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

0 thoughts on “Electronic embroidery

  1. Pierre says:

    Maybe, you should know that there is already a “tree” command on linux which does already exactly what you did. It can even have colours.

  2. Rob says:

    That’s still a killer one-liner. Is it wrong that such things make me squeal like an 8 year old getting a new toy?

  3. hajo says:

    tree for Mac OS X is available via: http://rudix.org

    Another tool would be durep.

  4. Matt H says:

    It is a pretty impressive one liner, but a more full-featured port of the Linux tree command is available via MacPorts:


    port install tree

    1. Shaun Chapman says:

      You may prefer to build it from source. I wrote a blog post on how to install it on Mac OS X but it should work for any OS http://bit.ly/6lfSu0