embroidery 20080606 Electronic embroidery

I’m told that one of the most popular projects at the CRAFT table at Maker Faire is our friend Becky Stern’s electronic embroidery. If you’re into crafting, all it takes is a little conductive thread and you can make your own fabric gadgets.

Becky posted an introduction to electronic embroidery on the CRAFT blog today and I think I just learned how to backstitch. Her introduction shows how to wire up a couple of LEDs and a switch, but there are a lot of directions to take this. Of particular interest is the LilyPad, a tiny sewable Arduino board that’s about the size of a half dollar. There are also various sensors designed around this platform, including sew-friendly accelerometers. There must be a good running jacket idea in there somewhere.

Electronic Embroidery – CRAFT Video Podcast
Conductive Thread and LilyPad Components at SparkFun


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