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E-Textile Picnic in San Francisco


Former and future E-Textile summercamp participants meet up in Dolores park for a picnic mid May 2016.

Summercamp Cookbook

Finally the printed version of the E-Textile Summercamp 2011 – 2015 Cookbook arrived! Order a copy here >> Post comments to make notes on changes, corrections and ideas for the next edition. Photos on Flickr:

Knitting with Felting Wool

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Working with the Yeoman Felting Wool at summer camp was great, and inspired me to continue experimenting after camp ended. It’s fun to make detailed colorful designs, which I loaded using img2track software and a hacked cable. But there are … Continue reading

Shelly and James visit Berlin


We had a wonderful time! We went out for pizza: Did projection-mapping on our dinner: And James took back some coal as a souvenir:

Documentation: Industrialization


Our focus group was interested in the stumbling blocks preventing e-textiles using the techniques used by those at camp from being manufactured for the mass market. We all came from different backgrounds with different experiences in manufacturing electronics or textiles. … Continue reading

Documentation: Travelling Pattern


This knitted fabric, that collects traditional pattern from places the wearer has visited, as well as sound and language, that will be played when the spectator comes closer Image created with a collection of traditionnal pattern. The first one in … Continue reading

Documentation: Make your tech and wear/use it too?

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In the Focus group, we did some discussions on future fields of wearables of the future. We used speculative design as a method to imagine contexts of wearables. We wanted to think apart from wellness sensors and monitoring devices. We … Continue reading

Documentation: Tools For Practitioners

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Irene and Hannah >> Tools We Want What kinds of specialized tools could E-Textile practitioners use? Being an interdisciplinary trade, many tools of our trade come from either electrical engineering or textile practices. Can we imagine and build unique tools … Continue reading

Educational Toolkits Outcome


Before heading to Paillard this summer, a collection of focus groups was compiled by the camp organizers. As a participant, we were able to choose one of these groups to explore, discuss, and prototype a specific etextile topic in more … Continue reading

Knitting Afterparty 2: Another Board for KH-940

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In the preparation for the Knitting Geeks there was a participant mentioning making a new version of the board for loading images to the KH-940 with a Teensy 3.1 instead of an Arduino Due. (The Due is used for existing … Continue reading

Knitting Afterparty


The summer in Paillard was having familiar Dutch features. For a few days it was not summer at all. Participants tried to shop socks at the knitting nest in the main theater. The knitters had to disappoint the customers. In … Continue reading

Drawing eTextile Summercamp

Here are a few sketches by Wauter Mannaert   Thus Wauter: “buildings, knitters, soldering humans & reading people are easier to draw because they are stay put, in one place” –> The full album is here: To download in higher … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – Other Boards

> Other Wireless Modules X-OSC x-OSC is a wireless I/O board that provides just about any software with access to 32 high-performance analogue/digital channels and on-board sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer) via OSC messages over WiFi. There is no user programmable … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – summercamp


> Example use at the summercamp Fabric circuit   example-use with ESP-12 Go to Examples/ esp-mqtt-arduino and open mqtt-pub. (if you added the library while running the IDE, restart the IDE so it recognizes the added library) this sketch publishes … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – MQTT


> what is MQTT? what is mosquitto? MQTT (formerly MQ Telemetry Transport) is a publish-subscribe based “light weight” messaging protocol for use on top of the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed for connections with remote locations where a “small code … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – ESP8266


> Introduction to ESP8266 What is ESP8266? “ESP8266 is a highly integrated chip designed for the needs of a new connected world. It offers a complete and self-contained Wi-Fi networking solution, allowing it to either host the application or to … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome – Network 101


> network 101 Here is a short network-101 which shows some basics about wireless networks, Accesspoints and general Network infrastructure. 1. IP-Address Each device in a network is identified by a unique number, the IP-Address ( The network can be … Continue reading

Go Small Go Wireless Outcome


Outline of the project/ Focusgroup-goal When working with eTextiles on the body, we tend to need to access the textile (either used as a sensor or an actuator) wirelessly with a portable power supply. There are many solutions like bluetooth … Continue reading

Documenting Knitting Group


Content: (work in progress) Discussion Ways to transfer an image to the knitting machine Micro Explorations Fitting an ATtiny85 inside a bigger knitting Vertical weaving of the ATtiny connection (coming) Felting wool Elastic thread (coming) Capacitor knittings (coming) Loud speaker … Continue reading

B – Pictures


Documentating: Made some categories in albums at Flickr. Chosen one picture out of each album. (Not to bore anyone with all of the pictures One of the pictures from the folder of “workspaces“. The big space – theater. Somehow it … Continue reading

Chansons Paillardes


What means the name Paillard??? Shelly explained it very well, one of the current French meanings being drunken men songs.  Here an example of that: the most cool French sounds from the 1950-ies… In the small shop with old stuff … Continue reading

de-soldering station


Do you remember the amazing de-soldering station Wendy brought? I guess I was not the only one who took a picture of the label in case you want to purchase them later… just in case you thought about it but … Continue reading

