Sewists help cool down fire-affected communities

Volunteer sewist Sandra Bryans, My Fabricology owner Susan York and volunteer sewist Tracee Forster. Picture: Kristie Lim
Volunteer sewist Sandra Bryans, My Fabricology owner Susan York and volunteer sewist Tracee Forster. Picture: Kristie Lim

A BAYSWATER fabric shop has joined forces with volunteers to sew cooling ties for those battling the Esperance fires.

My Fabricology owner Susan York hosted a sewing bee on January 9 as part of the Cool the Fireys campaign.

A dozen of volunteers helped sew about three hundred ties, which were made from a strip of fabric with water storage crystals inside.

Once the ties are soaked in water, the crystals swell to over 400 times their size and turn into a gel-like substance.

They can be worn around the neck, as a bandanna or placed over the wrists to help cool down body temperatures.

Ms York said the ties would be donated to fire brigades, volunteers, farmers, wildlife carers and anyone that needed to cool down.

“We have seen a lot of the native animals had things sewed for them,” she said.

“The sewing community is great like that.

“We wanted to give back to the people that are actually on the frontline.”

She said she would be sending the ties to Esperance next week.

Meanwhile, the Bayswater Community Chat Facebook group will be hosting another sewing bee for those affected by recent fires at the Bayswater Bowling Club on January 19 at noon.

For information, visit My Fabricology’s Facebook page.

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