As HackADay’s Eric Evenchick notes, Embroidermodder can perhaps best be described as an open source tool for generating embroidery patterns.
“It generates a pattern and a preview rendering of what the embroidery will look like when complete,” he explains. ”It’s a cross-platform desktop application with a GUI, but the libembroidery library does the hard work in the background. This library was ported to Arduino to pull off the hack.”
However, the Embroidmodder crew isn’t content with simply generating patterns. Since the library has been ported, future developers can use the concept to control new hardware, which may very well lead to an open source embroidery machine.
“Instead of drawing, we could change it to control motors and other hardware to create an open source embroidery machine,” adds Embroidmodder rep Josh Varga. ”This is what the brain of an embroidery machine looks like and it just needs a heart and body.”
Interested in learning more? You can check out the Embroidermodder’s official page here.