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Dia

Member Since: November 17, 2010

Country: United States

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TechStyle Specialist

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Wesleyan College for Women

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Costuming, TechStyle Innovation

Sewing- not just for clothes anymore! (Or ever, really.)

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A new episode of Electricute, plus some changes on the wind!

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The necessary dangers of electricity, and whether they're worth it.

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A bizarre and thought-provoking project from the students of Parsons Flesh and Chrome Wearable Technology group.

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Exploring the SpookFun catalog for some fun Halloween hacks!

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Hello, Harto!

Hannah Hart visits the SparkFun kitchen to show us how a proper work lunch is done!

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Talking with Mario the Magician about the magic of embedded electronics!

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In which Pete and Dia travel to Olin College to perform gruesome dissections and help bring to life an army of cyborg critters.

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How to use SparkFun's LilyPad products to incorporate light into your textile projects!

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A look into what has gone well, and what has gone poorly, working on a conductive paint mural.

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21st Century Fashion Kit: Inflation

December 10, 2014

Learn how to use a blower and thin sheet plastic to create designs that change shape and volume!

21st Century Fashion Kit: Electrochromatic Circuits

November 5, 2014

Diana Eng walks you through a magically appearing design made with an thermochromatic pigment.

Humidity-sensing LED Flower

October 28, 2014

How about that humidity? This tutorial shows how to add sensing capability to the 21st Century Fashion Kit's RGB flower project.

Customizing LilyPad LED Colors

May 19, 2014

A short guide to creating a rainbow of new LilyPad LED colors at home!

Quick Illuminated Boxes

December 16, 2013

A quick tutorial to show you how to add LEDs to gift or holiday bags or boxes.

LDK Experiment 5: Make Your Own Switch

October 2, 2013

Learn to create and integrate your own handmade switch into an e-textile circuit.

LDK Experiment 3: Buttons and Switches

October 2, 2013

An introduction to the use of LilyPad buttons and switches.

LDK Experiment 6: Microcontroller Circuits

October 2, 2013

Learn how to build a simple microcontroller circuit using the pre-programmed LilyTiny Board

LDK Experiment 2: Multiple LED Circuits

October 2, 2013

Design both parallel and series e-textile circuits with multiple LEDs!

My Drunk Kitchen Apron

September 5, 2013

A fun project that uses the LilyPad MP3 trigger. This apron will dispense helpful kitchen advice and humor from the host of My Drunk Kitchen, Hannah Harto!

Dungeons and Dragons Dice Gauntlet

August 13, 2013

A playful, geeky tutorial for a leather bracer that uses a LilyPad Arduino, LilyPad accelerometer, and seven segment display to roll virtual 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, and 100 side dice for gaming.

Mario the Magician's Magical Lapel Flower

May 23, 2013

A guest tutorial from the astonishingly talented [Mario the Magician](http://www.mariothemagician.com/). A step-by-step tutorial to put together your own flower with an awesome video demonstration of its use!

LDK Experiment 1: Lighting Up a Basic Circuit

February 7, 2013

The first experiment in the LilyPad Design Kit series. In this exercise, you will learn how a basic e-textiles circuit works, and light up a sewable LED using a coin cell battery holder and conductive thread.

Sewing with Conductive Thread

January 23, 2013

How to use conductive thread with e-textile components.
  • nothing with googly eyes looks like it belongs in the washer, so there’s that sorted out.

    And socks don’t have to be female…that’s ships. You’re thinking of ships.

  • https://40.media.tumblr.com/9d004993d321eadc8519944f81a2c10f/tumblr_mimzzamM6x1rbuhr4o2_500.jpg

  • You know, we never do :( Pete gets all the love!

  • We did mention that it wasn’t true! The name was chosen because it’s an Arduino shield. :)

  • Treadle machines are so cool! I have two at home that aren’t functional (possibly reparable, but outside the scope of my knowledge, and both unwieldy and expensive to get into a shop)- I’ve never had one for everyday use, but I think it would be a wonderful experiment. I’ve never heard so much as a rumor of modern treadle machines, but it’s sort of got to be a thing. I DO know that there’s a strong market for hand-crank machines among the houseboat community. Lehman’s does seem like a really smart place to be looking!

