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Running stitch Unicorn

We start with this image , downloaded as a png from : Unicorn

This is the result :


with very few effort….

The svg file contains all the steps

  • Image Layer: starting image

  • Step 1 Layer :Vectorize with Path/ Trace bitmap

These parameters were applied


Very important: chose “centerline tracing” as detection mode

  • Step 2 Layer : improving the path
    • Path/ Split Path
    • Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Troubleshoot > Cleanup document to remove the very short paths ( 20px was chosen)
  • Step 3 Layer: Embroidery parameters
    • Select all paths,and set stroke style to any dashed
    • Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params.

Chose running stitch length, and bean stitch number of repeats.

You will see a lot of thread jumps.


  • Step 4 Layer

    Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Tools: Stroke > Auto-route Running Stitch enabling only “Add nodes at intersection”.

    Underpaths are added and now

Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Visualise and Export> Simulator to check that only two jumps are left between eye and body.

No Jump

Remark: The starting image is very high quality. When it is not as good, before using the Auto-Route extension, you may wish to use these Ellenn Wasbo’s extensions (

  • remove duplicate nodes
  • remove duplicate lines

that are even more useful that their name suggest.

You may also benefit from simpliflying the paths.