Data Embroidery with Black-and-White Textures

Tingying He, Petra Isenberg, Tobias Isenberg

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2023-10-23T03:00:00ZGMT-0600Change your timezone on the schedule page
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Two embroidered charts depict the performance of different textures in machine embroidery: the left chart for geometric textures, and the right chart for iconic textures.
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We investigated data embroidery with black-and-white textures, identifying challenges in the use of textures for machine embroidery based on our own experience. Data embroidery, as a method of physically representing data, offers a unique way to integrate personal data into one's everyday fabric-based objects. Owing to their monochromatic characteristics, black-and-white textures promise to be easy to employ in machine embroidery. We experimented with different textured visualizations designed by experts and, in this paper, we detail our workflow and evaluate the performance and suitability of different textures. We then conducted a survey on vegetable preferences within a family and created a canvas bag as a case study, featuring the embroidered family data to show how embroidered data can be used in practice.