Image Segmentation

Working on automatically segmenting images based on color for sewing. This is one of the toughest hard CS problems I’ve jumped into, especially because I get stubborn when results fall below expectation. Current goal: segmenting and fairly cleanly drawn jpeg/png. Small number of colors, fairly continuous and clean areas, but some dirty edges. I grabbed Read More …

ICCC 2017 Reflection

My summer started with a frantic trip to Atlanta for my first International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC)! I got to see and meet a bunch of cool people whose stuff I’ve been reading, including Anna Jordanous and her work on evaluating creative systems. I presented my Blackwork project as a co-creation workshop paper, hung Read More …

Adventures in Dyeing Long Gradients

Motivation After learning about Fair Isle knitting techniques, I stumbled upon a type of yarn I’d only heard about and never really seen in stores: long gradient yarn or ombre. This yarn gradually changes from one color to another throughout an entire skein or project. If it’s just one color, it’s probably easier to just Read More …

Gardening!

Those of you who’ve seen my Facebook history or visited me know I had an herb spiral I made out of bricks in my yard. I also had a garden I built up a couple years ago after digging up sections of it and laying down hardware cloth, manually weaving/heavily overlapping the seams between each Read More …

Image Processing For Machine Learning!

Anyone who’s done any machine learning knows you need some data. I have lots of embroidery files that I’ve converted into lists of (x, y) positions and flags for jumping and changing colors, basically direct translations from machine code to a .csv human-understandable-at-a-glance format. When you buy embroidery patterns, or hell, just peruse them, good Read More …

Just plain works bread

Hadn’t made bread in a while, but I wanted something plain that could work with any kind of sandwich. ‘Course, I can’t not add something to it anyway! This one’s California Nut Bread on page 319 of The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook, but I’ve altered it for laziness and what I had on hand: Read More …

Setting up Machine Learning!

The next action step in my research is to try out machine learning, specifically an existing CNN (convolutional neural net) and a new LSTM (long-short-term memory) RNN (recurrent neural net), on embroidery patterns. Well, on basically images turned into serial vector art that will be translated into embroidery file formats. Now, I technically failed my Read More …