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for increased flexibility and softness,
avoiding damage to the craftwork and
complying with the material space of
the textile crafter. At the same time, an
effort has been made to produce high-quality electronic instruments for those
engineering with textiles.
The process of rethinking the
tools goes beyond pure functionality,
though, also provoking prevailing
assumptions about the mediums and
techniques involved. Traditional
needlecraft utensils serve as a visual
reference for the set of tools discussed
here. Their form is chosen for the
to measure the electronic properties
between them. The pin probe has
been designed to fix a probe to provide
continuous measuring results, without
needing to manually hold the test lead.
Pins lend themselves well to these
tasks. They are used ubiquitously in
needlecrafts for temporary but firm
connections that avoid damaging
the textile, here becoming a point of
electrical contact too.
These tools and their cables are
designed with the potential delicacy
of the artifact they produce in mind.
As such, the cables are made of textiles
Figure 4. Multimeter with red and black pin probes. Pins make contact with conductive threads
to continuously measure and display the resistance value on the multimeter during stitching.
The maker can immediately adapt the routine until the desired value is reached. In this sample,
historic metal threads are used to embroider contact between coils to create textile relays.
Figure 5. Crafted Logic: handcrafted textile relays designed to perform logical operations similar
to those of early computers. The sample shows the implementation of core mechanics of digital
electronics as potentially extendable to embroider complex systems [ 3].
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