that I can get it onto my Desktop – or I’d have to use a USB stick or – rada-rada-rada!! You get the idea.

So I have a Dropbox account. For those that don’t know – it’s free – for up to 2GB of data storage  (don’t quote me, but I think that’s correct). You just need Dropbox set up on both/all devices/pc’s.  Anyway, I buy stuff (!!!) and save it in my Dropbox so that I can access it from my Desktop the next day. But here comes the tricky bit! When you open Embird Editor and go to select Dropbox – it’s not an option in the Embird drop down box.

Aha…but yes it is – it’s just hiding. I’ll show you how to get to it (and your Desktop – same method)

Now, I am assuming you’ve got a Dropbox account and you’ve saved your newly purchased design in a Dropbox folder for your Embroidery and you’re ready to embroider……….

  •  Open Embird
  • Open Embird Editor
  • Go to File/Open or use the shortcut
  • Click on the dropdown box and choose the C Drive

  • Move from C down to Users and double click on it to open


You’ll see another folder called users

  • Double click on this folder and you’ll see those hidden folders that you were looking for.


  • Double click on Dropbox and inside in the folder that you saved your embroidery designs in will be your files.
  • Now just select the file required and click Open.

Easy As!  The same method applies to files that you save to your Desktop on your computer while you’re on it. However you need a Cloud based program if you wish to access files between two different computers. And not only are you able to access them from your computer anywhere, it is also a great way of having a backup of your files. I’m aware that Embird has a “Cloud” too but I’ve never bothered with that. Too much fuss for me….I prefer Dropbox.

I hope that is a useful little titbit for someone – just in case you didn’t know.

Bye for now…


Embird Studio Applique explanation

Hi everyone,

This is just a quick little explanation about the Applique Tool and the Line Tool using the Applique Parameters. I was asked a question about this today and seeing as I did a quick little lesson to them to explain, I thought I would expand on my email a little and create a small blog post about it. This is not the blog post that I was talking about in the last post – that one is still to come when I have completed it to my satisfaction. If I cannot do that then I’ll bin it out of frustration.

This is an Embird Studio lesson. –


In Embird Studio if you wish to use the Applique Tool you need to remember that it is only useful when creating closed shapes like the image below.

So you need to use the Appliqué Tool in the same manner as the Column Tool  where you have 3 options of how you create the first side. A B or C. The only difference is that the Appliqué tool automatically adds the different stops that are required for appliqué.

You cannot create a shape like this where the end does not join to the start.

Otherwise this is what happens when you Finish it –

The beginning automatically attaches itself to the end. No way around it. So the Appliqué tool  is only useful for enclosed shapes. But you can use the Outline Tool/Line Tool and choose Appliqué in the Parameters on the right of the screen and you can then create open shapes.

Like the following –

So, if you wish to create an Applique object with an open shape – say for instance if you were creating a fairy as in the image below ( not my picture) and you needed the skirt or the wings to be applique and then the rest to be embroidery fill you would only be able to use the Line Tool set to Applique in the Parameters screen to create the shape around the edges as they are open shapes – not closed ones like a circle or square.

That’s why when I create applique I very rarely, if ever, use the actual Applique Tool. Too limited for my designs. I always use the Line Tool and choose the Applique setting.

I thought you might like a quick little look at this. Hopefully you might find this of some use.

A little Embird trick

Hi everyone,

I’m currently writing another Hooplah post but it is bogging me down a little as I keep having a few hiccups with it so I thought I would save a draft of that post and come back to it later after I have written this shorter post. If I don’t write something soon you’ll think that I have disappeared off the face of the earth again! I haven’t had the best of years but more about that after this…..

While I was fiddling about with my post that I have currently put on the back burner I found an easy way to get a design into Embird. It’s an old trick but I had never tried it before in Embird. You probably already know it but I will show it just in case it helps someone. And it’s quick and easy.

If you use File Explorer in Windows, as I do, to look through your designs I ( know that you can do it in Embird Manager too) then you can locate a design and drag it onto an open Embird Editor page.

Open Embird and move to Embird Editor. Set your preferred Hoop size.

Open File Explorer through the Windows Start menu

Minimise both screens so that both are visible. They don’t have to be fully visible – as long as you can see part of the Embird Editor screen. I have a 17″ laptop so I have enough room to view them both.

Then move to the folder where your designs are saved.

Go to View on the Menu Bar in File Explorer and change the View to Large Icons or even Extra Large Icons, Shown below is the Large Icons view.

Select the design that you wish to use from File Explorer

Hold down the left mouse button on the selected design and drag it from the File Explorer screen across onto the Embird Editor screen. Release the mouse button.

The design is now on your Editor design page. You can repeat this trick to add more designs if you wish or just close the File Explorer screen and carry on in Editor as usual.

I know that there are other ways of getting your designs into Editor but this is another little trick for you to try.

Now I’ll be able to go back and work on my other Hooplah post and try and get it ready for you all – as long as I do not succumb to any more health issues this year.

After my last post I have been in hospital again. I am certainly getting my moneys worth out of the Public Heath system this year. I ended up in hospital again because I fell off my bike in the dark going up my steep and narrow driveway. I am on blood thinners for at least six months due to my Pulmonary Embolisms that I had in June. My doctor told me that I had to high tail it to her if I had any bleeds. Well, I had a massive bruise on my leg from the fall so I thought that I had better check it out with her. My doctor wasn’t happy with the bruise so she told me to go to my local hospital ER to have it checked – just to make sure! Of course, you can guess what happened. They admitted me and this time I was in hospital for five days. They were a little concerned that my Embolisms had caused damage to my heart when they passed through it on the way to the lungs. They thought that I may have had a heart attack!! Scary stuff! Anyway after five days of every test known to man and enough blood tests so that I felt like a porcupine I was declared as fit as a fiddle – or almost!

So I was discharged from hospital and then as soon as I got home I got a very bad strain of influenza that is doing the rounds. That set me on my ear for three and a half weeks. In fact this week is the first week that I have been well enough to be able to go out for a walk in all that time. But I survived again!! Obviously can’t kill me off that easily. However, needless to say that I am heartily sick of our winter and this whole year! Roll on some nice warm weather instead of this continuous rain, rain, rain!

Oh, and by the way, I have promised to walk my bike up my driveway in future. I’m too accident prone on our driveway and if you saw it you’d understand why!!