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Free copy of Switch Craft and Illuminated Fabric - DEADLINE EXTENDED

iHeartSwitch.com is giving away a free copy of Switch Craft and a 10" x 10" swatch of fiber-optic lighted fabric from Luminex to one lucky person. We have a nice number of responses, but we'd like a few more so we've extended the deadline to the 12th of February, the winner will be announced on February 20th, so stay tuned! 

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Mommy Cast Interviews Alison Lewis about Switch Craft

I had a chance to talk to Paige from MommyCast.com about the innovative projects from SwitchCraft and iHeartSwitch. You can watch our chat in the video below. (Hint: Don't miss bloopers at the end!)

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How to purchase fabrics for your Switch Craft projects

Obsessed with finding the right fabric? I am too, and this was no exception for the fabrics I used in my book Switch Craft. Each material was meticulously chosen for its color, pattern, sheen, and weave, while bringing vibrancy to the normally dull subject of electronics.

I have put together a guide to help you get the best fabric for your next Switch Craft project.

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Kicking off the Web 2.0 Conference with New York Ignite, November 16th

Tomorrow night, November 16th, I have 5 minutes and 20 slides to share everything I know about creating a tech savvy DIY for a non-techy crafter. Can I do it? You’ll have to tune in find out. 

Ignite NYC VII

When: 11/16, starting @7PM
Where: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street
What: 15 five minute presentations that geeks and techies will love
Admission: FREE

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ALISON ON THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW: Monday, October 26th on NBC!

 

 

Next Monday, I will be showing Martha Stewart, the mother of all craft, how to make a light up porcupine costume for her Halloween Petacular! Isaac Mizrahi is also on the show and he says "These costumes are so Paris couture like Alexander McQueen!"

DON'T MISS IT!  

You  can preview the show online here.

Monday, October 26th on NBC
Get your local show times on the Martha Stewart Site here.

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Reader Project: Tom Biro's Gadget Gloves

I found Tom's project on Flickr by total accident. Apparently, he was sent the link on how to make the gadget gloves and made two pairs for Christmas last year.

Tom ran into a bit of a snare with the sewing. This is because it is harder to sew a perfect straight line when you have knited gloves. With knitted gloves you can do a series of knots to make a little ball of thread at the end of your finger instead of the straight stitches suggested in the tutorial. 

Great job Tom. I know you have some thread left over, so get to making some for this year too! 

 

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NY Times Before & After

I shared my redecorated living room with the NY Times recently and am really happy with the results.

Before the transformation my living room didn’t have much of a spark. In fact, for months it looked like a space I just moved into, and lacked any personal style. As a designer, I just had to do something about it.

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York TimesPhoto by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times

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Fashion Camp NYC 2009

Alison will be at Fashion Camp in NYC this weekend, September 12th and 13th.

Fashioncamp is an event where fashion-lovers from all over the fashion-map come together to talk about the future of fashion in a relaxed environment. It follows the format of a “barcamp”, a popular event in the tech community where people get together to share what they think is cool and to network. Find out more and get FREE tickets here.

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"NotCot" discovers what's inside vibrating mascara

Jean Awe of NOTCOT has unearthed the tiny little vibrating motors inside Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara.

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Electronic Sewing Kits

If you are having a tough time finding the right electronic craft materials for your next invention, try out one of these great kits available online.

Stern Lab is a good choice if you are looking for the basics at a good cost. With this kit you can light up a t-shirt or your embroidery. $15 on Etsy

 

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