Sparkfun-eTextiles-DIY

eTextile Valentine DIY by Sparkfun

Looking for a special something for your special someone to give a electrifying Valentine’s Day gift? Here is a tip: Sparkfun is running a Plushbot Class on Saturday Feb 11th at the Sparkfun HQ in Boulder, CO from 9am until 5pm The eTextile class centers around the Plushbot design, which incorporates electronics into stuffed animals…

DIY eTextiles – Light Up Leggings

Good news for the DIY wearable electronic community: the Soft Circuit Contest by Instructables has extended it’s submission deadline giving you another week to post your textile project. Don’t miss the opportunity to win a LilyPad Micro-controller Programmer Pro kit, a Salt n’ Peanut soft circuit kit from Soft-Circuit.com and an Instructables prize pack including…

DIY fabric PCB etching with salt and vinegar

‘How to get what you Want‘ is certainly the first address every eTextile enthusiast working or planning textile electronic projects. It’s full of amazing tips and tricks coming from Hannah Perner-Wilson, one of the sites main contributor. New techniques are added very frequently so check out ‘How to get what you Want’ again and again….

DIY – heating and cooling jacket

CU Boulder GEEN 1400 Engineering Costumes students Chris Francklyn, Diana George, Jenna Sobieray and Alex Cossoff posted a hot-cool project on Instructables, the ‘How to make a Heating and Cooling Jacket‘ project. The jacket has the capability to sense the temperature inside the jacket and turning on the heating or cooling elements as needed to…

Textile Prefboard

The eTextile toolbox just got a big addition in form of Plug and Wear‘s Textile Prefboard, courtesy of my creative friend Riccardo. Prefboards are used by electronic wizards to quickly put together a circuit during development and for testing. Needless to say – this is one of the most essential parts in their toolbox. Riccardo…

Soft circuit techniques

Triggered by Jennifer Dopazo‘s short presentation posting on Fashioning Technology about the process of fabricating an ‘iron on textile PCB’, I looked around to see what options the eTextile designer has when it comes to softening up the electronic world. If you every wondered how a textile PCB can be made, flip through the presentation…

e_Static Shadows – textile display visualizes electro static

‘e-Static Shadows‘ is a research project by designer Dr. Zane Berzina and architect Jackson Tan which creatively explores the speculative and poetic potential of static electricity found in our everyday environments, surrounding our everyday interactions. The aim of the project is to investigate how electrostatic energy could either be effectively utilized or play a part…

DIY – Stretchy Conductive Fabric Traces

e-Textile designer working with electrically conductive traces in fabrics face sometimes the problem of elasticity, or to be more precise – the lack of elasticity of stitched traces which is sometimes a important factor when it comes to ‘electrifying’ clothing. Nadya Peek, the creator of the wonderfully made ‘Clickable Dress’ Caché developed a method to…

Weaving with Conductive Thread and LEDs

WeaveZine published an highly interesting article about Lynne Bruning‘s e-textile weaving technique. The article explains the advantage the weaving process provides over sewing with electrically conductive yarn. A detailed description, illustrated with sketches and many photos, explains the use of the clasped-weft technique, a weaving technique Lynne found out to provide perfect conditions for integrating…

e-textile DIY – Sensing Bracelet

Plusea has added another of her highly inspirational and very detailed e-textile  instructions to her ever growing Instructables library, the ‘Time Sensing Bracelet‘ The Time Sensing Bracelet is a circular fabric potentiometer where a fictive time can be set by making contact in the corresponding position. Plusea points out ‘There is no point to it…

e-textile DIY – touch-sensitive, musical light-up hoodie

A nicely designed e-textile DIY project from Instructables member Kanjun is the ‘musical touch-sensitive light-up hoodie‘. This interactive hoodie changes it’s behavior – yeah, smart clothing will have it’s own character – depending on how charged you are. Everyone has more or less  body conductivity which is influenced by the environment. Humidity level, the material…

DIY e-textiles crafting for beginners with StitchLits

Artist-Researcher-Educator Kate Hartman, currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University teaching courses in soft circuitry and physical computing created a cute little tool box targeted towards novices in e-textile crafting. She made her DIY kit called ‘StichLits‘ available on Etsy which contains everything needed to create a first ‘electrified’ crafting project for clothing,…

Inspirational DIY e-textile sewing – wearable musical interfaces

This Saturday Zurich / Switzerland will see Hannah Perner Wilson and Mika Satomi unfolding their experience in creating interactive clothing during the workshop ‘Sew your own wearable musical interface’  which is part of the event ‘diy* —  Art and Technology Festival‘ . As appetizer for workshop participants Hannah and Mika published the project details of this workshop on…

DIY wearable electronic: multilayer e-textile circuit board

Instructables member Lynne Bruning has been very busy the last 2 days designing unique concepts on how to ‘hide’ or integrate conductive thread into needle work materials like wool, fusible fibers, fabric tubes and fabric patches fused together. You have to check out all of them as they are very inspirational and as Lynne states…

DIY wearable electronic – temperature sensing tapestry

Another cool – or should I say hot – DIY project using e-textile technologies surfaced on Instructables by user craft-tech. The e-textile materials and components used come for base material Aniomagic which has a nice range of simple to use e-textile components including very smart little sensors for light, temperature and one to be programmed…

DIY project: Soft-circuit LED Bracelet

Keep it simple yet effective is the tag-line of the DIY project ‘Soft-circuit LED Bracelet‘ available for inspiration and do-it-yourself production by Instructables.com The creator of the instructable, REACTIVEFashion, shows a quick and easy way how to make a sparkling fabric bracelet without the need of a solder iron. The bracelet is build in a…

e-textile kit – DIY Wearable Electronic with Leah Buechley

Talking about Do-It-Yourself in Wearable Electronics means talking about the work of Leah Buechley. She is the Master of e-textiles and created over the last few years a exiting range of ideas, designs and DIY instructions for e-textiles. Leah introduced a construction kit for electronic textiles in spring 2006. A set of stitchable controllers, sensors…

Textile Electronic – the Soft Circuit Board

Starting our DIY Wearable Electronic series, we introduce you first to another outstanding expert and promoter of Textile Electronic, Mouna Andraos. Mouna created, based on inspirations from Leah Buechley, a platform for everyone to learn from her technique to combine electronic and textiles. Her work is presented on electroniccraft.org from where we have taken the…