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May 13, 2015 AT 9:30 am

Animated LED Nyan Cat Embroidery #WearableWednesday

The “knitcore” duo writes:

Happy (super late) wedding present Zach and Sally! Nguyen (aka KnitKnit) and I consider this our first real “Knitcore” project and are crazy happy with how it came out. Since this is an internet meme, we figured the internet also needed a write up on how it was done.

This Nyan Cat was chalked out freehand and then embroidered onto a 24 by 36 inch frame. Nguyen did the hard cat work over a few hours, then I helped fill in the rainbow. I’m not super fast at this and if I worked with more than 3 feet of thread at a time, things got tangled and messy. So for me, each row of the rainbow was about a 6 hour process (not counting distractions from watching The Jinx at the same time).

As for the electronics, almost everything came from Adafruit. Here’s a quick list of the parts:

Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board + 2x2W Amp
Arduino Pro Mini 5V (16Mhz)
LED Sequins (we used 24 of them)
Stereo Enclosed Speaker Set
Standalone 5-Pad Capacitive Touch Sensor
Conductive Thread


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