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Posted by: Mary Stiefer
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Posted on: 11/8/05 10:35 AM
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I use Crayola Chalk to mark dark colored fabrics. But - it was a pain because there was never a sharp point. I was at Office Max the other day and they had these two hole pencil sharpeners and the light bulb went on. It was only 30 cents to - I went for it. When I brought it home I immediately tried sharpening a piece of chalk in the large hole of the sharpener and it works like a charm.

I know there are lots of chalk liners, etc. - but - this is just fine. And really cheap too.

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lisika242 said... (7/10/08 1:27 AM) Reply
I'll have to give this a try...I have a box of the crayola chalk that I used for crafting with kids for a daycare. I might as well get a second use out of it, since I know longer work there. Although I donated most of it, I still kept some around just in case. Thanks for the tip!
mamacita said... (11/9/05 8:56 PM) Reply
Mary! thanks for the tip....I have a two hole eyebrow pencil sharpener that I have never I dug it out and it works as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
FeyFaerie said... (11/9/05 2:28 PM) Reply
Great idea! Another good way to maintain a sharp point - or if you wanted to change it to an angled point - is to use a fine grade sandpaper. DO NOT buy those "fancy-smancy" sandpaper "sharpeners" for charcoal pencils that you can find at art and hobby stores. Just go to the hardware store, and buy a pkg. of the regular sized sheets. I then cut them into managable size squares and store them in a sandwich bag - you can sometimes find a HUGE bag of "fine grade" squares, pre-packaged at your local dollar store. I did - about 2 years ago - and trust me, it is a lifetime supply! Great to know that the chalk can be use in the sharpener, though! I just bought (for about $5) 3 quiltiing chalk pencils.... Well, I know better now! Thanks again for the great tip!
Stitchology said... (11/9/05 12:10 PM) Reply
Thanks. I've been making thick, awkward lines with my blackboard chalk and this never occurred to me. Glad someone has a functioning brain.
Everyday Sewist said... (11/9/05 9:17 AM) Reply
Can't wait to try this! Thanks.
xela said... (11/9/05 7:23 AM) Reply
Expensive doesn't mean it works better. Great idea! Now why didn't I think of that? :-)
Enid E said... (11/8/05 5:34 PM) Reply
Mary, What a terrific idea! Thanks!!! Enid
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