In the previous lesson – nr. 33 – I have showed you how to prepare for Cutwork in the BERNINA Embroidery Software V8. Basic options are covered, next we will do the preparations. But first, let’s take a look how CutWork = open embroidery, is made by hand.
*Hardanger can be open embroidery but also closed embroidery, or a mix. The image above shows one of my own projects, made by hand with Satin Stitches and lots of special stitches combined with cut-outs and Cross Stich.
I have made many different open embroidery projects by hand, but how wonderful would it be to design it for machine embroidery? Of course you could not compare them, but combining cut-outs and machine embroidery would be fun.
The BERNINA Reference Manual tells us what the usual method for CutWork by hand is:
– Embroider the design on fabric
– Iron and stabilize with starch
– Make cut-outs between embroidery stitches, using a small sharp scissors
– Do NOT cut the embroidery stitches
– When ready, iron again
Dense woven fabrics, which don’t fray easily – are the best to use, especially for Richelieu and English Embroidery. For Hardanger, special embroidery fabric is used, or use Evenweave. Depending on these fabrics, spray is used, or stabilizers. As soon as the cut-outs are made, the appearance of the embroidery changes dramatically.
Users of V8 know that – while making FSL = Free Standing Lace – a water soluble stabilizer is used in the embroidery hoop. After washing it all after the embroidery is done, just the stitches remain, which is the actual lace. Holes between the stitches are not cut, but washed out, because of the openness of the design. There are a couple of LACE motifs in the BERNINA Embroidery Library, like this little flower = SimpleLace01.ART80. But this is a different method, comparing to designing CutWork.
Getting Clipart via CorelCONNECT from your Desktop.
You can use a downloaded/ready-made embroidery CutWork design, which you can purchase with different embroidery websites. Bring it to your machine and embroider it, and afterwards use the CutWork Tool. But how much fun is it to design your own CutWork, using your own drawing or Clipart (beware of Copyright) from the Internet. Much Clipart can be found in Corel CONNECT, the additional part of the BERNINA Embroidery Software, where many Vector images of good quality are at your disposal: you can see what images are available by using the separate icon on your Desktop.
Use CorelCONNECT via your desktop to find the clipart you want to use: you can do this by double-clicking on the icon. To do so, you can get the Clipart first, saving it in a special folder on your hard drive, and open the folder in V8/Artwork Canvas to edit.
Getting Clipart from CorelCONNECT via Artwork Canvas.
When hovering the cursor of your mouse over these options, you can see arrows appear to the left of the empty boxes/options. Click on the arrow next to ‘Clipart’ to open another drop-down list with subjects available in Clipart. There will be a scroll bar to the right to go up and down, to see all the subjects.
When checking the box ‘Clipart’- which is the main box – all boxes with the subjects below are checked too, but for our CutWork design, we only need a Butterfly. So just check the box ‘Ornaments’, or click on the name to activate (nothing happens when just checking the box: you need to click on the subject name to get clipart),
A new screen will appear: CorelDRAW SE (OEM Version) – Untitled-1 (which refers to the butterfly that has no name yet, because you didn’t save it). The butterfly is now placed on the drawing board. You can adjust the size a bit, to be sure the black nodes of the selection will fit between the lines.
Then use ‘File’, ‘Save as..’ to save your design – naming it ‘butterfly cutwork’ , to be able to find it again on your hard disk. It will be saved by CorelDRAW with the extension .cdr. Close all boxes/menu’s, but be sure Artwork Canvas is still opened.
Loading the Butterfly in Artwork Canvas.
double-click on that file (or click and use ‘Import’, right bottom) to place it on your workspace in Artwork Canvas. When hovering over the blanc space you will see information appear, with a corner ruler. Just click on a spot between the lines to actually place it.
then click on ‘Convert’ on the upper toolbar to place the butterfly in Embroidery Canvas as an embroidery design. And there it is! Still selected (black nodes are again visible). V8 converted it, using a Step Fill, which is fine, because I want to use these stitches anyway. Have you noticed that ‘Digitize’ with the left toolbar ‘Toolboxes’ is now opened? You can edit the butterfly if you need to, which will be necessary, because I want to cut holes in the wings of the butterfly.
The embroidery will be made, before cutting: that’s what I want – CutWork afterwards. But if you take a closer look, you can see that the wings are not touching the body, and the head of the butterfly is separated from the body too. They all have to connect, to be able to get one single embroidered butterfly with four holes in the wings. I have enlarged the picture to get a better look.
Since each object of the butterfly can be edited separately, I can move the head down, underneath the body, and the wings too, to make it one single object. I have enlarged the gaps in the wings, because of the size of the cuts I want to make inside thee wings: I have used the Reshape tool, pushing and pulling nodes, even add some nodes to make the lines more curved/natural. It can take some time, but it will improve the embroidery/CutWork. To prevent bulk, I have used ‘Remove Overlaps’ with ‘Edit’ on the left toolbar ‘Toolboxes’, which reduced the stitch count too. Edit as much as you need, but remember you can always adjust some more later.
Check measurements: select the design, and see how large it is. I will use my Large Oval Hoop with my BERNINA 770QE, for the actual embroidery and CutWork. Finally I was content, and saved this new butterfly under a different filename in the same category with ‘My Designs’. Always change the file name after editing, because perhaps you want to use the original design for something else.
We will continue to make the actual CutWork in the next lesson: see you then.