Fred Hoefler's project to adapt a hand-powered loom so it can be controlled by a Raspberry Pi is a great way of mixing textiles and technology. You can find all the posts related to the project on Fred's blog at photographic-perspectives.com/tag/powered-loom/
JACQUARD'S LOOM and the stored programme concept - The Jacquard loom was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in Lyon in 1801 to weave textiles, mainly silk. It stored weaving programmes in a series of punched cards. In a process that was very reminiscent of that once used to create computer programs a design would be drawn on paper and a punch card machine would be used to create a set of cards. These were then stitched together.
Wearable Tech – LilyPad Arduino Intro | Beginners guide to the LilyPad Arduino for wearable technology. During the course of the day you will be introduced to the basics of soft circuitry, some basic electronics, Arduino software, programming, and reading a sensor. At the end of the day you will have a functioning interactive patch, which you can sew onto a garment, bag or cushion cover.