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During filming of the latest set of episodes, I gave Maker’s Notebooks to some of the wonderful crew members on the set of the Make: television show. We got to talking about modding them, and someone said, “I wish the thing had a reading light”. My idea is to use the embedded bookmark ribbon as a reading light platform. I’ve never worked with conductive thread or surface mount LEDs before, so any tips/warnings before I go down that road would be welcome!


This is an LED, battery, and thread from the new Lilypad e-sewing kit I just got. That thing puts out a pretty bright light!

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.

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