Local crafter close to mask making milestone

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Kathy Clark is a local craftsperson living on St. Joseph Island. Normally, around this time of year she would be preparing her creations for the St. Joseph Island Maple Syrup Festival that doubles as a craft show, but this year, she has another focus.

Kathy has made 978 face masks since the pandemic began!

“Last year when I started making them, I used up a lot of my stash of scraps that were big enough,” Kathy explains.

It started when Kathy’s family began to ask her to start making masks for them when the mandate came into effect this past summer. So she looked up a pattern and hasn’t stopped creating since!

The masks are double layered fabric, with a layer of flannel in between. They are machine washable and comfortable to wear.

Normally, Kathy would attend around seven craft shows in a year, selling her hand sewn and knit goods and quilts. Mask sales have helped recoup the losses from not being able to go to these events.

Kathy has donated proceeds to the local Island food bank from her mask sales, as well as donating masks to the St. Joseph Island Central Public School kindergarten classes.

Kathy says she definitely will have one thousand masks made by the one-year mark of the mandate.

Although, working on masks hasn’t slowed down the other projects she is working on. Kathy is a part of the community quilters of St. Joseph Island, a group of craftspeople who meet up and work on a quilt together for someone in need in their community.

More to come on the St. Joseph Island community quilters and their projects.

Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com