Final Project Idea: Sound Shawl – E-textile knitting exploration



For my final project I would like to explore the world of E-textile Knitting. The final concept is a shawl that is knitted to match a specific spot in nature like a spot in prospect park. And the capacitive touch spots / analogue sensors could trigger audio recordings of that location. The colors (and ideally the pattern – but being newer to knitting would most likely be tied through color palette) 


Inspired by Einrúm, an Icelandic company that creates yarns and patterns inspired by the natural environment. During our Environment class I was inspired by the idea of increasing the lifespan of an object through customization or having the item individualized. I was reminded of Einrúm’s yarn’s particular ability  to pull on a personal connection of  place through pattern.

Already certain clothing items can function as portals to specific moments or life experiences. For this project would like to connect it back to nature – although  sometimes our connection to technology feels like its pulling us away from nature, technology is just at tool and can also have the ability to enhance our relationship with it.

[ below is a knitting pattern inspired by Basalt rock columns. and there are examples of swatches inspired by specific Icelandic geology]

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For final concept shape was thinking of something along the Elementary wrap pattern by Purl Soho but also know that I’ll most likely present polished swatches / a larger test area ❤

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[Another variation would be more on the healing side where maybe like Jingwen’s heat jacket, there’s a heating element on the inside. For people navigating back pain sometimes it would be nice to have a shawl that feels wearables verses a heating pad thats attached to an outlet or a quick stick on pad or one of the bulkier neck wraps. ]


Office Hrs w/ Jasmine

+ Intro to Wearables

Medical / Industry Professional environmental ware

When talking through the Express a new sense assignment from Wearables, Jasmine was reminded of various radiation detector wearables used for industry professionals to monitor their exposure. When l looking up the patches she mentioned I came across the ring versions meant for people who do bench work / hands are more often exposed than say the rest of their body / so more adequately monitored if on their hands?

We also talked about


+ Artist in the Archive


Wearables W10: Manufacturing and Crafting III

Apr 19 6:30pm – 9:00pm

  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm Artist Talk from Shih Wei Chieh in Room 50
  • 7:45pm – 8:20pm Wireless project show and tell part II
  • 8:20pm – 9pm Presentation: Manufacture of hardware and textiles, and the conjunctions II
  • In-class activity: Crafting methods: embroidery, knitting, crochet, weaving



  • Needle Felting: Transform roving into 3D objects using a barbed needle. Tutorial
  • Wet Felting: Use hot water, soap and agitation to change the raw fibers into a fabric. Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2


Twist together fibers to form yarn

  • Hand spinning with a spindle: Tutorial
  • Hand spinning with a spinning wheel: Tutorial


Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth.

  • Looms
    • Floor Loom
    • Table Loom
    • Cricket Loom
    • Tapestry Loom
    • Jacquard Loom
    • Rapier Loom *industrial loom
  • Weaving Methods
  • Inspiration projects:


Knitting creates multiple loops of yarn, called stitches, in a line or tube. Knitting has multiple active stitches on the needle at one time.

  • Knitting with needles: Tutorials
    • Cast on
    • Knit stitch
    • Purl stitch
    • Cast off
  • Home knitting machine
  • Industrial knitting machine
  • Inspiration projects:
  • Crochet

    Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook.


    Quilting is the process of sewing two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt or quilted garment.


    Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn.

    Screen Printing

    Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil.


    Dyeing is the application of dyes or pigments on textile materials such as fibers, yarns, and fabrics with the objective of achieving color with desired fastness.

    • Shibori (Japanese Tie Dye)
    • Inspiration projects:

    Digital Fabrication