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Gella

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Product Manager, Education/Core. SparkFun’s E-Textile Education Specialist.

A few SparkFun folks will be heading to Maker Faire Bay Area!

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Angela installs some custom infinity mirrors in novelty heart-themed shoes for Valentine's fun.

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If your resolutions include doing more crafts (and the winter weather is perfect for it), we've got a brand-new LilyPad product in a sparkling new kit just for you.

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Here are some ideas and downloadable designs to get you inspired this Halloween season.

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Making illuminated costume items for late-night Pokémon hunting

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Angela from the Education Department visited F.I.T's Digital Spa Maker Camp to present a workshop on LilyPad and e-textiles.

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Here are a few tips for creating your e-textiles workshop and activities.

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Adapting LilyPad Development Board Projects to the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus

May 24, 2018

An overview of the updates made in the redesign of the LilyPad Development Board to the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus and how to adapt code written for the old board to the new one.

LilyPad Tri-Color LED Hookup Guide

April 20, 2018

Learn how to hook up the LilyPad Tri-Color LED and use a common cathode RGB LED in e-textile projects.

LilyPad Temperature Sensor Hookup Guide

January 23, 2018

How to hook up the LilyPad Temperature Sensor as well as some project ideas and example code.

LilyPad Development Board Activity Guide

December 7, 2017

Learn how to program in Arduino with the LilyPad Development Board. This guide includes 11 example activities that use the pre-wired LilyPad boards on the LilyPad Development Board.

LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus Activity Guide

December 7, 2017

Learn how to program in Arduino with the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus. This guide includes 10 example activities that use the pre-wired LilyPad boards on the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus.

LilyPad E-Sewing ProtoSnap Hookup Guide

December 7, 2017

Explore the LilyPad E-Sewing ProtoSnap and learn how to build it into a project.

Getting Started with LilyPad

October 27, 2017

An introduction to the LilyPad ecosystem - a set of sewable electronic pieces designed to help you build soft, sewable, interactive e-textile projects.

LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus Hookup Guide

October 5, 2017

The LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus is a sewable electronics prototyping board that you can use to learn circuits and programming with Arduino, then break apart to make an interactive fabric or wearable project.

LilyMini ProtoSnap Hookup Guide

December 17, 2016

Explore the LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap and learn how to use it.

Powering LilyPad LED Projects

December 17, 2016

Learn how to calculate how many LEDs your LilyPad project can power and how long it will last.

LilyPad Basics: E-Sewing

December 17, 2016

Learn how to use conductive thread with LilyPad components.

Night-Light Pennant with LilyMini ProtoSnap

December 16, 2016

Use the pre-programmed LilyMini ProtoSnap to make an interactive pennant that reacts to ambient light levels.

Light-Up Plush

December 16, 2016

Craft a light-up plush with LilyPad LEDs controlled by pressing a button and sliding a switch in the creature's hands.

Illuminated Mask

December 16, 2016

Use LilyPad LEDs, a switched battery holder, and coin cell battery to make a fun light up mask for your next costume party.

Glowing Pin

December 16, 2016

Create a quick and easy piece of e-textile art using a LilyPad LED, battery holder, conductive thread, and coin cell battery.

Pokémon Go Patches with EL Panels

August 3, 2016

Add a cloth stencil over EL panels to create glowing logos and designs.

Paper Circuit Pin

April 11, 2016

This quick craft project shows you how to create a circuit using copper tape instead of wire to light up an LED and make a wearable piece of e-craft art.

LilyPad Buzzer Hookup Guide

November 19, 2015

How to hook up the LilyPad Buzzer and make sound with code.

Choosing a LilyPad Arduino for Your Project

October 27, 2015

Not sure which LilyPad Arduino is right for you? We'll discuss the features of each and help you decide.

Light Up Pennant with E-Textiles

September 17, 2015

Show your school spirit, geek pride, or fandom with a light up pennant using the LilyTwinkle or LilyPad Arduino.

LilyPad Pixel Board Hookup Guide

September 16, 2015

Add changing colors to your wearable projects using LilyPad Pixel Boards.

