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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition
    Conductive Materials

    Conductive Yarns

    also see: collective purchase, conductive thread

    Bart and Francis

    Bart and Francis now has conductive yarn, 82% merino wool 18% InoX (steel fibre). The content is similar to conductive yarn from plug and wear, but as the main material is wool, one can dye easily with DIY method, or with natural colors. I have just ordered a spool to test, and can get back to you more once I receive it.

    See the details of stretch test of this yarn here >> https://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=7722

    details from their site: “E-Textile Merino cordonnet 150mt = +20gram 150 meter/cone 82% TeXaS extra fine merino 17,8Micron + 18% iNoX rostfree steel alloy 316 filament (3 x 2/48 Nm)”
    link >> https://www.bart-francis.be/index.php?item=e-textile-merino–cordonnet–150mt-_-_20gram–150-meter_cone&action=article&group_id=128&aid=4531&lang=NL

    One note: Bart and Francis has minimum order of 29 Euro (the above yarn costs 5 Euro/cone), and they only ship with DPD to Europe (they do not ship outside of Europe). Make sure that you fulfill their order/shipping requirements when you order.


    >> https://feel-good-yarn-company.myshopify.com/collections/yarns

    Plug and Wear

    Small spool: Nm10/3 conductive yarn small spool
    >> http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=product&cat_id=105&product_id=228

    Large spool: Nm10/3 conductive yarn, 80% polyester 20% stainless steel, light gray, 1 Kg cone, 3333 m (3646 yds)
    >> http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=product&cat_id=105&product_id=213

    Schoeller Wool

    Schoeller (based in Austria) offers some really nice conductive yarns. We have received samples of their Nm %Inox steel fiber and %PET yarns which all have interesting resistive properties that change (decrease) when stretched or pressured. All yarns are great for both hand and machine knitting. We are currently using them to make stretch and pressure sensors as well as crochet potentiometers. Nm 10/3 is a nice thick yarn, their Nm 50/2 yarns are much thinner and have slightly higher resistance and can be torn easily, but when knitted together with another yarn are very stable sensors.

    – Nm 10/3 80% Polyurethane, 20% Inox steel fibre @ Euros 36.00/kg (3,333 metres/kg)
    – Nm 50/2 60% Polyurethane, 40% Inox steel fibre @ Euros 65.00/kg (25,000 metres/kg)
    – Nm 50/2 80% Polyurethane, 20% Inox steel fibre @ Euros 40.25/kg( 25,000 metres/kg)
    – Nm 25/1 100% Inox steel fibre @ Euros 145.00/kg (25,000 metres/kg)

    The minimum order is 300kg but they have offered a 30kg “mini”-minimum order, which comes with a 900 Euro surcharge (that can be redeemed upon later orders).

    The yarns can also be ordered from their UK distributor, but at the same prices as mentioned above. Contact: sales@cedickinson.co.uk

    The following images…
    The cones in these photos are sample cones, so they are smaller than a 1kg cone!

    Nm 10/3 80% Polyurethane, 20% Inox steel fibre

    Nm 50/2 60% Polyurethane, 40% Inox steel fibre

    Nm 50/2 80% Polyurethane, 20% Inox steel fibre

    Nm 25/1 100% Inox steel fibre

    Wera Tech

    Wera is a New Zealand based company that produces conductive yarn that is pretty much identical to the Schoeller yarn. They also use Inox steel fiber, but mixed with Laine instead of Polyester – Nm 20/2 70% Laine, 30% Inox. The other sample i have from them is called Tex 100/2 BL Trial, SH Undyed.
    >> www.weratech.com

    Nm 20/2 70% Laine, 30% Inox

    Tex 100/2 BL Trial, SH Undyed


    Things that can be made from the Schoeller yarns:
    Knit stretch sensors >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1762
    Crochet tilt potentiometer >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1843
    Crochet pressure sensor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1856
    Crochet button >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1927
    Circular knit stretch sensor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2108
    Circular knit Inflation sensor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1996
    Crochet finger sensor >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2149

    16 Comments so far

    1. Making Things Interact Fall 09 on October 1st, 2009

      […] Schoeller Conductive Yarns […]

    2. ashwani on June 19th, 2010

      can we have the address and other details of manufacturer of these kind of yarns.

    3. Plusea on September 9th, 2011

      […] your own >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=2108 Conductive yarns >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1978 Spool knitters and circular knitting machines >> […]

    4. Muneeb Tahir on March 7th, 2012

      I wanted to ask that how do you guys make this yarn?

      I mean do you coat the iron fiber with wool and other fibers.Hence keeping the core conductive and at the same time giving the yarn a nice feel against skin when converted into a fabric?

      I would really appreciate if you guys provide me with this piece of information as soon as possible,you see i am at a very short notice!


    5. Dave on March 29th, 2012

      Can I buy in Canada

    6. betty chou on November 23rd, 2012

      Dear Sir, Do you have any store which I can visit to see your products before I decide which kind to purchase . I am in Los Angeles city, California, USA. Looking forward to hear from you! Thank you in advance! Sincerely yours, Betty

    7. A.Tahan on December 10th, 2012

      Dear Sir
      We are faculty of applied art, Damietta University, EGYPT
      , doing a research with a knitted smart fabric from conductive yarns
      We in need for one kilogram of conductive yarns to be knitted with some electronic circuits.
      What I asking for, please, can we have only one kilogram from that yarns.
      we will pay and arrange to have it from your location if it is China.
      Thank you in advance.

    8. A.Tahan on January 13th, 2013

      Dear sir
      Unfortunatly you did not reply on me positive or negative
      thank you in advance

    9. Joanne on February 12th, 2013

      I am looking to add conductive yarn to our product range. Can you let me know if you sell distributors? We would purchase on cone or tube?

    10. Angel wong on April 18th, 2013

      Our clients is looking to add conductive yarn on the gloves with touch screen finger tips. Since our glove was done by 100% cashmere. Could your conductive yarn can do dye to match with body color?? If so, pls adv the min per color by return. Looking forward to hearing soon. Thank you! Best regardsi/ANGEL

    11. Fiona on July 25th, 2013

      I am interested in finding out the contact details for wera tech in new zealand. Do you have these that you could forward onto me?

      Kind regards,

    12. Paresh Thumar on September 22nd, 2013

      Hello folks.

      we can offer you a wide range of conductive yarn. made with cotton, polyester high tenacity , with aramid and polyamid.

      you can contact for your specific requirement and development.

      it will be our pleasure to serve you.


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    13. Alex on May 14th, 2014

      What is the resistiviry of Shoeller 50/2 pu/inox yarn? Thank you.

    14. […] yarn – copper and bamboo http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1978  […]

    15. Ayomi on February 2nd, 2015

      I am in Sri Lanka .Can I order these yarns?

    16. […] see: conductive yarn conductive threads are usually manufactured for anti-static, electromagnetic shielding, intelligent […]

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