Creating the electric circuits was easier than I had first thought. It was relatively easy to follow the instructions I got from the workshop. Drawing the circuits to my pattern in Photoshop before stitching also helped a lot, it was easier to follow the (+) and (-) threads using visual guidance. The only problem within working with the electronics was the amount of the loose thread ends — I stitched all the circuit lines first and attached the LEDs and the coin cell holders after that and it was a bit difficult to keep the threads apart from tangling to each other (using some tape also helped with that). Working with the LEDs and the coin cell holders in the small space inside the canvas frame was a bit difficult, at some points I needed to use small pliers to move the needle.
Needlepoint Robo is my embroidery project for e-embroidery workshop organized by Pixelversity, held at Pixelversity office at Helsinki Cable Factory on 17.-18.3.2012. The workshop explored the cossovers of traditional embroidery and electronics, combining crafting traditions with open design and DIWO (Do It With Others) attitude.
As an experienced crafter (actually I’m not that experienced in embroidering, I’m more into knitting and crocheting, but in general I’ve done a lot of handcraft projects and tried different techniques) I became interested in the workshop right away when I had read about it in the Helsinki New Media Locomotive blog. Crafting with electronics was something I had never done, my experiences with wires and electric circuits were limited to physics assignments in the middle school, so there was also something new I could learn.
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