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Thomas Moore

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Zig Giveaway and the March Pattern Bundle...

I've released the March Pattern Bundle a day early due to the very hectic week I have ahead of me before flying down to Melbourne for Let's Get Stitched.

The stitching of the two designs I'm sharing down there are finished and the patterns sheets printed and ready to be added to the paper pattern packs - just as soon as I actually write the patterns and take the photos for the cover! GULP...just a little behind...that's all. 

Anyhow, remember that these monthly bundles are older Elefantz designs that will be permanently retired from sale in April, so you have the entire month of March to purchase the triple set HERE in my shop for just $5 US before they disappear forever. That's only $1.66 each...bargain, huh!?

The three patterns in this bundle are in a single pdf file that you can purchase and store in your Craftsy library until you need it, or download immediately to your computer.

Inside this bundle you will receive the patterns to make the three projects below. They have fully photographed steps, materials list, pattern sheets, and simply written instructions to make your sewing easier, too!

The "Cross My Heart" sewing set with carry handle...



The "Shabby Roses Bag" with applique and embroidery across a sweetly frilled front pocket...



...and the "Thoughts & Ideas" journal and bookmark set!


The sewing set and the journal set make up rather quickly, with just a small amount of embroidery to do.
The bag will take you a couple of days.

I think all three of these projects make wonderful gifts, but you may like to use the journal yourself and store it in the bag - cause that's what I did!
But the sewing set would be perfect to give a young girl just starting out on her stitching journey, don't you think?


IMPROMPTU Zig Giveaway!

 There was a lot of chit chat in the comments and via email after yesterday's blog post about the Zig Millenium pens I use to trace my designs onto fabric, SOOOOO....I thought I'd have a giveaway so some of you could try the Zig for yourselves!


I'll post worldwide, and I have 3 to give away.

Just leave one comment below, telling me what you currently use to trace designs onto fabric before stitching.
And make sure I can contact you in case you win by leaving your blog or email address too.

Three winners will be randomly drawn on March 4th. Good luck everyone!

COMMENTS and ENTRIES now closed. Winners to be announced in the March 5th blog post.

Now I'll leave you with all that, and get back to the very exciting task of pattern writing.
(did I say exciting?? maybe with some chocolate it would be....nah, not even with chocolate)

Have a marvelous day!
hugs



173 comments:

  1. Your designs are all lovely as always Jenny! Thanks for the chance to win one of those pens! I use a water soluble blue marker for marking my stitching. I just spritz the stitchery with water when I'm done and the lines all go away. Then I press it to dry it and it's done! :0)

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  2. I'm still in the dark ages, using a mechanical pencil :)

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  3. I love all of your designs Jenny - I'm still hoarding magazine tear-outs for when I have more sewing time! I currently use a lead, I mean graphite pencil, but I'm rethinking that following your previous post. I would love to try the zig pens :)

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  4. I'm not embroidering much myself, except my cross stitch which doesn't require a transfer pen. But my daughter has just discovered embroidery, doing a lot of "free style" stuff (she's very "free style" about everything and great at it), but I know she is finding more and more patterns on line and would probably love these to try. So if I win I would give the pen to her. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I just love your work.

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  5. I use the Micron pens, so far. I've not seen the Zig pens, but, I'll be on the lookout for them now. Thanks for the chance.

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  6. I currently use a pigma pen but after reading your Blog yesterday I emailed the local craft store about these new pens. Now wouldn't it be fun to win one!! It would certainly get good use because you really keep me fired up with your sweet ideas.
    cottage_hill@sympatico.ca

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  7. Generous giveaway Jenny, sounds like the yoga beneficial right now, will have to search for a stitching show in Sydney. In the past for tracings and markings I have used a marker which has an eraser section at the other end for going over finished work erasing all signs of marker, also good for change of mind etc, downsides the markings can fade/disappear before work completed and wonder what affect the chemicals in these markers have on the fabrics and stitching over time, some in the group/class I attended at the time would not use it for these reasons. Originally I did try pencil but found markings visible on finished work. Have a good day. Judithann

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  8. I currently use a micron pen but would love to try these as well. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  9. Hi Jenny, I use either a pigma pen in light brown or a Pilot Frixion pen, pink at present, that can be ironed off once the stitchery is completed. I've also used a blue water soluble pen in the past. I love all your designs and reading your blog. Best wishes, Katrina in New Zealand

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  10. I'm still using a (*graphite*) lol pencil ! Iv'e tried several marking pens and always go back to my plain old pencil so if I won one of the ZIGs I may find out an easier way to mark on my fabrics! Thank you for the chance. I'm in love with the 'Shabby' bag, thank you for that too!

