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Video Tutorials - How to DIY

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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NFC Tags

NFC Tags

on20 July 2015 / in Blog, Supplier

  Near Feild Communication Tags from LENFC. Readable and Writeable – 12 Adhesive Stickers and 2 Key Chain Fobs for use with Android Nexus 5. Purchased from Amazon May 2015. $12                

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Workbench at Ljudmila – Preparing for PIF

Workbench at Ljudmila – Preparing for PIF

on19 July 2015 / in Blog, Supplier, Textile

  Testing Metal Clad Thread from Syscom with my new crochet hook.    

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PIF Camp!

PIF Camp!

on19 July 2015 / in Blog, Workshop

  PIF Camp 3-9 August 2015 Trenta Valley Slovenia http://pifcamp.ljudmila.org   Using traditional crafting techniques of embroidery, lace making, and sewing, we will adapt conductive fabrics, threads, and paints to transform electronic hardware into soft circuits and eTextiles. During PIF Camp we will collaborate with the other nodes to replicate their computer circuitry into functional electronic textiles and thru this […]

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Oxidation of Conductive Paint

Oxidation of Conductive Paint

on10 July 2015 / in Blog, Paper Computing

  An electronic trace made from CuPro conductive paint from LessEMF oxidizes over time, but it will still conduct current. Use a multimeter to test the trace for continuity then attach the power source to areas of paint that have not oxidized.     If the power source is attached to the oxidized areas the circuit will not activate.   […]

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Hand Painted Silk Speakers

Hand Painted Silk Speakers

on08 July 2015 / in Blog, eTextile

  In my random supply closet I found some silk hand painted black light reactive discs.     Using glue I attached a coil of conductive thread.     The resistance for this coil is less than 6 ohms.     Then I attached the eTextile speaker to a mini travel speaker circuit and listened to some jams.    

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Wire Options for eTextile Speakers

Wire Options for eTextile Speakers

on07 July 2015 / in Blog, Conductive

  Slinky     Guitar Strings     Magnet Wire    

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The Winning Design

The Winning Design

on03 July 2015 / in Blog, Electronics, Textile

  The best sounding eTextile speaker design has been a coil of conductive thread glued to a silk disc. So far that is….    

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Natural Speakers

Natural Speakers

on02 July 2015 / in Blog, Sewing

  Using conductive thread I stitched a few speaker coils into a plant in my garden. Now I must listen closely……    

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Waxing your Thread

Waxing your Thread

on01 July 2015 / in Blog, How To, Sewing

  I like to wax my threads before I do any hand sewing. This is especially handy with conductive threads which are generally hairy and tangle easily. Taking a few minutes to wax thread is a major time saver!   Purchase a cake of bees wax from your local sewing shop.     Pull the thread thru the bees wax […]

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PIF Hacker Camp!

PIF Hacker Camp!

on29 June 2015 / in Blog, Workshop

  In August I’ll be participating in PIF Hacker Camp! Held the first week of August in Slovenia’s Trenta Valley. Please, fill out the application form and join us!     Dario Cortese Marc Dusseiller Peter Edwards Luka Frelih Marko Peljhan  

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