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== Introduction ==
Stitching low resolution QR codes (and similar) is fairly easy, i.e. feasible if you do not plan to pack too much information into a code.
== Creating a simple InkStitch QR code ==
=== Create the QR code ===
There are many online and offline tools to create QR Codes
We will use the free [https://www.qrcode-monkey.com/ qrcode-monkey] service. I allows:
* creating qr codes in various resolutions
* addding a picture
* exporting in SVG !
The following screenshot shows the four steps required to produce a QR code image using default styles.
# Enter the contents of tag, i.e. the URL in our case. It is '''very recommended''' to put the URL in upper case (not yet done below). This will create a much simpler QR tag, i.e. much easier to stitch !
# Set the resolution. You can make it low to have an approximately "good" size. E.g. 400px is about 8cm. Resolution quality (amount of information) will not be affected).
# Click "Create QR Code"
# Click SVG to export.
The following picture shows a lower case URL: https://inkstitch.org
[[File:qrcode-monkey-inkstitch-1.png|400px|none|thumb|Create a default-styled low resolution QR code with lower case URL]]
The next one a UPPER case URL: HTTP://INKSTITCH.ORG. We also use circles instead of squares in the eyes
[[File:qrcode-monkey-inkstitch-1b.png|400px|none|thumb|Create a low resolution QR code with UPPER case URL]]
=== Create SVG embroidery ===
Code produced by QR Code Monkey has the following structure
* A single group on top
* Nested groups with mostly SVG rectangles inside. Only the three big rectangles are path objects.
You now will have to make a few changes in the SVG file. We will describe the steps below.
[[File:qrcode-monkey-inkstitch-2.png|400px|none|thumb|Structure of a simple QRCode Monkey SVG file]]
'''(1) Optimize SVG'''
* First, save the file as optimized SVG (Menu File -> Save as ; Select "Optimized SVG). I noticed some strange code in the SVG and when I tried to ungroup the first time, Inkscape hung.
* Reopen the file (?)
'''(2) Ungroup all'''
* Select all
* Ungroup (CTRL-SHIFT-G) at least '''three times'''. If Inkscape hangs, try
* Create a layer (Menu Layer -> Add Layer)
* Move all the objects into this layer (Select All, Menu Layer->Move Selected to Layer)
'''(3) Transform all objects to SVG paths'''
* Select all objects and transform to path (Menu Path -> Object to Path). '''This can take a while'''
'''(3) Fill the objects with a color'''
* Select All
* Remove stroke
* Define a fill
'''(3) Remove three extra rectangles that are not needed'''
* The three big rectangles are made of three rectangles, one of which defined the white space. Just kill it.
[[File:qrcode-monkey-inkstitch-3.png|400px|none|thumb|Kill three extra rectangles]]
For your information, below are snapshots of the SVG in various stages.
|[[File:inkstitch-qrcode-400px-simple-4.svg|200px|none|thumb|Reorganized SVG with fills]]
=== Result ===
This QR tag is rather big (10.5cm). It is possible to reduce this by 50%. Below we created a 9cm version. Owners of multi-needle machines should consider using the TRIM version. If you want to stop to work on a multi-needle machine, you may have to export to DST. It is just needed after the first positioning circle so that you can place the patch into the hoop.
|[[File:inkstitch-qrcode-9cm-simple-5.svg|200px|none|thumb|Ink/Stitch QR code, stitchable SVG]]
|[[File:inkstitch-qrcode-9cm-simple-trims-5.svg|200px|none|thumb|Ink/Stitch QR code, stitchable SVG with trims]]
|[[File:inkstitch-qrcode-9cm-simple-trims-5.jpg|200px|none|thumb|Simulation with trims (DST File)]]
== Creating patches with QR codes ==
== Other examples ==
In the past, our students did stitch smaller QR tags without problems. But they did add some pull compensation. The [https://edutechwiki.unige.ch/fr/STIC:STIC_IV_(2017)/Break_the_ice_with_embroidery Break the Ice With embroidery] project (in french) produced the following.
<gallery widths=320px heights=320px>
Image:Breaktheice-broderies-recto.jpg|Patch côté animaux
Image:Breaktheice-broderies-verso.jpg|Patch côté QR codes
== Copyright modification ==
Contents of this page including pictures and SVG files are also available under the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_the_GNU_Free_Documentation_License GNU Free Documentation License] and the [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)] license.
The [https://github.com/lexelby/inkstitch/i Inkstitch project] can use any element (text fragments, SVG files, pictures) for the project's official docs without giving attribution (just copy and paste).
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