Sunday, September 11, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching - Marking

Welcome to Slow Sunday Stitching! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us as we update you on what's happening in our world of hand stitching.
Bohin chalk pencil, Frixion pen, and Hera marker
I have been hand quilting my civil war reproduction bow tie quilt. As I was basting it, I decided on the design of the quilting but wasn't sure how to mark the lines. There are so many marking options and I like them all, so it was just a matter of picking one. I decided on using these three just to make it more interesting!
On the light backgrounds I am using the hera marker to make a slight crease in the fabric. It's easy to see and doesn't result in any marks to remove on the light fabric.


hand quilting bow ties
But I find it hard to see hera marks on dark fabrics so I am using either the chalk marker or the frixion pen on the bow ties. I like both of these markers and I am using whichever shows up better on each fabric. On that grey/brown bow tie you can see I marked the left side with red frixion and the right side with chalk. Mostly I prefer the chalk because it just brushes off so easily. 


Today I will be happily hand quilting more bow ties.
What are you working on? We love to see your hand stitching projects, and cheer you on in making slow progress.

   

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18 comments:

  1. Very nice! I don't really have any hand projects on the go right now, which is so unlike me. I don't sit still well, and lately when I do, I've been reading for a change. I really must dig out some handwork., you've inspired me ;)! XO

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  2. Would like to see photos & report on quilts you entered in Paris Fair.

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  3. I find on some dark fabrics the frixion pens leave light marks but I love them for most things

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  4. Love seeing these little bow ties come to life!

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  5. My slow stitching for today will be marking, so your post is quite timely. I have a lot of HSTs to make, and I'll be using my TV time to mark lines.

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  6. It's interesting to see how you mark up Kathy - I'm about to buy my first Hera marker. The shop owner very kindly let me try hers to see what it was like and I was surprised at how well it marked. I wonder if it's as good for curves as it would seem to be for straight lines? I tend to use pencil (can be a bit of a pain to remove) or tailor's chalk - must get a chalk pen too! Enjoy your quilting today :)

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  7. Heading to our local quilt show for the day. Taking along hexies in case I can sit and stitch. But I have to see the show, shop the vendors, take in the tea room and work 2 hours. Hope I have time for it all!!!!

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  8. I was happy to hear you have trouble seeing the hera marker - me too!
    Happy Stitching!

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  9. I'm new to the Hera marker, but liking it so far. I like the Bohin marker a lot. I love Frixon pens, but am starting to try different methods when possible.

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  10. I always appreciate hearing about the success or failure of different marking pens. There are so many choices now, I always feel nervous about pens that I haven't experimented with myself.

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  11. Although I have no blog now, I still continue to enjoy yours and most Sundays I am slow stitching. Today I am putting together a lone star, with papers. I made one by machine in MArch, it nerly drove me crazy with the un-picking needed to get it lined up! EPP is the way to go :-)

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  12. I use the hera marker if I'm marking straight lines or dark or light. For other than straight lines I use chalk on dark or mechanical pencil on light.

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  13. I like the chalk marker especially if drawing a curve. I haven't tried the hera marker. I get a little nervous using new markers as I sometimes find the fade too quickly or don't fade or wash out at all.

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  14. Just out of curiosity, Kathy, what do you mark with when you're working with wool? I know it must vary depending on the color...just as with cotton fabric. I haven't ever tried a hera marker! It looks intriguing. And since I'm a collector of gadgets . . . !! :)

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  15. Thanks for hosting! I tend to prefer chalk as well, or masking tape, because of ease of "mark" removal. I'm very curious about this Hera marker though. Do you have to stitch without a hoop so that the marks don't stretch back out? Please and thank you!

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