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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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Statex / Shieldex Conductive Thread Sampler Pack

Statex / Shieldex Conductive Thread Sampler Pack

on04 August 2015 / in Blog, Conductive

  Statex generously sponsored the eTextile Lounge at Ljudmila’s PIF Summer Hacker Camp in Slovenia’s Trenta Valley where we will be converting traditional PCBs and sensors into soft circuits.   Samples of all of their conductive threads.     33/10 dtex Z-turns     44/12 dtex Zturns     22/1 dtex + 113/32 dtex PES     117/17 dtex 2 […]

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Making Circuit Samples with the Brother CutNScan

Making Circuit Samples with the Brother CutNScan

on02 August 2015 / in Blog, Supplier, Tools

  First I draw my circuit with pen and paper.     Scan it into the machine using Scan to Cut Data.     Leave it in place on the cutting mat.     Using the ScanNCut pen attachment draw the circuit on the same piece of paper and check for accuracy against your original image.     I set […]

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Using the Brother ScanNCut to Cut Conductive Fabric Circuits

Using the Brother ScanNCut to Cut Conductive Fabric Circuits

on31 July 2015 / in Blog, How To, Tools

  Brother ScanNCut was a very generous sponsor for Ljudmila’s PIF Hacker Camp by sending two ScanNCut machines for our use!   While at Ljudmila I began by testing the machine with a simple LED circuit. Using a black sharpie I drew the positive and negative conductive traces, scanned this image into the machine, and after the U-shaped piece was […]

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Programming ATtiny45s for PIF

Programming ATtiny45s for PIF

on30 July 2015 / in Blog, Electronics, Hardware, How To, Workshop

  Traveling is never dull as a I wake at dawn to program ATtiny45 microcontrollers for next weeks hackers at Ljudmila PIF Camp in Trenta, Slovenia.   Luckily I have my own tutorial on using Arduino as ISP and fresh coffee!    

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Conductive Fabric Samples from Statex / Shieldex in Berlin

Conductive Fabric Samples from Statex / Shieldex in Berlin

on30 July 2015 / in Blog, Conductive, Textile

  Statex generously sponsored the eTextile Lounge at Ljudmila’s PIF Summer Hacker Camp in Slovenia’s Trenta Valley where we will be converting traditional PCBs and sensors into soft circuits.   Samples of all of their conductive fabrics     NON-WOVEN   The non-woven are the most successful conductive fabrics to use at workshops because the fibers do not fray along […]

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Crochet with Syscom Conductive Thread

Crochet with Syscom Conductive Thread

on28 July 2015 / in eTextile

  While in Slovenia I’ve had some time to test Syscom Metal Clad conductive thread with more traditional crafts such as crochet.     This thread does not have many twists allowing the crochet hook to snag strands of thread yielding an uneven and hairy chain.     This thread is also slippery and has a metal ‘spring’ to it […]

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Samples of Bobbin Lace Made with Syscom Metal Clad Amber Strand Thread

Samples of Bobbin Lace Made with Syscom Metal Clad Amber Strand Thread

on27 July 2015 / in Blog, Textile

  I’ve been testing Syscom Advance Materials Amber Strand Conductive Thread in my lace making to create decorative eTextile trims.     From left to right: All white sample is all cotton Red and green with two rails on each wise is all cotton Red and green single rails on each side has one conductive thread bobbin. White with two […]

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Bobbin Lace with Conductive Thread

Bobbin Lace with Conductive Thread

on26 July 2015 / in Blog, eTextile, Textile

  Bobbin lace class continues in Ljubljana, Slovenia.     This is a simple ribbon lace with Syscom Amber Strand conductive thread bobbins on the two rails.          

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Workbench at Ljudmila – Preparing for PIF

Workbench at Ljudmila – Preparing for PIF

on25 July 2015 / in Blog, Workshop

  Finalizing settings on the Brother ScanNCut to work with conductive fabrics from Statex. While at PIF I hope to have the hackers cutting electronic circuits from the conductive fabric to make soft PCBs.    

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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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