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Goal: This tutorial shows the things you have to consider when creating your own stick designs.

But what is Embroidery Designer anyway?


With the embroidery extension of Pocket Code or Create@School (only available for Android) own embroidery patterns can be programmed. There are no limits to your imagination!

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More photos and videos can be found on the Instagram page of Code’n’Stitch.

Getting Started

Goal: Create a suitable environment.

Drawing of geometric patterns, simple line drawings, creative phase:

  • Required skills: none
  • Environment conditions:
    • maybe Smartphone or PC for research
    • paper, pencils, ruler, compasses
    • Plaid paper or printout of the template template

Design Process

Goal: From an idea to its realization.

01.Idea

I want to embroider a bicycle.
Research on the Internet.

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02. Draw design

The desired design is best drawn by hand on a plaid piece of paper. The students should consider which geometric shapes will be used.

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03. Geometric shapes of the bicycle

Bicycle example: Two circles are drawn, which are connected by straight lines. The angle between the lines should also be calculated.

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04. Des embroidered bicycle designs

After programming the embroidered design could look like this:

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What are programmable designs?

IMPORTANT: It is very important to create realistic designs so that you will not be disappointed by the feasibility afterwards!

Here it is a matter of abstraction and reduction, i.e. to create patterns that are as schematic as possible.

  • What goes well: straight lines, circles, semicircles, quarter circles
  • What does not go well: curved lines, ovals, filled areas, too many individual objects

Specification:

  • Maximum 15-20 single "strokes".
    • For example 9 lines and 2 circles
  • Use only lines, circles, half or quarter circles
  • Your design should be simple and contain few details. 
    • If there is still time, you can always program something in addition.

Realistic designs:

Only lines, circles, not too complex

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Unrealistic designs:

Indeed very beautiful, but difficult to implement.

Too complex, too many details, too many curves

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Then how is programming done?

The programming is done with the smartphone app „Embroidery Designer“, using a visual programming language. The actual programming is done with pre-defined building blocks, which control the embroidery machine.

Example relative rotation:

line 5 cm, turn left 45°, line 2 cm, turn right 90°, line 2 cm, turn left 45°, line 5 cm

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The following program generates a star:

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Here is a video tutorial for beginners with the absolute rotation:


More videos are available on our Video-Tutorial-Seite.

Helpful documents & downloads for printing

  • A lot of Tutorial Cards to print out with instructions for basic features of embroidery programming, as well as ready-made patterns, can be found in this document.

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  • Information and first steps in course card format for distribution to the children can be found here.

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Sample designs

Basically there are no limits to creativity. You can also find more designs on Instagram or at our Embroider-Wiki.

Geometric patterns:

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Patterns of lines only:

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Embroidery textiles

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In cooperation with the company, Apflbutzn fair produced textiles are embroidered.

Waisted T-Shirts

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Straight T-Shirts

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Bags

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