Projects from the Hack Arts Lab, University of Chicago

Final piece - embroidered dog in wood frame

Embroidering a Dog Pillow with Laser-etched Frame

Before beginning work at HAL/WGL, staff member Peter Forberg’s first project was to embroider a picture of his friend’s dog, Rosie.

Photo of Rosie with tongue out

Using, he converted a photo of the dog into a few primary colors saved as a PNG. Then he used Hatch Embroidery software available on the HAL computers to turn the PNG into a PES file by using the program’s “Auto-Digitize” function. Next, he printed out two versions of Rosie using HAL’s Brother SE600 Embroidery Machine: one version with text and one without. (The words comes from Frankie Cosmos’s gentle song, “If I Had a Dog.”)

Brother SE600 stitching Rosie (1)

Brother SE600 stitching Rosie (2)

With needle and thread, he turned one design into a pillow, sealing it with a felt dog bone.

Rosie stitched onto pillow

Back of pillow - felt bone

And using the HAL laser cutter, he cut out a plywood frame, stained it, and glued the design into place.

Final piece - embroidered dog in wood frame


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klambert • November 27, 2019

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