Four minute story from PBS Nova, read to you via audio, or you can read the story and see the pics. It’s the work of Tim Winegard at our own Canadian University of Guelph.
Personally, I’d rather have clothing made from artificially produced spider webs, thank you. Another 4 minute story with Randy Lewis, Nicolas Godley and David Pogue. This is absolutely fascinating!
The whole episode that includes other materials is in this video.
I’ve never found a satisfactory tool to mark dark fabric. Not agile enough. Too messy. Not reliable enough. Whatever. I’ve been tempted to take silver or gold sharpie type markers to the fabric, but worried how to get it out.
But then when I was in line to get a hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s today, I connected with the white markings they had on their drinks to identify what each were. You could write with it. You could wipe it off easily enough. It’s probably not toxic if it’s that near digested fluids… though you could never be sure these days. I thought this could be the perfect dark fabric marker I have been seeking my entire (sewing) life!
And so I asked what they used to mark the drink.
Well, I’m not sure whether or not I should be surprised, but none of them knew! They showed me the thing and said it was a fillable filament they stuck in some pen casing. But that was all they knew about it!
I had a meeting on my mind so I walked off disappointed. Maybe I’ll ask again to see if they’d loan me one, sell me one, give me one, or whatever. But I’d still have to test it.
Then I thought of you all and thought maybe I’d ask you first in case any of you knew. Do you?
Any of you have kids or know of people at Tim’s who might know?