LED Matrix Quilt

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LED Matrix Quilt


Wow! Katie Dektar made this LED matrix quilt, and she posted up plenty of process pictures showing how it all works.

I sewed the rows of the matrix by machine (by putting the conductive thread in the bobbin). They all come together in the corner where they will attach to the Lilypad Arduino.

I then sewed on 64 LEDs by hand, which took quite me quite a few movies to get through. Using the embroidery hoop makes this 10x easier.

Here is a long exposure of the quilt. You can see the LED lights glow through the batting, and the fun wrinkles in the quilt. The best part is that it is deformable and soft!

[via Fashioning Technology]

6 thoughts on “LED Matrix Quilt

  1. Nusso Textiles says:

    Nice idea
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    Please email us at quiltbatts@nusso.com or you can also visit our website at http://nussopillows.com/quiltbatting.htm we will direct you to a distributor of quilt and craft batts in your area.

  2. Scott Saunders says:

    That’s a great blanket. Perfect for getting yourself attacked by cats.

    A calm firefly blink pattern that faded off over an hour or two might be a good night light replacement for kids. You could add a monster panic button to light up all the lights at once…

    Great project and post. Got me thinking.

  3. A Programmable LED Sweatshirt | Geek Mom Projects says:

    […] online, such as Leah Buchleys turn signal jacket,  this jacket with an LED array, and this LED Matrix quilt by Katie Dektar.  Reading about these projects inspired me to try one myself.  I figured it would be a simple and […]

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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