Resources for students new to e-textiles/wearables (most of these are available electronically):
The store at makershed.com has many handbooks – some of them are on the older side, but they are a good overview.
- Make: Fabric and Fiber Inventions: Sew, Knit, Print, and Electrify Your Own Designs to Wear, Use, and Play With.
- Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, Prototype, and wear your own interactive garments.
- Make: Getting Started with Sensors.
- Make: Getting Started with the micro:bit.
Leah Buechley and Kanjun Qiu. Sew Electric.
Stitching the Loop is an e-textile curriculum project developed by our colleagues for use in K-12 schools. The full package is available free of charge here. It is a really great way to learn all of the basics about e-textiles.
LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit. If you are new to e-textiles, this is a complete package to help you learn the basics, using Leah Buechley’s LilyPad platform:
You’ll learn how to sew basic circuits to light up LEDs, control them with buttons and switches and even experiment with a pre-programmed LilyMini circuit that reacts to ambient light levels. In addition to LilyPad LEDs and battery holders, the kit comes with two LilyPad ProtoSnap boards that let you explore the circuit before you sew the pieces into a project.
SparkFun has many older guides here. In particular:
- Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits Guide from High-Low Tech Lab. Free download.
- How to use a multimeter.
Getting started with the BBC micro:bit.
Also, remember that Instructables is a fantastic resource. For example, enter “e-textile switch” into the “Let’s Make” search box to see many sample projects.
Not e-textiles, but paper circuits are a fun and easy way to learn about simple circuits.