Thank you

This is my small way of saying thanks for the big sacrifice you are making for my son and I and the rest of New York.

Sewing for lives

At the start, I started sewing for the hospital workers who needed it. Then I realized there were others who needed these facial mask covers. 125 masks now and counting, I have sent to requesters who fit the bill, even if they are not necessarily in hospitals. This is a very small contribution compared to most, but I want to be one of those drops in the bucket.

I am a novice sewist or seamstress— but I am a crafter. I had loads of scrap fabric and craft supplies. My biggest hurdle beyond my novice skills was that I continued to work from home Mondays to Fridays from 9-6pm. I work as an Executive assistant to a chief something in a Fortune 500 company based in Grand Central. I would’ve produced more at a quicker pace if not for that.

Please note that all fabric used has been prewashed and preshrunk. Most of this I had to do by hand because my laundry room is outside my co-op unit. I have mild asthma, so my minimum standard is that the fabric should be clean enough for me to use. These were made in a pet-free and smoke-free home.

My stitching and finished product might be less than perfect, but each mask cover was made with a lot of love and a mountain of gratitude. I am lucky to live in a city that has such dedicated professionals like yourself. You keep my son and I hopeful and less scared — I don’t know that I would be as brave. I am hoping I will never have to be in your care but if that happens, I have complete trust in you. I am hoping this helps you do your job, whatever it may be — in a safe environment.

We are grateful. I am lucky to be able to continue to work and my son and I have been untouched by this disease. I pray you are able to continue your work safely as well, and that my mask covers are of some use to you.

Be safe.

Not quite crafty these days

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I’ve been working from home for over a month now, and I get why people seem to think I would’ve had more time to do crafts because I’ve been home. I’ve actually really been on a crafting drought the last couple of weeks.

Save for the crocheted necklace I attempted (first ever completed!) a few weeks back, I haven’t picked up my tools except to re-string a rosary style necklace of gorgeous pink agate beads. That is almost done and has been set aside.

I’ve been meaning to make a piece a week — and I think I have to pressure myself into creating more. It’s just that life has been a bit stressful at work — what with the adjustment of doing everything from home.

It also hasn’t helped that I’ve found myself mildly obsessed with sewing masks.

I’ve always been the first to admit I am a novice sewist or seamstress. I’m banking on my crafty inclinations to get me through, and despite several tries, I haven’t quite gotten the fit and the pattern that would work for me. I am still trying.

A few weeks back, I published the photo below in my Instagram account. Taking the cue from some experts on the best material to use, this one used a 200 count bed sheet cover. I normally don’t use those and had set this one aside to convert into pillow cases, but I used it instead for this two layer mask cover. I fashioned ear elastic from another project I had been using. I managed to put in some 22 gauge wire folded and it twice and it seemed to hold.Attempts at making a face mask

The mask proved to be a bit wonky on the sides so I added a flap. Still didn’t quite work the way I wanted it to so I am experimenting on how to make a better fitting mask. I am working on this and another pattern. I’d like to be able to produce enough for me to use when we return to work — as I am sure it will be a requirement to wear them, and it would be a good preventive measure, no matter how minuscule an effort it may be against the virus we are all fighting. (I will write a post on the resources for this shortly.)

I have also been slowly working towards contributing to a nationwide effort to provide face mask covers for our front liners. There’s a website online, sewingforlives.com , that provides for a pattern as requested, connecting seamstresses or anyone who wants to donate with requesting agencies/institutions.

Again, the novice that I am when it comes to sewing, I’m taking a little longer creating the straps to go with the mask itself. I am getting there. It’s just a little tough being productive when I work during the day during the week, and I can really work on this only at night. But I am getting there. Even just 10 or 20 would be a big deal of a contribution for me.

At the start of this whole stay-at-home deal, I worked on my art journal. After creating several sections ready for my entries, I’ve sort of taken a break. I haven’t necessarily set it aside — I’m just taking a pause. I am looking to resume that this week.

Creating has always been a source of relaxation and release for me. Having found my rhythm again, I’m hoping to do more before we find ourselves back or close to picking up from where we left off. I guess the stress has just gotten the better of me, stifling my creativity. Hopefully, the coming weeks will see something different come out from all of this.