LED Sewing Kit

This LED sewing kit is a supplement to my Electronic Embroidery tutorial featured in CRAFT, Vol. 09 (preview article) and online in step-by-step photo and video tutorial forms. If you’re already into embroidery or needlepoint, this is a good way to start experimenting with electronics.

It contains:
-1 sewable battery holder
-1 coincell battery
-2 LEDs (you choose the color)
-1 snap for making a switch
-about 7 feet (~2 meters) of conductive thread, enough for 1 or 2 projects

Knitted Pelts

Blonde Squirrel

Spotted Cow
Spotted Cow

Purple possum
Purple Possum

These animal pelts are knitted from 100% nonwool yarns.


Steampunk Sewing Machine

I got an old sewing machine at goodwill and steamed it up with brassy bits! The propellers spin when the drive wheel and thread move. See the whole flickr set. This was an assignment in my sculpture/metalworking class. What can I say, I have a totally superfluous understanding of the movement, with little of the patience and attention to detail indicative of steampunk. I did learn how to use a bead blaster, though.

Steampunk Sewing Machine

Steampunk Sewing Machine

Twitchie Scorpion

I made a robotic toy scorpion in 2008. Here’s a video about it! Originally posted on MAKE.

I made this scorpion toy with a Twitchie Robot Kit. I’m really afraid of scorpions where I live in Arizona, so I thought a friendly toy would help me get used to them. I made his plush body from some fabric I had around, aiming to make him look like an Arizona bark scorpion, which are tan/yellowish/translucent.

Music is “At the Crack of Noon” by Shuutobi

Lighthouse show in PHX

My friend Sarah Hatton and I have pieces in a show of entirely self-illuminated artworks, called Lighthouse, opening Saturday evening at the Alwun House in downtown Phoenix.

Lighthouse @ the Alwun House

Saturday, November 8, 7pm

1204 E. Roosevelt St.

Phoenix, Arizona