how to make a mask very very slowly

Posted: July 25, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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the second wave of the Covid-19 virus is happening here in Australia, masks are now mandatory in Melbourne so we needed to make some as the paper surgical masks we bought back in March have been ok but I thought I would try a simple pattern
hand stitched from two 15 year old singlets that had seen better days
the black reverse of the musical note mask is cut from an offcut from an Old Man Crow t-shirt
edge detail of two different ways to bind the edge
who is that masked man?
Old Man Crow in his ever mending jacket
I won’t tell you how many days these two simple masks took to make but they were a good distraction in this sad week for our good friend Julie who is ready to leave this mortal coil“May the long time sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you
Guide you all the way on.”

Incredible String Band from a long time ago

  1. deemallon says:

    So sorry about Julie. It’s been a long road.

    Both you and Rod just can’t help but look cool now can you?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) it’s been a week of so many tears mixed with so many good memories…
      the masks made me laugh, they took such a ridiculously long time to make! The making was inspired by a video on Facebook of a woman who made a mask out of a striped sock with a pair of scissors in about one minute, thought about trying that but didn’t want to spend the money on new socks & didn’t think they would be a good look for our indoor plant hire jobs!

  2. shiborigirl says:

    Love to Julie and those who have eased the way.

  3. love your cool masks Mo – sending you love in hard times

  4. rene Walkin. says:

    Very sorry about your friend, Julie. Sending hugs. xx

  5. Marti says:

    What first came to me re the news of Julie and seeing both of you in your masks:

    Musical notes and flower petals, masks the color of blue, blue for the sky, for the oceans, a calming color, a guiding color, color and symbols to surround Julie, to send her on her way with all of the love and devotion that she has inspired…she will always be with you both and all of her family and friends…even in the necessity of mask making, spirit rises and magic comes.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) thank you for these good words, am getting ready to start a new drawing of the Life Death Life cycle in nature for my friend Pete Webb’s forthcoming book “How plants are Born; a story about relationships”

  6. Saskia van Herwaarden says:

    namasté Mo

  7. Hazel says:

    Wishing love and comfort to surround you all and hold Julie.
    & may your swell masks keep you safe!

  8. Barry says:

    Hi MC – a real sadness regarding Julie – hold on tho love. Good outcome with the masks and as you say a good distraction. Stay safe. Peace. B

  9. ravenandsparrow says:

    Its so sad to say good-bye to much-loved friends. I am thinking of you and Julie, wishing her an easy transition and you the solace of memory. Sorrow is the price we pay for love.
    You and Rod look great in your masks!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dana))) the masks were a good distraction and they work well, today it’s raining softly, a good day for reading I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons with so many of his old songs running through the jukebox in my brain whilst holding vigil for Julie in her goodbye

  10. Carol says:

    Dear Mo, my love to you and Rod and especially to Julie at this time of transition. May your wonderful memories of your friendship help ease the sadness.
    Your masks are very stylish and you both look very swish. Stay safe and well. ((((Mo))))

  11. Judy Martin says:

    this post made me cry – you and Rod are so beautiful and I don’t know Julie, but she is too. I hate wearing masks, but these are worth it. take good care sweetheart xxo

  12. Lana says:

    Hey mo the masks look great and a bit of inspiration for me just in case the lockdown in Melbourne extends to regional victoria🌈

  13. jude says:

    keep at it, we’ll need them, you two are so cool

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Jude))) although masks are not mandatory in Sydney yet they will be soon so we are wearing them for the indoor plant hire jobs, visiting art galleries and when do the food shopping. I always hoped that one day I could slow down enough to be cool but don’t think that will happen in this lifetime. Old Man Crow is cool, he can be very very still especially when I am in full spin but we do have very cool sunglasses!

  14. Jane says:

    I send you all love and ease of your pain in Julie’s critical time. May it be a gentle transition. Regarding your masks, I say! Very fetching, and a thousand times more economical and yes ‘jude’ cool. Very cool, would make many a Texan (my brother is one), swap his bandana in salute. Great look and inspiration for us Qlders… I would wear that. Thank you hope your eyes are healing well too. xxx

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Jane))) so good to see you & thanks for the good words, have just put the masks through the washing machine for the first time, they’re out on the clothesline enjoying this beautiful winter day here in sunny Sydney, no wind and 20 degrees, we were in shirtsleeves out gardening. Hope all is well in your piece of paradise!

  15. fiberels says:

    Ohhhhhh you look both wonderful !!! (not REALLY, but under the circumstances …..)
    Just the right fabrics !!!!!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) we might as well have a bit of fun with these as we’ll be having to wear masks for quite some time, have been thinking about those stylish hats from the 40’s with the netting for evening wear!

  16. fiberels says:

    OH … and GORGEOUS STITCHING on Man’s jacket !!!!!

  17. Acey says:

    am currently on watch with my oldest friend so can both empathize and sympathize regarding Julie. Think the masks look awesome.

  18. debgorr says:

    Sending love… I made a few more masks this weekend. Tried knit for the fabric on one. It looked way too much like underwear. Not a good look.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Deb))) my masks look like brassieres for the nose, hehe!something like a beekeepers veil might work for summer or maybe a lace Victorian collar…

  19. Tina says:

    You both look so cool in your masks .. oh and that mended jacket is a treasure. I’m very sorry that you are having to say goodbye to your dear friend. May she find peace in her passing.

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