Embroidery samples: sashiko stitch, cross stitch, goldwork embroidery

Left: Sashiko pressure sensor (Berit Greinke), centre: Cross-stitch oscillator (Pepita Neureuter), right: Circuit sampling in progress inspired by goldwork embroidery (Zora Kutz).

Open to:
BA ab 5. Semester Mode und Produkt
MA Design
MA Sound Studies
MA Design & Computation

Max. 6 Studierende
in Präsenz

Für Design-Studierende nur als interdisziplinär-künstlerische Studium-Generale-Leistung anrechenbar.

Thursdays afternoons, see dates and times below.
Raum 206, STR (Strasse des 17. Juni 118)

28. Apr 2022, 14:00 – 18:00
5. May 2022, 14:00 – 18:00
2. Jun 2022, 14:00 – 18:00
9. Jun 2022, 14:00 – 18:00
16. Jun 2022, 14:00 – 18:00
23. Jun 2022, 14:00 – 16:00
30. Jun 2022, 14:00 – 16:00
7. Jul 2022, 14:00 – 16:00
14. Jul 2022, 14:00 – 16:00

JunProf. Dr. Berit Greinke
Dorothee Warning

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If not possible to enrol on Moodle, please email me at .

There will be an online pre-meeting (Informationsveranstaltung) on 21 April 18:00 – 18:30, where a brief overview and info on the expected outcomes will be provided. Please join on webex >>here.

Embroidery has a rich history which, in different forms, has existed as long as the making of textiles. Bridging the utilitarian and the decorative, hand embroidery only requires the most essential of tools and materials, i.e. a needle, a thread, and a fabric to stitch on.

In recent years, embroidery has also been explored by designers and researchers for the prototyping of soft electronic circuits, or even fully embroidered electromechanical computers (The Embroidered Computer, Irene Posch, 2016). Here, old crafts provide means and a strategy to imagine other narratives for technology development.

In this seminar, we will bring together old techniques of embroidery with noise-making integrated circuit (IC) chips. You will receive introductions to electronic textiles and ICs to create sonic and/or interactive embroidery. On the basis of a historical embroidery technique of your choice, you will then explore logic and noise patterns in an embroidery sampler.

Our approach will be hands-on, exploring aesthetics and function through materials and critical crafting.

The seminar is aimed at students who are interested in textile crafts, while being curious about art-tech interdisciplinary inquiry. No previous knowledge in electronics required, but commitment and self-motivated learning is crucial. Interdisciplinary collaborative projects are possible.


„The English word ’sampler‘ derives from the Latin ‚exemplum‘, or the old French term ‚essamplaire‘, meaning ‚an example‘. Before the introduction of printed designs, embroiderers and lacemakers needed a way to record and reference different designs, stitches and effects. The answer was to create a sampler – a personal reference work featuring patterns and elements that the owner may have learned or copied from others, to recreate again in new pieces.”

Embroidery – a history of needlework samplers