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Switch Craft: Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew Spiral-bound – October 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Spi edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307395448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307395443
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

ALISON LEWIS got her start as the creator and producer of SWITCH (iheartswitch.com), an online DIY blog that showcases technology as modern, crafty, fashionable, and fun. When Alison isn’t exploring New York City boutiques or coasting down a mountain on her snowboard, she teaches Fashion Technology at Parsons School of Design, is the Techno-Fashionista Guru for Verizon FiOS’s TV show MyHome2.0 (2pointhome.com), and produces interactive exhibits for science, history, and children’s museums at Art Guild, Inc.

FANG-YU LIN is a New York–based user-experience designer and information architect. As a new media artist, his artworks have been exhibited internationally.

More About the Author

Alison is a designer with a passion for fashion, beauty and the digital lifestyle. She holds a graduate degree from Parsons School of Design where she has taught fashion technology and fashion communication. As the electronic and media specialist at Art Guild Inc., she integrates movement, sound, and light into museum and exhibit design. In her spare time, when Alison isn't exploring New York City boutiques, she is the techno-fashionista guru for Verizon FiOS's television show MyHome2.0.

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It also has good instructions.
h in tn
At first, I thought that I was confused by this book because I did not know how to sew.
Sepideh Miller
The electronics are carefully explained and range from easy to difficult.
Phoebe D. Baker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erich Zainzinger on November 1, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Switch Craft is a book fully stuffed with the most amazing ideas when it comes to add a little e-textile magic to common objects. Nothing is save, skirts, bracelets, charms cushions and bags, gloves and hoodies, soft toys and even toys for dogs and cats.

Everything gets some magical e-textile dust sewn into it giving those objects a new facet.

The book is for people who like to make stuff but there is no need to be either very experienced in sewing nor in electronics. The simple to follow step-by-step instructions help to build the examples or tweak them for own ideas. It contains sections that explain the basics of sewing and electronic to make sure even very occasional crafters will have no problem to make bags, skirts, hoodies, gloves 'interactive'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sepideh Miller on April 4, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
The instructions in this book were not very good, and the materials were difficult to find.

At first, I thought that I was confused by this book because I did not know how to sew. Then I learned a little bit about sewing, but that still did not make this book much clearer. Under the materials section, the Velcro length required is always listed as twice the amount of Velcro needed because the author adds the length of the hook side to the length of the loop side of the Velcro in the materials section. If you need a 6 inch piece of Velcro, it will be listed as 12 inches in the material section.

The materials are hard to find. Though there are a number of resources listed in this book, some of the materials that the author chose are just not easy to find. It's easy to order conductive fabric and conductive thread, and I do not expect to source these things locally. However, it becomes a challenge when I have to go to the craft store, the grocery store, order online, and still not have all the materials for a project. This sounds as if it is a joke, but I went to the craft store for snaps and pottery sponges, to the grocery store for a specific electric tooth brush, and ordered conductive fabric online. However, the type of battery pack she selected is not available at Radio Shack so there may be yet another online order to make to complete one project.

The instructions contradicted the illustrations. In one example, the instructions refer you to the index to make a special switch. Then, the instructions themselves contradict some of the instructions for the switch. However, the illustrations for the project follow the example given in the appendix and not the instructions given with the project.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Granados on February 6, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought Switchcraft for my cousin as a Christmas present. She's really into crafts and I saw this book and thought it would be the best gift for her. She loved it and what I saw from the book looked really interesting. She even made me a pair of gloves from the book, which allow me to use my iPhone while wearing them. I love the gloves and use them everyday. She's made a lot of projects out of the book and she says she really enjoys working with LEDs and EL wire.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yard Girl on October 13, 2009
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I ordered this book because it had directions for constructing a laptop case that detects Wifi signals. It has many interesting patterns and the directions are very clear. Most of the patterns are not things I will ever make but it is fun to pull it out for inspiration sometimes. Unfortunately I will have to special order my materials as there don't seem to be any places I can easily buy them in my area.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe D. Baker on February 2, 2009
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Switch Craft is an amazing book with lots of step-by-step projects. Each project is rated in sewing difficulty and electronics difficulty. The electronics are carefully explained and range from easy to difficult. If you want to add light or sound to a pillow, skirt, quilt, etc. , this is the book for you!
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This is a wonderful book about using electronics (lights and sensors) to sew clothing and accessories. Electronics in clothing is a new(ish) frontier, but somehow it hasn't caught on as a craft. I think one reason is that the people with the technical expertise don't have the design sense to make things that are appealing. This book was written by designers and not tech folks and that makes a great difference. Get this book for inspiration! It also has good instructions.

My favorite project is the purse with cut-out words illuminated with LED lights. What's cool is that this was made with a piece of corrugated plastic with the LED lights put into the channels in the plastic sheet. There's also a bracelet with LED lights mixed in with beads that looks great. It is actually pretty difficult to use LED lights well. I couldn't come up with anything that looked half as good as the projects in this book. The authors have done a great job integrating design with technology.

FYI: For many of the projects you will have to order electronics supplies as you will probably not be able to find everything locally.
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