You may not know that my husband is a Commercial Fisher in Bristol Bay Alaska. The need arose for an easy on, easy off Face Covering that was even easier to keep track of. We started throwing around some ideas, drawing pictures and I started sewing. Must Not have strings (ties) attached in the truest sense. Our solution was creating the Bristol Bay Face Gaiter. We hope to keep all of our favorite Fisher Folk safe.
Why not a regular Face Mask?
When working around equipment that moves, safety is key. That means no ties, that could potentially get caught in the moving parts. When not covering your face the Face Mask cannot be able to fly away or drop into the fish hold. Don’t want to have to spend time chasing it or looking for it. Thus the Bristol Bay Neck Gaiter was created.
Tightly woven 100% Cotton Batik Fabric, Two Layers. One layer of Sheer Weight Interfacing. Very easy on/up and off/down. Placing the Face Gaiter under your ears provides a tighter fit around your nose.
For all of those Wookies with lots of hair, we have you covered. Lots of room for all that hair. Pull it up when you pull up to a tender, deliver fish, depart pull it down and get to work.
If you look closely I have place a large paper clip on the elastic so it can be tightened up if you want a snugger fit. Everything has been preshrunk. Much easier to tighten and make smaller, then to make larger.
The over all size of opening on these are 24 inches. I can easily make them larger or smaller.
You can contact me directly or find the Bristol Bay Face Gaiter at my Etsy Shop.
Ruby or how I used a OverDyed Damask Linen Tablecloth to create a unique Garment for myself.
Ruby is a wonderful Top/Dress pattern buy Rae Hoesktra from Made-by-Rae Sewing Patterns. Sizes range from XXS to XXXL. Ruby is a quick and easy garment pattern. The pattern provides great step by step instructions. You can find Ruby pattern at Marbled Arts. Ruby is also the first garment I constructed using my OverDyed Damask Linen Tablecloths.
I have always loved old antique Damask Linen Tablecloths. I found several with ugly dark stains on them. You may have guessed that anything that is in my studio to long ends up in a dye bucket. I preceded to over dyed several Damask Lined Tablecloths. In my experiments I have found dark bold colors work best to completely cover the stains. And that Procion MX Dyed are the best dye for good full over all coverage.
Ruby Garment Front
I will say that it took me longer to figure out how I wanted to Fussy Cut the pattern pieces out than it did to make the entire garment. Often referred to as the Fussy Cut from Hell.
Ruby Garment Back
But I love the Damask Design in the linen and really wanted to show it off to its best advantage. So tying the different ways to Fussy Cut was definitely worth the effort.
I did add 3 inches to the length of the garment as I am tall, but also to add more of the gorgeous Damask Design along the hem line.
Love the way my version of Ruby turned out using the OverDyed Damask Linen Tablecloth. In the photo you are able to see that I used Hand Dyed Cotton of the same color to line the yoke.
A couple of Summers ago my neighbor Kat showed up at my door with three Sunflower Plants. They grew into beautiful Sunflowers, that never failed to make me smile. I am always on the hunt for patterns that will show off my hand marbled and hand dyed fabrics. Breezy Sunflower is perfect for that. It always takes a bit of time to select just the right fabric. Hand Marbled Sun (two different designs), Hand Marbled Chocolate Freestyle, Hand Dyed Chartreuse and Hand Dyed Forest is what I started with.
Quilting the Sunflowers
As I wanted to show off the Marbled Fabric, I chose to only do very simple quilting. Found an Art Deco book in my library, clean simple lines was what I was shooting for.
Sunflower Close Up
Marbled Fabric gives the Sunflower motion, depth and life. It is always satisfying when a creation turns out better than you thought possible.
I am lucky enough to live near Bellingham, WA the home of Ragfinery. I was feeling in need of inspiration and something to get me out a creative rut. Signed up for their No-Sew Braided Rug Class. Great class I might add. Once I arrived home and continued working on my rug, I discovered that it really wanted to be a bowl. So here it is. Either way it is a great way to keep fabric/textiles out of the land fills.
I can feel a few more starting to bud in my creative mind. I will keep you posted.
Finally used up the last of the plastic bags I purchased years ago. For those of you that forget your bags, I now have Certified Compostable Bags. And you know me, had to test them out. I played on in my home composter in May and by October it was gone.