DIY – Soft Circuit Embroidery

lilypadembroiderymakerfaire.jpgLast weekend we pointed you to a simple DIY electronic embroidery project demonstrating how easy it can be to create a cute, unique piece of embroidery with sparkling elements.

This weekend we introduce you to a more advanced electronic embroidery project from Becky Stern using the LilyPad Arduino which allows highly sophisticated interactivity with your embroidery work.

The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the LilyPad onboard software. The amount of light sensed by an integrated light sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated.

I like especially the blending of electronic components in the embroidery design making them almost invisible part also use the components as elements of the design and not make them look as afterthought which is sometimes the case when people try to ‘electrify’ textiles.

Becky didn’t create detail instruction on how to create such masterpiece but it does show very well how to blend electronic with textile materials in an beautifully aesthetic way.

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