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Exploring Eye Embroidery Design with Embird

Exploring Eye Embroidery Design with Embird


Embroidery adds intricate detail and personality to plush toys, garments, and other creations. In this tutorial, we’ll explore the process of designing eye embroidery using Embird, a versatile embroidery program. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced embroiderer, mastering this skill will enhance your projects and bring them to life.

Drawing using Embird Studio Program

Designing Eye Embroidery in Embird

Selecting and Importing Pattern

Designing the pattern

To begin, choose your pattern and import it into Embird. You can either import a pre-existing pattern or scan your design into your computer and paste it into Embird. Ensure that your pattern is accurately placed within the embroidery hoop to match your desired design dimensions.

Choosing Hoop Size

Determine the exact size of hoop

Select the appropriate hoop size in Embird to match your design. This ensures that your embroidery fits perfectly within the designated area. Adjust the size and orientation of the hoop as needed to accommodate your pattern.

Precision in Design

When tracing your design in Embird, ensure precision by sectioning off each color. Avoid overlapping stitches excessively, as this can lead to bulky embroidery. Factor in the fabric’s stretchiness, especially with materials like minky or fleece, by adding a basting stitch to prevent distortion during embroidery.

Adjusting Parameters

Generate the stitches1

Create the pattern by drawing it. Once you have completed the design, right-click and select the option to generate the stitches. You can change the parameter by clicking right and unclick

Edit the stitches generation

Generate the stitches

Fine-tune parameters like density and fill design to optimize your embroidery. Lower density settings prevent fabric pile from protruding through stitches. Experiment with different fill patterns to achieve the desired texture and appearance.

Create the eye section by outlining the eye shape and then choose the white color.

Generate the eye stitches1

Drawing outline of the eye part

Generate the eye stitches

Another option is to adjust the parameters to 2.0 and customize the plain fill according to your preferences.

Change the parameter dense into 2.0

Change the plain fill

Draw the pupil outline to define its shape and dimensions accurately. To create the pupil, select the shape tool and opt for the ellipse option. Afterward, you can customize the ellipse by right-clicking on it to access editing options and change the color.

Hit right click and choose the elements

Drawing the pupil1

Edit the pupil

Change the pupil color

Finishing the pupil

To create the iris, use the column object tool by clicking on the three-column option.

Drawing the iris

Once the iris is drawn, you have the option to modify its color to your preference.

Finishing the iris and change the color

Sketch the circular shine to add a touch of brilliance to the eye.

Drawing the shine

Finishing all

Finally, outline the eye with a bold, dark line to complete the look.

Drawing outline of the eye

Generate the eye line and finish all

Managing Stitch Order

Organize the stitch order to minimize thread changes and optimize embroidery efficiency. Arrange the sequence so that similar colors are embroidered consecutively, reducing the need for frequent thread changes.

Finishing both side of eyes

Edit and position the eye

Click compile and put into embird editor

Select “Compile” and transfer the design to Embird Editor, where you can then specify the drawing format.

Choose the drawing format

Choose the drawing format1

Converting to Embroidery

Differentiate between embroidery and applique pieces within your design. While applique works well for some elements, like eyebrows or stripes, eyes typically benefit from embroidery for added detail. Use fill stitches for areas like the white of the eye and pupil, and column stitches (satin stitches) for the iris to create dimension.

Testing and Refinement

Start the testing and sewing the eyes

Before finalizing your design, conduct test stitches to identify any issues or areas for improvement. Adjust stitch placement, density, and outlines as needed to achieve the desired result. Iterate on your design until you’re satisfied with the outcome.

Finalizing and Stitching

Once you’ve perfected your design, save the embroidery file and prepare it for stitching. Load the design into your embroidery machine, ensuring proper alignment and orientation. Stitch out your design, closely monitoring the process for any unexpected issues.

Edit the drawing mistakes

If you discover any errors during testing, feel free to make further edits to the drawing before finalizing it.

Finish product


Designing eye embroidery in Embird offers endless creative possibilities for embellishing your plush toys and other projects. By mastering the techniques outlined in this tutorial, you can achieve professional-quality results and bring your creations to life with intricate eye details. Experiment, refine, and enjoy the process of transforming your designs into stunning embroidered masterpieces.

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