LED Robot Pop Up Card

August 19, 2015

Craft a paper circuit pop up card with a cycling RGB LED, battery, and copper tape.

LED Butterfly Pop Up Card

August 19, 2015

Craft an illuminated butterfly pop up card with copper tape, two LEDs, and a battery.

Planning a Wearable Electronics Project

August 13, 2015

Tips and tricks for brainstorming and creating a wearables project.

The Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits

May 22, 2015

Let's take a look at different materials we can use to combine paper crafting and electronics.

Light Up Silk Flower Corsage

April 20, 2015

Combine a silk flower with a built-in RGB LED and some LilyPad Switches to create a customizable accessory.

Light-Up Valentine Cards

January 27, 2015

Light up your love with paper circuits - no soldering required!

LilyTiny Plush Monster

January 27, 2015

Craft a stuffed monster while exploring the LilyTiny preprogrammed microcontroller. This is a project based on the Plush Monster Activity created at MIT's High-Low Tech Lab by Emily Lovell, Jie Qi, and Natalie Freed.

Insulation Techniques for e-Textiles

January 22, 2015

Learn a few different ways to protect your conductive thread and LilyPad components in your next wearables project.

Let It Glow Holiday Cards

November 20, 2014

Craft a glowing card for friends and family this holiday season with paper circuits - no soldering required!

Twinkling Trick or Treat Bag

October 2, 2014

Make a light up goodie bag with conductive thread, LEDs, and the LilyTwinkle!

LilyPad Development Board Hookup Guide

July 28, 2011

The LilyPad Development Board is a sewable electronics prototyping board that you can use to learn circuits and programming with Arduino, then break apart to make an interactive fabric or wearable project.
  • This tutorial was created to go with our hand-sewn project kits, but I’ll update the tutorial to reflect sewing machine considerations and possibly do a dedicated tutorial on those techniques. Like any thread, they technically can go in a sewing machine but can have varying degrees of success depending on your machine and tension settings. The bobbin that the thread comes on is not compatible with every machine, but can be rewound on other bobbins. I recommend using it in the bobbin to begin with.

    Here are some resources on machine sewing with conductive thread: http://www.instructables.com/id/Selection-Guide-of-Conductive-Thread-for-Machine-S/ http://www.instructables.com/id/eTextiles-Sewing-Machines-and-Conductive-Thread/

  • One option for protecting the battery is covering with felt. Feldi left the battery holder exposed for demonstration, but in use it is best to protect any exposed components from shorts as you pointed out. You can see a demonstration of this in my tilt sensor project. The conductive thread is also insulated with flexible fabric glue for added protection.

    Tilt Sensor

  • When I was prototyping the small heart mirrors I thought they would be fun a little larger and with thinner mirrors to make a statement necklace. I’ll write up a tutorial and release the files for others to DIY if I end up building them.

  • Hi, glad you enjoyed the session! I was using our introductory activity from the LilyPad Sewable Electronics Guide. You can find a full pdf of the guide and the individual activities as online resources here. If you’d like to recreate the teaching demo I use I wrote a blog post on it for SparkFun Education. We also just hosted a webinar talking through the project I demonstrated and some troubleshooting tips for instructors, you can view the archived video on youtube.

  • For soldering close to polyester I typically use a barrier material (currently a stainless steel spatula) between the fabric and the parts to be soldered while I’m working and it protects the fabric from any mistakes with the iron or heat transfer. It’s a good idea to put something between any fabric and your parts while soldering to avoid accidental burn marks in addition to melting.

  • Not to worry, there are quite a few cat people here in the office! Just not as many cat visitors, cause they aren’t as well behaved as our dogs :). I was lucky to adopt a cat who was chill enough to hang out in my desk while I worked. See another example of my ‘desk cat’ here.

  • This project reminds me of Shannon Henry’s Sewing Electrified Kits which used constellation patterns and 3mm LEDs (also an option if you like to add a 3D element to your embroidery) - http://www.polymathdesignlab.com/etextiles/sewing-electrified alt text

    Another option if you decide to display permanently is to swap out the LilyPad Coin Cell Holder for a LilyPad Simple Power attached to a Wall Adapter - this will provide constant power and avoid having to replace batteries when they run out.

