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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

    Tinkering with Textiles & Electronics

    Saturday 13 April 2013, 1-6pm, Betahaus, Berlin
    Friday 26 April 2013, 11:30am-4pm, Betahaus, Berlin as part of the General Assembly Artisan Weekend

    This workshops combines textile crafts, new materials and electronics to build interactive fabrics. Participants will be introduced to a range of conductive fabrics and threads as well as a selection of electronic components that include LED lights and vibration motors. You will lean how to make a variety of textile sensors and connect these to an LED light or a vibration motor, using the varying resistance of the sensor to dim and brighten the light or vary the vibration intensity of the motor.

    * No prior knowledge or experience with textiles or electronics necessary
    * Come prepared to experiment and learn
    * Bring any of your own materials and tools that you might want to incorporate in this process

    Time and Date: Saturday 13 April 2013, 1-6pm (5 hours)
    Location: Betahaus, Berlin
    Max participants: 8
    Cost per participant: 47 Euro
    Sign-up: on Gidsy
    Time and Date: Friday 26 April 2013, 11:30am – 4pm (4 1/2 hours)
    Location: Betahaus, Berlin
    Max participants: 8
    Cost per participant: 47 Euro
    Sign-up: on Eventbrite


    >> Download booklet PDF (single-sided for screen viewing)
    >> Download booklet PDF (double-sided for print)

    Participants Tinkering

    Tinkering with textiles and electronics

    Workshop Content

    Examples of things you can build in this workshop include:
    >> Fabric Button
    >> Beaded Tilt Sensor
    >> Stitched Stroke Sensor
    >> Knit Stretch Sensor
    >> Embroidered Potentiometer
    >> Pompom Squeeze Sensor
    >> Neoprene Bend Sensor
    >> Embroidered Speaker
    >> and many more…

    This video shows demos of some of the above listed examples:


    Segor (Berlin) >> http://www.segor.de/
    Tinkersoup (Berlin) >> http://www.tinkersoup.de/
    Plug and Wear >> http://www.plugandwear.com
    RS Elektronik >> http://de.rs-online.com
    Eibtron >> http://www.eibtron.com/
    Conrad >> http://www.conrad.de/ce/
    Sparkfun >> https://www.sparkfun.com/

    Cost Breakdown

    2 Euro – choice of:
    – three surface mount LEDs:
    >> http://de.rs-online.com/web/p/leds-sichtbares-licht/6545464P/
    – one surface mount RGB LED:
    >> http://de.rs-online.com/web/p/leds-sichtbares-licht/7692996/
    >> http://www.eibtron.com/epages/eibtron.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/eibtron/Products/713-4989
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10866
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10820
    – one vibration motor:
    >> http://dx.com/p/1027-flat-vibrating-vibration-motor-silver-5-pcs-154245
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8449
    >> http://www.precisionmicrodrives.com/vibrating-vibrator-vibration-motors/vibration-motor-ranges/dura-vibe-range
    2 Euro – 3V coin cell battery:
    >> https://www.amazon.de/
    0.50 Euro – Through-hole LED:
    >> http://nl.rs-online.com/web/p/visible-leds/7269278/
    2 Euro – Sewable conductive thread from Shieldex:
    >> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8549
    2 Euro – Solderable conductive thread from Karl-Grimm:
    >> http://www.karl-grimm.com/navi.swf
    1 Euro – Resistive thread from LessEMF:
    >> http://lessemf.com/fabric.html
    2 Euro – Resistive yarn from Plug and Wear:
    >> http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=product&cat_id=105&product_id=228
    5 Euro – Selection of conductive fabrics from LessEMF:
    >> http://lessemf.com/fabric.html
    1 Euro – Velostat:
    >> http://www.plugandwear.com/default.asp?mod=product&cat_id=89,104&product_id=136, http://lessemf.com/plastic.html
    0.50 Euro – Neoprene:
    >> http://sedochemicals.de/
    1 Euro – Selection of regular fabrics and threads
    0.50 Euro – Metal bead
    0.50 Euro – Fusible interfacing
    1 Euro – Printed booklet
    7.50 Euro – Workshop fee
    Subtotal = 28.50 Euro + 40% betahaus charge + 10% Gidsy fee = 47 Euro

    Additional materials supplied in workshop

    – Fabric scraps
    – Thread
    – Wool
    – Embroidery yarn
    – Beads
    – Stuffing


    – Sewing needles
    – Scissors
    – Alligator clips
    – Iron and board
    – Soldering iron
    – Knitting machine
    – Knitting needles
    – Crochet hooks
    – Coloured pens and paper
    (- Felting needles)
    (- Sewing machine)

    11 Comments so far

    1. martin sasse on March 3rd, 2013

      I would like to participate in your worshop in berlin at the 13 th April.
      Is this stil possible?
      Martin Sasse, Bremen

    2. admin on March 3rd, 2013

      hi martin, as soon as the workshop is confirmed by betahaus and is listed in their sign-up system i will post a link to it from this page. should be soonish. but have also reserved a spot for you on my own list.

    3. Bettina on March 5th, 2013

      Hi H&M, this sound exciting. I just send you an email that I would like to take part as well.
      Many thx for consideration, Bettina

    4. admin on March 5th, 2013

      Sign-up for the workshop is now open on Gidsy:
      >> https://gidsy.com/activities/berlin/13563/diy-workshop-textiles-electronics/

    5. martin sasse on March 5th, 2013

      Thank you,
      the is under construction, I will wait to see when works or I will contact you soon again.

    6. martin sasse on March 5th, 2013

      it is working, I did my booking

    7. Henk Petter on March 16th, 2013


      We just fond out about the workshop. But sadly for us, it is fully booked by now. Will the workshop be organised again in the future?

      Kind regards
      Henk and Monica Petter

    8. admin on March 16th, 2013

      yes, this workshop should be happening again soon. not sure when exactly. but will post when it is public.

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