And I only had to wait 2 days...I ordered these from Dick Blick, and when I saw the order total, it had sales tax on it (home state) - which means I would have those pastels in my hands soon...
I met Judy Coates Perez of Painted Threads at the last PAQA meeting, and she told me that she works with these, and had used them on her famous "There's a place called Mars..." quilt that I saw at IQF Houston in 2004.
Experiment/play time began. There is no wax in them, but lots of pigment! They feel like soft chalk, but actually go on quite smoothly. Blending is nice. Non-toxic. They are heat fixable on fabric with a dry iron-I followed the directions to use parchment paper on top, and unlike other pastels that I've used, there is virtually no loss of color.
I guess you could say that I have a thing (obsession) for pastels and have purchased many different types and brands, always searching for the right ones - are these it?