Nifty Notions – Which Marker?
At the Craft & Quilt Fairs, the INTO CRAFT stand is dedicated to introducing new products and educating visitors how to use them. Judy Hall explains new products to Fair visitors through the Nifty Notions demonstrations at this stand. We hope you enjoy these convenient FREE educational product displays.
This year one of those 30 minute demos is about ‘Which Marker Should Be Used When’? It is quite informative, explaining the differences between lead, chalk, chemical or ceramic markers etc and how to remove markings.
Some of the new products to enter the market are ones which iron off, such as Frixion Pens, ones that wash away completely even after ironing, and permanent markers which are becoming increasingly popular for machine embroidery, labels and appliqué.
I have chosen two only from the vast array on show as these have raised the most questions from visitors and there seems to be a lot of misinformation circulating about their use.
CERAMIC LEADS vs LEAD PENCILS
Lead pencils are often difficult to remove from projects, however the new Ceramic Lead pencils are a vast improvement and glide over the fabric so much more easily.
Sewline Ceramic lead pencils are by far the most popular and are available in a range of colours to suit all fabric choices with lead refills being an economical option. They are available in white, black, green and pink leads.
What makes them so special? Ceramic leads were especially developed in Japan for use on fabrics having a special ceramic coating allowing the marker to glide smoothly over the fabric without catching the weave. They must be used lightly. If pressed too hard they may make the lines difficult to erase. Just a light touch and you will be left with a clear, fine line with no chalky residue. Lines will not brush off, smudge or disappear with handling. Lines will stay on the fabric until removed with a damp cloth or a polymer eraser. Sewline have even developed a special eraser – Sewline Aqua Eraser. I imagine you’ve had issues in the past with lead breakage which is quite frustrating. Using the Sewline Ceramic Lead Pencils reduces the chance of lead breakage with their unique cushioning mechanism in the pencil barrel.
Try them – I’m sure you will appreciate the brilliance of Ceramic Leads.
Judy’s Tip – only use a light touch when marking fabrics and always pre-test on the fabric you will be using in your project. If you press hard when marking, lines will be more difficult to remove.
Do not use spray starches when working with ceramic leads as it will make the lines much more difficult to remove. Do not iron markings.
Note: Karisma Ceramic Lead Pencils are extremely good, but beware, lead refills for the Karisma brand and the Sewline brand are not interchangeable.
Imagine! Appliqué without adhering fabric pieces onto another fabric! Yes, it’s back to school using our coloured pencils. Any colouring-in pencils will do, but I highly recommend Derwent Intense or Derwent Studio since the higher quality of pencil will give the best results.
Australian Helen Stubbings has developed Faux Appliqué simply using coloured pencils to fill in shapes. Transfer the design to the main fabric for your project, colour in, stitch around the outlines and then make permanent by applying Textile Medium. This secures the colouring in, leaving the fabric pliable and washable.
Whenever I showed this method, students didn’t realize that any coloured pencils could be used, nor did they realize you had to secure the design with Textile Medium, hence the inclusion here.
Helen gives numerous hints about her technique and her designs in her book Faux Appliqué.
Images kindly provided by Helen Stubbings from Hugs n Kisses; Sewline.
See you at the next NIFTY NOTIONS demonstration at the INTO CRAFT stand at the Craft & Quilt Fair!