See my sweater in action in the above youtube clip.
It took a LOT of persevering, but I was finally successful at adding some “sparkle” to my sweater. This was accomplished by sewing down a programmable micro-controller (an Arduino Floraboard) and LEDS (little light bulbs) using conductive thread to the sweater. I also attached a motion-sensor. I programmed the micro-controller to flicker the lights and to change the colours as the motion-sensor sensed changes in movement and direction.
I mentioned the teaching of Electronic Sewing (E Textiles or Soft Circuits) in Maker Education in an article I wrote for the International Student Parent Magazine: “How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education” I was proud that it was also published in their hard copy magazine this past Autumn. 🙂
Above: I put my neopixels (the LED lights) through the “strand test”. It cycles through all the colour possibilities and blink patterns.
I love the tactile sensation of sewing and working with fabric. It is an extraordinary feeling having my two worlds of sewing and technology collide like this. I feel really chuffed—like I’m on the cutting edge of my art!
I’m looking forward to another year exploring ways to teach computer programming through the Arts and especially through Music and Textiles.
Hoping to add a lot more sparkle to my life and to others!