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Some Things You Might Want to Know about Frixion Pens

Our Guild Member Faye wanted to share the following articles with you on Frixion Pens. From the articles linked, “Frixion pens are a line of pens and highlighters made by Pilot that are heat erasable. Frixion pens make a crisp, clear mark which goes on smoothly and easily with no skipping.”

Frixion Pens – All You Need to Know

The article referenced three other articles the author had written, but I couldn’t find a link easily so one link is all I can give. Besides, if it’s all you need to know as the title says, then you don’t really need the other three articles, do you? 🙂

Enjoy! Thanks Faye!

Big List of Online Canadian Fabric, Pattern and Notion Stores

Thanks to our member Kathleen for finding this huge list of online Canadian fabric, pattern and notion stores from The Finished Garment blog.

At the time of this writing, their list was last updated on January 6, 2015. I imagine they will update it as time goes by.

For your future reference, you can either bookmark the page the link above goes to. Or if you use our site, it is now an item in the drop down LINKS menu at upper right of our site. Click on the Canadian Online Stores choice and it will take you there!

How to Buy Fabric by the Pound… Minh’s Approach

Yesterday, I wrote asking about how to buy fabric by the pound as was the system at the Loft of Michael Levine’s in the LA Fashion District. By chance, I got to go there today as the day’s plans made by others got changed. Here was my strategy.

The place was a bunch of bins of whatever in whatever sizes there were, just as Guild member Kathleen had emailed me. If you were lucky, you’d be there on the days of or soon after designers dump off their discards and you might get some really wild, exotic and probably expensive fabrics.

I don’t think I was lucky. Everything was everywhere. Lots of big boxes you can’t realistically expect to see the bottom half of contents unless you were to do some serious digging and displacement of fabrics for every box. Lots of interesting stuff, but not much too wild.

The thought that came to my mind right away was go for sheer and lace. There was enough of it by the yard, as well as by air holes in the fabrics to make it “light” and good length for the value, lol.

Unfortunately, not too much interested me. Still, to be honest, what’s there are all pretty much bargains. It’s just a matter of how much of a bargain you’re getting.

The only pieces I ended up getting were about a yard each. A little piece of black sheer with deep green roses on it (shown below in double layer so the roses could be seen but pretty translucent). That was all of 0.05 lbs. Then a piece of deep red velvet (far richer in colour than the tablet photo below would betray).

What will they be used for? Well, let’s just say slightly scandalous garments… though not for me!!! lol

Minh in LA