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Switch Craft: Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew
by Alison Lewis
F.I.T. meets M.I.T. in Switch Craft, a book of 20 ultra-modern projects that are equal parts fashion and function. From a skirt that can streak trails of light on the dance floor to a laptop sleeve thatâ€™s the first to know when youâ€™re in a Wi-Fi zone, these projects are made for the wired (or wireless) world. Without sacrificing style or being more complicated than six ...more
Spiral-bound, 144 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Potter Craft
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What won me over to the pleadings of this text and give it a chance to fight for shelf space? The subtitle. 'Battery-Powered Crafts to Make and Sew'. A while ago, my husband and I collaborated on our first project (an amigurumi helicopter with an led and a rotor motor). Since then I've been wanting to do it again. While I don't need an electrical or computer engineer to successfully complete any of the projects in this book (disclaimer, I am a computer scientist) I wonder what will happen when I ...more
Well, I wrote this book. So I won't rate it. But, I will say I am very proud to make something that is both beautiful and has technical learning. Fashionistas, programmers, and makers alike can all love to work with electronics. It's designed to be a fun and easy intro. Can't wait to see what others make and don't forget the basics in the back!
Cute designs, ranging in utility from why-would-I-do-this? to hey-now-that-is-COOL. Most of them repurpose small tech into sewing projects, some in clever ways, so it's worth reading for that. I definitely felt like there was an unspoken "for girls only" subtext to this.