It’s fun, discovering all the functions of the Toolbars of the BERNINA Embroidery Software V8. And sometimes there is a special icon for dramatic effect:
This last icon of the Effects Toolbar is something special: many users have bought V8 (or the Upgrade) for this feature: making your flat embroidery look three-dimensional. This function is activated with a couple of fill stitches: Blackwork Fill, Candlewicking Fill, Lacework Fill and Pattern Fill. With the other icons the option 3D Globe is grayed-out.
I have placed a Closed Object (left toolbar = Toolboxes, Digitize , Ellipse) on my workspace, and clicked on ‘Candlewicking Fill. Selected the circle and changed the color into a bright green (color change is just for fun). Stitch count with this circle = 14.004 at the moment.
Deactivating ‘Show Artistic View’ shows you the start point = center of the hoop with actual embroidery, the start of the embroidery (small circle on the right) and the end point (triangle on the left). These start- and end points could be at another place on your embroidery).
As long as the icon ‘3D Globe Effect’ is active, you can change Fill stitches, by choosing variations with this Candlewicking Fill, or using the other three Fills with all their variations. I have activated ‘Show Artistic View’ again to se e how the embroidery will look.
By placing two spheres partly on top of each other, notice that there is an overlap, where stitches will shine through. Not the best of results! Normally, you can ‘Remove Overlaps’, via ‘Edit’, available with the left toolbar ‘Toolboxes’. But this won’t work with the 3D Globe Effect activated on both objects.
Change the upper object back to ‘Candlewicking Fill’ by clicking on the icon and then on the 3D Globe Effect icon and voilà: your spheres are back. Started with 16.624 stitches, now there are 15.415 stitches left. Saves you over 1.000 stitches!
T0 get an even more dramatic affect with the 3D Globe icon, select the sphere again and use the ‘Reshape’ tool (Transform Toolbar). Extra lines are added outside and around the sphere, with two yellow nodes – one on top and one to the right (that is, with my example). If you look closely, you can see two other shapes a green square and a red cross: respectively start- and end point of the actual embroidery, both with yellow nodes too.
You can change the ‘frame’ of the 3D Globe: the width and even the position. I have pulled one yellow node outside the sphere, to create an ellipse. The picture above shows my action/pulling, before releasing the mouse button.
Let’s try making a different shape: a square. I have drawn a closed object (Toolboxes, Digitize, Rectangle). Selected it and used Pattern Fill – pattern no. A728. Changed the color by using the docker ‘My Threads’, clicking on the color of my choice (or trying some other colors). I’ve just double clicked on a dark/bright blue and my pattern changes into this color. Keeping the pattern selected, double clicking on another color and it changes into that one.
I’ve hanged the Pattern Fill in a Candlewicking Fill again, to show you more dramatic effects. With all still selected, I have clicked on the node on the right/corner rectangle: wait till you see the cursor of your mouse turn into a four-way arrow, to turn the yellow node blue = activated. Hit the Space bar of my keyboard and…. the corner and the node are rounded! I have turned the straight corner into a curved corner. How about that!
You can do the same with the opposite node: click on it to select, hit the Space bar of your keyboard and that corner will also be rounded.
The video at the bottom of this message shows how to make your own Pattern Fills for the 3D Globe effect. I will show you how to do this.
Change the width of the star to 10,0mm (using a comma for decimals instead of a point): this makes the height 9,511mm. Check if these sizes are correct, use enter to set.
Use ‘Convert to Embroidery’ to actually make a Star with (Outline)stitches: no fills yet, because you have converted a line drawing. Enlarge your star with ‘To Fit’ on the Zoom Toolbar.
You will need to change the Stitch Angle to 0°: the stitches will be horizontal. Drag the left orange node of the Stitch Angle line up, to horizontal, until it reads ‘0°’. After releasing the mouse button, the stitches are placed horizontal.
Replace the start- and end points: green square and red cross: with my Star, they are both on the top point. They can be somewhere else with your Star. Click and drag the green square to the tip of the left point, and the red cross tot the tip of the right point. Be sure they are placed right on top of the yellow node of each point. You’ve created new start- and end points, on a horizontal line.
A message appears ‘Create Patterns – Pattern ‘Star’ has been created in pattern set ‘My Patterns’. Use ‘OK’ to confirm. Remove the star from your workspace = still selected, using ‘Delete’.
IMPORTANT: before moving on, you will have to be sure the grid shows many lines, setting it to 100% via the Zoom Toolbar. You will have to be able to view everything that you are doing, to place many stars on your workspace.
Use ‘Show hoop’, via the View Toolbar, to center your square in the Large Oval Hoop (or any other hoop where this square will fit), combined with the Type of Machine you want to use. If you square is not centered, right click on the icon ‘Show hoop’, and choose ‘Automatic Centering’.
To get an even more dramatic effect, use ‘Reshape’ , pull the right node, beyond the boundaries of the square, to get an oval shape, and push the upper node down, for a globe effect. Save if you want to use this Pattern for a future object.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: if you want to delete a new made shape for a Fill pattern, right click on the design, and via Object properties: click on ‘Select’ with Pattern (you can see the pattern in the box layout). A ‘Select Pattern’ is opened. Click on the Fill pattern you want to delete, and use ‘Delete’. You are prompted to say yes or no (‘Are you sure you want to delete the selected pattern?’ is asked). Click on ‘yes’ to permenently delete your selected Fill pattern.
Next time we will take a look at the Color Palette Status Bar. See you then!
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