Everyone has a reason why they can’t start a soft circuits project . . .
“I’ve never done anything with electronics!”
“I don’t know how to sew!”
“Programming is too difficult!”
Starting with a skill you have and learning something new to combine with it is creative and rewarding. Expand your vision of what types of things you make, and create something useful or to show your friends.
If you are a quilter, add illumination with LEDs to a quilted wall hanging.
If you like to program robots, consider programming a Halloween or cosplay costume.
If you build circuits with breadboards and wires, perhaps for controlling lights or sounds, try a circuit with conductive thread to control lights on a skirt or a tie.
Circuits, Sewing and Code
Wearables are becoming more popular, and by adding a skill or two to what you already have, you can create your own. You may hear them referred to as soft circuits, e-Textiles, or a fabric-based wearables – in any case here are 10 reasons why you CAN do it!
- 1. Electronics can be as simple as a battery and an LED. A power source, a path, and few components are all it takes to get started.
- 2. LEDs are cheap
- 3. You can build a circuit without learning to solder.
- 4. You don’t need a sewing machine. Projects can be done with hand sewing.
- 5. No fancy embroidery stitching needed – just your basic running stitch.
- 6. The fabric you choose can reflect your own style in it’s color and pattern.
- 7. You can get started with projects that need no programming at all.
- 8. Sample programs are already written and available for many projects you’ll find online.
- 9. Admit it, you’ve been wanting a reason to learn programming anyway.
- 10. You are creative and would love to wear something that causes people to say, “Wow, did you make that?”