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If you’re doing wearables, I’d suggest transitioning over to the LilyPad Arduino sooner rather than later, but If you want the full Diecimilla board integrated into your project for one reason or another (ease of removability, street cred, etc.), Instructables user Pulsea has got a solution for you. She details how to sew male headers right to the fabric to make a “shield” for connecting fabric-embedded components right to the full Arduino board.


Becky Stern

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  1. clweeks says:

    So, I see boards in the shed and other blogs and such and sometimes they are called “shields.” What’s a shield in electronics? I Googled around for this the other day and couldn’t figure it out.

  2. Becky Stern says:

    It’s a circuit board that plugs into the headers of the board, effectively making an arduino sandwich. It helps make a compact and secure project. Type in “arduino shield” in the search above to see all our blog posts about them!