Lighten Up! Using Light in Designs


L i g h t e n      U p!


i n      s i g h t!


Lighten Up!  is a workshop developed after Alice learned about lighted bookmarks from Mariano, Mario and Allie from Parachute Factory in 2014!  Since then and with much input from co-presenters in our Lighten Up! Outreach Workshops around NM, Lighten Up! has become a way of looking at everyday things! Because of the excitement generated by some of the displays in our workshops, in addition to our original Lighten Up! Outreach Workshops, we are developing more advanced ones that include several single color (or flashing) LED, rechargeable batteries, addressable RGB LED, programmable microcontrollers and much more for tinkerers of all ages and abilities!

We are excited about our partnership with Abbey Brewing Company at Monks’ Corner Taproom in downtown Albuquerque!  We feature special Introductory Lighten Up! workshops — no previous experience necessary.  Choose from a selection of our TnT or seasonal projects to  Lighten Up!  with solid, blinking or multi-color LED. We’ll show you how to connect everything into an electronic circuit — don’t worry, we’ll show you how easy that can be!  Write a personal message, add color and embellishments to make your project as unique as you are!  Then VIOLAYou’ll have a masterpiece to light your way home!

Interested but not sure you want to participate?  No problem!  Stop by to get ideas to do on your own or sign-up for a later workshop.  Come, see what the excitement is all about!

Click here for more information.

On December 3rd, the 11th annual Holidays Take Flight was held at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum.  We lit up a corner of the upstairs Crafts area to help families make their unique Holiday greeting cards, ornaments and snowpersons to keep or give away!

Invention Dimension hosted Making Monster Bags on October 22nd from 1 – 3pm.  We helped light up the little Monsters!  🙂

The following is a short description of our Bubonicon 49 Workshop.

This will be a combined Introduction and Intermediate workshop.  We expect that all attendees are familiar with sewing by hand but previous experience with conductive thread is not necessary … you’ll learn that HERE!

In this workshop, we’ll show you how to sew a parallel circuit into a choker/sleeve garter/etc. that lights up!  Using up to 5 sewable LED, a switched battery holder (battery included!), conductive thread and craft materials you’ll make a choker/sleeve garter/etc. to take home with you.  Also, we can give you pointers or advice about your own e-textile projects.  We’ll have lots of examples for your next Lighted Project!

We will have different types of conductive thread for you to feel/touch but will use one that we find easiest to use — the Adafruit thin conductive thread.  We will have two types of sewable LED — the slightly larger LilyPad LED (in white, yellow, red, pink, green and blue) and the slightly brighter Adafruit LED (in white, red, rose, green and blue).  Choose the one you like better — we don’t recommend mixing the two types.  The switched battery holder makes it easy to turn your choker/sleeve garter/etc. on and off!

The price for this workshop is $30* and includes all materials** for the first 15 who sign up at Bubonicon 49.  We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard.

* Two $15 drawings will be held at the end of the Workshop.

** You may want to embellish your choker/sleeve garter/etc. with other materials on your own.  We’ve used assorted gears, glass beads, flowers and metal studs.

Our first series of Beginner (8th), Intermediate (15th) and Advanced I (22nd) workshops were presented in October 2016 — just in time for Halloween and the Holidays!

Introduction to Lighted E-Textiles

Using an LED, conductive thread, coin-sized battery and holder, and craft materials, make a bookmark that lights up – bright enough to read by!

Workshop price includes all materials.  

Intermediate Lighted E-Textiles

Use several LED, conductive thread and coin-sized battery and holder to create a project of your choice.  Suggestions for projects include chokers, sleeve garters, bracelets and Holiday ornaments.

Workshop price includes 5 LED, conductive thread, sewing needle, battery holder with on/off switch and small selection of ribbons/felt/beads will be provided. Feel free to bring your own hat or special accessory to Lighten Up! 

Advanced Lighted E-Textiles I

Bring your existing project to Lighten Up!  Enhance your existing projects — such as embroidery and beaded art work – with some LIGHT! Use LED, conductive thread and rechargeable LiPo battery to LIGHTEN UP! your current project.

Workshop price includes 5 LED, conductive thread, sewing needle, LiPo battery and LiPo battery holder/charger.  

3 Responses to Lighten Up! Using Light in Designs

  1. Pingback: Lighten Up! Workshop Series |

  2. Pingback: Join us at Bubonicon 49! |

  3. Pingback: Lighten Up! your Friday at Bubonicon 49! |

Comments are closed.