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E-Textiles

Basic Circuit with Tilt SwitchE-Textiles describes a contemporary and exciting new dimension for textile design. Using miniature components and conductive thread, simple LED circuits can be built into any type of textile product - including garments. For the ultimate in bling for dance or evening wear or to take high-visibility to another level, E-Textiles has a great deal to offer. The components we offer here have been developed to make the technique both accessible and reliable and all have a proven track record for success from KS2 to KS5.

How it works?

All the components are designed for easy but discrete stitching to the product and feature a pair of through-hole plated connection terminals. Simply over-sew around each terminal with conductive thread and a reliable circuit can be created. The different components are simply joined together using conductive thread and a small running stitch. No soldering is needed. The conductive thread forms an electrical circuit so the layout must be carefully designed to prevent stitches crossing or touching. Needless to say, E-Textiles must not be washed! Designing with E-Textiles Decide on what type, colour and how many LEDs you wish to use and work out their position on the product. They may sit on the surface or could be on a separate layer beneath – it is often easier to work in layers. Decide on what type of switch is required – this could be another component or simply metal press studs or a metal zip. Soft switches can be made from conductive fabric and foam and stitched anywhere in the circuit. Finally, decide where the batteries will best be hidden. A single coin cell will power up to 5 LEDs depending on the type and colours chosen. If necessary, an additional power supply board (or boards) can be added. Simply fix and connect them using a parallel connection and conductive thread.

Designing with E-Textiles?

Decide on what type, colour and how many LEDs you wish to use and work out their position on the product. They may sit on the surface or could be on a separate layer beneath – it is often easier to work in layers. Decide on what type of switch is required – this could be another component or simply metal press studs or a metal zip. Soft switches can be made from conductive fabric and foam and stitched anywhere in the circuit. Finally, decide where the batteries will best be hidden. A single coin cell will power up to 5 LEDs depending on the type and colours chosen. If necessary, an additional power supply board (or boards) can be added. Simply fix and connect them using a parallel connection and conductive thread.

 Sochi Container

This Sochi Container was made using S80 non-woven fabric and was printed using the Ricoh SG3110DN sublimation printer. This was then cut out on the CAMM 1 GX-24 knife cutter. The design for the net and all the patterns were created in TechSoft’s 2D Design V2. The embroidery on the surface and side stitching was done using a Brother Innov-is 35 sewing machine. Embroidered 3D sections were created using soluble fabric and organza, stitched on the Brother Innov-is V3 embroidery machine – the initial design was created in PE Design Next software. The electronics used were sewable LEDs, 3V power supply and a light sensor, stitched together with conductive thread.

Don’t Do Electronics?

You soon will with E-Textiles. All circuits are made using parallel connections for the LEDs with switches connected in series. Each component has positive (+) and negative (–) signs clearly marked and all you do is connect between these. Students will find it helpful to prepare a simple circuit diagram as part of their design work to guide them when building their E-Textile product.

Skull Sample

This design was created using TechSoft’s 2D Design V2 and sent to a CAMM 1 GX-24 to be cut from textile vinyl. Sewable LEDs were added to the eyes and stitched to the power supply board in the front pocket using a conductive thread. Crystals were glued onto vinyl to reflect light from the LEDs. Flowers were stitched on the organza with soluble fabric stabiliser and were cut out after stitching.

E-Textiles Starter Kit
Contains sewable coin cell holder, 2m thread and colour changing LED, 3 sewable coin cell holders, small conductive thread bobbin (6m), 10 blue sewable LEDs, 10 white sewable LEDs, sewable coin cell holder with built-in power switch, sewable push switch, sewable slide switch, sewable tilt, switch & strip of 5 CR2032 coin cells.
TXEF-PK1
Products Price Buy
E Textiles Starter Pack
Order Code: TXEF-PK1
£29.00
E-Textiles Kit for BBC micro:bit
This kit is a great way to get started with creating BBC micro:bit controlled E-Textiles projects and designs. The kit includes 5 x Sewable Red LED boards, 5 x Sewable White LED boards, 5 x White 5mm Diffused LEDS, 10 x 28mm Crocodile Clips & 1 x Electro-Fashion, Conductive Thread, 6m.
TXEF-PK1
Products Price Buy
E-Textiles Kit for the BBC micro:bit
Order Code: EL-BM17
£10.00
Flashing LED Kits
TXEF-LEDF1-COL TXEF-LEDCC1

