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LilyPad Embroidery: A Tribute to Leah Buechley

dcuartiellesMay 1st, 2008

I got this project recommended by one of my Fashion&Technology students. Sternlab presents her embroidery project augmented with sensor technology (one LDR/CDS in this case), leds and sounds. The looks are truly amazing.

As Rebecca Stern (aka Sternlab, currently in the Arts, Media and Engineering Program at ASU) states on her website:

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.

Some other pictures of her projects are:

Detail of the LilyPad Embroidery

SensorSquid: an Arduino based tool for group creativity by R. Stern and L. Tolentino

Disclaimer: all the pictures and video in this article are CC by Sternlab


4 Responses to “LilyPad Embroidery: A Tribute to Leah Buechley”

  1. Becky Stern Says:

    Thanks for sharing my project! I’ll be at Maker Faire this weekend giving a demo on soft circuits with conductive thread.

  2. dcuartielles Says:


    good thing indeed, we love to see projects going beyond the classic “control panel” metaphor.

    Please send us some good pictures of the Faire and we will publish them on our blog.

    /the A team

  3. Becky Stern Says:

    Great! The photos are up at my flickr set:

  4. Arduino Blog » Blog Archive » Arduino at the Maker Faire Says:

    […] using Arduino, like the Stribe multi-touch controller and Becky Stern’s LilyPad embroidery (previously featured on our blog). There were also a variety of Arduino and Arduino-compatible products for sale, like the ones […]

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