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Textile Messages

Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education


Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai

Textile Messages focuses on the emerging field of electronic textiles, or e-textiles – computers that can be soft, colorful, approachable, and beautiful. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings, or architectures that include embedded computational and electronic elements. This book introduces a collection of tools that enable novices – including educators, hobbyists, and youth designers – to create and learn with e-textiles. It then examines how these tools are reshaping technology education – and DIY practices – across the K-16 spectrum, presenting examples of the ways educators, researchers, designers, and young people are employing them to build new technology, new curricula, and new creative communities.
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12 Mediated Craft: Digital Practices around Creative Handwork



“I don’t have knitting without the Internet. Like, I just can’t imagine doing it.”

— J., knitter, founder of an online fiber community


“The actual design was not on the Internet. The work that went into it wasn’t through the technology. […] Yes, you can go on and you can do math and you figure out how you’re knitting it. But the sitting down, the steeking [i.e., a knitting shortcut technique to knit sweaters and other garments without interruption for openings or sleeves until the end], and the interaction between two human beings. The fitting, the figuring out what was gonna work. The exchange of being personally together in the same room. You can’t get on the Internet. You can’t get through the technology.”

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