Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Embroidery Machine

 We were able to pick up an embroidery machine for a good price. This is our first attempt that came out rather nicely. 

    We hope that being able to personalize the masks will convince more people to wear them.  

    This particular mask is a birthday present for the daughter of one of our volunteers. We only had purple thread. We are definitely going to find some lavender thread and make her a mask using that. 

 

 

 

 

     Miss Fields took whirl on the new machine as well. Apparently pink and purple were the themes of the day. 

    Now all we need to do is find whitty things to put on the masks.

 

 

   

Sunday, August 16, 2020

This Week in Masks Making

It has been another week of making masks. Pictured toth e left is Miss Fields taking a break from making Panier Style Masks for adolescents. These are make from a cow jumping over the  moon print fabric. This fabric was donated a week ago with a large stash of prints and other fun things. 

    Miss Fields is also sitting at a new Kenmore Machine she has named Lacy. This machine is purring like a kitten. It was donated by someone from the nextdoor website. This was very generous and really helps us out. We are now getting to the point where we need to have machines repaired on a regular basis. We can now have three machines going at once and do not loose time to repairs.  

     Lacy also came with a sewing machine cabinet with several accessories and drawers. We have had a lot of luck with older machines. I beginning to wonder why people buy new sewing machines at all. 

    We also h/ad some good news from Duke University. They did a study on several styles of homemade mask. Our new Panier Style mask was only beaten by professionally fitted N95 Masks. Our Extended Olson also did very well. Still, it is nice to know that all the extra effort that goes into a Panier Style Mask is worth it. If it is going to be a pain in the neck to make them it is nice the extra effort is worth something. 

  The other nice thing about the study is that we are using the right material in the masks. This was more a guess on our part so it is mostly dumb luck. We will have to avoid using cotton fleece in the future. Even so we ran out it three months ago. 

     I would once again like to thank everyone that is donating to our cause. The fabric and machines have really given us the ability to punch above our weight in this crisis. If we were using our one machine and what ever fabric we could buy would would not have reach a thousand masks let alone be closing in on 3,000 masks.

    So be safe out there everyone.

    

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Panier Masks

 We have a new type of mask available for the fight against the Infection that cannot be named. It is the Panier Mask. It is made to work

a bit more like the N95. it has a structure that makes it more roomy and keeps the mask off the front of one's face. It will also make it easier to put a transparent window in the front of the mask. This will make using American Sign Language easier since you can see the person's mouth moving. We made some masks with ASL Windows in the Olson Style and they are a pain in the neck with seam in the middle of the mask.


    Miss Fields is modeling this new mask. This particular one does not have a nose bridge but still first well all lone the edges of the mask. A nose bridge can be added. 

    If you would like a couple of these please visit our mask page.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Wednesday Juggling Meeting

We will be meeting every Wednesday at 5:ooPM for a virtual meeting at:
 
 
 If you are in Pittsburgh and need Juggling Balls you can pick them up from our office on the South Side. Give me a call at 412 708-3638 to set up a pick up time.  

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Making Masks

Hard at work making Olson Style Masks. Thus far our masks are being made of cotton fabric that was going to go into clown costumes. With the fabric stores closes getting new material has been hard. We ordered some from Walmart and waited a month before they cancelled the order. They have yet to give us a refund.

     You can see a clear jar full of long pink pieces. These are what we have to use when we run out of elastic. It would appear the United States had run out of elastic as well.I never thought it would be difficult to get simple sewing materials. 

     Well these black and blue masks are destined for a local nursing home. So at least progress is being made on the getting out masks front. Maybe we will get back to performing in hospitals eventually.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Wednesday Meeting on Line

Come and join us for a meeting on line. We will be working on Juggling. So come on by if you would like to learn or just have some folks to juggle with.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Virtual Meetings

 With the current pandemic showing now sign of resolution we are switching our meeting to a virtual setting. We signed up for a zoom account and are beginning to experiment with the technology.  


    After looking at the various services zoom won out because of it's ability to use a green screen and the price. I have heard concerns that they may be spying for the Communist Part of China. If this is the case they need to waste some of their time watching our meeting. The CCP has been so generous with us recently it is only fair we share something with them.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Masks and COVID-19 Info

Check out this new page for information about getting a cloth face mask from the Steel City Clown Brigade:
http://www.steelcityclownbrigade.org/p/covid-19.html

Stay Safe.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Equipment Wall

     I have finally gotten around to putting the equipment hooks and hangers back up in the office. Odd that is took a pandemic to get me motivated to get all the equipment off the floor. 

      The wall in the office are a terrible yellow color and I had to wait till I started painting them. If you are going to put brightly colored things all over your walls a nice white wall is a great thing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Yinzer Roll




Boredom settles in as we work on masks. Here is a small thing we filmed for no good reason. Please enjoy.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Making Masks


Since we cannot practice or visit the hospital we have started making masks.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Updating Calendar

We are updating our calendar for 2020. So please take a look at what we are doing the next couple Months.