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August 6, 2013 / weavingschool

Hand woven bag with beaded fringes and LED lights

Here is my latest e-textile project. I’m in a weaving exchange group and this year’s project was on deflected weave structures. I liked the graphic nature of this pattern and saw some potential for hiding conductive yarns in the weave. So I put two rows of conductive yarns and proceeded to stitch LEDs along the edge of the flap and use conductive beaded fringes that light up the LEDs when they swing by the mesh pads. Let’s see, that’s constructing 14 beaded conductive fringes + 2 stitched connections per LED + 14 stitched fringes + cut and stitch 14 conductive pads + (weaving 1 cloth which included sampling + purchased lining cloth + one found handle + construction time) which = one of those real world math problems the Common Core folks are so interested in.

Hand woven bag with led lights

Hand woven bag with led lights

Detail of bag with beaded fringes

Detail of bag with beaded fringes

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