So, the team who came up with Embroidermodder 2 approached me, explaining their product and I thought “What a great idea!” but what is Embroidermodder 2?
As the name itself suggests, Embroidermodder 2 is something to do with Embroidery. Before we get into the Kickstarter campaign, here’s a very quick overview of what Embroidery is!
Embroidery is a sewing skill which dates as far back as the warring states era of China. To those unaware, this is the era that Dynasty Warriors (Great game series) loosely covers. Embroidery is the art of using sewing to decorate something (Usually fabrics) with thread and needle.
The skill of embroidery is an important skill within cosplay. A lot of lazier or newer cosplayers (Like me!) are more used to fabric paints. By making a “stencil”, you can go ahead and just slop some fabric paint over, let it dry and all is good for the fabric! However, in terms of that really professional finish, for the longer term and more skilled cosplayers, there is embroidery.
Embroidery is used extensively around the world, in fashion and in cosplay.
Why back Embroidermodder 2?
Well, first of all, I learned that this is a Open-Source Software. This means, if you’ve got some coding know how, you can alter some of the code, which will help you make your embroidery in any way you see fit. Useful!
This also means you are free to use the program at no cost to you, should you want to “try before you buy”. Just note, that “Try” is the full program!
For those non-coders, why back this?
The first and foremost reason is the cost. Embroidery software is something I was completely unaware of until I found out about Embroidermodder 2 – It’s extortionate!
When I typed in “Embroidery Software” into Google, this was the first result. £1,100 – I don’t know the software in question, but that is very expensive. Perhaps it’s for the professionals of the world – I really don’t know how good the software is, so I won’t judge that. Instead, I’ll say that Embroidermodder 2 should be a fair bit cheaper than that!
Are you someone who wants to get some embroidery onto your cosplays, but do not want to do it all by hand? Good idea, why not start easy by working with the embroidery software?
Embroidery software is a special application where you can create a digital version of your embroidery, then visualise it in a 3D rendered environment. Then, you can create an embroidery file of your pattern to be and put it into an embroidery machine. For mass production, embroidery machines really ease the time it takes.
How much do they need?
$55,000 is their target. They have 25 days (As of this writing) left on their campaign.
That’s a high and ambitious target – I hope they manage to get the funding they need for this project, as the idea is excellent.
Here’s some of the perks for backing them:
Pledge $5 or more
Our sincere thanks. Every bit helps. This will allow you to receive project updates on our Kickstarter campaign.
Pledge $20 or more
Your name listed in the credits.
Pledge $25 or more
Use of the Embroidermodder font in any project you desire. Plus your name listed in the credits.
Pledge $50 or more
Backer Pack, font, plus your name listed in the credits.
- Cross-Platform support (Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as Raspberry Pi and Arduino support!)
- The Arduino support shocked me, personally. It means you can, in theory, make your own embroidery machines if you want to get really “techy” about it!
- Creates embroidery files which should be supported by most embroidery machines.
- Scripting API (To allow the programmers out there to alter away at their embroidery program, adding extra functionality and so on!)
- Different stitching types
- Much more than I can list here!
Okay, so embroidery isn’t something we’d normally focus on here on GeekOut – But as a cosplayer, I can see the uses. It actually got me interested in the field of embroidery and hey, maybe further down the line I will have to give it all a go!
Strike that, further down the line, I know it will be useful for my costumes. I know of at least one costume that will need it, already… But that’s a costume for another day and way down the line in my life as a cosplayer in the making!
What do you think of this kind of software? Think mixing technology with such a refined skill is the way forward? Do you prefer to just do it by hand? Why not go and have a quick look, anyway?
Are you a cosplayer? Have you ever done any embroidery before? Why not share us some links for pictures of your projects if so!