Friday, 14 August 2015

Using Frixion Pens in textile art

I discovered Frixion pens accidentally, I had drawn a template on freezer paper, and in the process of ironing it onto my fabric,  the lines disappeared.  I was smitten, an easy to use, very visible way to mark fabric and then easily remove the marks with no wetting, and no waiting for it to disappear!

I do know that if you place your fabric in the freezer overnight the marks will come back, my little god-daughter had great fun writing secret notes this way :)

But, I figured my work would never be in a freezer overnight, so all was well.
I have experienced the 'ghost marks' left on fabric, but, until the other day, I had only found this problem with the neon Frixion pens.  'Until the other day' being the important part of that sentence, as it seems the black one does it too.  I have not found this issue with the dark green, the dark blue, the purple nor the red so far.

You can see the ghost quite clearly in this picture:

Here is an interesting article regarding using these pens for crafting and why we maybe shouldn't....

Thursday, 6 August 2015


I am getting ready to teach something I have not taught since leaving Berlin, and in the preparations, and reminded how much I adore sewing bespoke knickers!

I used a gorgeous piece of silk I received a while ago from a lovely friend in Berlin - it is actually a piece of silk printed with markings indicating where to cut to make cravats!

What you cannot see in the photo is that the back of the knickers sports a ruched band of the silk, they look lovely on, but I was too shy to show you!
Maybe I can rope the lovely Viki in... she was kind enough to pose in the sleep shorts I made yesterday, but she may draw the line at knickers ;)

Monday, 3 August 2015

A student's work...

I enjoy every class I teach, but every now and again I teach a class, and find it filled with creative, talented, lovely people, and we just have so much fun together!  Last week's free motion embroidery class was one of those.

I wish I had taken photos of all their work, but Betty kindly sent me pics of what she did in class....

(All photos in this post are Betty's)

Sunday, 2 August 2015


My latest work was a commissioned piece featuring the Jo'burg skyline