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Conductive fabrics are always useful for wearable projects. If you're ever in need of one but only have conductive thread, it's not that hard to weave one of your very own.

Weaving with conductive thread also opens up opportunities to create bespoke conductive fabrics in different shapes, sizes and you can even mix in different materials!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials and Prepare the Warp

Weaving is a fabric-making process that interlocks threads by shuttling back and forth weft yarns (thread that goes left and right on a fabric) across warp yarns (thread that goes up and down on a fabric).

The materials you'll need:

  • Conductive Thread
  • A hand loom

And the tools:

  • A pair of scissors
  • A multimeter

For this instructable, I laser cut a hand loom using a template that I provided on github. You can also make your own by cutting out notches on a piece of cardboard.

Prepare your loom by:

  1. Start by knotting one end of the conductive thread to the top left notch on the loom.
  2. Carry the thread down to the bottom of the loom and slip it through the lower left notch.
  3. Then bring the thread back to the front of the loom through the notch directly to the right of the lower left notch.
  4. Continue lacing the thread up and down the loom. The front should have threads parallel to the sides of the loom and nothing across the notches. The back should show threads looping across the notches.
  5. Finish by knotting at the lower right notch and leave a tail end for later.

I like to wrap my yarn first around the loom to make sure it will make it all the way around. Conductive thread can be expensive! You definitely don't waste any.

<p>So many ideas could come out of this. Immediately I think of a conductive glove, for both warmth and phone usage in the cold. Very cool!</p><p>Did you make the loom?</p>
<p>I did make the loom! I chose 7 warps to teach students the three main weaves: basic, twill and sateen. You can download the template and laser cut or hand-cut your own here:</p><p><a href="https://github.com/theantonius/loom" rel="nofollow">https://github.com/theantonius/loom</a></p><p>I'm always looking for new ways to improve the design too, in case you have suggestions! :)</p>
<p>What is conductive therad made from?</p>
<p>I usually get mine from Sparkfun or from Adafruit:<br><br>Sparkfun: <a href="https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10118" rel="nofollow">https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10118</a><br>Adafruit: <a href="http://www.adafruit.com/product/603" rel="nofollow">http://www.adafruit.com/product/603</a></p><p>The thin thread is great for machine sewing. I like to use thicker threads for hand sewing. There are lots of other sources, but those two are my favorite stores. Hope this helps!</p>

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