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E-Textiles and Wearables Tutorials & Resources

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This Kitronik University resource is for anyone interested in E-Textiles and wearables. For those who don't know what electronic textiles are we cover all of the basics including elementary circuit design, and basic do's and don'ts when using conductive thread. If you're looking for something more advanced we have a range of tutorials for many of our Electro-Fashion components including our Igloo, PICAXE wearable module.

Contents:

Introduction

If you're new to e-textiles and wearables we recommend you start here. You'll learn about the various components we have available in our very own Electro-Fashion range, how it all works, and we'll show you how to sew a basic circuit.

Getting started with e-textiles

When you're ready to start sewing we recommend you start with our getting started guides. We'll cover basics such as choosing and threading a needle, starting and finishing stitches, as well as looking at LEDs and switches.

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The basics

Making custom components

One big advantage of soft circuits is the wide range of ways you can incorporate regular fabrics and textiles to create custom components. In this section we give you some ideas to get you started.

Programmable modules

As well as our own programmable Igloo board, we'll also teach you about the BBC micro:bit and the role it plays in wearable technology.

Igloo: The PICAXE wearable module

Our programmable Igloo board is our first wearable module. Using a PICAXE chip you can program the Igloo to control inputs and outputs, and much more.

BBC micro:bit

If you're new to the BBC micro:bit then start here, we'll explain what it is and how to use it.

E-Textiles Project Tutorials

Ready for a project but not sure where to start? Our huge range of complete step by step project tutorials take you through the process from start to finish.

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Easy

These beginner E-Textiles tutorials are great for people with little or no experience in textiles or electronic circuits. The circuits are simple enough to reproduce and yet still allow you to add some bling to your own textiles project.

Intermediate

These tutorials assume some existing textiles skills, and an understanding of how electronic circuits work. They introduce concepts such as novel ways to include a switch within a circuit, and hacking existing products to add some sparkle!

Advanced

Coming soon.

Seasonal

These tutorials are great for seasonal projects and many include free templates.

Further inspiration

We've gathered some examples of our customers work, along with some project ideas from other sources such as Nottingham Trent University into a further section. Although not tutorials these can be a great place to find some extra inspiration.

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