Readings, Lectures & Tutorials

Lectures and Readings

[Kadolph and Langford] = Amazon logo Kadolph, S. J., and A. L. Langford. Textiles. 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2007. ISBN: 9780131187696.

SES # TOPICS LECTURES & TUTORIALS READINGS & REFERENCES
1

Introduction

- Materials: conductive fabrics, conductive threads and yarns

- Techniques: hand sewing, switch design

Slides (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF - 1.7MB)  
2

Conductive textiles

- Materials: conductive fabrics, conductive threads and yarns, LEDs

- Techniques: simple circuit design

Slides (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)  
3

Textile sensors

- Materials: resistive yarns, piezo resistive (pressure sensitive) materials

Techniques: sensor design

Slides (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF - 10.3MB)(Courtesy of Hannah Perner-Wilson. Used with permission.

Plusea. "Fabric Poteniometer (update)." March 27, 2009. YouTube. Access October 6, 2010. www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7z7AMOds-w

4

Fabric PCBs, part 1

- Materials: conductive fabrics, fabric adhesives

- Techniques: soldering, circuit design

Fabric PCB tutorial (PDF) Buechley, L., and Eisenberg, M. "Fabric PCBs, Electronic Sequins, and Socket Buttons: Techniques for E-textile Craft." Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 13, no. 2 (2009): 133-150. (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)
5 Guest lecture by Marcelo Coelho, MIT Media Lab    
6

Fabric PCBs, part 2

- Materials: microcontrollers

- Techniques: laser cutting, microcontroller programming

- Machines: laser cutter

Laser cutter tutorial

AVR programming 1

AVR programming 2

 
7 Guest lecture by Prof. Yoel Fink, MIT Materials Science and Engineering    
8

Fibers and yarns

- Materials: fibers and yarns

- Techniques: spinning, metal wrapping, wire extrusion, etc.

- Fiber & yarn terminology, measurement units and methods

Fiber slides (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

Yarn slides (PDF)

[Kadolph and Langford], chapters 3-11

Wikipedia: Units of textile measurements

Yarn calculator

9 Guest lecture by Greg Rutledge, MIT Chemical Engineering    
10 Spinning workshop    
11

Nonwovens

- Materials: fibers (including natural, metal, fusible plastics, paper, etc.)

- Techniques: felting, fusing, sewing

 

[Kadolph and Langford], chapter 15.

gawara. "Mongolian Felt Making." May 27, 2006. YouTube. Access October 6, 2010. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ0uojUHYdA

12

Wearable computing, part 1 (joint class with 21W.789 Communicating with Mobile Technology)

- Materials: Arduino, AndroidTM

- Techniques: networking

   
13 Guest lecture by Tricia Wilson Nguyen, Thistle Threads    
14

Wearable computing, part 2 (joint class with 21W.789 Communicating with Mobile Technology)

- Materials: Arduino, Android

- Techniques: networking

   
15 Guest lecture by Despina Papadopoulos, Studio 5050, NYU    
16 Wearable computing assignment presentations, with 21W.789 Communicating with Mobile Technology    
17

Embroidery and printing

- Materials: threads, stabilizers, inks and paints

- Techniques: embroidery design, embroidering circuitry, algorithmic design, digital printing

- Machines: embroidery machine, printers

Embroidery design software

Embroidery machine

[Kadolph and Langford], chapter 19.
18 Guest lecture by Rehmi Post and Kit Waal, MIT    
19 Final project proposal presentations    
20 Guest lecture by Becky Stern, MAKE and CRAFT    
21

Knitting and weaving

- Materials: yarns (cotton, wool, etc., conductive, resistive), knitting software

- Techniques: algorithmic knit and weave design, knitting and weaving software, knitting sensors

- Machines: knitting machines (circular and flat), jacquard looms, hand looms

 

Videos

Knitting machine cast off: dianaknits. "Lesson 9 Latch Tool Bind Off." July 28, 2009. YouTube. Accessed October 5, 2010. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsNZIlT7zfw

Maggie Orth's woven color changing pieces: erikbenson. "Dynamic Double Weave, by Maggie Orth." June 21, 2007. YouTube. Accessed October 5, 2010.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=No2tNYDzbZY

Industrial circular knitting machine: sandaloom. "Circular Knitting Machine Video Display..." [sic.] May 13, 2009. YouTube. Accessed October 5, 2010.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmf6lm5fZz0

Industrial loom: yuwen0122. "High Speed Rapier Loom." December 1, 2007. YouTube. Accessed October 5, 2010.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq3vxydxMHo

weaverstaceyuk. "Jacquard Loom Walkthrough." March 3, 2010. YouTube. Accessed October 5, 2010.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Zzj9ZBYmQ

22 Guest lecture by Anne Whiston Spirn, MIT  

Artists and designers discussed in this session:

- NUNO

- Randy Darwall

- Kiss of the Wolf

23 Field trip to the RISD Textile department    
24 Knit, woven, embroidery presentations    
25

Pattern design

- Techniques: pattern design, sewing

Guest lecture by Sheila Kennedy, MIT Architecture and KVA

 

Amazon logo Armstrong, H. Joseph. Patternmaking for Fashion Design. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2010, chapters 1-3. ISBN: 9780136069348.

princesteve. "Flat pattern to 3D." October 31, 2006. YouTube. Accessed October 5, 2010. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq7O6-g5MKc

safakmakina. "Band knife cutting machine 2." January 31, 2008. YouTube. Access October 5, 2010.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoHwkHWKg5w

Garmento.org. "Origins of the sewing machine - a time line." (This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.PDF)

Pattern making software

- Lectra

- Gerber

- TUKAtech (renting options)

- Optitex

26 Visit from Kelly Dobson's "Textile Futures" class @ RISD    
27 Final project presentations