Embird Color Charts

I seem to have a bit of a fixation on Color Charts in Embird Manager at the moment. Now, usually I am not a person to get too fixated about using the correct colors from a Thread Catalogue in my designs, but that’s probably because I normally take the easy route and embroider designs that have a maximum of about ten colors. Boring maybe, or lazy maybe – or perhaps I am always in a hurry (are’t we all? :) )so I select “easy” designs to embroider. Not too many thread changes….. However that all changed when I was embroidering my grand-daughter’s cot/crib sheets recently (see earlier post) and the Kokeshi Dolls had 80 plus thread changes. I certainly didn’t want to mess with that design by selecting my own colors by “eye” rather than color chart. I had to change a number of colors first and then wanted to print the Color Chart for my Madeira Polyneon threads. Changing a number of threads was laborious so that’s when I wrote to Ladislav and asked him if he would change the method. He did do this, and it’s in the latest Embird update – see my Embird Club lesson if you’re a member – or check Secrets of Embroidery for my latest little lesson.

To embroider the Kokeshi Dools I needed to print out a sheet of paper ( it took 3 sheets of paper, actually!) and follow the order and thread numbers. I crossed off each thread as I used it – so as to not confuse myself as to where I was up to. :)   Anyway the design was successful and the sheets looked great – and I was pleased with myself for persevering with that many thread changes.

But in the meantime I have been playing with thread charts. Embird is a very complex program and has so many features – and a great many of them “hidden” – especially if you haven’t played with Embird for while and have an idea that it does have certain features (you swear that you have seen a certain feature “sometime” but cannot remember where it was) This usually involves looking everywhere for what you want in Embird which can be frustrating. You may laugh, but I have been known to get out my tutorial just to find something myself! :)

Anyway as I am on about Thread Charts today, I wanted to mention that when you change colors in the Color Bar at the bottom of the Middle Panel using a Color Catalogue and save the text file in Embird Manager that Embird does not save the name of the Color Catalogue in that text file. However, you can change the colors using this method and save the colors as a text file in your Catalogue colors (Madeira etc) but it’s just a slightly longer method.

 This is what you do – Change the colors in the Middle panel.

 Choose” Save Color palette”.

Save it as the same file name and choose “Txt” for your File type. Save in the same folder as your design. Now select the design from the Right Panel that you have just changed the colors of, right mouse click and choose View/View Thread List. Choose a Color catalogue (I have a Madeira Polyneon Thread Chest) from the Catalog drop down box. Now click on the Save icon in this screen.

You will be re-saving the text file that you originally created but in the selected Catalogue colors (in my case Madeira Polyneon). If you now open the text file you will find that your chosen catalogue will be listed with all the color numbers in the text file.

Of course, if you wish to print the Thread List for embroidering you would choose to Print the Thread List by right mouse clicking on the design and chosing Print/Print Thread List or one of the other Print options.

You may be wondering why you need a “txt” file at all when you can view/export/print Thread lists etc!  Text files hold all the color information for your design in Embird. Without a text file your design could end up with”funny colors”. I have written a little lesson some time ago about the importance of an EDR file (including text files) and if you are in my Embird club you should have this lesson in your files. It still applies today.

In my next blog post I will show you some photos of some little embroideries that I have done lately. I created the embroideries myself in Embird Studio and embroidered them on some little clothes that I made  for my grandson “Jack” (pre-birth name) who is due on 1st August 2011. I have been busy………

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