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SparkFun’s E-Textile Education Specialist

Making illuminated costume items for late-night Pokémon hunting

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Time to get ready for the next episode of SparkFun Live.

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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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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 Light Sensor Hookup Guide

November 19, 2015

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

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.

LED Butterfly Pop Up Card

August 19, 2015

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

LED Robot Pop Up Card

August 19, 2015

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

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.

E-Textile Art Pin

March 12, 2015

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

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.

Light-Up Valentine Cards

January 27, 2015

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

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!

E-Textile Mask

September 19, 2014

Use LilyPad LEDs, a switched battery holder, and coin cell battery to make a fun light up mask for your next costume party.
  • I have a Silhouette Cameo at my workstation and their software is a lot easier than the CriCut to import vector graphics. You can upgrade the software to enable it to import Adobe Illustrator files directly but there are also some work arounds if you want to use the free version. I cover it briefly in the tutorial.

  • For anyone looking for another LilyPad XBee communicator project, Kate Hartman has a great tutorial on making DIY SuperHero Communicator Cuffs out of felt - http://research.ocadu.ca/socialbody/project/diy-superhero-communicator-cuffs

  • http://www.consumercrafts.com/ usually has them, or try searching on Amazon

  • The best results I’ve seen are a combination of conductive and non-conductive yarn in the stretch sensor. This way the non-conductive yarn acts as an insulator until the stretch happens. It sounds like this is what you’ve created, perhaps the elastic yarn to conductive yarn ratio needs adjusting?

    Are you using the Arduino’s internal pull up resistors? I’ve run into issues where to get a stable reading I ended up hooking up an external pull up resistor. This was in a project with conductive fabric, not yarn, but it may help in your case as well. For the most secure connection, it may be best to stitch directly to the yarn.

    If you want a more prototyping-friendly connection, try using snaps and conductive fabric (Kobakant shows this in their knit accelerometer example - http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=3099). Hope that helps!

  • Here are some resources for folks looking to make sensors out of the yarn –

  • Look for some more projects highlighting Circuit Scribe in the future - I forgot to bring all my experiments to the studio for that particular video shoot. I’ve found it sometimes takes longer than 60 seconds depending on your environmental conditions and amount of ink put down, but is definitely a vast improvement over using conductive paints.

Color Changing Silk Flower Corsage

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

Color Changing Corsage - DIY Version

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

Spring E-Textiles Class

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Materials for SparkFun’s E-Textiles Workshop

DIY LilyPad Potentiometers Option #1

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Materials for soldering 3 potentiometers to 3 LilyPad...

DIY LilyPad Potentiometers Option #2

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Materials for soldering 3 potentiometers to 3 protoboards...

LilyTiny Plush Monster

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Materials recommended for LilyTiny Plush Monster Tutorial....

Light Up Valentine Cards

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

e-Textile Mask

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

e-textile Mask 15 students

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Not included - felt, elastic, and decorative accents

Color Changing Circuit with LilyPad Pixels

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

e21 option 2

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Materials for Monster Project from Sew Electric option #2


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Materials for Monster Project from Sew Electric

CalCon Paper Circuits

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

FIT LilyPad Workshop

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

e-Textile Art Pin

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Felt, fabric, and pin back purchased separately at your...

Costume Hacking Part II

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

Costume Hacking Part I

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

e-Textile Hoodie

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

Pineapple Puppet with MaKey MaKey

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

Mask Workshop for 20 Students

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

Paper Circuit Pin

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Example materials order for paper circuits classroom...

TempleCon 1st Prize

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Gift pack for TempleCon Costume Contest 1st place prize

TempleCon 3rd Prize

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Gift pack for TempleCon Costume Contest 3rd place prize

TempleCon 2nd Prize

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Gift pack for TempleCon Costume Contest 2nd place prize

E-Textiles Workshop: Beginner (50 Student)

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

Color Changing Corsage (DIY Version)

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