 TXEF-LEDF1-COL                        TXEF-LEDCC1          

Products Price Buy
Sewable Flashing LED Kit. (Includes coin cell holder, coin cell, 2m conductive thread, 2 flashing LEDs). Available in blue, green, red and yellow.
Order Code: TXEF-LEDF1-COL
£3.80
Sewable Colour Changing LED Kit. (Includes coin cell holder, coin cell, 2m conductive thread, colour changing LED)
Order Code: TXEF-LEDCC1
£3.80
Modules
TXEF-MOD1 TXEF-MOD2

   TXEF-LEDF1-COL                                     TXEF-LEDCC1           

Products Price Buy
E Textiles Module - Flasher Controller & LEDs
Order Code: TXEF-MOD1
£6.40
E Textiles Module - Light Sensor
Order Code: TXEF-MOD2
£4.70
Power Boards
The power supply boards featuring CR2032 coin cells will keep more LEDs brighter for longer so are the most popular choice for most students.
TXEF-CCH1 TXEF-CCH3 TXEF-CCH2

TXEF-CCH1                                   TXEF-CCH3                                   TXEF-CCH2           

 
Products Price Buy
Sewable Coin Cell Holder
(34 x 20 x 4.5mm, accepts CR2032 batteries)
Order Code: TXEF-CCH1
£1.50
Sewable Miniature Coin Cell Holder
(22 x 12.5 x 4mm, accepts CR1220 batteries)
Order Code: TXEF-CCH3
£1.50
Sewable Coin Cell Holder with Switch
(40 x 20 x 4.5mm, accepts CR2032 batteries)
Order Code: TXEF-CCH2
£2.50
Batteries
A single CR1220 coin cell is about the size and weight of a 1p coin and will keep a single LED bright for about two hours. The CR2032 coin cell is about the size and weight of a 5p coin and will keep a single LED bright for about 10 hours.
Products Price Buy
Pack of 5 CR2032 Coin Cell Batteries
Order Code: TXEF-BAT1-5
£1.70
Pack of 5 CR1220 Coin Cell Batteries
Order Code: TXEF-BAT2-5
£1.70
Switches
Push switches only operate while you press them so might best be hidden in a pocket. A slide switch stays on so could be behind a cuff or lapel. A tilt switch operates when moved, if stitched into a sleeve then it could make the LEDs come on when you raise your arm. Magnetic switches are in two parts, if they were stitched into either side of a pocket then the LEDs could be controlled by placing a hand in your pocket.
TXEF-SW1 TXEF-SW2 TXEF-SW3 TXEF-SW4

    TXEF-SW1                                      TXEF-SW2                                      TXEF-SW3                                        TXEF-SW4           

 
Products Price Buy
Sewable Push Switch (18 x 8.5 x 6mm)
Order Code: TXEF-SW1
£1.30
Sewable Slide Switch (18 x 8.5 x 4mm)
Order Code: TXEF-SW2
£1.30
Sewable Tilt Switch (26 x 6.5 x 7mm)
Order Code: TXEF-SW3
£2.00
Magnetic Switch Complete with Magnet
Order Code: TXEF-SW4
£4.00
Conductive Thread
No soldering is needed! Connections are made using conductive thread. Several loops of this are firmly stitched around the connection terminal before being taken to the next terminal with a loose running stitch.
TXEF-CT-2 TXEF-CT-6 TXEF-CT-45 TXEF-CT-250

                    TXEF-CT-2                             TXEF-CT-6                              TXEF-CT-45                                      TXEF-CT-250                         

 
Products Price Buy
2m Conductive Thread (on Card)
Order Code: TXEF-CT-2
£2.30
6m Conductive Thread (on Card)
Order Code: TXEF-CT-6
£3.40
45m Conductive Thread (on Bobbin)
Order Code: TXEF-CT-45
£10.60
250m Conductive Thread (on Bobbin)
Order Code: TXEF-CT-250
£47.00
Conductive Material
Conductive fabric gives even more opportunities for ingenuity. Small patches can be sewn where they can be deliberately (or randomly) touched together thus making a soft switch.
TXEF-CF-R1

