Needle Felting Conductive Fabric




Introduction: Needle Felting Conductive Fabric

Conductive fabric is a great tool for switches and circuits, but is t pretty? 
Not so much.

Needle felting provides a way to make conductive fabric that fits your aesthetic and your resistance.

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Step 1: Gather Your Parts

Wool Roving
Conductive Roving
Needle Punch
Needle Felting Mat

Step 2: Conductive Thread Roving

As I mentioned in the prior step I made my own conductive rovings.

I had conductive thread samples from Shieldex that were not suitable for sewing as they are 'air spun'.
I made quick work of shredded this thread apart with my fingers and a scissor.

also sells conductive filler.  I have not used this product, but from the description it sounds similar to roving.

Step 3: Layer Fiberous Design

Begin by placing a layer of wool roving on the needle felting pad.
Layer with conductive roving and repeat.

Step 4: Punch the Needle

Once you have the shape and layers you desire use the needle punch to secure the fibers to one another.

Step 5: Test Resistance

Using your multimeter test the resistance of your project to be sure it works with your aesthetic and electrical design standards.

Step 6: Final Product

Three tulips of varying resistance.

Making conductive fabric is a trial and error art form depending upon the types of roving, how densely the product is felted and your desired end use of the product.  use your multimeter as you felt and the results can be spectacular.

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    Hi Lynne :0)
    A few questions if that's o.k, but first thanks so much for sharing your skills!
    Why do you use a brush for felting as opposed to a foam board?
    What size needles do you use in your needle-felting tool?
    Is there a link that shows what happens to the conductive fiber? Does it light up, or blink?
    Last question, do you offer classes anywhere in Ontario Canada?
    Many thanks again :0)!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    ----I am a fiber artist and work with roving every day . Your instructions are very clear until it gets to the multimeter. Once you have made your design use the multimeater to test the results . To maintain the results what do you need  the illumination in a practical way?----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I AM A GREAT FAN OF YOURS AND WISH I COULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP IN THE BAY AREA. 

    I am also a quilt artist and am collecting all the materials necessary to create the  Angel hair fiber and am in need of the same information as to the roving. How do I maintain the illumination when I chose to exhibit the quilt?--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thanking you in advance for your time and energy in answering my questions.
    Maria Cosimano-Kohl---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Lynne Bruning
    Lynne Bruning

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Maria, 

    Some projects you want want high resistance. Some projects low resistance.  This is a general instructable so I did not get specific. 

    Please look at this basic guide for more electronics information:

    For exhibit power to your quilt you will need to plug your components either into a computer and connect via a USB port.  This works for a lily pad.
    a desk top power supply - I am busy researching this myself for an upcoming show.

    wishing you powerful positive creative vibes for your project.

    please send pictures!