Emoji Embroidery Project

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1 Introduction

See also: Emoji Embroidery Project (en français)

Prototyping on old sweaters

The Emoji Embroidery Project aims to create a resource for creating emoji embroideries. Over time, it will include hundreds of reusable designs.

So far, documentation only exists in french (in the sister wiki) It includes:


  • To bring embroidery to a wider audience.
  • To contribute to sustainability (by showing an easy path to upcycling: your sweater which emoji-covered moth holes will look better than before)
  • Contribute to digital embroidery education (emoji are relatively easy objects to digitise)
  • Spreading the idea that digital embroidery is an interesting medium to develop digital skills, making skills and some soft skills.

2 Participants

This project is led by Daniel K. Schneider (FacLab Université de Genève and Arbores Tech SARL) and Lydie Boufflers (TECFA). It is supported by the FacLab University of Geneva and its infrastructure.

3 Using the Emoji Embroidery Project Library

First, let us recall that the files are available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. So you can use them for non-commercial purposes and you must replicate the same license when you redistribute a file or a derivative of a file.

3.1 Dimensions

By default a design has a maximum length or width of 4.5cm (1.8 inch). This allows you to embroider it with a small 5x5cm (2 inch) frame and cover a small hole. Some simple designs are also available in 3x3cm (1.2 inch).

3.2 File type

  • .SVG SVG source file, slightly adapted.
  • *-inkstitch*.SVG InkStitch design file. You can use it as is, change just parameters (including density and offsets), or adapt it
  • .DSG Stitch Era design file, semi-professional software with a very good price/performance ratio
  • .PES Machine embroidery file for Brother embroiderers (You can use conversion software to translate it to another brand compatible format)
  • .DST Machine embroidery file for Tajima embroiderers. Most reliable format, but without color information
  • .PNG Usually a simulation is created with TrueSizer software
  • .JPG Usually a photo of an embroidery (often just a simulation)

3.3 File name

The file name starts with the official UniCode name (Emoji List, v14.0, unicode.org). Then comes other information, like the font name (especially Noto and Twemoji), "inkstitch" (if made with InkStitch), size (if different) etc.

About like this:

 Unicode-name - Fontname - (inkstitch) - Extras - Size 



3.4 Usage

Dense design

Most of the patterns are set with a strong density (5 lines/mm = 0.2mm distance between the threads). This allows to cover a hole in a sweater. Satins and fillings often have a strong compensation. We also overlay the embroidery objects. Since the design files are included, you can change parameters.

You can embroider these embroidery designs directly on a garment, but we advise to do a test because (1) some designs have not been tested and (2) the designs are optimized for an unstable fabric like sweaters.

Appliqués and Patch

The AA_PATCH_APPLIQUE folder includes templates for creating patches and appliqués.

Type size fabric size size emoji
Round patch 62mm 62mm 4.5cm (standard) + very short lettering
Round patch 64mm 62mm 4.5cm (standard)
Square patch 62mm 62mm 4.5 (standard) + small lettering
Round patch 46mm 46mm 3cm
Round patch 48mm 46mm 3cm
To the left: appliqués 48mm (wider border). Right: 46mm patch (patches, thinner border)

3.5 Copyright

Copyright and license: The embroidery design and machine files of the Emoji Embroidery Project © 2021 by Daniel K. Schneider et al., FacLab and Lydie Boufflers, TECFA, University of Geneva are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike

4 Pictures