An E-Textiles project by Laura Cooper, a Design and Technology Education undergraduate at Nottingham Trent University.
Electro-Fashion Partsconductive thread, which sews like normal thread but conducts electricity like wire. To light an LED, the conductive thread must be firmly attached to the LED, sewn through the fabric, and connected to a battery. Switches may also be introduced to the E-Textile circuit: LED(s) can be activated by the push of a button, a slide of a switch, a magnetic connection, a gentle tilt, or, even, as darkness is detected. We have developed a wide range of switches and LEDs so that makers have enough scope to explore and enjoy the possibilities of E-Textiles.
A preview of our Sewable Rocket Key Ring Torch TutorialIn addition to supplying the fundamental parts of any E-Textile project, we also offer a selection of online E-Textiles tutorials and resources with step-by-step guidance and cutting pattern templates. These resources cover how to introduce different LEDs and switches to E-Textiles circuits, from the generic slide and push switch to the more intricate metal poppers and zips that can be used to activate and deactivate LEDs.
Electro-Fashion Magnet Activated E-Textiles KitTo make starting off with E-Textiles just that bit easier, we supply a variety of E-Textiles kits. Take our Electro-Fashion Cat Kit for instance, which includes all that you’d need (minus a needle and a pair of scissors) to make a felt, stuffed cat with LED eyes that illuminate as the cat’s right ear is squeezed. Whereas 80% of the items needed to complete the Electro-Fashion Cat are supplied in this kit, our other kits consist of solely component parts. We supply starter and deluxe packs that are backed up with E-Textiles resources. Our Magnet Activated E-Textiles Kit, for example, consists of conductive thread, the magnetic switch and magnet, a coin cell battery and holder, and two LEDs, and is accompanied by our E-Textiles resource: How to use the Magnetic Switch in an E-Textiles Circuit. We also supply component packs for customers looking to buy in bulk: Electro-Fashion Discovery Pack and Electro-Fashion 60 Student Bulk Pack.
Wondering where to start?Why not choose one of the following step-by-step tutorials? Electro-Fashion Deluxe E-Textiles Pack. Electro-Fashion Starter Pack, Standard Cell Holder and Electro-Fashion Starter Pack, Miniature Cell Holder. Electro-Fashion Magnet Activated E-Textiles Kit. Electro-Fashion, LED Flasher Module Kit. Find more here!
- E-Textiles: the Frequently Asked Questions.
- E-Textiles: a Lesson in Electro-Fashion Components.
- E-Textiles Tutorials & Resources.
- E-Textiles Gallery.
- A look behind the scenes of our Electro-Fashion range.
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