Creating embroidery designs is possible from both vector and bitmap sources. Whilst it is somewhat easy from vector graphics, it can be pretty tedious from a raster picture. You will need to look for an embroidery program with digitizing function, ie. a function that allows users to make embroidery designs (like .pec files for Brother machines) from raster sources (.bmp, .jpg, png. etc.).
Convert Standard Windows bitmap image to Brother embroidery design.
We have found 2 software records in our database eligible for .bmp to .pec file format conversion.
Microsoft Windows software - convert bmp to pec on Windows
An embroidery design tool from Janome
Convert from bmp file format
The tables with software actions are a good pointer for what a certain program does with various file types and often may give users a good hint how to perform certain file conversion, for example the above-mentioned bmp to pec. However, it is not perfect and sometimes can show results which are not really usable because of how certain programs work with files and the possible conversion is thus actually not possible at all.
An embroidery designs manager