TXEF-CF-R1

Products Price Buy
Conductive Fabric (Ripstop, 305 x 330mm)
Order Code: TXEF-CF-R1
£12.00
LED Boards
There are two sorts of LEDs for use in textiles – the sew on ones that come on their own board and the regular LEDs for traditional electronic work.
TXEF-LEDB10-6-COL TXEF-CF-S1

        TXEF-LEDF1-COL                           TXEF-LEDCC1                    

Products Price Buy
Pack of 10 Sewable LED Boards 6mm thick.
Available in blue, white, green and lilac
Order Code: TXEF-LEDB10-6-COL
£6.20
Pack of 10 Sewable LED Boards 4mm thick.
Available in red
Order Code: TXEF-LEDB10-4-RD
£6.20
TRADITIONAL LEDS
To sew these traditional LEDs onto textiles, simply bend the legs so that they are at right angles to the bulb and curl them to form loops, through which conductive thread can be oversewn to make the circuit.
Standard 3mm LEDs (25 deg)
TX-LED3C-10-BL
Products Price Buy
Pk of 10 Blue 3mm Water Clear LED (1750mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED3C-10-BL
£2.00
Pk of 10 Green 3mm Water Clear LED (75mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED3C-10-GR
£1.40
Pk of 10 Orange 3mm Water Clear LED (1750mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED3C-10-OR
£1.40
Pk of 10 Red 3mm Water Clear LED (1000mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED3C-10-RD
£1.40
Pk of 10 White 3mm Water Clear LED (2750mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED3C-10-WH
£2.00
Pk of 10 Yellow 3mm Water Clear LED (1000mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED3C-10-YL
£1.40
Standard 5mm LEDs (25 deg)
TX-LED5C-10-BL
Products Price Buy
Pk of 10 Blue 5mm Water Clear LED (1150mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED5C-10-BL
£2.00
Pk of 10 Green 5mm Water Clear LED (1000mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED5C-10-GR
£1.40
Pk of 10 Orange 5mm Water Clear LED (900mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED5C-10-OR
£1.40
Pk of 10 Red 5mm Water Clear LED (1150mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED5C-10-RD
£1.40
Pk of 10 White 5mm Water Clear LED (2250mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED5C-10-WH
£2.20
Pk of 10 Yellow 5mm Water Clear LED (800mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED5C-10-YL
£1.40
Pink 4.6mm LED (100 deg)
TXC-LED005
Products Price Buy
Pk of 10 Pink 4.8mm Water Clear LED (700mCd)
Order Code: TX-LED48C-10-PK
£4.00
Flashing LEDs
TX-LED5FC-10-BL TX-LED5FC-10-GR TX-LED5FC-10-RD TX-LED5FC-10-WH TX-LED5FC-10-YL
Products Price Buy
Pk of 10 Flashing Blue 5mm Water Clear LED
Order Code: TX-LED5FC-10-BL
£3.20
Pk of 10 Flashing Green 5mm Water Clear LED
Order Code: TX-LED5FC-10-GR
£3.20
Pk of 10 Flashing Red 5mm Water Clear LED
Order Code: TX-LED5FC-10-RD
£3.20
Pk of 10 Flashing White 5mm Water Clear LED
Order Code: TX-LED5FC-10-WH
£3.50
Pk of 10 Flashing Yellow 5mm Water Clear LED
Order Code: TX-LED5FC-10-YL
£3.20
Colour Changing LEDs
TX-LED5CC-10
Products Price Buy
Pk of 10 Colour Changing 5mm LED (diffused, VF 2.7-5, 3000mcd@25mA)
Order Code: TX-LED5CC-10
£7.00
Pk of 10 Colour Changing 10mm LED (diffused, VF 2.7-5, 3000mcd@25mA)
Order Code: TX-LED10CC-10
£7.80