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.

Breezy Sunflowers

Creating Breezy Sunflowers

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.

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.

Certified Compostable Bags

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.

Final Day of Marbling!

Remember the piles of hand dyed fabric?

It has now been turned into 680 fat quarters of hand marbled fabric.

Yahoo! I can’t believe it is all marbled. Still need to wash, dry and iron about 200 pieces.

Answers about Hand Marbled Fabric Prices

In the days of skyrocketing fabric prices, I frequently get asked how I have managed to keep my Hand Marbled Fat Quarters the same price.  When I started Marbled Arts in 2003 ( eight years ago), everything was purchased at retail pricing.  As my business has grown, I can now buy more supplies at wholesale rates.  600 yards of PFD fabric, 55 pounds bags of chemicals are not for the faint of heart.  I will try to keep my prices as reasonable as I can for as long as I can.

New Favorite Quote

“Do not look back and ask why, look forward and ask, why not?”

This is my new favorite quote.  I found it on the back of Dove Sugar Free Chocolate wrapper.   I do not want to dwell or live in the past, because there is just so much to look forward to in the future.  I won’t know if I can fly until I jump off the roof.  I like to think that my glass is always half full.  On that note I leave you with the quote below:

“Slow Down, take notice, savor the moment”