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  11. I still use hb propelling pencil, but your pen looks ideal. Love the new patterns.
    Julie (martin.rl.hodges@btinternet.com)

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  12. I am using a pencil. I haven't liked any of the marking pens. I have not tried the ZIG brand. Thank you for the chance to win one.

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  13. Still using graphite pencil...there is always one lying nearby when I need it. I've always been reluctant to try something permanent...at least with pencil I can "erase" my errors. Perhaps it would just be better if I traced more slowly..but my arm gets so tired tracing with my design taped to the door (whine, whine, LOL) Love the lettering of the "shabby"...a fun font!

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  14. Sometimes I use a pencil and sometimes I use a pigma pen. Would love to try out the Zig pens. Hugs!!

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  15. Right now, I use a pencil. I have never seen the Zig.

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway Jenny, I would love to be entered..I use a pencil or a laundry marker at the moment...nit great I have to admit....hugs Elisa
    Liseylou1971@ymail.com

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  17. I use a 2b pencil not seen the Zig either.

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  18. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these pens - I have put mine away In a safe place but have forgotten were the safe place is! Loving your designs - hugs

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  19. Hi Jenny,

    I use blue wash out markers, Sew line markers, and am experimenting with Frixion pens (the ink disappears with friction or heat).

    Thanks for sponsoring a giveaway and for sharing your wisdom.

    Have fun at your stitching event!

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  20. Thanks Jenny... that's so nice of you!
    I use either a green or pink Frixion pen for my tracings...but would love to experiment with a ZIG.
    Thanks for the chance to win one... :)

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  21. I currently use a "lead", lol, pencil. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I've never heard of those pens until I read your post yesterday... would love to know where you get them from... mostly I use the micron pens at the moment...
    Hugz

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I either use a mechanical pencil or a frixion pen. I usually use a red pen because I like to do redwork alot.

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  24. Oh love all your pretty designs. I still use the old graphite pencil on my light box. Would like to try the Zig pen out. I have many more patterns to transfer for my quilt. Thanks for the chance to win. glor_255@yahoo.com

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  25. Thanks for the chance to win one of these awesome pens. I still use a pencil, usually up against a window. Would love to use one of these.

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  26. I use the water soluble blue felt pen!! Would love to try something finer!!! Thanks!!

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  27. Love designs, as always, Jenny. I love the Zig pens. My favorite is a brown micron, but I've used the millenium and microns in various colors.

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  28. most of my tracing pens are Mark-B-Gone.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. I would love the chance to win one of your pens. I am just starting out with applique but I do have a quilt marker and its called a Sewline. It disappears after a short amount of time, or washes out. Thanks

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  30. I use the brown micron. Would love to try this one!

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  31. I have used several pencils. I have used millenium in scrapbooks. Will try soon in tracing. Would love a new pen.

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  32. Hi Jenny. For the last year of so, I have been using a Frixion pen. I love that if I trace it out wrong, I can touch the iron to that spot and remove it. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  33. Most of the time I use a pigma brown pen but occasionally I will use a pencil or a blue water erase pen. None of those work well on every fabric so I switch back and forth. I'd love to try one of these - looked them up on Amazon but couldn't find a brown one as a single pen. I'd rather not buy a set until I try one first! blessings, marlene

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  34. I love your journal cover. I am using a water soluble marker but can't get anything fine with it. For fine things, I have tried tracing on solve, but I don't get very good results from that either. It would be cool to win a pen to try. Thanks!

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  35. I use a mechanical pencil, but I think I will try youpen.

