Soft Fabrication Fall 2023

Ideate Gallery Link (examples of students’ final projects from previous semesters)
Soft Technologies Facilities Rules (A4, A31)

Sewing Machine Manuals
Janome HD-3000 Manual
Janome Mod-19 Manual
Singer 44S Manual

Videos for Week 1
01 Hand Sewing Powerpoint 
02 Cutting Fabric
03 Hand Sewing Stitches, Natalya’s video (basting stitch, tiny running stitch,
       backstitch, overcast, blanket, appliqué)
      Tying a Knot 
      Running Stitch
      Overcast/Whip Stitch
      Blanket Stitch
      Applique with Whip Stitch
      Applique with Blanket Stitch
04 Hem Stitch (slip)  
05 Hem Whip Stitch
06 Machine Sewing Powerpoint
07 Understanding Sewing Machine in A4- Singer 44S Heavy Duty Sewing Machine 
08 Sewing Machine Samples (tension setting sample, spiral, square labyrinth, letter)
09 How to Use a Seam Ripper

History of Sewing Machines
Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, Nicholas de Monchaux

Working With Embroidery Floss
10 Fun Embroidery Stitches
Three Historical Stitches
Basic Stitches for Historical Sewing
Invisible Stitch
List of Great Books to Get Into Sewing

Videos for Week 2
01 From 2-D to 3-D Powerpoint
Heart Sample, use the invisible stitch (ladder stitch) to close up the form once filled with poly fill
03 Flat Bottom Pouch
04 Dart Sample 1 & 2
05 Square Cushion

How to Drape a Basic Bodice
Creating Pattern from Muslin Drapes
Dart Manipulation by Shingo Sato
Sculptural Moulage by Shingo Sato

Olson Mask Pattern
Olson Mask Instructions

Videos for Week 3
Weaving, Felt, Knit, Crochet Powerpoint Part 1
       Weaving, Felt, Knit, Crochet Powerpoint Part 2
02 Felt Sphere Sample
Felt Sheet Sample
Felt Hollow Sphere Sample
Washing and Dyeing Felt Samples 
Needle Felting Sample
07 Smart Textiles Powerpoint
08 Soft Circuit Sample
       one LED circuit
       four LED circuit

how to make a needle felted puppet for stop motion animation
stop motion animation with felt
rug making in Iran
needle felting a teddy bear skull
needle felting a cat
Felt Makers-Terelj, Mongolia
felt slippers part 1, felt slippers part 2, felt slippers part 3
felt boots
beaver wool hat making
dry felting doll faces (good video to watch for making complex dry felt forms)
batting versus roving
The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women
Lia Cook and Her Jacquard Loom
Outdoor Felting in Mongolia
Industrial Manufacturing of Felt 
Cat Cave
Understanding Knit Fabrics
Learning About Fabrics 4: Knit Basics
Kobakant: How to Get What You Want
Shape Memory Alloys For Controllable Compression Textiles and Garments
Building the Future SpaceSuit
LED Matrix Shirt
Unfolding Fashion Tech, Book
Infinity Burial Suit FAQs
Lining Yao
Make: Wearable Electronics (book)

Final Project Option: Zipper Pouch
Step by Step Zipper Pouch Video
Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial (from Noodlehead)
PDF of Zipper Pouch Pattern
Animal Head (see below)

Animal Head for Final Project


  1. print animal head template document and cut out (templates have already been sized to 200%); tape sections that were too big to fit on one page
  2. read general instructions
  3. read individual animal head construction instructions BEFORE BEGINNING, paying particular attention to CUTTING GUIDES and KEY
  4. follow along my videos while working on animal heads (keep videos on mute because I did not edit sound)
  5. use beeswax to strengthen the thread in your tool kits; this will also prevent it from twisting
  6. interfacing, batting, water based markers, beeswax, carbon paper and any specialty tool/material necessary to complete the animal heads will be in the Sewing Lab in a box labeled ANIMAL HEADS; foam board to be used inside BASE will be located near the ANIMAL HEAD box
  7. watch ladder stitch (2 min.) before begging to work on BASE

work alongside me:

MUST read these general instructions
you will find construction instructions for each animal head in this folder
you will find templates for each animal head in this folder (templates have already been sized to 200%)

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