Emoji Embroidery Project
See also: Emoji Embroidery Project (en français)
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:
- A database of digitized emoji, reusable for non-commercial purposes (expanding, yet to be documented): fr:Liste des emojis à broder (This page also includes essential information in English)
- Tutorials on how to use them (to be done)
- Tutorials on how to create your own scans from "free" emoji font designs: fr:InkStitch - broder un emoji and fr:Stitch Era - broder un emoji
- Activities such as the fr:atelier upcycling avec des broderies émoji
- Educational material that makes use of emoji designs, for example the fr:Cours d'initiation à la broderie numérique (FacLab UniGE) course.
- A technical and conceptual introduction to fr:Emoji (to be refined).
- 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.
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.
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
.SVGSVG source file, slightly adapted.
*-inkstitch*.SVGInkStitch design file. You can use it as is, change just parameters (including density and offsets), or adapt it
.DSGStitch Era design file, semi-professional software with a very good price/performance ratio
.PESMachine embroidery file for Brother embroiderers (You can use conversion software to translate it to another brand compatible format)
.DSTMachine embroidery file for Tajima embroiderers. Most reliable format, but without color information
.PNGUsually a simulation is created with TrueSizer software
.JPGUsually 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
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|
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