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  36. I use the artline green pen. Would love to try the zig millenium. Hugs,xx

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  37. I use a Frixion pen by Pilot. It disappears when you iron it. Really like it but not sure about long term effects have heard it leaves a white line on dark fabrics but haven't tried that yet.

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  38. I never know what to use so try different pens every time. Would love to try one of these!

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  39. I use a pencil and I would love to try a Zig Millenium pen. Thank you!

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  40. Hi Jenny. Thank you for the giveaway. I use an air-erasable marking pen and it works well with most things. Sometimes I use a mechanical pencil if I know that it will take a while for me to finish my project.( I went to JoAnn's today with a friend, but they didn't have these pens. I would love the chance to try one.

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  41. I still use a pencil. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these pens.
    hstitt@optusnet.com.au

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  42. I love the Fruxion pens because with a little heat it disappears! Use them all the time! Would like to try these pens.,,,thanks

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  43. I use pigma brown but would love to try a Zig pen!
    Love your blog! niccumx4@me.com

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  44. Olá Jenny, eu uso lápis preto tentando deixar ele bem clarinho, aqui no Brasil acho que não tem desta caneta, vou procurar me informar. vaniajacomassi@uol.com.br

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  45. You are such in inspiration to me, I just love to watch and see what you create. I usually use a washable fabric marker, I have used a pen similar to the one you use when I do other crafts. I hope I win one of these pens and thank you for the chance to do so. Pamula pnaugher@bellsouth.net

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  46. I'd love to try a zig pen! I use a No. 3 hard (graphite!) pencil.

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  47. I use Fons & Porter ceramics pencils.....thank you

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  48. I love your designs...so feminine and pretty!! I use a pencil and the window for my lighting table. When I read your posting I was so excited to see that you had tested all of these different ones and found one that was the best. Thank you for the time and energy you share!!
    Christine (jeanieheath@charter.net)

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  49. I use the micron brown pigma and the frixion pen too. Sometimes it depends on the fabric.

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  50. I've been using the light brown pigma pen. I'm definitely going to try the zip pen.

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  51. How lovely of you Jen :) ... I use a micron brown pigma, and have started dabbling into using a frixon pen in my last project :)

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  52. Hi Jenny
    I have been using the blue wash away pen and all goes well. Up until now I had never seen the Zig pens but what should be on the shelf at my local patchwork shop - yes just new in... so now I will be able to try it out....

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  53. Thanks for the great giveaway. I usually use a very sharpened pencil when I am tracing on fabric.

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  54. I just use ordinary pencils too. I find if they are too sharp they don't glide along on the fabric so I prefer them a bit dull. I have never heard of the Zig pen until I read your post!

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  55. I've been using a Frixion pen lately. But I always test it first as depends on the fabric etc, depends on if it actually will completely disappear or turn white. These look fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win! :)
    bcgeates at gmail dot com

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  56. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of these pens. I take the first steps in an embroidery but I want to reach skill very much!
    my email veto4ka.olga@gmail.com
    and page http://olyakovalenko.blogspot.com/

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  57. I use a sharp pencil and would sure love to try a Zig. You work is beautiful friend!

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  58. I still use a plain old mechanical pencil. I love them for so many things but I'm sure a Zig works much better! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

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  59. I was using a Micron, but it was showing. Now just using a mechanical pencil.

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  60. Thanks for this opportunity! I still use a good old lead pencil ... oh well it works for me, but trying something like this is on my 'must do list' lol

    Rose - rose.nutira@paradise.net.nz

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  61. I have been using Zig pens for a number of years. For tracing patterns I use a brown one. Brown apparently is easier to hide.
    I always admire your work and especially how even your stitches are. I try to take my time and get my stitches as even as I can.

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  62. I currently use a washable fabric pen, I would love to try one of these Zig pens, thank you for the opportunity Jenny...

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  63. I'm very much behind the times, I still use a lead, sorry Mr E, I mean graphite pencil. . I'd love to try something new so please enter me in your giveaway.

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  64. I use a pencil or pen. I could use one of these. Thank you!

