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Posted on: 11/17/07 9:09 AM
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I like good chalk wheels, but sometimes I need to mark points, not lines, on dark fabric. I've used Dixon Washout Cloth Markers for such occasions, but I've noticed that as they age, they harden, and seeing a white mark on the fabric requires an optometrist and the gift of clairvoyance. This morning I was practically engraving fiddly little (unseen) dots onto sleeve vents, when out of sheer frustration, I moistened the white "lead" on the pencil. Okay, truth be told, I stuck it on my tongue. The white marker sprang to life and left perfect visible dots exactly where I wanted them. If you're fastidious, you can dip the tired old pencil into water, I suppose, but my method has an additional benefit: no one will want to borrow your pencil.

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joan said...
Been there, done that. Works like a charm every time. Thanks, for posting sharing the idea.
11/17/07 10:47 AM
Rhonda in Montreal said...
You're a HOOT, Karla!! Good idea!
11/17/07 11:16 AM
Stitchology said...
Sewer's pica.
11/18/07 0:16 AM
patsijean said...
What a HOOT and practical too.
11/18/07 1:57 PM
martinanne said...
Great tip! And thanks for the chuckles!!
11/18/07 2:15 PM
candyo said...
Where can I find these?? I must have them!
11/19/07 8:43 AM
Boo97 said...
11/19/07 8:44 PM
cafelatte said...
I always thought I kept buying "defective" ones because I could never get these pencils to show properly, thank you for enlightening me.
11/22/07 9:22 AM
OP Gal said...
Great tip. Now, Ill just have to figure out where I can get some Dixon Washout Cloth Markers.
11/30/07 3:20 PM
EveS said...
OOOH!!! I've been cursing at my "faulty" marker for the past half hour... You rock, Karla!!! BUT, since I'm working on faux fur, I do have to wonder the size of the hairball I'm going to get from all of that licking, though! heehee.
12/3/07 3:20 PM
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