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One of the hardest parts of developing Stitch Synth was…stopping. There are so many different ways to make a synthesizer, and within analog synthesis alone, there are tons and tons of interesting circuits that can make and alter sound.

Here is a 100% real depiction of me trying to figure out how to focus and choose which circuits to actually make:


Recommended resources#


I got pretty much all of my circuits from one wonderful book, and one fascinating blog:

Both, in different styles, show you how to prototype various types of sound-making electronic circuits, how to change them, hack them, and put them together. I used a tiny fraction of the possible circuits that these two resources will teach you about, and turned them from hard breadboard circuits into soft e-textile things.

Other great resources for analog synth building include:


The #1 source for all things e-textiles on the internet is Kobakant - artist/designer/researcher duo Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi have been researching e-textiles (particularly how to make your own soft sensors) for years, and have documented everything in depth on their website. They are truly the queens of documentation and we should all aspire to be like them ಠ◡ಠ

Adafruit’s former YouTube Live show Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern taught me a LOT, and is worth watching, as well as Becky’s numerous wearable electronics project videos on Adafruit’s channel.

E-textile summer camp is a yearly (ish) gathering of e-textile practitioners, and there are some interesting projects documented in their ‘swatchbook’ that are worth checking out.

Lara Grant also does great things with e-textiles and has lots of tutorials, including this mini soft oscillator in Instructables, which uses the same chip (and similar circuit) as Stitch Synth’s Wendy module.

Things to try#

Here are some of the many many things that you could try:

Share your hacks#

If you do make a version of Stitch Synth, or are inspired by it to make your own soft synth, please share it and let me know! Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #stitchsynth, or document it with a tutorial on Instructables, or Fablabs.io.