Enter to win free Illustrator stitch brushes

Courtesy of Nadia Faubert, designer and creator of PrestigeProDesign.com, we have a giveaway!

-And yes, I was to have posted this last week, a thousand blessings for your patience-

To enter the freebie giveaway for the Illustrator add-on of stitch brush patterns, leave a comment mentioning the stitch pattern you like the best (by number) or whichever one will be the most useful to you (this link, scroll down, is the best one to see the stitch patterns).

I’ll go first although I can’t win. My favorite stitch patterns are the gathers (#38 and #41) which I mentioned before. I also like the zipper teeth (#64 & #68).

Oh, and if you’re late to the party (like me) and don’t know what a stitch brush is, it is an add on for the Illustrator program. If you need to illustrate a given effect in your tech packs or design illustrations, stitch brushes are very handy. You can draw a regular line and convert it to a line of zipper teeth, sequins, embroidery or double needle stitching or gathers or whatever with the “brush” instead of laboriously drawing it all out and then copying and pasting it here and there.

Again, to enter to win this Illustrator stitch brush set (value $47), post a comment listing your favorite stitch brush pattern in the collection by number.

PS. If you don’t want to wait to see if you’ve won (I’ll draw names on Tuesday afternoon), Nadia has cut the the price of the collection from $47 to $27 for a limited time. Simply mention you saw it on Fashion-Incubator.com for the discount.

PPS. I will be giving away an additional set of these brushes to forum members who are current on their membership. You need not enter to win (beyond renewing if you’re past due).

Edited 5/1/12: I’ve closed comment to this post to prevent anyone else from entering as the contest is closed. See this entry for two other ways to win.


  1. Tara Griffiths says:

    My favourites are brushes 80-101 (especially 92). I’m definitely not a bling person at all when I design or in my own clothes, but I would love to figure out a way to use these brushes.

  2. Xochil says:

    So much good stuff to choose from.. but I love the zipper teeth (#64, 65, 66), and the gathering (#41) and casing (#42). Love the brushes, it would save lots of time rendering technical flats!

  3. This is so Great! I love this idea…contest and to giveaway
    My personal favorite is #49 Aluminium Sequin…
    Thank you Kathleen for this Genius Idea.
    Best Regards

  4. Blondell Howard says:

    My favorite s are the zippers and the chains. The possibilities are endless for illustrating jewelry designs.

  5. Nadine says:

    The zipper teeth (#63 – 69)! All of the brushes are great and would make flat sketching quicker! Nicely done!

  6. Tamsin says:

    Wow, what a timesaver! I love brush 99 – might have to design something with chain just so I could use that brush. Also #41 large gathering. Talk about useful.

  7. Quincunx says:

    Ineligible for the contest, just nosy here–

    I did not understand #17, the split needle stitch. A quick look on google and I learned what a split needle machine is, but the seams produced seemed quite flat. That solid center line on brush #17 doesn’t show up in the few real life sample seams, so is it there only to distinguish a split needle seam from a double-needle seam? (And if it is, hurrah. If the whole point of having a standardized brush set is to communicate clearly, then that’s another question the finished illustration can answer.)

  8. Those brushes do look good – I’ve never use Adobe Illustrator (I use CorelDRAW & CorelPAINT) for myself (I’m a home enthusiast – not a pro LOL!).

    Does anyone know if Adobe Illustrator “brushes” can be imported into Corel please?
    If not – has anyone heard of a similar set of brushes that do work in Corel?

    Claire :)

  9. Liz Cademy says:

    The zippers are excellent, as are the elastic and gathering brushes.

    Though I’m a graphic designer (new business), I don’t see much of a need in my work for the brushes. If my name is chosen, please skip me and choose someone who wil benefit more.

    Brushes as a concept are great though, they can save so much time!

  10. Kathleen says:

    Hi Liz, not to worry about winning -altho the odds are really good right now with only 5 qualified entries out of 16. To submit an entry, one needs to list their favorite stitch by number.

  11. Nancy says:

    I really like #51 – the gold sequin. My mother used to tell me when I was a kid that she thought I was “half crow” because I liked shiny things. I still like shiny things. This would be a great addition to my Illustrator program and also for advising students to purchase.

  12. Lily says:

    Love the large gathers – No. 41 – it invoked my tiny garden this time of year, with a little grass and plenty of room for something to grow.

    The zippers are also fabulous.

    A few more I would like to have:

    Hidden zipper (any ideas?)
    Contrast piping (especially fabulous if I can choose to designate a color)
    Self-fabric piping (e.g. a plaid diagonal piping made from the same fabric as the shell).

  13. Bente says:

    Thanks Nadia Faubert (and Kathleen) for making our life so much easier not having to pay too much for it..Nice service..
    I would use stitch no. 36 a lot and I love stitch no. 33 and a bunch of the others!

  14. Tara says:

    42 is my favorite. One because I love drawing in Illustrator but hate trying to draw the stitches. Two, this casting stitch is the most difficult for me to draw,so happy to find shortcuts!

  15. Re: Importing the ‘Illustrator stitch brushes’ into CorelDRAW
    I dropped Nadia Faubert, at PrestigeProDesign.com an email enquiry with my question via her website.

    Nadia got back to me very quickly to say that importing the brushstrokes into ‘CorelDRAW’ instead of ‘Adobe Illustrator’ should’n’t be a problem.

    She sent me x1 single example sheet in PDF format which I was successfully able to import into CorelDRAW x3. I have X4 at home and will test the PDF sheet on that tonight. All being well I will publish a how-to instructions on my blog tonight (http://sew-incidentally.com/)

  16. Rachel says:

    As a costume designer for theatre, i would definitely use #45 skirt bottom the most, in rendering historical gown designs. Probably also #41 large gathers. Though personally, i’m a fan of pyramid studs #100, and also the pink sequins.

  17. rosie kovacs says:

    My favorite is #99 due to it’s technical details and reflective look. I would say the most useful is the #45 skirt bottom! gosh I had making the hem line in a full skirt or shirt.

  18. Adam says:

    A great range! The zippers #64-69 are my faves. The combination of the delrin, nylon & metal would be in full rotation of use in my work room. Thanks – great work!

  19. Vmarie Adams says:

    I would love to have them all but I like No. 38, the gathering it reminds me of feathering.

  20. Corey says:

    I have to admit, #43 is my favorite, but I can imagine that the sequin brushes would come in quite handy!! WAY too much to love!! : )

  21. Gretchen says:

    So hard to choose – I’ve spent lots of hours trying to “create” things like this that have turned out frankly, kind of lame. These would be hugely helpful and up the quality of my renderings.

    I like the zippers, #66-68. They would really help make zipper-heavy designs pop. If I had to choose one it would be 66, since it’s the most versatile, and most of my renderings are black and white.


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