Embroidery Tool Tip: Pilot Frixion Pens

21 Jun

Last weekend I had the joy of visiting Acorns & Threads in Portland, OR, and while I was there I was introduced to my favorite new embroidery tool – Pilot Frixion Pens!

The beauty of these pens is that the ink DISAPPEARS when it is rubbed, or when heated above 140 degrees F! Which means you can draw/trace your embroidery design right on your fabric (try taping it to a sun-filed window or build your own lightbox), stitch over it, heat it up with an iron or hair drier, and VOILA! No more ink!

And don’t think these are just for embroidery – you could mark centers or grid lines for cross stitch and needlepoint with these as well!

Now, you can certainly buy these from Amazon (or Acorns & Threads if you are in the Portland area) if you want to stick with basic black, but if you are looking for a ridiculous amount of variety, I suggest heading over to, where you can pick up a 24 color set in the 0.7 mm size, or a 5 color set in the 0.4 mm size for super-skinny lines. (If, like me, you are a pen addict, I warn you that JetPens is a little like Heaven, so prepare your wallet ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Have you tried one of these pens yet? I’m really happy with my one black pen, but would love to hear about your experiences with them before I take the plunge and grab the 24-color set!

UPDATE: Just found this link to a sale for the 0.5mm red, blue, black and purple pens on Pilot’s twitter – $1.99 each!


Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Craft Tools


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5 responses to “Embroidery Tool Tip: Pilot Frixion Pens

  1. kimberly

    June 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    eeek! really?! my favorite pen can be used for my favorite hobby?! i am so excited. i have a ton of these pens in different colors and different versions from when we went to japan earlier this year. i think they are the most wonderful pen ever! i say take the plunge! you can also find them at walgreens (at least in chicago you can)!

    • Liz

      June 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Why do the Japanese always have the best pens? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the tip about Walgreen’s Kimberly!


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