At the time I was preparing my EQ6 tutorials on scanning fabrics, I turned to the User Manual to learn about setting up fabric libraries in 'My Library.' The instructions for adding and saving items are on page 144; for renaming libraries and styles see page 145; and, for deleting items and libraries see page 146.
The instructions are excellent and I had no problem as I added test libraries. However, there is a 'Notes' box on page 145 and the second note said that Libraries and Styles names would alphabetize themselves after you saved; well, the libraries did but no matter what I tried the styles names did not. So, I finally posted a question in the Info-EQ forum and learned I was not making any mistakes. Apparently, the User Manual had to be at the printers three months before the software release date and between the time the manual was written and the software tweaking finished the alphabetizing of the styles was lost. However, for my needs, I think this has worked for the best.
The toughest decision has been how to set up the styles under 'Jo Morton by Fabric Lines' and this has to do to the fact that you can only add or remove styles from the bottom of the list. If I started with the first lines of fabric to arrive then as the line was depleted I wouldn't be able to remove the style although I could rename it and insert another fabric line; but, I could end up with a real mix-up if some lines sold out faster than others. So, in the end, I have decided to begin with the latest line to arrive and work back and I will create a new library - JM Fabric Lines 2 - and reverse the process as lines arrive in the future. As I said, there is no perfect solution to this for me. However, explaining this to you may help you when you go to set up and organize your own libraries.
As you can see above, I have uploaded the Cocoa Express line of fabrics. As I work with these fabrics, it is important that I know the fabric line and individual fabric number for each swatch; I would like this information to display as a tooltip when I hover the cursor over the fabric (as it does with the fabrics in the EQ fabric libraries). To accomplish this, I must click on the fabric swatch and then click on 'Notecard' on the menu bar below it.
I also want to place my Coca Express fabric swatches in the 'JM by Colour' library so that they are available when I am doing my own designs and am looking for fabrics within colourways. I can do this right from Cocoa Express library without repeating the Import process.
The entire Cocoa Express line is now duplicated in the 'Browns' library. To make this permanent, I then click on 'Save Library'. If you forget to save your library, don't worry because EQ will prompt you with lots of bells and whistles as soon as you go to move away from the library to do something else...LOL!! So, if you want to avoid those bells and whistles hit 'Save Library' after you do the pasting.
I am not finished with those Cocoa Express swatches. I have also created a library called 'JM by Print' and in this library I have styles renamed: Backgrounds, Plaids, Paisleys, Stripes, Small Prints, Large Prints. This will help me locate a fabric when I have a specific effect in mind or purpose such as a background.
That's about it for adding fabric swatches to 'My Library'. There is no limit to how many Libraries you can create or to how may Styles you can add to each individual library. However, at the bottom of page 144 you are told "not to add more than 254 items to any style".
Now, I am going to go for a walk since the sun is shining and when I get back I will scan some more fabrics for my new fabric libraries. I want to have all my lines completed before I start my EQ6 course at Quilt University on April 16th. And, guess what! I have enrolled in a second course - "EQ6 Building Blocks" with Fran Gonzalez which will get underway on May 7th. This is going to be so much fun!