I wouldn’t count that out here - there are many crafters with quilting, embroidery, and hooking (the rug kind) backgrounds. (@ptodd comes to mind - I know she does some beautiful embroidery. Maybe @cynd11 too, she made a favorite nightshirt for me a couple years ago…I still use it.)
I have a need to be able to create lacey edges to some of my fan leaves, so I’m shipping my cnc, and several steppers over with my worldly goods.
Going to have to rebuild it with snap on heads, as there’s a lot of things that it’s going to be used for!
To make silk fans with embroidered designs would be really awesome, but there are some issues that cannot be addressed in an Svg and special software would be needed and is available widely as embroidery machines are as popular as 3d printers, I am not sure how a rug making needles would be useful for fans as they are two sided and rugs are distinctly one sided (so is embroidery but I think that could be worked around)
However a gantry style CNC made for cutting full (or half) sheets of plywood could be modified for such work on useable rugs and tapestries. however I think you would need to modify both the head and the base to hold the rug tight. After which I don’t think it would be very useful for other work.