Lost and Found


1. Rain Jacket from Rukka, Size XL 2. some kind of high tech swimming towel 3. sandals >> Becca 4. black sweater/cardigan from Esprit 5. Muji note with French Writing. Is it Celine’s?? 6. Wei’s 7. Pen (Yellow dot sticker … Continue reading

Summercamp 2015 – three atmospheric zoom in video’s


eTextile Summercamp atmosphere, filmed from three unusual viewpoints – a slow one   – from an arachnid’s point of view (who takes his or her time – wait till the end!)   – underwater in le Loir … Continue reading

Summercamp Library – The Books


What books do eTextilers take to summercamp? Here they are (alphabetical by title)!   Architecture in the communist project : Romania 1944-1989 by Ana-Maria Zahariade The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving by Rowena … Continue reading

Finishing Touches


One third of of Summercamp participants will arrive tonight at 8pm. The day is spent running all the final errands such as shopping (for wine! and food), setting up the exhibition space and preparing the house for sleeping.

Back in Paillard


Arrived at Paillard the cleaning, setting up begin.

The Cramped Drive


We leave Berlin at 7:30am and arrive at Paillard around 10pm. The Car is packed full of stuff.

Ready. Set. Go?


Mika and Ingo struggle to change the winter tires for summer tires, while Hannah cuts the swatchbook felt and we all pack up the studio. By 10pm we are ready and the car is totally full. We leave for Paillard … Continue reading

Summercamp Library


Just an idea…… but if each of us brings one book with us, we’ll have a nice little library of 35 books to browse. Sitting on the couch, waking up in the morning, sipping wine in the evening. Textile, electronic, … Continue reading

Bring your favorite treat to share with tea

Towards the end of the week, our energy will get low and afternoon tea with cookies is the perfect remedy. This year, lets each bring one packet of our favorite treat to share. Cookies, cake, chocolate, nuts, crackers, sweets….

Summercamp Photoalbums

This year we will have three physical photo-albumns of the past summercamps. For this everybody is asked to submit at least one, and a maximum of three of your favorite summercamp photos from each of the summercamps you have attended. … Continue reading

Preparation log: June 23rd


Today’s meeting was very tough! We went over all the materials list from the groups, checked if there are same materials request from multiple groups, commented if there are anything unclear, formulate the general materials list that we organize, calculate … Continue reading

Preparation log: June 18th


In today’s meeting, we discussed the grouping of the focus group and how to do the materials list from the each group. After this meeting we sent out the email to everyone to get together with the group, discuss the … Continue reading

Knowledge Buffet- share the outcome!


We would like to see the outcome of the group project as some form of hands-on activity rather than “presentation”. This can be a workshop, discussion session, full scale performance or installation where the other participants can fully experience the … Continue reading

Make your tech and wear/use it too?

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Why are we developing solutions to embed electronics in textiles if we’re not really interested in having this kind of technology in our lives. Lets get together and think about what we really want to exist in the world. And … Continue reading

Sustainable eTextiles

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Sustainability is a big issue when it comes to any design process, so as the eTextiles. There has been many attempt with eTextiles and energy harvesting in the field. As textiles are often used to cover surfaces everywhere, it has … Continue reading

Educational Toolkits

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Many summer camp participants are engaged in education, from university lecturers to workshop leaders at youth centers. As the practice of eTextiles combines knowledge from various disciplines, teaching eTextiles requires educators to cover various topics, such as textile techniques, electronics, … Continue reading

Go small Go wireless


  As we desire to seamlessly embed the electronics within our eTextiles projects, we often seek for small but powerful computation or small and energy efficient solutions. Lilypad to Teensey, there are many choices, but what do you choose? and … Continue reading

*Geek Out*: Knitting Electronics


Open source digital knitting machines enabled us to precisely design the patterns, convert any data into knit and feed the pattern line by line in real time. At last year’s summer camp, we had many digital knitting machines. Can we … Continue reading

*Geek Out*: Printing


  Every year, there has been many expert printers at the summer camp. This year, we ask you to go wild and push the boundaries of what you can do with printing and eTextiles. From printing thermochromic ink to conductive … Continue reading

Tools for Practitioners

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  What kinds of specialized tools could E-Textile practitioners use? Being an interdisciplinary trade, many tools of our trade come from either electrical engineering or textile practices. Can we imagine and build unique tools that would fulfill needs unique to … Continue reading


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  Unlike few years ago, eTextiles in market is becoming a norm now. Many of us are engaged in the process of turning the one-off eTextile prototypes to mass-producible product. What are the process of this translation? What kind of … Continue reading

preparation log: June 4th


In this meeting, we discussed the result from the second meeting with Shelly and James, the content of the focus group, how we introduce this idea to the participants and the schedule of the summer camp. The member of this … Continue reading

Preparation log: May 28th


The member of this meeting is Hannah, Pauline, Ingo and Mika. In this meeting, we discussed the new schedule structure. We are planning to change it completely this year. Instead of having workshops and discussions at the beginning and group … Continue reading

Preparation log: May 21st


The organization team started their weekly meeting now. The member of this meeting is Hannah, Pauline, Ingo and Mika. In this meeting, we discussed about the task division, the current status of the organization, logistics challenge and short brief on … Continue reading