LilyPad Embroidery

LilyPad Embroidery: A Tribute to Leah Buechley

Floss, electronics, conductive thread, custom software

I’ve been working with Leah Buechley’s LilyPad Arduino, and in true embroidery sampler fashion, have composed this circuit to see what I could do. The embroidery uses traditional floss and techniques mixed with lights and sounds generated by the onboard software. The amount of light sensed by the sensor changes the speed and pitch of the lights and sounds generated. Move your shadow or hand over it to experience the changes.

A video:

LIlypad Embroidery

Lilypad Embroidery

More photos are available on Flickr.

Body-Technology Interfaces

Laptop Compubody Sock for privacy, warmth, and concentration in public spaces
Knitted wool, laptop computer

The Laptop Compubody Sock is a one-of-a-kind hand-knit sculpture. It is not a commercial product for sale.

Learn to make your own on Instructables.

See more pictures on Flickr.

Cell Phone Ski Mask Interface

Cell Phone Ski Mask

Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich

Ski Mask for Eating a Sandwich

Body-Technology Interfaces

Keyboard Interface for Computer Programming

Press: Featured on Engadget, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and Regretsy.


New Publications at CHI

I recently had two short papers published at the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI) in Florence, Italy. My colleague Lisa Tolentino went to present our poster on the Sensor Squid Relation Game. One paper focused more on the squid, entitled Sharing the Squid: Tangible Workplace Collaboration (download PDF) and the other focused more on the game and overarching situation, entitled Creativity Interventions: Physical-Digital Activities for Promoting Group Creativity (download PDF). Above is a picture of Lisa talking about the project at the conference. Photos by fellow attendee Ryan Spicer.

Skeleton Cardigan

Published as a two part CRAFT video podcast

Part 1: use photoshop to make a gridded knitting pattern

Part 2: use a combination of intarsia and stranded knitting to make the back panel

Skeleton Cardigan – CRAFT Pattern Podcast – Link.
Skeleton Cardigan Part 1 – CRAFT Video Podcast – Link.
Skeleton Cardigan Part 2 – CRAFT Video Podcast – Link.

Sweater pattern based on Mrs. Darcy Knit Cardigan Pattern – Link.


From Hobby to Business: A Crafting Panel

I’ll be sitting on a panel discussion about turning your craft hobby into a business at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ on March 14th. Description from the site:

Join “Crafty Chica” Kathy Cano Murillo and a panel of professional crafters for a discussion on turning your creative hobby into a profitable business. Panelists include Linda Young from Art Unraveled, Craft magazine’s Becky Stern, and Laboratory 5’s Cyndi Coon, whose line of handmade greeting cards recently launched nationally. Moderator Kathy Murillo is a syndicated columnist who appears regularly on the DIY Network. She has a line of wallpaper borders and accessories available at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, and her Crafty Chica product line is set to be released in stores in spring 2008. Her latest book is Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life.

The talk will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. More info at the Changing Hands website – Link.

UPDATE: My travel plans have been tossed like a salad, and I won’t be making it to speak at this panel. But you should go anyway!

CRAFT Issue 6 Release Party in NYC


Michelle Kempner and I are hosting a party for the release of issue 6 of CRAFT Magazine, for which we both write. Details:

VENUE: Make Workshop

195 Christie St., Suite 502

(btw Stanton & Rivington)

New York, NY

PH: 212-533-9995

DATE: Sunday, March 9

TIME: 12-4pm

We’ll have materials there for you to make the plush felt monsters on the cover of the issue, plus door prizes and snacks. If you’re in LA, Milwaukee, Portland, Chicago, or Atlanta, there’s a party for you, too. More info at the CRAFT blog – Link.

Sensor Squid

Sensor Squid Relation Game, by Rebecca Stern and Lisa Tolentino in the Arts, Media and Engineering Program at ASU, 2008

The Reflective Living Group in AME is currently developing a tangible mediated environment designed to facilitate the growth of group creativity between colleagues in a transdisciplinary research workplace. Our initial work in developing playful mediated work environments contributes to a framework for constructing “creativity interventions,” some of the goals of which are to (1) stimulate constructive discourse, (2) strengthen social bonds, and (3) enhance creative output in diverse communities of IT practitioners. Through our multi-user tangible interface in the form of a plush sensor-enabled squid, participants can share media resources and collaborate in a playful and inviting setting.


TV-B-Gone Tampon Case

It still holds tampons!

I just got a new Adafruit Industries TV-B-Gone v1.1 kit (Thanks, Limor!) over the holidays, and decided to embed it into my tampon case. I never needed to carry around that many tampons, anyway! It still holds two, plus the electronics. I pulled out the switch on the PCB to the outside of the case so it can easily be activated while holding it, but also by items on a table! I find one of the most useful places for the TV-B-Gone is in restaurants. The button points slightly downward, so you can slyly press it by moving it up against something on the table, like your wine glass, flatware, etc. TVs don’t always bother me, but now I can turn them off during my most irritable time of the month. I made a Flickr set of the construction.


Sternlab Cross Stitch

Sternlab cross stitch

Finished up this little URL cross stitch on the plane back from Connecticut. See more of my needlework URLs here. – Link.

Airport Code Patches

Airport Code Patches

Peter had this idea a long time ago: patches for your backpack to show off the three-letter airport codes of all the places you’ve visited. He’d like this because he’s been to a lot of obscure airports. I made some and set them for sale on Etsy, so check them out. I’ll make you whatever airport code you want. My folks were very excited to get ones for Calgary (YYC) and Sioux City (SUX).