Embroidermation: Tree of Life

The source animation (a vector file sequence) was adapted from my short segment for the upcoming feature film “The Prophet.” That will definitely not be rendered in Embroidermation, but the Tree of Life is such a classic, traditional embroidery motif it was just crying out to be used in this test.


In addition to stitchcoding, Theo hooped and ran the machine on all 96 frames, and then he made them into a flipbook.

Theo hand-stitching 96 embroidered frames into a flipbook

Because he’s crazy, that’s why. He even crafted a copper rig to cut out the frames precisely, and register them for photography (he photographed them too).

embroidermation cutting device


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

13 thoughts on “Embroidermation: Tree of Life”

  1. Hi Nina, I wanted to share this quote with you: “We need to keep hand embroidery alive – if we hug our ideas to ourselves, they will become lost and worthless in the future. If I give you a gift, I no longer have it, you do. However, if I give you an idea then we both have it, and if you share this idea with others then we have expanded on it and can watch it grow.” http://trishburr.co.za/content/about-trish

  2. Это изумительный и очень кропотливый труд, спасибо за доставленное удовольствие!

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