The team at ‘How to Get What You Want‘ published recently eTextile sensors (pressure and tilt sensor) which a made of conductive wool using the Crochet technique to build electrically conductive traces and patches into Crochet work.
Besides weaving and knitting, crochet is a excellent way to incorporate electrically conductive elements into fabrics totally seamless, making eTextile integration ‘invisible’.
For all the less experienced needle craft people among our readers: Crochet comes from the French word croq, which means hook and is a method of making fabric from yarn or thread, very much similar to knitting. Crochet makes use of a crochet hook, while knitters use knitting needles. It is fairly easy to learn, just look around the Internet which is full of Crochet DIY learning sites.
The technique of crochet, once mastered, provides unlimited possibilities to integrate eTextile technology into various types of clothing, fashion accessories or home decoration items.
Syuzi over at Fashioning Technology posted an article showing what one can create by kitting and crocheting with conductive wool and yarn.
Looking back to all the DIY eTextile techniques we have seen, starting from hand and machine sewing, embroidery, (laser) cutting and laminating of traces of conductive fabric, weaving, knitting and crochet, eTextile crafting took over most of the traditional needle craft techniques.