Gradient Complex Fill

It’s time to stop playing around and get serious about Christmas! When my oldest grandson tuned three, I gave him a present that was very difficult to wrap. I made him a pillowcase and put all his presents in it (a barn and a bunch of animals) and a tradition was born. Today’s project was to add my grandson’s name to his new pillowcase. This is the look I was going for. (This is a photo of the place mat I got him.)

PJ Masks logo from place mat.

PJ Masks logo from place mat.

In the interest of time, I decided to forgo the dimensional aspect, but I wanted to experiment with gradients. I used the Insert Text tool to create Luke’s name and the Art Font made it simple to get the shape. Then I started playing with the Gradient setting of Complex Fill. I think this might have worked better if I had changed the angle of the stitches. I also should have adjusted (or maybe eliminated) the underlay stitching, as it shows in the middle of the letters. Fortunately, my grandsons are still young enough to think Grandmother can do anything and anything Grandmother does is wonderful.

I need to play with gradients more. One thing I learned from a lesson at You Can Digitize was to create a file with multiple small squares and a small dot in the upper right corner so you know which way is up. Then apply different settings to each square, making notes on the settings used. This goes in your digitizing notebook for future reference.

Here’s the result. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but it will do for now. Satin fill also allows gradients, and it might have been a better choice since it would also allow feathering the edges. Alternately, I could have edited the edges where I split the letters so the divide wasn’t so sharp and there was some overlap in the colors.



I let Generations create the black satin borders instead of doing it manually. There are absolutely no gaps, even though the border is only 1 mm. This is one layer of tearaway and woven cotton fabric.

Here’s the dialog box for Gradients. I figured out that Min Density is the most dense part of the design, and Max Density is the least dense. (In Generations, the number represents the space between the lines of stitches.) This would be a really good time to read the manual, but it might be more fun to just play with it. 🙂

Gradient Dialog Box

Gradient Dialog Box


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