Create Your Own Motif Stitches

Do you like to create your own motif stitches? It’s one of my favorite features in Art & Stitch Plus and here’s why. When I was a little girl, my Mom made all my dresses. And the only thing I wanted was a “store-bought dress”. Mother explained to me that my dresses had lots more fabric in the skirts, and I could twirl a lot better. And she was right. We wore those great crinoline petticoats in those days and my skirts stood out perfectly. The whole point of this story is that sewing always made me want my own unique designs, whether it is sewing, embroidery, or knitting. And that’s why I love that Art & Stitch Plus software allows me to create my own motifs.

You will find the instructions in the User Manual in section 4.13 for creating your own motif stitches. This morning I was inspired by reading the Pintangle blog post by Sharon Boggan and looking at some of the very old-fashioned crazy quilt embroidery stitches. That led to the creation of a very pretty Herringbone embroidery motif stitch to go into my stash of motif stitches. Here’s what it looks like.


Herringbone stitch

And yes, it is very similar to some of the other Art & Stitch Plus motif stitches, but this one is just exactly the way I want it. In creating it, I used a bean stitch instead of a run stitch and lengthened the stitch a bit. I found as I changed the stitch length, the stitch changed a bit on my computer screen. There will likely be more adjustments after stitching it on the machine, but this is a good start.

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