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.