Fabric and Fiber Inventions: Sew, Knit, Print, and Electrify Your Own Designs to Wear, Use, and Play With 1st Edition
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Three Questions for Author Kathy Ceceri
Is this a craft or science book?
It's both! The projects in this book use familiar craft supplies like yarn, felt, and cardboard, but they also help you think about materials as would a scientist or engineer. How can you get paints and dyes to bond to your T-shirt? It takes engineering to make a hat that fits your head. You can even begin to understand computer programming by learning to knit.
Who do you hope reads this book?
I wrote it with kids in mind, specifically ages 10 and up, but it’s great for adults, too. When I want to master new concepts, I often pick up books written for tweens and teens because they're less overwhelming. Many of the projects are simple enough for kids to do on their own. The rest will need minimal adult help and preparation. I also included profiles of real artists and engineers who are coming up with new ways to use traditional textile-making skills.
What supplies do you need to do the projects?
I tried to stick to materials that are low-cost and easy to find. I want readers to be able to try a new technique without having to make a big commitment of money or equipment. For instance, I show you how to make your own loom out of scrap cardboard before you invest in a "real" wooden model. Keeping it basic also makes it easier for classroom teachers, librarians, museum and afterschool educators, and youth group leaders to do these projects with bigger groups.
- When you add circuits to wearables, you bring together two worlds — the newer realm of electronics and the tradition of making cloth. Combined, they can do all kinds of amazing things. Studies by Kylie Peppler at Indiana University have shown that sewing e-textiles gives kids a better understanding of how circuits work than typical electronics kits. I really wanted to include e-textile projects that introduce readers to basic concepts and clever ways to create low-tech soft sensors. Once you understand the basics, it’s much easier to move on to programmable components.
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- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1680452274
- ISBN-13 : 978-1680452273
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Publisher : Make Community, LLC; 1st Edition (November 14, 2017)
- Reading level : 11 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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