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luxxnatura

Hi Korman!
Using Lilypad LEDs (http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10045) would be a nice idea because they have the resistors attached, however the downside is that you have this purple PCB as well...

Otherwise, you can try attaching something like crimp beads (found in craft, fabric and bead stores: http://www.google.com/search?q=crimp+beads&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=857&bih=463) and then looping conductive thread through them.  You can compress the crimp bead with pliers to secure the connection. 

Check out this blog for how to get creative with soft circuits:
http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8549

Conductive Thread: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8549
(4ply is considerably less resistive than 2ply, so I would recommend this)

You can also cut down on your sewing by using a combination of iron-on conductive fabric as well as conductive thread.  For example, you could make the grounds all one long strip of conductive fabric, and only sew the individual data connections to the Arduino.
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Twitter: @luxxnatura

Korman

Thanks for the tip. The Lilipad LED seem to be too big, but the link with the beads is quite good. I'm going to try something along those lines.

Korman

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