TIPS & TECHNIQUES 66 images DECEMBER 2022 Embroider your first hoop onto your fabric as you normally would. As this is the first section you do not have to worry about matching it with the other sections, your main concern should be its location. If it is on a large fabric piece, ensure you have enough space for the rest of the sections to fit. If embroidering in a specific area, you need to make sure the design is in the correct position. This hoop will determine where all the other hoops sit. The traced design on the grid. Place the grid on the cloth and match the tracing to the embroidery. The next section is now in its correct location in relation to the first section. Locate your hoop and the plastic grid. Notice the grid has a centre hole and side notches. The notches sit into corresponding grooves on the grid. I use these to ensure the design is located on the fabric in the correct place. Using your Master file [see David's piece in last month's issue of Images for more about the Master file], trace elements of the first hooping on the physical grid. This will be used to help ensure placement is as accurate as possible. Using a temporary ink pen, mark the centre point and the side notches. I use a Frixion pen as the ink disappears with heat. Your grid will now contain a tracing of your next section and some elements of the first section, which you have already embroidered. If it help you to distinguish between the two, you can use different coloured pens. Cloth with notches and centre point. 1 4 7 2 5 8 3 6 9 STEP-BY-STEP: EMBROIDERING A MULTI-HOOP DESIGN Ensure your design in viewed on screen 100% scale, with the hoop and grid visible. Centralise the grid so the centre hole is in the middle and the grid aligns correctly. Place and hold the physical grid onto the computer screen, aligning the physical grid to the digital grid. Using a felt pen, trace the design onto the physical grid.