With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, our Erich Campbell wanted to make a perfectly lovely patch project that you can make for yourself or the one you love! What better than to take that classic confection we only see in the month of February, the conversation heart, and make a patch design that you can use to express your own short-but-sweet message.

Select the ‘Letters 1’ object and you can type in your own very short message. The embedded text envelope works best with very short words on 2 lines, so think carefully on what you can get in 6-8 characters and use the multi-line text tool shown here. Enter your tiny text and click ‘Set’ to see the results!

Erich stitched out this sweet little heart patch, using two layers of a heat-away badge film, standard polyester 40wt thread and a 75/11 embroidery needle. This patch used the ‘create using fill’ method of making the entire emblem from thread, but you can utilize your favorite fabric if that’s your preferred patch-making method.

You may be familiar with BX files from the wealth of fonts available from top digitizers; the difference with BX libraries is that instead of showing up in the font pane you see when using the Lettering tool, Library designs are accessed via the Merge Library Design button on your button bar. This opens the library- to find the designs, select the Embrilliance: Valentine Catalog from the pull down menu in the upper left.

Select the patch you would like to use and click OK. The patch will show up in the center of your hoop.

Select the design in the Object pane. NOTICE the Interactive Tab in the properties pane. This is where you can have some fun and change the style of patch you would like to create! Check out the section on Patch Creation in the Merrowly Patches Instructional PDF for information on the settings. This PDF file also contains stitching guidance as well as some background information on patch making.

If you have StitchArtist Level 3, you can right click on the design in the Display pane and choose Convert to Objects. This gives you access to the native objects from the working file, meaning you can see how the design was digitized! You have complete access to all objects, their properties, their stitching order, etc.

If you aren’t already an Embrilliance owner, we provide a free method to use our software called Express Mode that will not only allow you to use any of the wonderful free designs found in our project blog, but also enables you to install and create basic text treatments with fonts distributed in our popular .BX format produced by many embroidery design creators.

To learn more about Embrilliance Express and for the instructions and links you need to download, install, and use our software with our free project files, please click here.