Embroidermation Test 2

Sequel to Embroidermation Test 1.

Theo Gray and I bought a 10-needle embroidery machine to pursue a dream of embroidered animation. Existing embroidery software sucks too badly to do the automated shape-to-stitch conversions necessary, so Theo found a way to use Mathematica instead. This is his first full test, created in Mathematica, exported directly via an Embroidermodder file conversion program as DST files, stitched on canvas (which made the edges kind of jaggy) and photographed. No loose threads were clipped in the making of this video.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

5 thoughts on “Embroidermation Test 2”

  1. How many frames is this? Did you have to render each frame individually on the sewing machine? I bet that’s a lot of material….

  2. Whoa! That is so super cool! I’m getting more and more intrigued by embroidery and I think this just tipped the scale. I’m glad to hear no threads were clipped short, but what are you going to do with so many pieces!

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