Direction(s) for the project

I started to think about what I found interesting to research and explore within this project. I begin with looking at the various properties of wool (link) to get some kind of direction / idea.

I found the elastic / flexiable & lightweigthed property of wool the most interesting. Due this property I can use this material for creating something dynamic (that moves).
Movement (shape memory wire -> using nitinol to create movement)



Folding technique; how can I make folds in a fabric /textile?

I was wondering if I could make something that could change shape using origami. When the shape is changing more or less holes will be created -> play with light / shadow or temperature regulation.


Rachel Philpott 

Jacroki Bodice

Diana Roxana Osan

“Origami” fashion

Winde Rienstra 43
Winde Rienstra

Charlotte Wessels



Integrating light into knitting/crochet

I find knitting an interesting method to use since you can create a lot of different patterns (using only two stitches). When you knit something and strech the pattern you can create some small gaps. If you put light under or between your pattern and strech it the light that will shine through the pattern will change; more or less light will shine through. Also it could be interesting to combine this with movement. I think that when you can make your fabric move (for example using nitinol) different light patterns could be created; you can play with shadows (light /dark).

- Fibreoptic
- EL wire
- Leds

LED’s in textile by Charlotte ‘t Hart

DIY LED Carpet-Light

DIY LED Carpet-Light
LED carpet-light by Johanna Hyrkas

Hydra Lamp by Rachel Braff
Fay McCaul


Conductive Wool / Thread, EL Wire & Others

Conductive Wool / Felt

Conductive wool (steel wool) will make a good touch and/or pressure sensor when you felt it.
Instructions on how to felt conductive wool ->


Conductive Thread

I have ordered conductive thread at Floris. This is 4-ply conductive thread which you can use for you e-textile project since it can carry current for power and signals.

- Connect fibers with conductive thread / Attaching conductive thread to fabric
- How to use machine embroidery to cover conductive thread
- Information on sewing machines and conductive thread
- Making conductive felt using conductive fiber / thread

- Using beads to cover up the thread ->
- Capacity sensor using conductive thread ->
- Handweave with conductive thread ->
- Conductive spinning ->
- Conductive vine ->


EL Wire

EL (Electroluminescent wire) is ‘stiff’ wire core coated with phosphor and covered with a protective PVC sheath. If you apply an AC signal / current to the wire it glows (aqua color). The wire can also be covered with a colored plastic shell to make it appear another color. This wire is bendable, cold (generates no head) and keeps its shape. They are less bright as LEDs in contrary they use a lot less of power. Note: EL wire is capacitive and cannot be PWM’ed or dimmed easily (unless you adjust voltage/frequency of the inventer).



Tutorials / Projects regarding E-Textiles

Tutorials = or
Projects =

Inspiration for my own project
- LED’s in textile by Charlotte ‘t Hart

- Temperature sensing coffee / tea sleeve -> using temperature sensor to detect the temperature of you drink using color feedback.

- Color changing textile using conductive thread and thermochromatic ink.

- Moving fabric using shape memory wire (nitinol).

- Project using a pressure sensor that used conductive thread

- Bag that remembers what you put in using RFID



Projects, Resources & Sensors (Information)

I found a website on the internet that could be a source of inspiration and it gives an overview of different materials / tools you can use (and were to buy) if you are working with wearable technology.

The site documents the range of wearable technology and soft circuit solutions that we have developed for our own practice since 2007. Many interesting techniques and possibilities never make it into a finished project. We wanted to share these as well as explore their possible use towards future ideas. The site also contains collections of material and tool resources and example projects that explain the integration of individual solutions for smaller projects, aimed at showcasing what is possible and how it is possible.

Some project I found on this website were:
- Fabric Joypad = joypad made from four conductive thread pressure sensors.
- Aluminum Foil Tilt sensor = how to construct a ‘textile’ flexible tilt sensor.
- Neoprene LED light pouch = works with two AAA batteries.
- Stretch Sensitive Bracelet = LED goes on when you stretch the bracelet.

This member called ‘Plusea’ on Instructables has a bunch of wearable projects (also the projects I mentioned before are from this member) ->

Using conductive thread / wool to make sensors

- Knit stretch sensor = &
(tip =
- Crochet tilt sensing and potentiometer =
- Crochet button =
- Crochet / knit squeeze sensor =
- Knit accelorometer =
- Knit contact switch =

Information of how to connect conductive materials -> the hard/soft connection =

For most of these projects you need Conductive Thread so I need to see if I can buy some of this thread (or conductive wool) to experiment with and try out some of these sensors.

Visit to the Textile Museum & Lab (Tilburg)

Last tuesday we visited the textile museum and lab in Tilburg.
The TextielLab at the TextielMuseum is a unique knowledge institution that is a mixture of an enterprise highly specialised in the manufacturing of exceptionally knitted and woven fabrics and an open studio in which experimentation takes centre stage. Artists, promising students and international (fashion) designers receive guidance from product developers and discover the endless possibilities in the field of materials and computer-driven, decorative and manual techniques.

At the lab we could see seven different techniques;
• Embroidery
• Knitting
• Lasering
• Printing
• Tufting
• Dyeing
• Weaving

(Photo credits: me and Marieke Mertens)

We could see the various techniques which are used to developed textiles. We observed the yarns, machines and the design that were created. This helped in getting a better understand the different processes and possibilities.

This trip has helped me in gaining some inspiration and in which direction(s) I can go during this project. I made a moodboard of the design/things that I found interesting. At this moment I am mostly intrested in working with knitting techniques.



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