Motif stitching

Motif stitch can be used for lines or fills. You can create decorative outlines using any pattern from the selection list. You can modify the rotation angle, orientation and scale, and vary the space between patterns. Motifs are repeated in parallel rows to form decorative fills.

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Use Object Properties > Outline > Motif to create ornamental craftstitch borders. Choose from pattern library.

Use Object Properties > Fill > Motif to create decorative open fill stitching. Choose from a motif library.

Select motif patterns

Whether you are digitizing motif lines or fills, you have access to the same pattern gallery.

  • First select 'Motif' as your fill or outline stitch type.
  • Then choose a pattern from the Pattern Gallery. Note that you can detach the gallery from the docker and float it in the design window for easy access.
  • Change motifs at any time by selecting another pattern from the gallery.

You can even define you own motifs and motif libraries. See also Motif stamps.


Use Object Properties > Outline > Motif to create ornamental craftstitch borders. Choose from pattern library.

Use Digitize > Digitize Open Line to create a row of run or other outline stitching along a digitized line. Left-click for corner points, right-click for curves.

Motif runs

Using motifs in combination with Digitize Open Line or any other line input method, digitize the motif line as you would a normal run. Left-click for corner points, right-click for curve points.

Press <Enter> to complete.

  • To use the original size and orientation of the motif press <Enter>.
  • To scale the motif, move the pointer until the motif is the required size, click, then press <Enter>.

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Motif sizing & spacing

Set the exact size and spacing of motifs in a motif outline via the Object Properties docker.

Scale motifs with the Width and Height settings. Use the Spacing field to adjust distance between each repetition.

If motifs do not fit a digitized line exactly, the software adjusts spacing accordingly.

Use Select > Reshape to adjust object outlines, stitch angles, start and end points, curved lines, etc.

Reshape motif runs

Reshape motifs runs in the same way as you reshape lettering objects. Select a Motif line object and click the Reshape icon.

Use the control points to adjust outline and motif spacings:

  • Drag the sizing handle to scale the object proportionately.
  • Right/left-click to add reshape nodes.
  • Click-and-drag individual motifs to adjust spacing.
  • Select reshape nodes and press <Spacebar> to toggle between corner and curve points.

Use Object Properties > Fill > Motif to create decorative open fill stitching. Choose from a motif library.

Use Digitize > Digitize Closed Shape to create closed shapes using either outline or fill stitching. Left-click for corner points, right-click for curves.

Motif fills

Use Motif fill in combination with Digitize Closed Shape or any available closed shape digitizing method. Digitize motif fills as you would a normal tatami fill. Click to for corner points. Right-click for curve points. Alternatively apply motif fill to existing closed objects. The stitch angle has no effect on layout.

As soon as entry and exit points are entered, motif fill stitches are generated using current settings. Change motifs as you like via the Object Properties docker.

 

Blackwork gets its name from the black silk thread traditionally used in this form of embroidery. Use the special Blackwork Fill pattern set to create interesting scrolling or geometric patterns.

Use Object Properties > Fill > Motif to create decorative open fill stitching. Choose from a motif library.

Alternating motif fills

Mix and match different motifs for forward and backward rows, or use the same motif for each. There is a special Two-Part Motifs set which contains complementary paired motifs. Tick the 'Use Alternate Motif' checkbox and select a complimentary motif from the Pattern Gallery. Forward and backward rows of motifs have their own width and height settings.

Use the Layout settings to control row spacing. See below for further detail.


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Adjust motif pattern settings

You can adjust motif fill size and spacing as you would motif lines. The same controls exist for pattern sizing. Spacing is the distance between each pattern repetition except that in a motif fill, you can control both row and column spacing. By default, column spacing defaults to pattern width, while row spacing defaults to pattern height.

In addition to column and row spacing, motif fills also allow you to specify an orientation for the entire fill using the Angle setting.

In addition, you can offset one row from another. Hover the cursor over the field to view a graphical representation.

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Lay out motif fills interactively

All of the above settings can be adjusted interactively by means of the Layout function. Using ‘guide motifs’, scale, space, transform and offset the entire motif fill directly on screen.
 

Click the Layout button. Sample and guide motifs appear in the design window. There are three blue guide motifs. Reference motifs appear in yellow. Each guide motif lets you change different layout settings by clicking and dragging. When you change a guide motif, reference motifs update accordingly. Zoom in and adjust selected guide motifs to achieve the effect you require:

  • Click the middle guide motif to activate rotation handles. Drag handles to rotate or skew motifs.
  • Click and drag the top guide motif to adjust column spacing and row offsets.
  • Use the side guide motif to change row spacing.
  • All guide motifs can be used to scale motifs or change height and width settings independently. Simply click-and-drag sizing handles.
  • Press <Enter> to confirm or <Esc> to escape.

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Fancy stitches

Apart from the default motif gallery, the software provides a number of specialist or fancy motif fills as well. For example, Blackwork gets its name from the black silk thread traditionally used in this form of embroidery. Early designs tend to be angular, whereas later designs use more diagonal stitches. Blackwork employs just a few simple stitches to create complex designs. It can be used to decorate articles of dress or furnishings such as hankies, table napkins, tablecloths, and doilies.

Candlewicking is a traditional white-on-white embroidery technique, usually done on white linen or cotton fabric with heavy cotton threads. More use of color is becoming popular today. Stitches used are mostly knots, both Colonial and French, as well as stemstitch. Candlewicking can be used to embroider white bedspreads, pillows and clothing. Candlewicking Outline can be used for ornate borders.