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  65. Ciao, io uso la matita di grafite, ho provato quella cancellabile con acqua ma non mi sono trovata molto bene. Spero di vincere una delle tue! Grazie

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  66. Have tried various methods most recently a Frixion pen but would love to have a go with the Zig pen, thanks for the giveaway.

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  67. Hi jenny i use a frixion pen,i find them fantastic to use.xx

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  68. Hi Jenny
    I use a brown micron pigma pen, and just as you mentioned in the previous post the tip does tend to catch on fabrics..really annoying..I haven't see a Zig pen before so looks like I may have to try and find one here in NZ..thank you for the information

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  69. Hi Jenny. At the moment I use a pencil (graphite NOT lead!) but it's not very good when doing fine embroidery. I would love to try a Zig pen.

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  70. Hi Jenny. I do like so reading your blog. Thank you for giving us your readers a chance to win

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  71. Gorgeous designs Jenny!! I love the sewing kit....I'd want it for myself!!
    I don't trace....I take the easy road out - I either get stuff pre-printed (boring I know!) or I use the iron on transfers!

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  72. Hi Jenny.. Love your embroidery works. I used pencil to trace my pattern... would love to try the pen.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. Wonderful scheme a friend showed me last year. Trace onto backing/whisperweft a mirror image of design with 0.1mm Permanent ink pen. Hand sew (running stitch with smallest stitch on Right side of fabric) with a shade of machine thread slightly darker than background fabric. Only mark major lines and dots for petals, circles for flowers, broken lines for stems. Small lines can be added as embroidering later. Sew stitches just over lines and tacking lines can be easily removed when finished with no marking on surface of your work. A bit of work to begin with but lovely when finished.

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  74. I love your new projects, I currently use a brown pig a pen but it is running dry so a new one would be a treat

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  75. I use a sharp pencil to trace my designs. Thanks Jenny for the giveaway. Hugs .......

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  76. Hi Jenny
    I use either a Frixon pen, or a fine pencil. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  77. What a great tip. I use micron pen in different colours. But I will love to try this pen.

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  78. I have been using Frixion pens for some time, though I have to remember not to even pat my fabric with an iron until all stitching is finished, or all the lovely pattern just disappears.

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  79. I've been using the brown Micron pen. Was happy to hear about the Zigs. & will try one the first chance I get. Thanks Jenny.

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  80. I've been alternating between the micron and the Frixion with mixed results and will try a Millenium soon. Thanks Jenny for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

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  81. I have been using the frixion pen. Do the millenium pens wash out?

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  82. I really enjoyed your post on pens you use, thank you. I recently purchased a package of Frixion pens that is heat sensitive and disappear when ironed. For marking quilts I found that they leave a ''ghost" line on dark fabrics. Thank you for a chance in your giveaway.

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  83. Hey Jenny!
    I still use the brown pigma micron! Gonna have to try the Zig!!! ~Annie

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  84. Hi Jenny! I haven't been able to find the ZIG pens here. Right now I use either a Frixion or Micron Pen ... still looking for that "magic tracing pen" that is perfect and comfortable to trace with. Thanks so much for a chance in your giveaway. Big Hugs....

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  85. I use pencil to trace my design onto fabric.

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  86. What a great give away, thank you. I use a pencil. I just got a pilot frixion ball erasable pin but have not tried it.

    Patricia C

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  87. Jenny, this is a swell giveaway. I use a Frixion pen for tracing.

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  88. I generally use a pencil of some type, I've also used a needle and thread and frequently print onto fabric rather than trace.

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  89. Such cuteness you share everyday.. love it all.. I use a pencil to trace my things onto fabrics..

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  90. I like to use a graphite pencil and the blue wash-a-way pen and white chalk for dark fabrics. I really like your work and thank you for the nice give-a-way.

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  91. What a busy lady you are! So thanks for taking the time to organise a giveaway. I currently use a washaway blue marker (making sure first of all that it does washaway!) and for dark fabrics I have finally discovered my ideal marker - a Fons and Porter fine white retractible pencil. Good luck with the pattern writing. xx

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  92. I just love your designs and have made them many times. I still use a pencil but would love to try the Zig pen. The pencil does tend to come off on the lighter embroidery threads. Thank you! purrfectquilts@yahoo.com

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  93. Thanks for sharing your wonderful designs. I use a wash away marker at present but would love to try a Zig. Thanks for the great giveaway chance. :)

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  94. Thanks Jenny - I use a frixion pen!

