It's been a funny day...errands, interruptions. Studying in fits and starts. Reorganizing the studio so when production starts it will be easy to GO! For the fun of it, I scanned in a figure drawing (in my new HP Envy 4500) , photoshopped it and exported it as a bitmap. Using some automatic properties and the Wacom tablet, I reproduced the drawing with some of her tattoos and stylishly hacked hair. My goal was to keep the liveliness of the line. I think I succeeded. Other than practice, I doubt it has anything to do with Wearing My Age.
Now, another errand. Gotta pick up a piece of art from Savage, MN, where the bear has been wandering around scaring people.
Digitizing embroidery is something like Photoshop, something like Illustrator, and something like no other thing. These samples were developed mostly from clip art that I had to adjust in Photoshop. I have the capability to do some real typography in this program, but with limited available fonts. Click on the photos to read the captions. They tell the story.
I dress however I feel, based on the weather, But I do agonize over how to dress for openings!
Meanwhile, the embroidery goes well...Honest! I will post pictures soon. I'm just way too tired at the mIt's still in the development stage, but at least I have a good enough grasp of the digitizing software to feel like finalized designs will happen by the end of June.
The responses were overwhelmingly self identified as female...but not entirely. By the way, if you are wondering, question #4 is essay answers. I will not be sharing the essays here. They will contribute to the script for the embroideries.
I've been studying digitizing embroidery on Craftsy.com. The course, with Cookie Gaynor, is superb. However, it has been additionally time consuming because Tru Embroidery does not use the same nomenclature nor does it do ALL the same things as most softwares. The video below may make it seem that I am watching the sewing machine all day. the reality is that I am glued to the computer, shoving stitches around. The little flower sample is a class project...it took me around 6 hours to complete the computer part...because I am still learning and am still running across techniques that do not cross the software platforms well. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am beginning to understand what the software can do and am beginning to be able to predict outcomes. Loss rate, however, is still in the 50% range!
Tru Embroidery is a software program that makes files. Like all programs, it makes certain kinds of files with their identifying suffixes. Photoshop makes JPG and TIFF. Microsoft Word makes DOC and DOCX. Tru Embroidery makes PES and DST files among others. Each embroidery machine can only read certain files. My machine is a Babylock and PES files are specific to its working brain. However...I have found that the DST format works far better in this quest for digitized beauty! The PES files cannot seem to trim the ending threads properly. In todays's test, the PES trimmed, but immediately tied back on forming a big jump stitch that would need to be trimmed by hand. the DST file trimmed beautifully and did not make visible tie-ons. Hooray! And, the DST stitched far smoother in multiple sizes. Life is good!
This is a PES stitch out. It is supposed to be the ideal file for my machine. It left all sorts of stupid tie-ons and stitched the re-sized text in a wobbly manner.
This is a DST stitch out. It is so much cleaner! I think DST continues to win in this digitizing quest. It does everything I tell it to do.
Over the next few days I will be sharing the charts produced by the survey instrument. They are lovely to look at and do sort the sortable data. I received 168 responses overall. While most of the responses had essay questions answered at some length, the data collection will help me think about age and gender in regards to this project. The essays will help me develop the scripts that will be embroidered on the clothing.
Progress is being made in understanding Tru Embroidery digitizing. I am still working with a Craftsy class, translating from one program to another. Then today, I received an email from the TruEmbroidery people that led me to some online conference classes! Hooray! They speak the same computer language....I do not have to go searching for the equivalent tool.
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."