Category Archives: Assignments

Final _ Lisa Ho + Link to Instructables

For my final, I decided to combine the idea of fidget blankets for Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Seizures and fabric books to make a series of interactive fidget portable pieces for children in which they can play anywhere with them.

Materials use –

  • Felt (different colors)
  • Different texture paper (your choice)
  • Sponge for push button
  • Sewing kit & thread
  • Buttons & small pompoms
  • Patterned Fabric Material
  • LEDs
  • Conductive thread
  • Paper roses
  • Fabric glue

I think the hardest part is to think of a good circuit to incorporate into your swatch design, once that is drawn and tested out. The rest will be sewing the circuit and hoping that there isn’t any short circuits that prevent your LED from working.

Then, I sewed the drawn circuits on my fidget pieces!



Link to Instructable page:

Week 7 and 10 – Neil V. Techapanichgul

Thermochromic Ink

The circuit is completed but the effect is minimal. I think I mix the water too much or the powder is too low. It’s hard to make it right however, I can make it happened in the final project.


Challenge: The mixture is very hard to get it right. As I do not have the basic knowledge of watercolor or brush.

Experiment with Flexinol

I like how the spring can go back to its original form. This is pretty fun when playing with it. I failed to work on the first try because of the voltage.


Challenges : The calculation of the voltage is a little complex for a beginner.

Week 12- Dancing dot – Carla Molins

My flip dot aimed to resemble a dancing small flower. The crochet technique used to cover the coil helps to visualize small petals made of yarn and the flower core made by the bead.

  1. For my circuit, I used a double coil made by more than 100 turns each.

2. Before crocheting the cover I labeled the wires to be able to, later on, connect it to the batteries to add the current and consequently motion.

Here a close-up of my flower core. I sewed the wires as well as the coil and the bead. very carefully.

Here a clear shoot changing the polarity from one coil to the other making the bead go back and froth.

Takeaways, it was worth it to add so much detail to the coil because it moved very smooth and at the same time very fast.

Week 12 – Lisa Ho

For this week’s project, I made my flip dot with 1 circuit. It took me a long time to embroider the circle/ring part of the circuit to the fabric. I wanted the circuit to be completely hidden. It is really satisfying to see the dot flip as you connect to the battery.

Materials used-

  • Fabric
  • Conductive thread
  • Embroidery thread,
  • Magnetic Bead
  • 9v battery

Video of the bead flipping –

Week 11 – Lisa Ho

In this week’s assignment, I tried to put the flexinol into a start to mimic how it glitters and sparkles in the sky. I think the effect is not what I expected. It is a little bit slow. But I love stars so I still love the little star I made.

Materials – felt, flexinol, jumper wires, 9-volt battery, and resistor

I used one of the soft buttons I build and made my start sparkle.

Week 10 – Lisa Ho

For this week’s Thermochromic ink assignment, I created one swatch with a message which is the smiley face where I wanted to bring forth the importance of smiling and staying positive. The other two swatches I just tried with different sewing techniques to see if there is a difference between the speed of ink change.

Material Used-

  • Thermochromic Ink
  • Tracing Paper
  • Conductive Thread
  • Fabric

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Week 9 – Lisa Ho

For this week’s speaker assignment, I decided to use paper and fabric to build my speakers. I wish I had the patience to spend more time to make the fabric speaker closer so it plays louder. The paper speaker did not work and I’m not sure if it is because of some parts not being soldered properly. Nonetheless, it was very fun to make. Below is the heat controlling circuit for the speaker.


Material used-

  • Paper
  • Conductive Tape
  • Solder
  • fabric
  • conductive thread
  • thread for sewing


Week 10 – Youchun Zhang


In this mini project, I used thermochromic ink to reveal the shape of a baby whale in the sea. I used blue and grey embroidery threads to outline the whale body. When the conductive thread is connected with the heating circuit and the power source, the pigments around the thread will turn from blue to white like a splash of water.

Materials – Fabric, thermochromic ink, embroidery thread, conductive thread, heating circuit, 9v battery


Heating circuit

Swatches with conductive thread