    The sky’s the limit with celestial-inspired embroidery projects, I’d love to see some that everyone creates!

  • To make this more comfortable to wear and hide the battery and boards, you can add a small panel of felt slightly wider than the band at the top center to serve as a base. Extend the wires from the strip so they will reach back up the band (hot glue underneath to hide them) and then attach the board and batteries there, then cover with extra pom poms. This will also ease weigh distribution so it doesn’t slide to one side. I suggest using velcro or elastic to temporarily attach the battery (and to make it easier to remove for replacement in case of damage or for easier charging) - applying heat to any LiPo is not recommended.

  • To make this more comfortable to wear and hide the battery and boards, you can add a small panel of felt slightly wider than the band at the top center to serve as a base. Extend the wires from the strip so they will reach back up the band (hot glue underneath to hide them) and then attach the board and batteries there, then cover with extra pom poms. This will also ease weigh distribution so it doesn’t slide to one side. I suggest using velcro or elastic to temporarily attach the battery (and to make it easier to remove for replacement in case of damage or for easier charging) - applying heat to any LiPo is not recommended.

  • Here are some techniques for insulating the thread if you are building onto something that may bend/flex a lot and potentially short out the thread connecting the LEDs - https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/insulation-techniques-for-e-textiles.

LilyPad Pennant

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Materials to follow along with...

LilyTiny Pennant

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Materials for following along with...

Sew Electric: Beginner's Kit

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This kit includes all of the electronic supplies you’ll...

Color Changing Corsage (DIY Version)

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Here are the electronics needed to build an alternative...

E-Textiles Workshop: Beginner (50 Student)

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  • Materials for workshop with (1) battery holder, (1) coin...

TempleCon 2nd Prize

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Gift pack for TempleCon Costume Contest 2nd place prize

TempleCon 3rd Prize

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Gift pack for TempleCon Costume Contest 3rd place prize

TempleCon 1st Prize

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Gift pack for TempleCon Costume Contest 1st place prize

Mask Workshop for 20 Students

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Materials for creating e-textile masks with a group of 20...

Pineapple Puppet with MaKey MaKey

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Combine a MaKey MaKey with e-textiles to create a plush...

e-Textile Hoodie

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Materials to add to a hoodie for a blinking light pattern...

Costume Hacking Part I

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Materials we’ll be using during the Costume Hacking class....

Costume Hacking Part II

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Materials we’ll be using during the Costume Hacking class....

FIT LilyPad Workshop

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Materials used during a workshop at Fashion Institute of...

CalCon Paper Circuits

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Parts to make 300 kits (we already have 50 batteries and 241...

e21

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Materials for Monster Project from Sew Electric

e21 option 2

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Materials for Monster Project from Sew Electric option #2

Color Changing Circuit with LilyPad Pixels

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Experiment with color mixing using a LilyPad Arduino Simple...

e-textile Mask 15 students

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Not included - felt, elastic, and decorative accents

Light Up Valentine Cards

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Materials to make (1) light up Valentine Card. You will also...

DIY LilyPad Potentiometers Option #2

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Materials for soldering 3 potentiometers to 3 protoboards...

DIY LilyPad Potentiometers Option #1

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Materials for soldering 3 potentiometers to 3 LilyPad...

Spring E-Textiles Class

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Materials for SparkFun’s E-Textiles Workshop

Color Changing Corsage - DIY Version

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Here are the electronics needed to build an alternative...

Color Changing Silk Flower Corsage

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Here are the electronics needed for the Color Changing Silk...

LilyTiny Plush Monster

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Materials recommended for LilyTiny Plush Monster Tutorial....

Glowing Pin

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All the electronics you will need to make a glowing pin!...

Light-Up Plush

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All the electronics you will need to make a light-up plush!...

Illuminated Mask

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All the electronics you will need to make an e-textile mask!...

Night-Light Pennant with LilyMini ProtoSnap

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All the electronics you will need to make a night-light...

Paper Circuit Pin

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Example materials order for paper circuits classroom...