Good morning everyone! I’m afraid I haven’t managed to accomplish much rug hooking during this quarantine period. I finished the scrub caps. I decided to make a different bouffant cap, one more like a shower cap. I sent them on their way last week. They arrived at the hospital Monday. As far as I know, all is well.

However, since then it’s been recommended Canadians wear face masks when out in public. We have been told not to use the surgical masks or n95 masks, as those are desperately needed for health care workers. So our landlady and I sat down and sewed some trial masks for us.

We tried three different styles and finally settled on one made from a thick tight woven 100% quilters cotton, like batik, with a flannel insert. Results from a US study done in Wisconsin show it to be at least as effective as a surgical mask. Check out http://www.nbcnews/health/health-news/making-your-own-face-masks-some-fabrics-work-better-others-n117966

We are sewing masks for family, friends, and health care workers in Canada. Since starting this weekend we have sewn over fifty masks, mostly using our stashes of elastic, wire, quilting fabric and flannel. My serger has come in handy.

Our goal is to cover supply costs and shipping in this endeavour, not to profit. As such we charge nothing for health care workers, but do ask for them to cover shipping. Our family automatically gets the same deal. If, however, people feel called to contribute, we figure our costs to be about $10 CAD per mask. All payment is by e-transfer at this time. Check it out and, if you need masks contact me through this website‘s Contact page or send an email to <jo6865@gmail.com > . These masks will NOT be posted in my shop for sale because of the limited target client.

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