Just a quick post tonight – I wanted to share my thoughts on the Clover water-soluble pen that I’ve been using for the Tree of Life embroidery project. As I’ve mentioned before, the pen is indeed very water-soluble, and the markings disappeared as soon as the water from my spray bottle hit them. Instant mark removal – awesome. I was impressed. But alas, the markings came back when the fabric dried. WTF? I’ve noticed that when the fabric dries, a blue “ring” appears around the area that I sprayed (i.e., right at the edge of the formerly water-soaked area). I’ve gone back several times now to re-spray and get rid of the blue ring, but I always just get a new blue ring around the latest sprayed area. Argh! Super frustrating. I suppose I should try just soaking the entire piece in a tub of water, but as of right now, I’ve re-sprayed the entire piece, making sure there is no “edge” where a new blue ring could form.
Sigh. All I want to do is finish off this project, hang it on the wall, and admire my burgeoning embroidery skillz, but this stupid blue pen is driving me CRAZY. Crazy, I tell you!!! Has anyone else experienced this issue with these types of pens? Does dunking the entire piece in the sink eliminate the problem? Will my project ever be finished???
I suppose the more important question is: what will my next exciting embroidery project be? : )
Also, speaking of upcoming projects, I’m taking an introductory sewing class at Gather Here this weekend, and I am SO excited to get back on the sewing machine. It’s been years. I was probably buying Nevermind at the same time as my last sewing machine experience. Ahem. Anyway, I will be making a simple tote bag, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Craftiness abounds!