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  95. Well,,,,,i have not yet started my first embroidery project, so cannot yet say! Will use a frixion pen if I win one, though!

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  96. I have been using a micron pen or a blue water erasable marker. Not totally happy with either of them. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway!

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  97. I currently use a pencil to trace my patterns before stitching them.

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  98. I use a mechanical pencil. I would love to give these a try. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway Jenny!

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  99. Uso lápis preto sobre tule para fazer os riscos de bordado e caneta com ponta roxa que desaparece com o tempo

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  100. I switched from fine line pencil to micron pens. I would love to try the zig pens you use. Do you use different colors to match the colors of the stitches?

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    1. No, Kim. I only use the brown 0.3 Zig Millenium. :-)

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  101. I just tried a Pilot Frixion pen the other day, won't know until I'm done with the embroidery if it really disappears. Thank you for the chance to win.
    thelady at hotmail,com

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  102. I use a mechanical pencil and trace very lightly. I have used the Zig on pen and ink drawings. It is permanent isn't it. I would love to try in on fabric. Thanks for the chance to try one out.

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  103. I use the light brown micron pen as that is all that is available in my town. Just try to use a very light hand when tracing so that it doesn't grab on the fabric. Thanks for the chance to try your new discovery.

    Janet

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  104. What do I use for tracing? Well, sometimes whatever is the closest at hand. My favorite for years was my handy sharp #2 pencil...and I still go to it a lot. But, I also use the water soluble red pen from Berol that I found from a blog post...ordered them from the UK. I'm still a bit nervous of them...I mean...they are RED! But, so far, they have completely come out of any fabric I've tested. I don't use them for any of my crazy quilt work because that is sometimes not possible to wet after stitching...and/or is someone else's block that I'm stitching on.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  105. I just use a pencil, been looking for something better. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  106. I use Frixion most of the time now, but sometimes the red Pigma, and I do have an entire set of 8 colors of the Zig pens, plus a set of black ones in varying widths. They aren't always easy to find here, but I got mine from a University bookstore. They are wonderful, and in case people don't know, they are acid free for heirloom projects, paper or fabric. It's okay if I'm not entered in the drawing, since I do have quite a few of them. =) I hadn't thought about using them to trace embroidery, until you mentioned it's what you use.

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  107. My my, you have been busy!!!!
    I don't know which one to make first!!!!!
    Lovely, lovely designs, and I love those fabrics!!
    PS: I use pencil, because I'm scared to make a permanent mark in-case I want to change it a bit as I go.
    Hugs N kisses
    Barb :)

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  108. I usually use my blue (water disappearing) marker. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  109. I use a pencil. Would love to try one.

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  110. I currently use the Frixon pens. I just love them. You are wonderful and this is a nice giveaway. Have a wonderful day. Hugs!
    Tx(dot)angela(dot)gibson(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  111. I use the Pilot FriXion pens -- they make a wonderfully clear line and erase when ironed. Would like to try the Zig pens

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  112. I sometimes use black and white chalk pencils. The Zig pen looks interesting to try!

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  113. wowie! that was a lot of comments to get thru to get the new comment box ;o) what a happy thing for you to know that so many read your blog and want a chance to win the wonderful pens. i tend to use my nice warm and sunny southern california desert window with my design taped to it and my fabric that has ultra light interfacing already ironed to it taped over the paper. then i trace it all with the blue water disappearing marker. crowleylynne@yahoo.com

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  114. so, i certainly should have checked to see who was signed into the google account LOL tadhgain vlogs is really me ;o) lynne of crowleylynne@yahoo.com

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  115. Aqui no Brasil as marcas são diferentes, mas acho que faz o mesmo efeito, gostaria de experimentar esse ! bjsss, Eva
    ekastecki@hotmail.com
    AAmo seus bordados, lindos demais!

