Example Projects

Circuits and Code Wireless

Meet the Materials
Conductive Materials
Non-Conductive Materials
Thinking Out Loud
  • Button Lights
  • Critical Critters
  • Crochet LED Throwie
  • electromagnetic velcro
  • Fabric Flipdot with H-Bridge
  • Fabric LED Strip
  • Fabric Speaker Swatch Example
  • Fabric Speakers
  • Fiber Optic Poetry
  • Flapping Wing Swatch Example
  • Flapping Wings
  • Flip-Dot Fabric
  • Flip-Dot Swatch Example
  • Heating with Eeonyx Test
  • Igne Oyasi Motor
  • Jumping in a Ring
  • Knit Speakers
  • LED Solutions
  • Lulu Bee
  • Lulu Bumblebee
  • Lulu Protoboard
  • Magnetic Fur
  • Motor on a String
  • Moving Fabric Petals
  • Neoprene Motor Pouch
  • Overview: Electromagnetic Actuators
  • Paper Lazer Projector
  • Playing with Sideglow Optic-Fiber
  • Serpentine LED Strip
  • Sewable Surface Mount LEDs
  • Nitinol/Shape Memory Alloy
  • Shape Memory Alloy connection
  • Shape Memory Alloy Training
  • SMA Smocking
  • SMA Smocking Swatch Example
  • Speaker Solutions
  • Vibe Modules
  • woven heat fabric for thermochromic prints
  • Woven Speaker
  • Support the creation of content on this website through PATREON!
  • About
  • E-Textile Events
  • E-Textile Spaces
  • Newsletter
  • Print & Publications
  • E-Textile Shopping

    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

    Fabric LED Strip

    This is a super simple fabric LED strip with 25 LEDs, LiPo battery power and an on/off switch.

    Materials and Parts:

    – non-synthetic base material such as cotton or silk (better for soldering on!)
    – solderable conductive thread from Karl-Grimm:
    >> https://www.etsy.com/listing/114198338/solderable-conductive-thread-thinner?ref=shop_home_active
    – Tiny SMD LEDs:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11249
    – LiPo battery:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10718
    – LiPo socket with switch:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10085
    – 10 Ohm resistor


    – Using a sewing machine, sew two parallel lines of the solderable conductive thread to the fabric by zig-zaging over them with a regular (non-sythetic) thread.
    – Solder on the LEDs.
    – Cut the conductive thread on one of the leads and insert the 10 Ohm resistor.
    – Sew and solder the LilyPower module.
    – Plug the battery and turn on.
    – Use stuffing or padding with translucent gauze fabric to diffuse the light if desired.

    1 Comment so far

    1. […] Fabric LED strip on Kobakant: […]

    Leave a comment