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A Time In Stitch is a clock, except instead of displaying
the time in a traditional manner, this clock stitches the
hours, minutes and seconds into fabric.
It's a complex machine consisting of a continuous feed of
the fabric of your choice, which runs under a sewing
arm. At the end of this
sewing arm is a compact
embroidery device (see links). This is all connected to a
microphone and processor that responds to spoken
current time requests.
Any demand for "what time is it?" is met by the machine
springing into action and embroidering the time into the
fabric, which then advances to expose a fresh area ready
for a new request.
"A Time In Stitch" offers numerous customisable features,
from thread colour, fabric variety, and type
faces/formats/language for the actual time.
The completed fabric, punctuated by random time
signatures, winds unto a drum to be eventually made
into a range of unique garments.
it probably looks something like this, only with clock features as well [xenzag, Apr 07 2019]
||I like this idea, but instead of responding to verbal requests, I think it should work continuously, stitching and then un-stitching itself, in the manner of those whiteboard clocks that write and then wipe themselves every minute.
||If it used a chain-stitch, it would be able to reel the thread back in to perform the erasing. It could also be arranged so that it takes precisely 60 stitches to write out the time, and performs one stitch each second.
||This is one of the best embroidery-based clock ideas I've ever
||Summer time transitions would be fun to watch.