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Digitizing a Duck using Embird

NOTE: Please do the "Digitizing a Flower" lesson first so that you know what tools I am talking about. Make sure you save the design as you go. Right click and Close Edges and Generate the stitches after completing each section.

Open a Duck image, at the end of this tutorial you will find 2 ducks to try this technique.

Add a border around the edge as we did in the flower lesson.

Select an orange colour. Start on the feet using the parameters and fill selected and place nodes around them using the fill tool.

Add a connection line of stitches between the 2 feet. Change the direction of the second foot to -110 deg.

Make a connection line up to the white part of the right eye. Change the thread colour to white. Using a column stitch place nodes down the right eye. Make sure you go outside the areas for the overlap. Make another connection stitch to the left eye and go up it as per the right eye.

Change to a blue colour. Repeat the process for the blue part of the eye. Again using an overlap into the black part of the eye slightly. Ignore the white highlight.

Change to a black colour and fill tool and do the black part of the eye. Run the connection line along the bottom of the eye.

Select a lemon colour and run connection stitches to the right arm. Use the fill button and go around the right arm. Change the stitch direction to 70 and use fill1.

Still using the lemon and fill tool go around the head of the duck and leave the direction at -90deg.

Turn off the head on the object menu and using the hole tool make holes for the eyes by placing nodes around each eye.

Using lemon run a connection stitch to the bottom of the body. Use the fill tool to digitize the body (not the arm).Change the direction to -130 degs.

Use the lemon colour to digitize the arm. Change the direction to -55 degs.

Select an orange colour and digitize around the beak, change the direction to -70 degs.

Turn off the beak so that you get a clear view of the black lines.

Select a black colour and using the Create Manual Stitch object tool. Draw in the lines on the beak.

Line order:

  1. pink line then go to Transform - Create Backward Path

  2. green line then go to Transform – Create Backward Path

  3. red line then go to Transform – Create Backward Path

On the Object window select all the lines and right click and select Join. Make sure the line is on the edge of the end of the beak.

Go to Edit – Select All and then resize the duck down to approx 95mm in height.

Go to Edit – Image – Delete Image.

Compile and Put into Embird Editor.



Born in England, I developed a love for sewing at a very early age and recall using her mothers old Singer handle machine to make clothes for myself.

Arriving in Sydney Australia at the age of 16, I was keen to start work so I could save part of my wages to purchase a sewing machine. “I was absolutely thrilled with my Bernina 740 machine and I still make good use of it today”.

I was introduced to the world of computerised machine embroidery by a friend 10 years ago, which opened up a whole new and exciting pathway to explore. Although persuading my husband Greg that I needed an embroidery machine, software and computer was a different kind of challenge. After a shopping expedition a new computer, PE100 Embroidery machine and PE Design Version 1 were duly purchased.

Proceeding to teach myself I discovered that screen capturing the computer screen enabled me to learn from my mistake. It also allowed me to pass on the knowledge I gained to other people needing help and so the Ayeone Website was formed.

Running two websites, allows people access to information and helpful advice. I am a busy digitiser creating my own embroidery design collections as well as useful tutorials which are readily available on CD and download from my website.

10 years on I still find Machine Embroidery a great hobby and love catching up with people from all over the world.

Vanessa Page

Ayeone World

If you want to learn more about the great world of digitizing you can find many fantastic tutorials at Vanessa's websites.

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