Okay, so if the Beach Boys are running through your head, here’s yer ‘fix!’
I’m a craftsman. My wife says ‘jack of all trades, master of none.’ Still, I can do very nice woodwork, metalwork, I make knives, cheese, soap, candles, have designed and built aquaponic systems, raised animals, etc… Two years ago we bought a sewing machine I tinkered with before letting it languish. Out of necessity, last month we pulled it out so I could tailor some of my wife’s clothes. And, I got the ‘bug.’ (Can’t you just hear my wife groaning, ‘Oh, no!’ in the background?)
Sew, uhm… so, I wanted to try my hand at making a ball cap.
After a few Youtube videos and some online pattern ideas, I cut up a yogurt container, a shirt destined for Goodwill and a piece of fabric that was supposed to be used for some forgotten curtain project. (This is going somewhere… I promise!)
While the back was a bit bunchy from the elastic, and the size a bit big for my small head, the final product was good for a first attempt…. Time to try again!
If you want a good selection of material for small projects, try Goodwill. Dress pants and plaid shorts became the base for my second attempt. Fit nicely without any elastic, though with the shorter bill, it has a bit of a cycling cap look. Of course, I have several nice Walz Caps in my kit.
At this point, I definitely had the bug and started searching for info on flat caps. Just had to have one… So, as we left for REVIVE2014, I was dreaming of getting back to play with a nice flat cap pattern I found and I pondered a complimentary color liner.
Then, we met a cute family from western North Carolina that had many similar interests and dad, as well as his two sharp young men were wearing flat caps everywhere. On our way home we stopped at a fabric store and
searched the remnants bin to find the material that became my third cap, complete with liner and everything! Nice looking with but a few foibles.
I need to play with the pattern a little to get a better personal fit as well as to remove the little bit of a peak it forms. (Jeremiah asked for a denim flat cap that we whipped out, unlined in an hour or so. The peak issue was solved.)
So where is all of this going? Glad you asked!!
Kingdom Paths, a vendor at REVIVE2014, educated me on the benefits of linen!! While I had heard a few things, there had not been a reason or desire for linen beyond browsing the racks at the thrift store. Suddenly, I am totally interested in the health and comfort benefits that are numerous with linen.
Their testimonials are numerous and jolting! No wonder our Father dressed all the priests in linen. And, Yeshua. Fine linen under garment. And us in the future… Linen. Angels and archangels… Linen! D’uh!
I’ve heard a number of times about the benefits of linen but haven’t paid attention! Well, I get it now. And, to save a little jingle, I’ll be buying some bulk linen from Kingdom Paths so I can sew some of the things we want to change, starting with the bed sheets and pillow casings. (Easy enough.)
In talking to Janna (pronounced Yanna), one of the faces of Kingdom Paths, I was informed that for DIY projects, they are happy, for a small fee, to keep our sizes and measurements on hand and ‘blank’ projects according to their patterns and let me do the sewing. Some items I plan to order completed and others will be a fun project. I already have a beautiful natural here that will make a fine flat cap… Maybe after Shabbat this week, yes?
Honestly, the Torah walk is so refreshing when we allow Abba Yehovah to guide us in all the best that He has given us. How simple to understand His ways and walk in them, for His glory and our good!
Anyone else have experience with linen?