Blackwork Embroidery


Machine embroidery pattern generation using a parametric shape grammar. Play with it HERE
[Draft paper]


The pattern generation process takes heavy advantage of Blackwork embroidery’s geometric style and self-similarity. The user grows out a design, applies post-processing self-similarity/repetition techniques, and finally visualizes their design. With a few clicks to download the .DST file and upload it into their embroidery machine, the user can immediately sew the design out onto fabric.

A user interface overhaul is in the works, as well as more intelligent grammar expansion rules.

This is a diagram of the work flow:


And some of my choice sample outputs:

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