Bespoke face masks made by Amble entrepreneur
An Amble woman has started making bespoke face masks to help the public during the Coronavirus pandemic.
22 year old Rachel Harland runs a baby clothes-making business from her home in Coquet Grange. She decided to make a few face masks after seeing the government’s suggestion that people who want to, can wear cloth face coverings, especially on public transport or when social distancing is difficult. The idea has really taken off and she is now busy with sixty orders in Amble, Ashington, Cramlington and Morpeth.
Rachel told The Ambler: “I held off on making face masks as I didn’t want to be seen as trying to profit from the pandemic. I was watching the government’s update on Monday and he mentioned everyone may have to use cloth face masks, so I figured I should offer them so that people don’t try and buy up the medical grade masks which are needed for the NHS and care homes.
“I decided to keep my prices extremely low to just cover my materials and time, now isn’t the time to be making a profit. I just want to help. I’m also planning on donating some masks to local shops as the staff have all been great throughout.”
Rachel started her business The Amble Artisan in October 2019, from her home, which she shares with fiance Jake, and their two cats Xena and Gabby. She began by making baby dresses but is rapidly expanding the range. “If it’s fabric, I can make it,” she says.
You can contact Rachel via her Facebook page or her website, where you can see the large range of fabric she has on offer. You can choose your fabric and Rachel is happy to make them on request. She charges £2.00 for an adult mask and £1.50 for children’s sizes. She delivers free in Amble, or posts throughout the UK for £2.50.
Rachel said, “I’m super busy. Its going well, I just pop Netflix on my ipad while I work!”