It is fun to make houses with your embroidery machine, creating them with the BERNINA Embroidery Software V8. I’ve made a lot of pictures, from houses all over the world, where I’ve ever been. And one caught my eyes: a Georgian Townhouse, with three apartments.
Because I am often working with reds, greys, white and black Sulky machine embroidery threads, I have made a special file, saving these threads for multiple designs: 12 in total – not all are used for this design, but they are ready for each embroidery design I want to make. Also I have set a work area, in which my house should be designed.
This measurement of work area is large enough for my house design, and it fits in the Large Oval Hoop, which I will use to embroider the design.
To create a base for the house, draw a rectangle via the left toolbar ‘Toolboxes’, Digitize’, ‘Rectangle’. Make sure the number of squares from the grid can be divided by 3. My rectangle is 15 squares horizontal and 8 squares vertical. I have selected a red color (Sulky 1263). Save the object as a new design, and save again after adding more objects.
To be sure all windows of this Georgian Townhouse are aligned for each floor, I have placed horizontal lines, which are temporary, just to be sure all of my squares and rectangles for windows and doors can be placed where I want them to be. I have set the grid to 5.00mm x 5.00mm, after which there are more squares: this can help placing the temporary stich lines.
I have used a Single Outline stitch, black thread and worked via ‘Open Object’ to place three horizontal lines. I will remove these at a certain point, because I don’t want them to be embroidered.
I have also placed two vertical temporary lines, for the same purpose as the horizontal ones. This divides the rectangle in three equal parts, so now I can see where I want to create windows and doors.
TIP: The temporary lines are visible in ‘Color Film’ as a separate box. Before completing this design, the box will be removed, because I don’t want these lines to be embroidered. If you are using a different color, be sure NOT to use a color for the temporary lines and also for objects, because V8 will combine these.
For the windows, I have used Sulky white. When hovering over the grid – even ON the red square – white lines appear exactly where grid lines are and cross sections. Using these will garantee my placement is exact.
Three steps are added, each with a different hue of grey: from top to bottom: medium grey, grey and light grey Sulky thread. Again making rectangles, now horizontal, each step wider than the previous.
Eaves and chimneys.
Now the temporary black lines are removed. Simple: just click on the box with these color/lines and use ‘Delete’ to remove them.
A large rectangle, horizontal above the red rectangle, is the first part of the eaves. I’ve used the lightest grey of my Sulky threads. Above that a second part of the eaves is added, using Sulky white: the latter is slightly smaller than the first one.
What needs to be done next, is to remove overlaps: use that option with ‘Edit’, left toolbar.
At this point, details can be added to doors and windows, but I thought it was just fine as it is now.
I have placed both boxes of the windows and the white eaves on top of each other, to be embroidered at the same time: that saves thread changes. Be sure the red base of the house is embroidered first.
Now the design can be fitted into the Large Oval Hoop: be sure to save it again. After using ‘Print Preview’, I have written the design onto my USB stick to bring it to my B770QE with embroidery module. Another design is done: using a couple of options with V8.
I am curious what your house will look like: please show it in the Community of this Blog, for all to see.
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