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Running Stitch Autoroute #373
Let's say we want e.g. this https://openclipart.org/detail/288569/floral-hearts-line-art image to be embroidered with running stitch. Just for fun I tested how it would look like:
It would be a hell of a job to get the stacking order right. Is there a possibility to achieve an autoroute routine just as the one we have for satin columns?
In combination with the centerline trace plugin it would be a great tool to quickly achieve line art embroidery from images.
I was just thinking along these lines the other day, actually. At @wwderw's urging, I added support for running stitch in Auto-Route Satin before releasing it. I'm not sure without looking at the code but I think there's nothing to stop you from running auto-route with only running stitch objects.
What happens if you run center-line trace on that image and set all the resulting lines to dashed, then run auto-route on it? It might just work. With such a big image, it might take an hour or two to run though...
On second thought, no it won't work. The running stitch support in auto-route satin is intended for travel between satins. It won't break up a running stitch in the middle in order to connect to another one.
I'll think on this a bit. It might be possible to adapt auto-route satin to fit this use case. If not, it should be fairly easy to write an extension specifically to handle auto-routing huge numbers of running stitch objects like this.