Bristol Bay Face Gaiter

Creating Bristol Bay Face Gaiter

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.

First version of Bristol Bay Face Gaiter

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.

Male wearing Bristol Bay Face Gairer

Features

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.

Face Gaiter in the down/off position.

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.

Back view

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.

side view

The over all size of opening on these are 24 inches. I can easily make them larger or smaller.

Finished product

You can contact me directly or find the Bristol Bay Face Gaiter at my Etsy Shop.

Mad Mad Mask Making Maven

Mad Mad Mask Making Maven

On March 6, 2020 my first Quilt Show was canceled and with it about 99.9% of my income. Don’t get me wrong I totally support the decision to close WA State down to flatten the curve and save lives. But as a self-employed person 99.9% is a huge hit. So I started making Face Masks. I could not find a pattern that I really loved. That lead to designing my own. My family now refers to me as the Mad Mad Mask Making Maven.

Side View of Women wearing Face Mask.
Front view of Women Wearing Face Mask

Etsy.com Here We Come

I have always wanted to try selling on Etsy.com. It is a totally different market than selling at Quilt Shows & Sew Expo. It all started with adding my Hand Dyed Bamboo Socks to Etsy. Etsy has recently changed some it’s policies, so finding the current info was a challenge. I made several Face Masks and gave it a try.

Side View of Man wearing Face Mask.
Front View of Man Wearing Face Mask.

Success For the Mad Mad Mask Making Maven

I am happy to say I have actually sold quite a number of my Face Masks. My motto has always been “When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade and Carry On”. And if you are interested in purchasing my Face Mask you can find me on Etsy.

Thank You to Bob for being my Model.

I thought I should also add photos from some of the folks that have purchased my Face Masks. Everyone it a little different, so how they wear their Face mask might be a little different.

Male wearing face mask.
male wearing Face mask

Dress Form Fitted

My garment making career started in seventh grade.  The only place I could find clothes that sort of fit was in the Boys Department at JC Penney, because I was a very tall skinny kid.  A lot of years have been spent dreaming of having my very own Dress Form Fitted to my shape.  Then one morning I woke up and thought, “What am I waiting for?”  This article is not about how to fit your dress form (it will include some helpful YouTube video links), but about my adventure and things that I know now that I wish someone had told me before I started.

What to expect –

  • My first consideration was budget.  I would have loved to say I have unlimited funds and could purchase a Professional Dress Form.  In the real world I have a Mid-Range Budget. 
  • Look at reviews to get an idea of what will and will not work for you. 
  • Do Not expect you dress form to come out of the box and be a perfect double for your body.  Every woman is unique.
  • Do some basic measurements of yourself, it will give you a good place to begin.  Bust, Waist, Hips, Hip to Waist, Neck, Back Waist Length and Height from back of Neck to floor.  
Adjustable Dress Form

Selection –

I had narrowed my choices down to two Adjustable Dress forms.  I then compared my measurements to the two dress forms.  I went with the one that my measurements fell into the middle of their size categories.

Waiting for my dress form to arrive was the worst part.  I tried to “Buy Local” but no one carries Dress Forms locally.  She arrived in one box.  Assembly required.

Help!

The thought of trying to measure and adjust everything all by myself was daunting, so I call in reinforcements to help get my Dress Form fitted.  My sister Karen was up to the challenge.  I found two handouts that were helpful with measuring and having a place to write all of those measurement down. Here are some of my thoughts: 

Front Bra & Padding added to Form
Dress Form with Padding

Then it come down to adjusting here and there.  Measure, adjust here and there.  Padding, measure, adjust here and there.  Total time 4 ½ hours and a lot of laughter.  It was really interesting to see my shape in 3D, as opposed to 2D (Flat) in a mirror.

Finished off with Snug T-shirt

We added a snug fitting T-shirt, so I would not get frightened every time I look her way.

My Only Issue –

The only real issue I had with the Dress Form that I purchased was the base. If you look at the very first photo of the Dress Form it has a silver base that was worthless. Flimsy, if you breathed on the Dress Form it would fall over.

Found a great office chair at the Goodwill for $4.99. When I got it home discovered it was in much better condition than the one in my Studio. Swapped them and gave the office chair and Dress Form to my husband Mike (man that makes all things you cannot buy at the store). And this is what I got back.

New Office Chair Base.

A stable rolling base for my Dress Form. She has her dancing shoes on. Works perfect!

The Rug that turned into a Bowl

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.

Life is an Experiment

Somewhere along the line I have come to view my life as one big experiment. In my studio if something sits still to long it could end up in a dye bucket. Recently I received a bolt of Tone on Tone Cotton Fabric and I have questions.

What happens if you throw it into a dye bucket? What happens it you use paintstiks on the printed part of the fabric? Will it stick?

I tossed it in with some Pansy Purple Scarves that I was dying and a whole new look appeared. Added some Iridescent Gold Paintstik, that had been cured, heat set, washed and dried.

It’s That Time Again

Yes, it is snow dying time again.  We ended up with a couple of inches and that means it is time to snow dye.  I love watching the snow melt and the colors happen.  The above pile of snow received a rainbow of dye colors.

Greens, Blues, and Yellows, I think.  Once they start to melt it can be a challenge to figure out what colors I used.
Ever wondered how Over Dying happens?  I elevate my drip trays about 1 to 1 1/2 inches, using scrap lumber.  I should note that everything gets dye on it, so the scrap lumber now stays in my studio.  Melted snow changes and varies in color, surprises happen.
Fire – Red, Orange, and Yellows are ready for their rinse.
Earthtones ready for their rinse. Grass, twigs or gravel do not affect the color.
Snow Dyed Orange Rainbow
Over Dyed Kingdom Idd
Snow Dyed Purple Fan
You can see more Snow Dyed and Over Dyed pieces on my website.

Not all Reds are the same.

If you have ever asked for help finding the perfect Red, you will know the first thing I will ask you is “Blue or Orange based Red?”  I thought it was time that I explained just what that means.  Above you will see three Reds, Cherry Red, Scarlet and Emotion Red.  All three of the Reds are hand dyed using the same amount of dye, the same fabric and dyed on the same day.  Can you see the change in tone?  Cherry Red has the most Orange tone to it, thus is an Orange based Red.  Scarlet is a deeper Red but still, has that warm Orange undertone and is an Orange based Red.  Emotion Red has a cool undertone, deeper and richer, Blue based Red.