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How to Make a Pressure Sensor

26 January 2014,

    How to use conductive thread, conductive fabric and velostat make a DIY pressure sensor for eTextile, soft circuit, and wearable computing projects. conductive fabric and velostat from LessEMF     

How to Make a Pressure Sensor

How To Weave with Conductive Thread and LEDs – Starlight eTextile Table Runner

19 October 2012,

  Dazzle your dinner guests with twinkling lights in this easy-to-weave e-textile runner. This is a video tutorial for working with the electronic components of the weaving. For complete directions, including the weaving draft, please see the November/December 2012 issue of Handwoven for Lynne Bruning’s original article and the weaving instructions. Handwoven Magazine November/December 2012 download PDF from Handwoven For more […]

How To Weave with Conductive Thread and LEDs – Starlight eTextile Table Runner

What is Conductive Thread?

29 June 2012,

    Conductive thread is used to fabricate soft, flexible, and washable electronic circuits. When tested with a multimeter conductive thread will display continuity and resistance. For eTextile projects select a thread with a resistance as close to zero as possible. Do not purchase conductive thread from a vendor that does not state the resistance in ohms/feet.   For more […]

What is Conductive Thread?

How to Select Conductive Thread

22 February 2012,

  How I select a conductive thread for a specific wearable tech or eTextile project. Resistance, Aesthetics, Delivery Method. eTextiles: Conductive Thread Comparison v1 10 January 2012 – YouTube eTextiles: Conductive Thread Comparison v2 24 January 2012 – YouTube For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.  

How to Select Conductive Thread

How to Select Conductive Fabric

21 February 2012,

  How to Select a conductive fabric that will support your wearable computing project’s circuitry and aesthetics. Sources: LessEMF Fabrics References: How To Get What You Want a website maintained by Pulsea. For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.  

How to Select Conductive Fabric

My STABBY Valentine

15 February 2012,

My Stabby Valentine is a simple no-sew textile Valentine with a surprise. A layered switch is created with conductive fabric, insulating felt, an LED, a 3V battery. Activate the Valentine by stabbing it with a metal straight pin. For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.

My STABBY Valentine

Beaded Hardware

12 February 2012,

  How to use beads to create aesthetically pleasing resistors and LEDs. This process not only adds beauty it helps protect and insulate your hardware. For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please visit the eTextile Lounge youTube channel.  

Beaded Hardware

Conductive Thread Comparisons v. 2

25 January 2012,

    Use a multimeter to test a variety of conductive thread and conductive fabric for continuity and resistance. Esty vendors aajan29, Urbanstein and OhmSpun as well as Mitsifuji and some unknown manufacturers products are tested for use in wearable computing eTextile prototypes. Lady Ada Tutorial on Continuity on Adafruit’s Website Lady Ada Tutorial on Resistance on Adafruit’s Website PDF […]

Conductive Thread Comparisons v. 2

Conductive Thread Comparisons v.1

06 January 2012,

  Use a multimeter to test a variety of conductive thread and conductive fabric for continuity and resistance. Silverell, Spun Stainless Steel, Urbanstein, Copper Tape, LessEMF Taffeta, and Bekaert Stainless Steel products are tested for use in wearable computing prototypes. Lady Ada Tutorial on Continuity on Adafruit’s Website Lady Ada Tutorial on Resistance on Adafruit’s Website PDF of these conductive […]

Conductive Thread Comparisons v.1

Leather Touch Screen Gloves

05 December 2011,

  Keep your hand warm while using smart phone touch screens by adding conductive thread to the tips of your favorite winter gloves! SUPPLIES: 4 ply conductive thread from Less EMF John James Chenille Needle Size 24 from Lacis website. Dritz 5″ Doll Making Needle Gloves — yours! For more How to DIY eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing please […]

Leather Touch Screen Gloves

How to Sew a Maxbotix Range Finder to your Project

10 November 2011,

  How to sew a Maxbotix Ultrasonic Ranger finder to your eTextile project using Mitsufuji thread and a size 4 Between handsewing needle. Use this method for adding sensors to your wearable computing projects such as this Haptic Cane for the Blind, Bats Have Feelings Too! SUPPLIES: Maxbotix Ultr-Sonic Range Finder from Maxbotix. Mitsufuji Conductive Thread – no longer available […]

How to Sew a Maxbotix Range Finder to your Project

How to Sew Thru-Hole LEDs and Resistors to Fabric

06 November 2011,

View my complete my how-to sew eTextiles and FashionTech series.

How to Make LED Sequins

06 November 2011,

  How to make sewable electronic sequins from thru hole LEDs, resistors, and other computer parts to craft eTextiles, soft circuits, and wearable computing projects.   How to Make LED Sequins –  English Transcript PDF    

How to Make LED Sequins

How to Sew Aniomagic’s LED Rhinestones

06 November 2011,

Tips and tricks on how to hand sew LED sequins and pre-fabricated surface mount LED boards, such as Aniomagic’s Sparkle LED’s, to fabric to create eTextile, soft circuit, and wearable computing DIY projects. When sewing electronic hardware use a conductive thread with a small diameter and a small gauge needle. This combination will allow you to feed the conductive thread […]

How to Sew Aniomagic’s LED Rhinestones

How to Hand Sew a Running Stitch

06 November 2011,

    The basic running stitch is an easy way to hand sew eTextile, soft circuits, and wearable computing projects. This video will share with you how to master this basic sewing method.  

How to Hand Sew a Running Stitch

eTextile Paraphernalia

15 March 2011,

  This video is for the eTextile novice that wants to know what they should have in their kit of parts. I list eTextile hardware, software and misc. paraphernalia I use to create wearable computers, soft circuits and conductive fabrics. http://lbruning.com Join me on Tuesday evenings for the global eTextile hackerspace meetings. at lbruning on USTREAM for eTextile innovations, tips, […]

eTextile Paraphernalia

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Conductive Fabric Pressure Sensor

Conductive Fabric Pressure Sensor

on 30 July 2014, / in Blog, eTextile, How To

Using velostat and a non-woven conductive fabric you can craft a simple pressure sensor for wearable computing and eTextile projects.   Use the velostat as a semi-permiable layer between two pieces of conductive fabric to create an interactive switch. Insert this basic pressure switch along either the negative or the positive trace then push it to complete the circuit.  

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Flower Dri

Flower Dri

on 29 July 2014, / in Blog, How To, Projects

  How to make an illuminated centerpiece with fresh flowers, thru hole LEDs, and 3V coin cell batteries.     Gather supplies: fresh flowers thru hole LEDs 3V coin cell batteries tape Flower Dri silica gel scissors tupperware sieve   Insert LED thru a fresh cut flower.   Use flowers that accentuate the LED such as a cleome or dahlias. […]

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on 25 July 2014, / in Hardware, LED

   

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Handspun Conductive Thread

Handspun Conductive Thread

on 23 July 2014, / in Blog, eTextile, Textile

Way way back in 2010 I was working on a competition piece for the Handweavers Guild of America conference and wanted to improve the aesthetics and durability of the conductive thread I was using. Syne Mitchell of Weavezine connected me with Jaycee Boggs (@insubordiknit) and I sent her some conductive thread to see what she would do…… A few month […]

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on 18 July 2014, / in Hardware, LED

   

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