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Fabric and Fiber Inventions: Sew, Knit, Print, and Electrify Your Own Designs to Wear, Use, and Play With

Fabric and Fiber Inventions: Sew, Knit, Print, and Electrify Your Own Designs to Wear, Use, and Play With

by Kathy Ceceri


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In this book you'll create your own fabric inventions as you learn to make wearables, playthings, and decorative items using textile arts--both old and new. Easy projects using will get you started knitting, adding color to your wardrobe with silkscreen and batik, and transforming old clothing into useful items. Then you'll find out how soft circuits can give your creations personality with light, sound, and motion. Fabric and Fiber Inventions will show you how to turn everyday materials into unique designs everybody will love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680452273
Publisher: Make Community, LLC
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kathy Ceceri is the author of activity books for kids and families, including Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future. She helped create the Geek-Mom blog and the book Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families and contributed more than a dozen projects to the Geek Dad series of books. Formerly the Homeschooling Expert at, Kathy presents robots and STEAM programs at schools, museums, libraries, and Maker Faires around the country. She lives with her family in Upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix


1 Print and Paint on Fabric 1

Color Theory and How to Blend Your Own Colors 3

Project: Capillary Action Sun Prints 7

Project: Tie Dye T-Shirts 14

Project: Science Ombre T-Shirt 22

Project: Simple Silkscreening 25

2 Hand-Me-Up Wearables and Friends 31

Upcycling Wool Sweaters 33

Project: Felted Wool Sweater Upcycling 35

Project: No-Sew Felted Sweater Wearables 37

Project: Felted Sweater Mittens 42

Project: Felted Sweater Hat 44

T-Shirts Reborn 48

Project: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag 50

Project: Fringed T-Shirt 54

Project: Ball of T-Shirt Yarn 56

Project: T-Shirt Yarn Knotted Headband 60

Rescuing Unmatched Socks 65

Project: Design Your Own Sock Creature 66

3 Fabric and Fiber Furnishings 73

Project: Coil Basket 75

Weaving on Looms 80

Project: Cardboard Weaving Loom 82

Building with Fabric 93

Project: Wearable Shelter 95

The Math of Quilting 101

Project: A Foldable Quilted Checkerboard 102

4 Needle Arts 113

Quick Crochet How-To 118

Project: Crochet Hot Cocoa Mug/Roll-Up Scarf 125

Quick Knitting How-To 131

Project: Tiny Toothpick Knitting 137

Project: Spool Knitter 140

5 Soft Tech 149

How to Make an Electrical Circuit 152

Quick Soft Circuit How-To 156

Project: Sew a Soft Circuit Tester 167

Project: Soft Sensors 173

Project: Woven Audio Speaker 189

Index 197

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