…across the wee Atlantic pond and I arrived in SAN FRANCISCO! Yes, it is official, today we signed a lease for an apartment: we have moved to the hilly city. So far so brilliantly amazingly vibrant and awesome!
Last night we tapped our toes to the gypsy-jazzy-swinging music of Gaucho. They have been playing every Wednesday at Amnesia for the past 10 years. And I started drawing in my sketchbook once more (it has been a while).
It is a small sketchbook -no room for his head.
Drawing dancers is wonderfully fun, but quite tricky.
Jonny Cat was very cool with his long locks and soulful strumming, and plays for a band called the Coo Coo Birds.
I made 8 pairs of corduroy trousers into one rag rug!
geeky note: This rug is a great way to see integration! You can see that the rug is made up of lots of circles, each circle is 6 stitches bigger than the previous. Therefore the change in circumference as a function of radius is 6.
If we differentiate the equation for the circumference of a circle (C=2πr), i.e. if we find out how C (the circumference) changes as we change r (radius) than we get dC/dr=2π which is approximately equal to 6.
So, we can work out the difference between the circumference and radius is 6 OR we can just count the stitches. I love it when you can weave a bit of maths into your crafts!
A lot of fun was had making these silhouette-paper-lanterns at Farnham Festival of Crafts. We made simple circuits using coper tape, and a bit of conductive ink to glue (I mean *cold solder*) the components.
Here is the final version of the Craft Connects book! Play the video link to see it in action. I am especially happy with how the knitted triangles came together. The cover looks fantastic, and when you link the letters C R A F T to the knitted triangle labelled “connect”, you trigger sound-bytes from Farnborough residents about why they like to get involved in crafts.
To make the knitted book cover I had the the help of the Farnborough knit and natter group, and the Nepalese craft group. Both groups worked together to make loads of triangles, which I then stitched together.
English and Nepalese casting on techniques are quite different, and the two groups learned from each other.
I laid the triangles out in ordered rows according to size. We made all of these (above) in one session. I didn’t think we were going to have enough to cover the book, until a library staff member delivered this package (below) -a carrier bag full of neatly knitted triangles from the nepalese craft group. Amazing!
And finally, I stitched “C R A F T” to the cover. I used conductive thread to make the crouching stitch, which formed the shape of each letter. Each letter was then connected to a trigger pin. I also stitched “connects” to a triangle which is connected to the ground pin (see my diagram to look at how this related to the other circuits). When the “connects” triangle connects with any of the C R A F T letters, it triggers an mp3.
Ohhh. look at the (kind of neat, almost good, getting there, bit on the long side) soldering!
Another tricky part of the process was connecting to the pins -i.e. making a breakout board for conductive thread. After a skype “consultation” with Seb and Hannah, who both work on a really exciting glove project and are experts in e-textiles, I decided to solder wires to the live pins, and then padded them with felt to stop any breaks or shorting.
I then made loops on the wires to connect the conductive thread to (inspired by the wire-loop/thread in this example).