There are over 5,000 fabric swatches included in EQ7. But just like with our real life fabric stash, no matter how many choices we have, we are always ready to add more! Last week I showed my EQ7 class how to add more fabric to their “electronic stash”, and in this article I will show you too.
To create an electronic version of real life fabric in your stash, you can scan it and import the file into EQ7. Lay the fabric on your scanner bed and scan using your scanner software.
Set the resolution to 72 or 75 and crop the scanned image to approximately 3″ x 3″, following the pattern repeat in the fabric as closely as possible for best results. Save as a jpg or bmp file.
Fabric on the Internet
In addition to scanning fabric yourself, you can also find images of fabric swatches on the internet. These can be saved to your computer as a jpg or bmp file by right-clicking on the image and choosing “Save Picture As…”.
Most fabric manufacturers and on-line retail stores display images of fabric on their websites. Moda Fabrics, however, has gone one step further. They provide the option to download jpg images of their fabric collections with a simple mouse click.
Importing Fabric into EQ7
Once you have fabric saved as a jpg or bmp file (gif, png, and tiff are also supported), the file can be imported into EQ7. Go to the Fabric Library and click Import>From Image Files. Select the fabric files to import and click Open. The new fabric swatches are now ready to be added to your Sketchbook.
FAB Fabric Files
Computer files in the format .fab are fabric files that are formatted for EQ software. Once these files are saved and linked to EQ, they are available directly from the Fabric Library.
Connecting Threads provides FAB files for their latest fabric collections. Download and extract the zipped file, then save the FAB file in My Documents\My EQ7\user on your hard drive. The fabric will appear in “My Libraries” in the Fabric Library.
The Electric Quilt Company also offers free FAB fabric files to download. A new collection is added each month, with each FAB file containing six months. Download and save the FAB file in My Documents>Monthly Libraries on your hard drive. Once this folder is linked to EQ, the fabric will appear beneath the pre-loaded EQ7 fabrics in the Fabric Library.
If all that is not enough, you can purchase even more EQ fabrics. STASH Fall 2010 includes over 4600 new fabrics from 28 different fabric manufacturers. Imagine!