Turtlestitch 2.5 - The Whizzy Needle

The new Turtlestitch "Whizzy Needle" site has many new features, including the "Embroidery" and "Color" block categories. It has completely changed the way my designs look on the embroidery machine. The "Embroidery" section offers various stitch types, which sophisticates any pattern. I have tested all of the blocks, and I am most drawn to the satin stitch since a lot of my patterns are silhouettes, and I want to emphasize the shape of them. I love the texture of the tatami stitch; it is very smooth. The other stitch types are great for adding a unique look to a design. The blocks from the "Color" section do not affect the output colors on an embroidery machine. Although, I use it to help me choose the thread color. I also change the background color (Turtle>Default background color...) to determine the thread and fabric colors to use.

The slideshow has some of my recent projects using the new embroidery blocks. The title on the bo…

What is Your Zodiac Sign?

This year's Turtlestitch theme is identity. What culture or pattern represent you? What are the letters of your name? What are your favorite colors? This week I am focusing on astrological signs, also known as horoscopes, which are determined by birth dates.

I decided to embroider these signs because recently, I started to believe that it represents my personality pretty well. I am a Leo-Virgo cusp, and after reading the cusp is defined as "one of leadership and communication but also one of independence and secrecy," I was convinced I am a mix of the two signs.

What is your horoscope? Embroider your sign!

Aries (March 21 - April 19)Taurus (April 20 - May 20)Gemini (May 21 - June 20)Cancer (June 21- July 22)Leo (July 23 - August 22)Virgo (August 23 - September 22)Libra (September 23 - October 22)Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

Alphabet Project

I have been working on an Alphabet project recently, and I have finally completed coding the letters. Numbers have been added as well. I recommend using the "go to x:_ y:_" block to separate the letters and create words with them!


*Note: I may add variables soon!
Happy coding! What word will you stitch?

Edit: This is the link to the Alphabet with variables!

Math Behind My Code

I was going through the "Newest Projects" section on the Turtlestitch website, and the Grinnell Logo code caught my attention. The code influenced me to make my university's logo.
Here is the link to my code.

I took Stony Brook's logo and made the background transparent on Photoshop, so I was able to see the grid around the actual logo. I then used the grid as a guide for the measurements and decreased the scale by two for the code. The stitches were then created until the distance was desired, as shown in the stitched figure below. To make the code simple, I knew the outline of the logo was symmetrical so as the turtle moves to the other side, I would duplicate the previous code and reorder the blocks. I kept the variables the same.

A lot of my code used the "thickLine 30 10 0.5" block. I changed these variables when I stitched the increasing width lines in the logo and the star. Here are the functions I learned after playing around with the numbers and exp…

Stitch Warnings!

When I was helping students the other day, a few students asked me what the certain warnings mean on Turtlestitch. The first warning a student came across was "DENSITY WARNING!" and the other warning another student received was "1 is too long! (will get clamped)." Today I will go over both of these warnings based on our observations! I hope you will find this helpful when coding.

This is the link to Aaron's code: 

This is what we found out:
-the warning appears when multiple stitches overlap each other repeatedly.
-the stitches become too thick.
-the needle may break!

The center of the design is darker than the rest of the code, and when the turtle is moving, the stitches are repeated in the same area. This makes the center dense/thick and may cause the needle to break when passing through the stitches.

"1 is too long! (will get clamped)"

What Culture/Pattern Inspires You?

After thinking about something to code, Ms. Ettenheim asked me what culture or pattern inspires me. I thought of bohemian designs: the various colors and the symmetrical patterns. This free-flowing design has a lot of remixed shapes and has a calming effect.

A lot of my photography is based on "bohemian designs" through crisp lines, colors, and symmetry:

I referred my bohemian code pattern to this image. Circles are used in-between to separate spirals from zig-zags. The spiral in the center of the linked image inspired the waves in my code, and the repetition in my code made the different patterns cohere.

Feel free to look at my code here.

This is the printed design! I chose to embroider with red thread over a light blue fabric to emphasize the pattern.

Is there a culture or pattern that inspires you?

Color and Code

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Coley. She talked to me about how she loves TurtleStitch because of the ability to physically hold onto the coded artwork and how coding is a form of art. She taught me color theory and how the color thread and fabric we choose can have an effect on how the viewer sees the embroidery design.

This is what I embroidered yesterday!
I love the colors of the fabric, which help bring out the design of the code:

the blue on the fabric corresponds with the blue of the threadthe size of the red paint on the fabric is similar to the yellow thread in the center of the code this makes the design pop and is more appealing to the eye

Check out Suzanne's work: TurtleStitch Collaboration and Suzanne's Website.