  • I’m sure there are a TON of people who are crazy about their super fancy sewing machines, and there’s a ton of added functionality. I don’t think I’m a luddite on most topics, but cars and sewing machines are two things that I think got a lot easier to break when they added computers :)

    Some of this preference probably DOES stem from my father and grandfather. They were in sewing machine repair back when it was a purely mechanical profession, and that’s where my knowledge base stems from.

  • They’re DEFINITELY not a forever solution, and it’s not for everyone. But if you want a machine that’s pre-set up, comes with a clear instruction manual, has lots of online support, and does the easy tasks you’re likely to use to learn, it can be a cheap solution. But you’re right- the honeymoon phase is fleeting. In addition to bobbin jams, I’ve found them more a LOT more susceptible to timing problems, which are awful. Not something you want to have to pay for repairs on (if it’s a cheap machine), and not something I’d really recommend most beginners fix at home, although self-identified makers are a breed apart, and probably up to the task. :)

  • Of course guys can sew too! My father taught me how to sew. If I stated or implied somewhere that this information was intended only for men, or that they should go ask a woman if they had more questions, point it out and I’ll make some changes.

    I like older machines because I feel like adjustments are easier to make than newer machines. All you’ve got is a top thread and a bobbin thread, and the top thread at least is pretty easy to adjust. Put in a piece of scrap fabric and turn that one knob back and forth until you find the sweet spot. I also (completely anecdotally, so ymmv) feel like I have more trouble with the tension getting out of whack on newer plasticy machines than older metal ones. I 100% agree that if you can buy a used machine that’s been vetted by an expert, that’s definitely better! Sew-and-vac repair shops often have some used machines in great condition to sell as well; they’re just not usually very affordable, because they only bother keeping the really good ones to sell. :)

  • It IS true that the qualifications to be a game designer (what Barbie is working on in the book) and the qualifications to be a computer engineer (what Barbie is supposed to be according to the cover of the book) aren’t actually the same. That is one more of several problems with the book, not an argument against the concomitant problem adressed by this post. There are a number of ways that this book misrepresents technical fields while trying to teach girls about them, and they are all unfortunate.

  • We miss you too! How are we supposed to wait until September?!

HauntX

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supplies for two identical workshops at HauntX

21st Centry Inflatable Project

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The components you'll need to put together an inflatable project

Electrochromatic circuit

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All of the parts you'll need to recreate Diana Eng's Electrochro…

Humidity-sensing flower

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Everything you'll need to make your RGB LED react to ambient hum…

Dragon*Con Swag

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Cool products to demo/distribute at con. List is missing Elastol…

Elastolite Tattoo

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Everything you'll need to recreate the illuminated tattoo projec…

Krampus Stocking Parts

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Everything you'll need to create your own Krampus stocking!

Light-up Favor Boxes

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All you'll need to make 10 illuminated gift boxes on the cheap!

Conductive fabric

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Conductive fabrics and threads suitable for touch screen gloves

50 mini kits

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Tiny demo kits. Extras are to compensate for common part failure…

Cylon Hoodie

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You really only need 23 LEDs, but since they come in packs of 5,…

LDK Experiment 3: Buttons and Switches

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All of the components you'll need to follow along with the third…

LDK Experiment 5: Create your own switch

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All of the components you'll need to complete the fifth LDK expe…

50 ADDITIONAL mini kits

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This will add an additional 50 kits to the order for 50. No addi…

100 additional mini kits

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Add 100 kits to the base order of 50. Extras are to account for …

MFNY Swag

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Just stuff for walking around kits. I can bring other kit suppli…

LDK Experiment 6: Microcontroller Circuits

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Learn how to create an introductory microcontroller circuit that…