Sewing on the Circuit Board: Project 2

For my second project, I was tasked with the challenge of sewing a circuit onto a piece of felt. First, I used a a fabric ring to hold the felt together. I found this tool to be useful while sewing, making the process of stiching wires to be more stable and efficient. I first stitched on a red wire and connected it to a resister. The resister was then connected to a LED light. The small light was then connected to a small button to be used to turn on the light. This button connected to a blue wire, which then was attached to the battery. I connected all of these components together using conductive thread. While at the beginning I found the process of turning on a light with a battery to be slightly complex, translating the configuration from a breadboard to felt helped me understand just how simple the circuit really is. This made it easier for me to visualize the connections with the wires easier. In the future, I think it would be interesting to put LEDs on a jacket pocket as a embellishment using wires and small batteries.

Arizona Final Project








For my final project, I was interested in doing something connected to a passion I have outside of school. I have been a active kick boxer for the last two years, and use it as a sport as well as a form of exercise. kickboxing. I originally thought it could be interesting to have a sensor attached to a punching bag that makes a loud noise whenever a punching glove came into contact with the sensor. I used the Makey makey idea presented in class as inspiration, and as a method of execution. This provided me with a simpler approach to making a noise through sensors using garage band and speakers from my computer. I connected the maker makey to my computer, enabling it to attach to the key board in garage band. This allowed for me to create a sound when the the punching gloves hits
the sensor. In the future, I would like to take this project further by not having wires connected to the gloves. There are types of sophisticated micro chips implanted into footballl helmets that calculate the pressure made against helmets when a ball player is tackled. It would be interesting to find something along similar lines but for boxing gloves. I think I could possibly in the future use something with blue tooth for the overall sound effect.

Group Project

 While all of our ideas appeared to be seemingly different, they could function as one entity that offered similar functions. I originally came in with the idea of touch sensor wrist bands to be used for yoga poses to correct a person’s form. Kai and Sara had similar ideas to each other involving dance and music. We transformed the two ideas into one, creating a wrist band that plays music.

We started by ordering Adidas wristbands to be used to conceal the arduino, and provide an aesthetic appeal to our project. This also allowed us to easily attach the project to our bodies for multi functionality such as twisting our wrists.

We connected our arduino and battery together, and programmed our code to make a sound whenever we twisted our wrist. We also had a remote control to turn on sound  While the three critical components were bulky, they allowed us to create sound.

We programmed our arduino to play different tones depending on the button we preseed with our remote control.  

In the end, our product proved to be successful while presenting to the class. If we were to take this project a step further, I would like to condense the size of the arduinos to make the project more mobile and comfortable for everyday activities. I would also like to take away the remote control aspect of the project, allowing the user to just twist their wrist as opposed to twisting, and pushing a button.

Arduino Project

For our Arduino project, my teammate and I based our idea off of holding hands. We placed sensors on the palm of our gloves to turn on a light when our hands attached together. Our long black gloves went down to our elbows with the intention of concealing our wires to give a more wearable look. However, the arduinos and the wires were bulkier than we expected and did not fit inside of the glove. Therefore, our gloves looked like items that belonged in a lab on a factory line. We used the arduino to program the sensors to turn on lights when they connect. This ideally. We connected the wires coming from the arduino to the sensors with conductive thread.  

We used the following codes to program the arduino:

int inValue = 0;

int outValue = 0;

void setup() {

 // put your setup code here, to run once:

 Serial.begin(9600); // this talks to my computer





void loop() {

 // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:


 Serial.print(“input Value: “);


 outValue= inValue/8;


 Serial.print(” output Value: “);





int redPin = 11;

int greenPin = 10;

int bluePin = 9;

//uncomment this line if using a Common Anode LED

//#define COMMON_ANODE

void setup()


 pinMode(redPin, OUTPUT);

 pinMode(greenPin, OUTPUT);

 pinMode(bluePin, OUTPUT);  


void loop()


 setColor(255, 0, 0);  // red


 setColor(0, 255, 0);  // green


 setColor(0, 0, 255);  // blue


 setColor(255, 255, 0);  // yellow


 setColor(100, 120, 80);  // purple


 setColor(0, 255, 255);  // aqua





void setColor(int red, int green, int blue)



   red = 255 – red;

   green = 255 – green;

   blue = 255 – blue;


 analogWrite(redPin, red);

 analogWrite(greenPin, green);

 analogWrite(bluePin, blue);  

Sight Project

For my sight project, I gained inspiration from a common story one in five women from all over the world share. I have been passionate about the Me Too movement for the last year that encourages women and men to share their stories and experiences on sexual assault and harassment. This movement allows victims to stand together in solidarity in hopes to feel a sense of empowerment, but most importantly to know they are being heard, and that they do not stand alone.

