A programmable 8-bit computer created using traditional embroidery techniques

8-bit computer Irene PoschThe Embroidered Computer by Irene Posch and Ebru Kurbak doesn’t look like what you might expect when you think of a computer. Instead, the work looks like an elegantly embroidered textile, complete with glass and magnetic beads and a meandering pattern of copper wire. The materials have conductive properties which are arranged in specific patterns to create electronic functions. Gold pieces on top of the magnetic beads flip depending on the program, switching sides as different signals are channeled through the embroidered work… Read more

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The Sailmaker

Lovely little film about British sailmaker Chris Spencer Chapman from Salcombe, Devon, directed by his daughter Hazel.

The art and mystery of needle making

A film about the history of the needle making industry made by the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, one of London’s ancient Livery companies (via Caroline Rousset-Johnson on Facebook).