I realized today that I’ve never given you a step-by-step procedure for creating FSL, so here we go.
Candy Heart Earrings
Create the background fabric
- Use Create Freehand Area to draw your basic heart shape.
- Adjust as necessary using Adjust with Line(s) and Adjust with an Arc or any other appropriate tool. It’s important to get the shape exactly right before proceeding. After we duplicate the shape, any change you make will need to be made on all four copies.
- Now we need to set the Stitch Properties. Press the space bar to bring this up.
- Under Basic, uncheck Use Underlay. We are creating the lace background so we don’t want an underlay.
- Under Pull Compensation, uncheck Enable Cross and Enable Overlap.
- Under Complex, set Density to the desired value. 2.0 gives a fairly solid background. 4.0 is more open. I haven’t gone higher than that, but I own some earrings that I suspect are less dense than 4.0.
- Still under Complex, set Direction to 0 (more about that in a minute) and in the Gradient Fill section, check Use Smooth Edges.
- You could save these settings if you plan to do FSL often.
- Click OK.
- This should give you a heart with horizontal lines. Adjust your in and out.
- Make three more copies of your heart.
- On each copy, make the following changes:
- In Stitch Properties > Complex, change Direction. I use 90, 45 and 135 most of the time. This will give a vertical layer and two diagonal layers.
- Adjust the in and out for each layer.
- Group the four hearts. You don’t want them to get out of alignment.
Create the hanging loop and border
- Use Create Circle to make a circle. Set the Type to Line and the Stitch Type to Satin Border. Draw your circle. In this design, I made the circle just under 5 mm.
- In Stitch Properties > Underlay, add additional underlay. I usually use ZigZag, Center and Edge except on a standalone satin stitch where I use all four.
- In Stitch Properties > Line, set your Satin Width to whatever you want to use. For the rings, I like .6 mm, which is the minimum allowed. Click OK.
- Position the ring so it partially overlaps the edge of the earring. Incorrect placement can cause the ring to separate or to be filled with stitches, making it difficult to use.
- To create the border, select any of your hearts. Click Show Outline, right-click on the heart, and choose Create Outline from Area Edges. Generate.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3. I like to use 1.0 or 2.0 for the border, depending on the size of the object.
- Adjust your ins and outs for the ring and the border.
Now you get to play. Add scroll work, lettering, and whatever suits your fancy. Keep in mind that jump stitches are bad in FSL, so you want to travel whenever it’s possible to hide the travel stitches under later stitching. If traveling isn’t possible, then I make each object a different color so the machine will stop.
We interrupt our regularly scheduled font to bring you these heart earrings. There will be another set of earrings tomorrow and then we’ll be back to Midnight Constellations.
I think these came out pretty cute, although I wish the pink had been a little lighter.
Each earring is about 1 1/8″ in each direction, not including the wires. I used the 5mm letters that come with Generations as Building Blocks, but any small font should work. I was able to fit 3 pairs into a 4×4 hoop.
The letters are all different colors in the file to avoid jump stitches. You probably want to stitch them in a single color to mimic the candy.
When you remove the WSS, only wet the earrings enough to dissolve the WSS, but not to remove it completely. The residual WSS will stiffen the earrings. Save your scraps. If your earrings aren’t stiff enough, you can dissolve the scraps in water to make a stiffening liquid.
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