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eTextiles Arduino Workshop Recap and Stiches with Switches


The first eTextiles workshop was a blast, and we have another coming up on the first Saturday of March. RSVP soon!

Adafruit has some good tutorials on getting started with the Flora here. After handing out Floras and supplies, we all introduced ourselves, Nate explained the arduino platform and talked through techniques and ideas for doing etextile projects.

  • conductive felt styluses
  • embroidery with conductive thread
  • pressure sensors with velostat and fabric

The flora can work like a usb input device, and someone cut out a kitty shaped pressure sensor that typed “say meow” to the keyboard when pressed. Give focus to a mac’s terminal app and it will send “meow” to the text-to-speech program. This is cute.

meow button

Ever since the workshop we’ve had regular Sunday meetings of “Stitches with Switches”. Come along to one of our Sunday events for a skill share or work on your own projects.

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eTextiles Arduino Crafting Workshop this Saturday

reactive fabric controlling LEDs
reactive fabric controlling LEDs

When: February 2, 12:00 to 5:30


We’ll intersperse lessons with small projects. You’ll learn what an Arduino is, and how to sew it together with fun glowing, noisy things on a scarf or hat or shoes or whatever we find that we can work thread through. We’ll have a break with sandwiches so that no one goes hungry

What to bring

Required: Yourself, a laptop, and $42 dollars if you go home with an Arduino, else $20.

Suggested for maximum fun:

  • scrap fabric, zippers, buttons and notions
  • junk toys with keypads, switches, speakers, etc.
  • old gloves, scarves, hats and such
  • scissors, pliers and other small hand tools

Class size:

We have room for 20 people and some overflow, but we only have 20 Floras to give out. We’re using┬áthis meetup to handle RSVPs: eTextiles using Arduino

If you can’t make this workshop then sign up for the next workshop on March 2 here: eTextile Workshop

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