Ricardo O’Nascimento is a friend from afar, someone I’ve met through the fashion tech scene while blogging about his sensor filled wearables. He recently reached out to let me know about his ugly sweater project. In fact, he was so excited about the results that he thinks he may want to teach a class. His video explains the process in Portuguese, but if you don’t speak the language, he used RGB LEDs that contain a chip to change color, bent their legs and attached them to the sweater with conductive thread.
This is a great process and I fully believe he should be teaching a class. However, my question is whether this qualifies as an ugly sweater? I see a cute holly adorned pullover with colorful pom-poms and well placed LEDs. Even if we want to agree that the design is a bit too cute, there is not the over embellishment of LEDs, sparkle and trinkets. So, I say to you Ricardo, stitch some ridiculous garland on there, double the lights and maybe even add some cotton fluff to the white icing with glitter. Go crazy! Getting truly ugly means taking risks and I know you are up for the challenge. Seriously, have a wonderful Christmas and thanks so much for all the genius you bring to the fashion tech scene. Looking forward to blogging about your projects in the new year. Oh yes, and for those of you who have not discovered conductive thread, it’s the easy way to get a simple circuit on clothing. Take a look at our guide for a Candle Flicker Hair Bow to see how you can combine this amazing thread and simple LEDs. Make your next sweater the ugliest of the bunch and make sure to send us a video!
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