I chose the statistic surrounding women in the workforce given that me, my friends, and my peers have been applying for internships in industries where men hold dominant roles within the workforce. Having an understanding of the types of behavior that are sometimes deemed acceptable is important to be aware of when submitting resumes, and putting oneself in unfamiliar places.

During the Golden Globes Awards ceremony in the United States, women and men were encouraged to dress in all black to pay respect to the people who stepped forward, and to spread awareness on sexual assault to all parts of the world. For my project, I chose to use black ribbon as my main material to represent the steps forward society is attempting to make in educating citizens on sexual violence and assault, as shown through the gowns and tuxedos worn by the actresses and actors at the award show. I weaved my ribbon in a similar shape of a hashtag, to represent social media as the primary outlet victims utilized to their their experiences. To represent my statistic,  every five rows along the ribbon weave I hand stitched red string. This created an abstract graph to show how prevalent and common sexual assault still is in society. For the weave, I decided to hot glue the ribbon together to maintain the loose shape of the hashtag, and allow the viewer to see the red stitching.

Continuing on with this project, I would like to go into more depth with my graph. I think it would be cool to make it more detailed, as opposed to just counting the number of times the ribbon overlaps with each other. I think involving some sort of circuitry that would make the statistic accurate as it continues to fluctuate.

Felting Project

For my first fabrics and textiles project, I was assigned the task of creating a pocket out of hand made felt. I also needed to find a creative way to put a better in the pocket that allowed a person to click a button to activate a light. I chose to use create the shape of a heart out of pink felt. At first, I found the task of hand making felt out of a needle to be a bit of a drag, but after a few minutes, I felt accomplished hand making my own fabrics. I made three different pieces of felt. The first, was a small piece of felt to put around the battery, which allowed me to push on the battery to activate the light. This also camouflaged the battery within the pocket. The two other pieces were the two pieces of the heart, which I ended up felting together at the end to make the pocket. In the end, my felt turned out to be too thick, preventing me from seeing the light as it turned on in the pocket.I also thought the pocket slightly resembled a piece of cotton candy. 

Arizona Fabric Market Field Trip

For our field trip to the fabric market, I was excited to see the hussle and bussle of bargaining, and vast assortments of fabric showcased on the wall. While I did witness this exploring the three floors, what I enjoyed the most was looking at fabrics as means of inspiration for future projects. A type of fabric that stood out to me in the market was the tweed. After seeing multiple options in color, size, and texture, I began to notice how nicely the types of wires we use in class could camouflage and interweave with the strings used to create the fabric. Not only would the fabric be considered a “smart” material to serve a purpose, but it also adds an element of unique design and aesthetic. Something that I found to be fascinating about the market was how most stands had books of runway looks tailors could replicate in any size, color, or fabric. I also noticed how shoppers need to be careful when purchasing fabric due to the lack of authentic material being used to make them. Even though signs on the wall say “100% silk” or cashmere, the fabrics themselves do not physically feel like they live up to their title hung above their rack.

Arizona Embellishment Market

For the Fashion and Textiles first field trip to the Embellishment market, I kept the overarching goal in mind while sitting on the bus: Look for unique adornments that conduct electricity. Under the impression that most conductive materials resembled barb wire or a heavy metal, I was pleasantly surprised to find embellishments that enable designers and students alike to create smart, and fashionable pieces. The market itself is lined with storage units, each possessing rolls of colorful yarn, brooches, and accents for people to gaze at, purchase, or in our case, test forconductivity. My first initial thought once me and my partner
began to collaborate was to look for bulky and heavy metals such as broaches, and metal sheets to test. While those were conductive, we began to try out more delicate item such as zippers, edging on ribbons, and buttons. Indeed, there are many delicate and detail oriented objects that conduct electricity.