Share Your Craft Story: Crafting During COVID

Neat piles of handmade masks

joyce gillie gossom, Museum Advisory Board Chair

‘ve been a crafter my whole life. If it can be made, I’ve tried to make it. Pottery, furniture, baskets, quilts, yarn, cloth… you name it. However, when the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, making things for pleasure fell to the wayside. I got out my sewing machine and started sewing masks.

Nearly 800 hand-crafted masks were mailed out, donated to local efforts, or put on my porch for folks to pick up. My goal was to protect everyone I knew, and anyone else, through crafting. Crafting is folk engineering- it’s taking materials and using them in creative ways to solve problems! Of all my crafts, the masks I made to protect people make me feel the most proud.

Neat piles of handmade masks

Crafting is folk engineering. It's taking materials and using them in creative ways to solve problems!

Chris Schnittka

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