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  116. I feel like such a dumb bunny, I use a pencil. I'm new at this I didn't even think of anything else to use. Thank you for such a generous offer. ;-> Toni Anne

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  117. I have to admit that I still use a mechanical pencil. I would absolutely love to try these pens!!! And, by the way, I love your patterns!

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  118. i use frixion pens and light box

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  119. Thank you for the chance to win a Zig pen. I use a mechanical pencil like many.

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  120. I recently discovered the Frixion pen.

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  121. I use the Frixion pen.
    thanks for sharing

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  122. in the states a lot of us use Frixon pens - the lines disappear when ironed after you work your embroidery or quilting - looked today for the Zig pens but could not find here in Florida
    love your work!!!!
    Carol - ourgrammy1@gmail.com

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  123. So far I have just used a pencil but will definitely be using something else now.

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  124. I have only used a pencil but I would love to try a Zig. Thank you for the great tips and giveaway.

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  125. I still use graphite but would love to try this pen! Thank you!

    Tammy
    twillyard@comcast.net

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  126. Jenny - I usually use a Micron pen, but the Zig Millenium pens look GREAT! I LOVE, LOVE your patterns - they are sew beautiful!
    Anna Marie - annamarienick@earthlink.net

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  127. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the marking pens!

    Maryanne

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  128. Dee Shaw
    411 11thST.
    Lewiston, Idaho 83501
    I use a pencil or an ink pen blue one, have to be very careful when using the ink pen.

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  129. i currently use whatever I have at hand...a pencil, a pilot frixion and even a water-soluable pen....anything to get it on the fabric and start stitching! I wish I could wiggle my nose and have it magically appear ready for me to stitch!

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  130. My main transfer medium is a blue soluble pen because I tend to be shaky when transferring designs and haven't been game enough to try a more permanent pen. Your stitcheries turn out perfect so I may just give the Zig a go. Thanks for all of your beautiful designs.

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  131. Chalk or water-soluble pens depending on the color of the fabric I'm using. Thank you for the opportunity to win a pen I have never seen!

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  132. Thank you for a great giveaway, I would love to have a go with a Zig pen. I use a pencil usually.

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  133. I use a lead pencil or a blue marker. I have wanted to try the Zig pens. Thank you for the giveaway! I love your designs and projects. Also I love your new home!

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  134. I usually use lead pencil or a clover pencil. I would love to try the Zig pens. Thank you for your wonderful newsletters and giveaways. <3

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  135. Love all of your projects. Can't wait to see the new ones. I use a Sharpie, probably not the best but what I have on hand. Thank you for the giveaway. Janet
    mudd4chewee@gmail.com

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  136. I currently use a mechanical pencil. I sometimes use the 'purple' disappearing ink pen, but found it disappears too quickly for my stitching even if doing a small area. A Zig pen sounds wonderful especially as it feels like a namesake. At a previous job they allowed shortened names on our name tags, but didn't ask how I spelled mine - Sigi - they just sent it how they thought and it said - Ziggy - needless to say, a new tag was ordered, but my children enjoyed using the old one when playing dress-up!!

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  137. Your blog is interesting and inspiring as is your designs. Currently I use a wash out marker to trace my designs. So far I have had good luck with it. Your Zig pens are something new to me and I would love to try them. Thank you for this great giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  138. I love your blog and all of the things you create. I am always looking for great gift ideas. Thank you.

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  139. I'm still using a blue pen that disappears with water. But I want to do some work on fabric that won't take well to washing. This sounds great.

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  140. I use several. Wash out, Pigma and Sharpie. Would love to try these! Thanks.

    jane_martyn@hotmail.com

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  141. Hi Jeniffer

    I still use a regular drawing pencil t design the patterns and have to wash the fabrica after it's ready.
    thanks for the chance to win!
    hugs
    Marcia (marciamatatglobodotcom

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  142. I use a water soluble pen mainly. Thanks for the chance.

