Geek Chic: Massive e-textiles roundup!

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

47 Articles

By Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

47 Articles

Article Featured Image

In celebration of our Geek Chic month here at MAKE,  we’re bringing you the most massive collection of e-textiles ever to be found in one place!

Tutorials and Projects

CRAFT Video: LilyPad Arduino 101

Soundie the touch-sensitive hoodie

201004061319.jpg

Diana Eng’s LED Nightlife Necklace

201004061320.jpg

EMSL’s soft circuit merit badge

201004061321.jpg

LED Firefly Baby Booties

Hannah Perner-Wilson‘s many sensor tutorials! Also an interview!

CRAFT Video: LilyPad Arduino Blinking Bike Patch

201004061356.jpg

Open Softwear Free E-Book

Craft meets tech at MIT

That’s just the tip of the iceberg — read on for the rest, including books, kits, and more projects! Please drop us a link to your e-textile project in the comments!

Fairytale Fashion Show: Close Up

201004061417.jpg

EL wire primer in MAKE Volume 21

201004061423.jpg

TV-B-Gone Hoodie (look for an updated version of this tutorial in the upcoming MAKE, Volume 23)

Hilarious secret handshake from the future

201004061424.jpg

Electric Tank Top

201004061418.jpg

EKG-controlled Game of Life hoodie

Radio Rug Uses Human Antenna

201004061427.jpg

Electronic Embroidery – CRAFT Video and article in CRAFT Volume 09

201004061357.jpg

“See-thru-me” Light Shirt

201004061400.jpg

Turn Signal Bike Jackets

201004061402.jpg

Cross-Stitch Stylophone

Email-Counting Shirt

LED Kimono

201004061410.jpg

OLEDs may still have a long way to go, but here’s an OLED dress!


Books

dianaeng_fashiongeek.jpg

Fashion Geek by Diana Eng

Fashioning Technology by Syuzi Pakhchyan – video preview on CRAFT

Fashionable Technology by Sabine Seymour – inside look on MAKE

Switch Craft by Alison Lewis and Fang-Yu Lin – review on CRAFT


Kits

LilyPad E-Sewing Kit – great if you need a LOT of conductive thread and want super-flat LEDs ($39.95 in the Maker Shed)

LED Sewing Kit – similar to above, but just enough conductive thread to make your first project rock ($15 in the Maker Shed)

technoshugeikit.jpg

Techno-Shugei Kit – same as the LED Sewing Kit, but without the battery holder, and sold in Japan

lilyprokitcropped.jpg

LilyPad Pro Kit – extend the kits above with some computational power! ($49.95 in the Maker Shed)

201004061359.jpg

Aniomagic Soft iPhone/iPod Touch Remote Kit – includes a special connector that makes a DIY remote super easy!

MSCBP-2.jpg

Conductive Booster Pack – full of some more fun conductive fabrics, and other goodies! ($45 in the Maker Shed)

Be sure to watch Make: Online’s wearables archive, and also the soft circuits and fashion tech archives on CRAFT!

Explore More From Make: