There are a number of items in the Accessories menu of Generations, one of which is Create Global Underlay. This does exactly what you would expect; it creates an underlay for all the selected area objects. It will be grayed out if you have included a line object in your selection.
There are three choices: Tatami, Edge and Grid. You can create more than one underlay for the same object(s).
The first thing that comes to mind is whether the grid would work for FSL. I don’t think I would use it. The grid generated is only two sets of lines at right angles to each other so it’s only half the underlay I like to use for FSL. In addition it has travel stitches going across the grid at random places. As far as I can tell, it’s not editable. I wouldn’t want to use it anywhere it would show.
However, there’s another type of freestanding embroidery where it might work. I don’t think I’d call it lace because it’s pretty solid, but it is created entirely with thread on WSS. One of my favorite examples is the Hummingbird Earrings at Sonia Showalter Designs. Check it out. And while you’re there, you might want to pick up their free Angel of Light. It stitches beautifully, and you can fit three in a 5×7 hoop. (The image is from their website and used by permission.)
I’m working on an Easter lily earring using the grid underlay. I’ll let you know how it works out. I’m not at all happy with the way they look on the screen. I wanted to add texture, but not that much.
Here’s the next letter of the Midnight Constellations Font.
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