Long ago I had a PS action that would convert text to embroidered text. It had many options and produced very good results - photo realistic or nearly so.
Can this type of thing be done with macros in AP?
It's easy, first make some style out of a simple pattern. I made a simple orange and red pattern (the orange one looks like this) ...
... which are then saved as a PNG files.
Next I created a rectangle shape and placed the saved PNG inside via the gradient tool as bitmap. Then I adjusted that gradient bitmap inside the rectangle with the gradient handles to a finer diagonal pattern and saved the result as a style into the styles panel.
Next I used some text (Arial and Arial B