Illuminating the Darkness with DIY beadwork

Artist Laura Cesari, creator of the Fire Skirt we have posted about earlier keeps on adding glowing objects to her creative portfolio to illuminate the darkness around us. At Caballera.com she has posted DIY instructions for Glow Beadwork, demonstrating how the merge of beads and LEDs can create a magical style detail on clothing of…

Soft Keypad developer Kit from Fibretronic

Fibretronic released a developer kit of their ConnectedWear keypad technology for designer and DIY enthusiasts alike. The Kit contains a five function keypad in linear shape, typically used for a remote control, the Joysick control pad with 5 functions as well, a highly interesting electronic tester for the keypad and a hang-tag to let your…

eTextile DIY – Sensitive Fingertips

It must have been a busy time lately for Instructables member Pulsea aka Hannah Perner-Wilson who was heavily involved into the creation and launch of ‘How to get what you want‘ a excellent resource for eTextile enthusiasts and now she published one of her fabulous textile sensor works on Instructables called: ‘Sensitive Fingertips‘ The ‘Sensitive…

New eTextile DIY site – How to get what you want

Fitting nicely to the start of Open Softwear, a book/guide/project to help getting started with wearable electronic technologies, the launch of ‘How to get what you want‘ a website with the aim to be a comprehensible, accessible and maintainable reference resource for everything around eTextiles and wearable electronic offers information for the more advanced eTextile…

eTextile DIY – Proximity Sensing Fabric

This weeks eTextile DIY project introduction comes from Adrian Freed, Research Director at CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) who is by the way organizing the Interactive e-textile Workshop with Arduino LilyPad (still some places left for the August session). The Proximity Sensing Fabric project is demonstrating how interactive fashion designer could recreate…

Programmable bracelet

Today’s little e-textile DIY project is based on the extraordinary Button-schemer smart e-textile component from Aniomagic. To recap, the Button-schemer comes with a Web-interface based programming tool that allows the download of the program to the Button-schemer’s processor via light waves by ‘weaving’ it in front of the monitor screen. The Instructables ‘World’s thinnest programmable…

Loopin textile electronics Kit

Our dear friend Riccardo from Inntex visited the Distance Lab open day in Forres, Scotland where he met among the wearable electronic community Elena Corchero from Lost Values who officially launched the long awaited online shop ready to browse between various wearable electronic objects and a interesting educational textile electronics kit called ‘Loopin‘ developed by…

DIY – RF detector wristband

Brian send us his latest wearable DIY project, the ‘RF detector wristband‘. A simple but interesting project demonstrating how the use of wearable technologies can create helpful ‘hands on’ tools. The function of the ‘RF detector wristband’ is to visualize the presents of an RF signal indicating a transmitter like a cell-phone or UHF is…

e-Textile programming with light: Aniomagic Button-schemer

Nwanua Elumeze from Aniomagic keeps on amazing me with extraordinary smart and simple e-textile components. The newest addition to the e-textile treasure chest: Button-schemer, an ambient program reader the size of a nickel which is programmable with specially timed flashes of light. Hold it in front of your computer screen, PDA, iPod Touch or iPhone,…

e-textile DIY: Soft Circuit Merit Badge

Evil Mad Scientist Lenore over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories posted a cute little e-textile DIY project called: Soft Circuit Merit Badge. The step by step instruction show how to work with the e-textile components, no soldering or programming is needed. A complete list of material sources round up this nicely made guide. The soft…

Light for life: Glowing cycling jacket

We have elaborated many times before the benefits illuminated clothing has to increase the visibility for cyclists and runners during low light conditions. Besides some commercially available  products of illuminated apparel, this topic is also one of the favorites in the e-textile DIY community. Instructables member Kempton just posted her beautiful variant of a illuminated…

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…

PunchOut gives a new meaning to pillow fighting

The PunchOut Pillow is one of the most unique computer game controller I have ever seen. Instructables user Kirton describes how to transform a ordinary pillow into a punch taking fight pillow to play Mike Tyson’s Punch Out game for the NES into a full-body workout with real feedback. Unlike the ‘air punching’ experience one…

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…

DIY – Goodnight Pillow

We have posted many times about commercially available pillows with integrated sound systems to help people falling asleep by relaxing, soothing tunes. Instructables user opcp took things in her own hands to ‘save her marriage’ as she writes in her project introduction, as her husband belongs to the part of people who need absolute quietness…

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…

e-textile DIY – light up your clothing

Our e-textile DIY project tip for this weekend has been around for more than a year on Instructables posted by Enlighted the company that is producing and selling a wide range of illuminated clothing and other fashion items. There are two highly interesting aspects I found in the ‘Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf‘ instruction: the…

e-textile DIY – pressure sensor matrix

Hyper active e-textile DIY instruction creator Hannah Perner-Wilson aka Intructables user Plusea posted another simple to follow but highly interesting and useful project, the Pressure Sensor Matrix. As her many other e-textile DIY instructions, the materials used are relatively easy to get, in this project an Arduino is needed to process the signals coming from…

e-textile DIY – tilt sensing bracelet

Hannah Perner-Wilson added a cute little DIY project to her growing Instructables collection: the Fabric & Bead Tilt Sensing Bracelet. What does the bracelet do? It is decorated with six conductive fabric petals and a thread of beads with a metal bead at the end. Designed to make (electrical) contact when the metal bead is…

e-textile DIY material

Getting e-textile materials is still not a s easy as conventional crafting materials like for example thread. Syuzi Pakhchyan, an expert in smart crafting, has posted on her blog Fashioning Technology a great overview of commercially available, electrically conductive threads together with information on the positive and negative aspects for each of them. Conductive threads…

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,…

DIY – conductive thread

Conductive thread is one of the key elements for e-textile crafting but it seems sometimes difficult for people to get their hands on commercially available conductive thread. This Instructables might be a good starting point to get aspiring e-textile crafters started. For the thread material only two ingredient’s are needed: fine cotton thread and very…

Upgrade your Purse

We have covered quite a few purses and bags lighting-up the inside when opened to make it easier in finding all the little but important things inside, especially during night time. Alison Lewis editor & producer of Switch, a blog about innovative design, fashion and topics from a female perspective, shows how to make a…

DIY – Valentines heart brooch

Becky Stern made acute little DIY project last year combining the LilyPad Arduino and the ‘Open Heart’ DIY project from Jimmie Rogers. Jimmie developed not only the ‘Open Heart’ hardware, he created an excellent simulation and programming software which allows you to design the heart animation via his online tool in an easy way and…

DIY wearable electronic – Sonar garment for the visually impaired

This weeks wearable electronic DIY project comes again from Lynne Bruning and is the best ever I have seen in the e-textile domain – just fabulous. The story of her project, the ‘Sonar Garment‘: assisting visually impaired people by navigating through the world and alerting them when an object stands in their way. The alerting…

DIY – Moonlit Flower

‘Moonlit Flower‘ is a cute little DIY project created by Korean designer and mother Ji Sun Lee as part of her TechDIY project. TechDIY is a project for women involving a holistic process of mothers and daughters learning electronics together and sharing this with others. The Moonlit Flower requires some sewing skills, basic sewing materials…

DIY – remote controls with a soft touch

The background story of the first e-textile DIY project the ‘Senior Remote‘ is as lovely as the project itself of transforming a hard plastic TV remote control into a cute soft remote control. Intructables user ‘unknownuser2007‘ wanted to make life easier for mom to navigate her TV as she does get confused with the countless…