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  143. I have been using Frixon pens but the tips sometimes break off and can be a problem. Would love to try something else. Thanks for being do thoughtful. God bless you all:)

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  144. Nancy E joscowtoo@oxfordnetworks.netMarch 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Hi Jenny, I so enjoy your weekly newsletter. It is nice to read your inspirations. Your verse for the week was a good one for me today. I use the "pigma micron archival ink" 005. I'm not an avid embroiderer, but I am getting back into it some. Thanks again for all your sharing.

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  145. I use a ceramic lead pencil. I love embroidery.

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  146. I use a brown Zig marker for my projects......but if I can't find one.... a mechanical pencil shh don't tell :)

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  147. Have tried a few things but usually end up with a brown/tan pigma pen

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  148. At the moment I am using Pilot Frixion Pens but I can only use them on light (white or cream) fabric as they can leave marks when you steam them off and I worry about how they will go long term on heirloom items. Would love to give these a try.

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  149. I use a water soluble blue marker. I've never seen the Zig markers. Would love to give them a try.

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  150. I use a mechanical pencil (and an eraser!). I would love to try these! Thanks for the chance to win, and for your lovely blog!

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  151. Hi Jenny, Thank you for this chance to win the zig millinium. I trace with a pencil, since any other options are unavailable in this part of the world, ie Muscat, Oman.

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  152. I currently use a pencil, though I've wanted to try something else.

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  153. Hello from Texas! I use either a mechanical pencil or Pigma pens. I'd love to try the Zig pens. Thank you for the chance to win. :)

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  154. I currently use a pencil or air erasable marker to trace my patterns.

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  155. I most often use a brown Pigma pen to trace my patterns. But I use a washable pen or a pen I can take away with the iron.

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  156. I have a pencil I bought that uses heat but I haven't used it yet because I'm still reading tutorials on how to do things. This is my first time here, I signed up to follow you via email. I love your blog, you have such pretty things. I don't think I'm a no-reply, but just in case....dawnm1993 at gmail dot com
    Thanks for the giveaway, and have a wonderful day!

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  157. I use a pencil, but these sound much better!
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  158. I have the blue marker that's water soluble.

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  159. I have the blue marker that's water soluble.

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  160. I have a old red pencil that is an iron on. I used way long ago. I have used pencils too

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  161. I generally use a mechanical pencil to trace out my designs but am always on the lookout for something new to try . Love your work. Thanks for the chance.

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  162. Hi Jenny. I have to be honest, haven't sewn in many yrs and bought a new machine so I could get back into it bc I love to see. So I've been reading blogs for 2 wks refreshing on how to's and tonight somewhere found your blog and I must say... Your tallent is amazing to me. I do pray I could one day pass on what you are. I have sat her now for hours reading just your blog B-) and I have learned so much. Thank you for sharing & I look forward to trying some of your totorials bc they are very simplified. Again thanks to you I may get something done. lol. of course I'd love to try the new zig pens as well. But like I said, haven't sewn in yrs but have replenished all supplies and have a colorful stockpile of fabric so... Im ready for the challenge. Will keep you posted on progress. Help me pray for knowledge as i start. Lisa
    MENUNBL@charter.net

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  163. We tend to use Transfer Eze or Fabri-Solvy to save the time and energy required to transfer designs onto fabric. Both will feed through an ink-jet printer set to draft mode, and neither will gum up your needle. Once all the stitching is done just soak the piece and the product will dissolve. We do tend to cut away all sections of either product where there will be no stitching before peeling the product from the paper backing and hand pressing it onto the background fabric. Since neither product is inexpensive, when compared to the use of other marking tools, we save the sections that are cut away to use in future on smaller stitcheries. My daughter, who does her stitching through batting, wasn't too keen on trying it at first for fear it would gum up her needle, but all it took was one try and she's been hooked on it ever since. No more taping the pattern to the window and drawing off onto shifting fabric. We figure the extra cost is worth it given you save the stress on your shoulders and hands as well as time to draw off complicated designs. That saved time can be used on the actual fun part of the activity...stitching!

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  164. Por lo general uso lápiz de grafito, me parece muy bonito su blog y sus diseños, gracias por el sorteo.
    Ale
    Costa Rica

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